I have to say that the Gracies have made a huge contribution to my life. I love Jiu-Jitsu. It is one of the most amazing martial arts I have ever encountered, that I am still challenged and mystified by. I am very thankful to them. They have helped make me a more complete martial artist and confident person.
Erik Paulson is an amazing person and martial artist. He was training with Rorion in 1986, a World Shooto Champion, Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Dan Inosanto, and Rigan Machado Black Belt. He is an mma coach for Josh Barnett and Brock Lesnar.
For anyone who has been in Jiu-Jitsu for more than a few years, you have encountered big egos and politics. He’s been around for a long time and Erik tells some interesting stories here.
The BJJ Gauntlet / Belt Whipping Ceremony
For those of you who don’t know, there is a tradition in some bjj schools where students that get their next belt will get whipped in the back by all the other students.
I’m not a fan of this tradition and we don’t do it at my school. The pain starts at about :50 seconds.
The only thing I like about this tradition is that you’re denying the comfort of the body. I think our modern life puts so much emphasis on comfort and convenience that when we occasionally choose the tough and painful decision, it reduces our slavery to our moods and physical comfort.
What is Ginastica Natural?
Students often ask me what is the best conditioning for BJJ. My first answer: BJJ! You will continue to develop technique as well as your conditioning, whereas if you went jogging, there is no technical benefit.
Doing more BJJ isn’t always possible. You may not be able to make it to the school to train or you may be injured. You can run, but you won’t be moving the way you need to in BJJ. You can lift weights (which I recommend), but you will never use those movements to escape of attack when you’re on the ground. Continue reading What is Ginastica Natural? →
In Abu Dhabi children in grade school are learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from black belts. Abu Dhabi is expanding their program:
This is a Gracie Magazine post with some good advice, some bad advice (my opinion), and some hilarious advice.
My favorites are #’s 29, 33. 43, 61, and 81. Enjoy
Feel free to comment below your favorites.
If I had to choose one type of training, it would be rolling with a black belt. And it is a specific kind of rolling. Continue reading What’s The Best Type Of BJJ Training? Part 2 →
If you could create the optimum training experience, what would it be like? Would you roll all the time? How much of the time would you spend repping techniques?
I will list several different training methods and list their benefits and weaknesses: