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  • Preparing For Your First Competition


    For many people, the prospect of taking your first steps as a BJJ competitor can be pretty daunting. Competition involves you leaving your comfort zone, testing your skills in front of a crowd of people and exposing yourself to an array of other emotions that can only be experienced away from your academy. Here are some of our top tips to help you enter your first competition and make it an extremely positive experience.

    Avoid Unnecessary Pressure

    No matter how well you perform at your academy, there’s no surefire way to know if you will be able to replicate the way you train at the academy when at a competition. Dealing with nerves, a new environment and opponents going 110% can all play their part, so it is important to manage your expectations of what you want to achieve. Now we’re not saying you can’t aim for, say, a gold medal, but you should not be disappointed if you don’t achieve this on your first outing. Try to focus on your performance and applying your techniques to the best of your ability, and remember to take the positives out of the day – whatever the result!

    Don’t Worry About Your Weight

    As this is your first competition, we would definitely discourage you from trying to diet or, even worse, cut weight to a lower division. It simply isn’t worth it. Dealing with the hassle of watching what you eat and drink will only add further to the stresses you may be under. Once you have a couple of competitions under your belt, you may then chose to think about which weight class you would perform best in and if it is worth adjusting your diet or weight training appropriately.

    Bring Your Coach

    In our experience, new competitors feel much more at ease in familiar surroundings if their jiu jitsu coach is able to attend the competition with them. Having someone to talk to throughout the day and offer you some words of wisdom during your match will help you adjust to the new surroundings.

    Play To Your Strengths 

    This may sound obvious, but your first competition probably isn’t the best time to attempt your first flying armbar or inverted reverse de la Riva sweep! Stick to the techniques that you know and try and play your ‘a-game’. This will also give you some good feedback about the effectiveness of your techniques against a fully committed opponent that you’ve never rolled with before.

    Try and Warm Up Properly

    This is a very important step that we can’t stress enough. Not only will a proper warm up help to prevent injury, it will also help to get your heart rate up and reduce the chance of an adrenaline dump. Ideally, you’d like to take to the mat having already broken a sweat so that you are not entering straight into the match from neutral.

    Hopefully these tips will help you on your way to your first competition. Remember, above all else, try to have fun!

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  • Caio Terra Sparring

    Watch and learn kids – 10 mins of Caio training.

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  • Nogi Leg Drag to the Back with Caio Terra

    Nice tech from Caio! Plenty of details as always.

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  • Yuri Simoes Belt Grip Backroll Sweep from Half Guard

    Very cool tech from Yuri!

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  • Denny Prokopos Electric Chair Sweep

    Eddie Bravo black belt, Denny Prokopos, shows the electric chair sweep.

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  • DLR Guard Pass with Manny Diaz

    Great details here from Manny Diaz.

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  • Rolling With Yuri Simoes

    Great little sequence of Yuri rolling for BJJ Library.

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  • Four Of The Most Modern BJJ Positions


    One of the most beautiful things about BJJ is that there will ALWAYS be something new for you to learn. You could be a multiple world champion or red belt grand master, but the game will continue to evolve and you’ll need to study new positions - or run the risk of being left behind.

    The solid fundamentals we learn from day one cannot be neglected or forgotten, as they will act as the foundation used to shape the rest of your game. We will always celebrate the effectiveness of the jiu jitsu fundamentals, but this is our homage to the innovators out there!

    Here are what we deem to be four of the most innovative jiu jitsu techniques of recent years.

    #1 The Berimbolo
    Right at the top of the list has to be the berimbolo. Though the actual “creator” of the berimbolo is still in question, there’s no doubt that the position has been recently championed by two sets of brothers: Joao and Paulo Miyao and Rafa and Gui Mendes. Rewind five years and Berimbolo would have been considered a dirty word, but enter any jiu jitsu academy around the world and you’ll likely find a fresh-faced blue belt inverting and looking to secure the position. Many purists question the berimbolo, sighting its effectiveness in “real” fighting or MMA as a major negative. Whatever your opinion, if you want to succeed in modern sport jiu jitsu, you’d better at least learn how to defend it.

    #2 The Worm Guard
    Keenan Cornelius’ worm guard is probably the most current of all innovative techniques to have hit the competition scene over the past 12 months. Though Keenan is the flag bearer at the black belt level, it has become an increasingly fashionable position on the academy mats – and for good reason. With the innovations surrounding the worm guard comes a whole host of new passing techniques being developed. Keenan’s worm guard is close to impassable, so you can expect a whole host of new passing styles being developed to counter his frustrating lapel grips.

    #3 50/50 Guard
    For many, 50/50 guard represents stalling, for others it represents leg locks – which ever side of the fence you choose to sit on, there’s no denying the 50/50 guard is another example of an innovative, modern jiu jitsu adaptation. Recent changes to IBJJF rules support the argument that 50/50 is a position which can be used for stalling, and perhaps there’s a legitimate argument there. However, sport jiu jitsu is just one part of the puzzle, and try telling the likes of Ryan Hall and Dean Lister that the 50/50 guard cannot be used creatively and as an attacking platform. Heel hook connoisseurs will know the 50/50 guard well, and the position is perhaps best suited to ADCC and MMA environments.

    #The Rubber Guard
    10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder, Eddie Bravo, has long been an ambassador for nogi jiu jitsu and reiterating its importance for MMA. The rubber guard is not a position for everyone, as it relies on flexibility, but it has proven to be a very useful platform from both an attacking and defensive perspective. The rubber guard is not a regular occurrence in gi competitions, but there are many notable MMA fighters in particular that have used the rubber guard to great effect, solidifying it’s place as a useful technique within the jiu jitsu arsenal.

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  • “Mat Punch” Pass with Kimura

    Time to study! “Mat Punch” pass with Cyborg Abreu.

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  • Footlock Defence – Don’t Fear the Footlock!

    Ok, so who else keeps getting caught in footlocks? Here’s some cool details on escaping the position safely and efficiently.

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