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Happy birthday Prof. Marcelo!
Thank you for everything you have done for our team!
We hope you have an amazing day and look forward to having you on the mats soon!
Happy Mother's Day!
On behalf of the entire team at GB Sydney, we would like to wish all of the mums a very happy Mothers Day!
Families are at the core of Gracie Barra, and we pride ourselves on our family-friendly atmosphere!
This May, if any family member of a GB Student joins us, we will pay for your first month of training!
There has never been a better time to get started! Whether you've seen your child get stuck in, and now you're looking for that challenge, or if you've been thinking about giving your child the benefits that Jiu-Jitsu bruoght to you, this is your chance!
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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
Don't wait! This is only available to the first 35 students!
We can't wait to see everyone take to the mats and represent the Red Shield!
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Strong, powerful, empowered.
GB Sydney received a question from a new student starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 52 years old. The student had a background in athletics – including competitive triathlon – and was very excited after being introduced to Jiu-Jitsu.
They asked a few questions about more mature (over 40 years of age) beginning and staying with Jiu-Jitsu.ㅤ
“…can I survive long enough to become a black belt by (likely age 62)? And what should my goal be to survive that long? (I didn’t think I had aged much until this past week…)”
Great questions and in fact, very common thoughts among our over 40 Gracie Barra students.
Q. “…can I survive long enough to become a black belt by (likely age 62)?”
GB: Earning a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu is a long process with many ups and downs. Forget the young phenoms who train full time and graduate to black belt in 3 or 4 years. The typical black belt you meet will have been training upwards of 10 years.
Even very fit younger guys feel overwhelmed when they start bjj. It is just a whole different world on the ground. The Gracie Barra professor who I trained to black belt under had the philosophy that any of the students can be a black belt. Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. Becoming a black belt was not only the providence of young, talented competitors. It was more a matter of being consistent over the long haul and So, yes…the over 40 beginners can one day acquire the skills to wear the black belt.
Q. “…what should my goal be to survive that long?”
GB: As an over 50 athlete, your approach needs to be a little different than the 23-year-old competitors who have faster metabolisms as well as the ability to recover quickly from those inevitable training injuries.
Here are some practical tips for over 40 Gracie Barra students.
1 – Pick your training partners carefully. After age 40 your capacity to recover from hard training and injuries is diminished. An injury will set you back and keep you off of the mats. Roll with students who have the same goals as you do and avoid students that you find spazzy (which you probably are at the beginning). Your #1 goal is to stay healthy enough to train consistently
Prof. Carlos Lemos shares some great advice:
“My advice for anybody training Jiu-Jitsu is something that I always tell my students: please remember… CONSISTENCY over intensity. Intensity is going to ruin you, going to destroy you.
You can not squeeze too hard essentially. It’s subtle pressure. That is what chokes people out. If you squeeze too hard you will burn your grips. You burn out your hands. You can’t really win.
The mindset that you have when you are squeezing a choke is the same mindset that you should have with your training. Consistent. Not intense!”
2 – Train with the purpose to learn (not “win” the roll) and leave enough in the tank to be able to come back again next class. Leave the “go hard or go home!” to the young meatheads. A lot of students get frustrated when they think their progress “should be” faster than it is. Just show up and try to absorb something from each session.
3 – Find a way to have fun. Training should not be a deadly serious business with your ego at stake in every class. The only way you will stick with it is if you love the day to day process. It takes a LONG time to even get to purple belt. You need to find a way to have fun drilling and rolling without getting discouraged or burning out.
Getting a few solid, regular training partners will be invaluable and you can support each other through the inevitable ups and downs.
Check out the benefits of joining the team at Gracie Barra Sydney!
- Learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Increase focus, energy and concentration
- Enjoy significant gains in your overall fitness level
- Learn the GB Self-Defense System
- Become part of the GB Family
- Increase self-confidence
- Train in over 30 different locations in Australia and over 800 worldwide
- Free access to the school’s events and special classes
I have been asked by students “Once you are a black belt, is it necessary to continue to try to learn about Jiu-Jitsu?” The underlying assumption behind this question is: Don’t you know everything about Jiu-Jitsu by the time you graduate to your black belt?
I am currently renewing my Gracie Barra instructor’s certification course ICP which features short video interviews with many Gracie Barra professors from all over the globe. One of the common themes expressed by black belt professors with over 20 years experience in Jiu-Jitsu is how they feel a strong need to continue to study Jiu-Jitsu.
What can they possibly mean by this?
There are a few angles to look at this sentiment.
1) Jiu-Jitsu is in a constant state of evolution
Especially when we are talking about the sport Jiu-Jitsu competition where new guards with exotic names are being unveiled at each major competition event of the year. At the highest levels, it is an arms race. Jiu-Jitsu teams get their top competitors together and brainstorm and develop new variations on positions and strategies to surprise their opponents.
The black belt who wants to be the best instructor, must keep current on all of the new developments in order to provide their students with all of the tools they need to be successful. Jiu-Jitsu that we know of today has some new positions (ex. berimbolo, reverse De la Riva guard) that were virtually unknown 5 years ago.
What will the art look like in 5 years from today?
2) The depth of the basics
Talk to any black belt and they will sincerely express their love of the basic techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. An armlock from the mount is a basic move and everyone knows it right? Not correct!
There is an enormous depth to the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. Advanced belts can be astounded at the additional details that a top level black belt can explain on positions they have been already using for years. The details on the strongest grip, the timing of execution, “move your hip a little to the side”, “break the opponent’s balance before trying to sweep”etc.
As a new black belt, I had a private lesson with a 4th degree master and I asked to go over basic techniques that I had as part of my game for over 15 years. It was a very humbling experience to discover that my understanding of “basic” techniques such as cross collar choke from guard were not as complete as I had previously thought.
The next time you attend a seminar with a top level instructor, ask them for tips on your best technique and you will be astonished at how deep Jiu-Jitsu is.
3) Different games
I had the pleasure of attending a Romulo Barral seminar a few years ago as a brown belt. Romulo is famous for his dangerous spider guard and spent the seminar explaining the basic grips he used and then a tree of possibilities of sweeps and attacks from his favourite position.
What impressed me – above and beyond the specific techniques – that he had a system setup around the grips and basic position:
– He knew his best options for sweeps and attacks
– He knew what to expect in his opponents defensive reactions
– He knew his combinations between the key techniques
– He understood how one move connected to and combined with the next
The depth to which he understood the nuances and complexity of the position was a real eye opener to me. When I saw the depth of knowledge and experience that he had about that one position, I more clearly understood how deep one could learn different games. It is not only how many moves you know, but on a deeper level, how do you use them and combine them effectively?
How deeply do you know the positions in your own “A Game”?
This reveals some of the bottomless depth of the art of Jiu-Jitsu and why it is never ending learning.
Hello GB Family,
May is here and many changes are to come.
2020 is definitely a year that has entered into world history and has become extremely important for the development, growth, and unity of our team.
As members of Gracie Barra, we always choose to look at things on the positive side, learn from challenges and turn problems into solutions.
As practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu, we know that adapting and being ready to deal with the unpredictable is essential for our survival on and off the mat.
Gracie Barra is once again taking the lead in the search for solutions for the next steps in the world that we will live.
Today we have started a new phase where the search for the safety of our students, adaptation and excellence in teaching come first.
Over the last weeks we have prepared a great video for you.
Present, past, and future will be present in the images and in the voiceover.
Prepare your heart, stay connected, and remember:
At GB safety comes first. Always!
We're in this together.
Congratulations to our Little Champions, Isabella!
Jules was one of the winners from our GB Sydney Easter Colouring Competition!
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Congratulations to our Little Champions, Jules!
At the time of this post, we are training online. In addition to trying to stay active and keep your bodies flexible and muscles working, we must also make an effort to keep our attitudes positive.
It is easy to have a positive mental attitude when everything in life is going smoothly. Our resolve is tested however when life isn’t going so well. At these times, we need to reflect on maintaining a positive attitude.
While Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t carry the same emphasis on philosophy as say the Shaolin monks and their Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu tradition does have some precepts for how to think and live in the best way.
Some of you may remember reading this important piece of philosophy from Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr.
Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. – 12 commandments
1 – To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
2 – Speak to every one of happiness, health and prosperity.
3 – Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.
4 – Always look at events from a positive point of view, and turn positivity into a reality in life.
5 – Think always in the best, work solely for the best and expect always the best.
6 – Always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
7 – Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energies on the victories ahead.
8 – Always keep your fellow men joyful and have a pleasant attitude to all that address you.
9 – Spend all the time you need in perfecting yourself, but leave no time to criticise the others.
10 – Become too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear and too happy to tumble in adversity.
11 – Always have a positive opinion about yourself and tell it to the world, not through words of vanity but through benevolence.
12 – Have the strong belief that the world is beside you if you keep true to what is best within you.
How can we as students of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu put our positive attitude into action?
Here are a few ways we as GB students can spread a positive attitude.
1. Be the first to say hello. Do you remember how apprehensive you felt in your first Jiu-Jitsu classes? You didn’t know what to expect. The school was full of people who all seemed to know each other and you felt like a stranger.
As an experienced student in your GB school, make the effort to be the first person to go up to a new student and say hello and ask them how everything is going in their training. This simple ice breaker can alleviate much of the nervousness of new students.
A story from my own experience about being friendly with new students. I received a message from a student saying that several years ago they had trained at our Gracie Barra school. I met a lot of new faces and I felt a little disappointed that I failed to recall that specific meeting. The student (now an instructor himself) said “I only trained at that school short time, but I remember how nice you were to me. I really appreciated it.” Let’s create more of this feeling inside our GB school by being open and positive with new students.
2. Catch someone doing something RIGHT! When Jiu-Jitsu students are learning new positions, it can be a challenge to understand and apply all of the details and correct mechanics of the techniques. Most of the necessary corrections will be in the form of “Oh, your grip is wrong” or “You are not performing the movement like the instructor taught.” This is an awful lot of negative feedback at times.
As senior students, helpful training partners we need to balance the “oh, you are doing this or that wrong” with positive feedback.
A good way to be more positive is to “catch” them doing a move correctly and pointing out how they have a nice sweep or escape.
3. Help out in small ways around the school. In running a clean, safe school that everyone enjoys attending several times every week, there are hundreds of minor tasks that are necessary. Taking ownership of your school is something that we all can do and contribute in small but significant ways to the overall positive attitude in our GB school.
Pick up empty water bottles left on the mat after class. Toss that forgotten t-shirt in the change room into the lost and found box. Ask if one of the students needs a ride home after class. Post a photo on your social media tagging your school and expressing how much you enjoy the class. These minor acts all build a positive atmosphere in your school.
4. No negative talk about other schools. Yes, I know some of the top personalities in combat sports generate a lot of attention by trash talking. Leave that negative talk to these professional self promoters. Most of us have witnessed negative bjj politics at some point between rival Jiu-Jitsu schools. Someone said or posted something negative about another school…they heard about it and responded with some negative words of their own and on it goes… and grows into bad feelings.
Stick to positive posts on social media. Don’t speak idly and say negative things about other Jiu-Jitsu schools around the other students. Refuse to participate. Be the positive example like Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr says “Spend all the time you need in perfecting yourself, but leave no time to criticise the others.”
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Samson, Sophia and Scarlett took to the mats like they normally would for a special class in their backyard!
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Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members.
If we are to keep the numbers low and make sure those affected can be taken care of by a functioning health system, we all need to do our part, temporarily changing our daily routines to embrace social distance.
However, we will not allow this virus to prevent us from continuing to pursue our mission of bringing Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone. We understand that, especially in times like this, you and your family need Jiu-Jitsu to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.
Starting Wednesday 18th March, we will be limiting our school’s activities to distance learning over the internet for two consecutive weeks. We will then evaluate what federal and local health officials are recommending or mandating before bringing back group classes.
We are joining forces with GB Online to provide a wide array of Jiu-Jitsu learning experiences along with using effective digital learning platforms.
While the COVID-19 outbreak develops, we will continue to adapt to bring Jiu-Jitsu to your daily life while keeping your health and safety our top priority.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and let you know when we intend to resume regular training at our school.
Lastly, we kindly ask you to not freeze or cancel your membership. Now, more than ever, we need your trust and support in our work. The situation is concerning, but it will pass.
On behalf of GB Sydney family, we ask for your continued support to help us weather this storm. Please click on the link below and create your GB online account. Thank you in advance for your continuous support.
See you online tomorrow!
Prof. Marcelo Rezende and the entire Gracie Barra Sydney Team
Over the past few weeks, we have observed a growing public-health concern regarding the Coronavirus or (COVID-19).
All Gracie Barra Schools around the World are and will remain committed to providing the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu instruction in a healthy and safe environment.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus as a global concern, we have been researching preventative guidelines issued by the World Health Organization and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, we have been in close communication with health care providers and local public health authorities to create a comprehensive plan to ensure the highest level of safety to both our students and instructors.
Initially, we aimed to gain a better understanding of the Coronavirus and the potential threats the virus may pose to our team as well as the identification of best practices in ensuring each school maintained the highest level of cleaning standards.
As we learned more about COVID-19, it became clear that our schools must not only implement every preventive measure possible but must also serve as a source of information to create more awareness about this virus and its potential risks.
What Can You Do?
There are many things you can do as an individual to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Additionally, there are things you can do to raise the level of awareness on this virus, reduce unnecessary fear, and create a level of engagement directed at the prevention of the illness with those closest to you.
BE SMART - Stay informed, be aware of risks, but don't panic. Use the discipline you learned in Jiu-Jitsu to create enhanced personal hygiene routines in your life. Wash your hands frequently, wash your uniform, and take a shower after practice, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. The CDC has put together an excellent website with plenty of information on the Coronavirus www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
STAY HEALTHY - This is a crucial time to make your health a priority and do all you can to boost your immunity. This means eat well, sleep well, consider taking additional supplements to boost your immunity systems, and of course, keep training!
TRAINING HYGIENE - To protect yourself and your training partners, make sure to sanitize your hands when entering the school before shaking anyone's hands or touching anything. Instructors and staff will require all students to sanitize their hands before class. Lastly, only put on your uniform after you enter the school premises.
BE A GOOD TEAMMATE - If you are feeling under the weather, if you are coughing or sneezing, if you have a mild fever, headache, or any other cold / flu-like symptoms, take a break from Jiu-Jitsu. Stay home, rest, eat well and look for a doctor in case the symptoms get worse or don't go away.
TRAVELING FROM AFFECTED AREAS - If you have been in touch or have traveled from areas affected by the Coronavirus, avoid contact with others for a few days, observe cold or Flu symptoms, and seek medical advice if needed.
Mia has been training with us over 5 years now, and it's been amazing to see her growth over that time!
We can't wait to see her grow into a fantastic woman!
We wanted to address the latest news on the emerging threat of the Corona Virus. We would like to ask all families, if they have travelled Overseas to effected areas over the last few weeks to follow the same guidelines that have been given from our local Schools.
We also ask for you to please keep us in mind of any updates of risk so that we can keep all of our members informed and safe.
Please see below for the latest update from the Minister for Health NSW.
Please click here to see the latest update.
There are as many different types of martial arts as there are languages in the world. Learning a new martial art is a lot like learning to speak a new language. Accommodating to a new martial art style like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be difficult and frustrating. Here are a couple helpful tips to help those transitioning into Jiu-Jitsu from a standup art.
1st: Learn to walk before you fly…
The fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu are the most important techniques you will ever learn on the mat. Understanding the fundamental concepts of Jiu-Jitsu is essential before moving on to complex moves. With that said, a new students should stay clear of YouTube when possible. Though a great resource to showcase the abundance of techniques, many new students can get drowned in advanced moves and never properly learn basics. Any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher will tell you that fundamentals are key.
2nd: Empty your cup…
The first step of construction is demolition. Go into each class with an open mind. Striking styles are very different from grappling arts. Some techniques in Jiu-Jitsu will seem odd first. Be open-minded to learning and don’t let old habits follow you onto the mat. Many martial arts styles have been relatively unchanged for thousands of years but Jiu-Jitsu is still constantly evolving with new techniques.
3rd: Enjoy the ride…
A white belt taught the basics of grappling could tap a world champion striker. It can be disheartening for experienced martial artists to experience the climb from the bottom again. Perseverance through this step is necessary for personal growth and development of a good martial artist. If life were about getting to the destination, we would all want to die as soon as possible.
4th: The GB1 Online
The GB1 program is an extension of learning at your GB school to your home.
With GB1 Online, you can study before and after your classes, and it is the best program on the market for a GB1 student. Right now, we have 3352 GB students enjoying the full version of the program and improving their learning process in Jiu-Jitsu.
Do you want to get better in Jiu-Jitsu?
Do you know why GB1 Online is the best program for you?
Because the GB1 Online program follows the 16-week cycle of the GB1 curriculum, precisely the same your instructor is following at your school.
Besides, GB1 Online is a unique opportunity to watch Master Carlos Gracie Jr. take action and demonstrate in detail every technique learned in class.
This is one of the most dreaded times of the year for many students. Summer break is over which means students will be heading back to school. For most students, this means dealing with homework, midterms, sleepless nights, and trying to find a date to the dance. Not to mention trying to figure out what they want to do in life. Finding time and motivation to train Jiu-Jitsu can be difficult. Here are some benefits to doing Jiu-Jitsu as a student.
1. Breaking Barriers
School kids tend to form groups depending on interest. This is especially true in high school. For the most part, interaction at lunch, or after school stays within the group. Jiu-Jitsu attracts many different types of students. It can be a great way to bridge the gap between different groups in school. This can help create a better experience in school for many students.
Side note: Don’t be afraid to suggest to other students to give Jiu-Jitsu a try. Most Jiu-Jitsu Academies offer a free intro class. Many people start BJJ through a friend’s recommendation. You just never know who will catch the bug.
Students may also participate in sports such as football, or basketball. Cross training in BJJ can be beneficial during the regular or off-season. Jiu-Jitsu can help athletes achieve greater strength. By utilizing muscles in a different way, athletes can develop additional strength. Jiu-Jitsu utilizes a person’s flexibility. Increased flexibility is advantageous in many other sports. Athletes wishing to supplement there sports with Jiu-Jitsu would notice increased flexibility.
3. Fighting the Freshman Fifteen
The freshman fifteen is a term used to describe the weight freshmen gain in their first year of college. The weight gain could be due to a variety of reasons. Increased stress, input of junk food, and a typical college lifestyle can be causes. Regardless, going to Jiu-Jitsu on a regular basis can be a great way to stay in shape and avoid the dreaded freshman fifteen.
4. Getting a Clear Head
Whether you’re a part time or full time student, school can be overwhelming. The stress of a final exam, turning in a 20-page term paper, or worrying about passing a class can get to you. Jiu-Jitsu is great to relieve the temporary worries students may have. You tend to forget the stress of a term paper when you have someone trying to choke you! Studying is great, but too much can burn you out too. Manage your mental health, just as much as you’re physical if not more.
Both Instinct & Awareness in BJJ Will Help You Grow as a Fighter
Jiu-Jitsu is for every person of every age and weight who dreams learning how to defend him or herself without getting hurt or hurting anyone.
Its practice involves two aspects: instinct and awareness. Both are important for the advance of the fighter who debates these points in his/her mind.
In a recent talk, Master Carlos Gracie Jr. spoke about the subject.
“Many people know a great deal about Jiu-Jitsu, but have very little instinct for the fight. In these cases, the knowledge overrides the instinct. On the other hand, a person with very little knowledge of the fight has a great deal of instinct. The instinct alone is enough to save him/her, protecting from harmful situations, from submission, and allowing the person to be a good fighter,” explains the red-belt Carlinhos Gracie.
“I’ve seeing many times a fighter get out of a position with pure instinct, but not able to explain the position, for not having the awareness of what he/she is doing. If that person one day becomes an instructor, he/she won’t be able to explain the position. During training many times I asked black-belts to explain the position and they always begged me not to do it. They were terrified” remembered the founder of Gracie Barra.
Carlinhos mentions that now at Gracie Barra, we have many black-belts who are training with beginners, as a refresher of the fundamentals, to teach better, eliminate bad habits, and to remember basics that were forgotten.
“The game of a well-trained athlete works only in the beginning. When tired or getting old, his/her Jiu-Jitsu declines sharply,” said Gracie. “The technique, the knowledge and awareness allow us to be calmer in a bad position. A bad position drains a lot of energy and you have to get out nicely in the precise time when your adversary makes a mistake.”
“I’ve always been a fan of the basics. After you have a good solid foundation of Jiu-Jitsu, the rest comes by instinct. You create, invent. The rest is easy. The difficult part is the beginning,” concluded Carlinhos.
Check out more about India below!
What is your favourite technique?
Pull Guard to Triangle
What are your main titles?
- 2x Australia National Champion
- IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion
- 3x NSW State Champion
- 3x Canberra Open Champion
- 2x QLD State Champion
- 3x GB Compnet Champion
Who is your Gracie Barra idol?
Prof. Glauco de Almeida, Prof. Matt Schwass, Prof. Jo Thomson & Coach Ruby Matic
What does being a Gracie Barra Ambassador mean to you?
Being a GB Ambassador means being the best I can be, trying my hardest and pushing myself to my limits non stop. It also means to never give up and always have a positive mindset. It also enables me to inspire other young kids as well as adults to know that they can do anything they put their mind to.
What are your goals for 2020?
Become 2021 GB Ambassador, National Champion, Pan Pacs Champion, train my hardest every day on the mats!
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Prof. Rob was lucky enough to meet Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
Prof Rob is currently enjoying a holiday in Brazil, and while he was there, travelled to Floripa to train at a local GB School.
When he arrived, he was greeted by Master Carlos Gracie Jr himself! They trained together, took plenty of photos, and of course, had a great chat about everything Jiu-Jitsu!
We can't wait to hear all about it when he comes back!
Along with the rear mount, the mount is considered the most dominant position on the ground in jiu-jitsu. Yet, many students struggle with the mount, preferring to stay on top in side control.
Why is this?
The students feel that their opponents replace the guard or bridge and roll them more easily and they lose their hard fought position. Make no mistake, the mount is a powerful position and worth devoting the training time to make it a solid part of your jiu-jitsu game.
Here are 3 Tips to improve your mount
1) First priority : Maintain the position
All too often, students achieve the mount and are in too much of a hurry to grab an arm lock.
They have not yet stabilized the mount position (you need at least 3 seconds to be rewarded the 4 points in IBJJF competition) and try to attack. The opponent has room to escape and the top loses their mount.
When you achieve the mount, your first priority is to control the opponent and prevent their escape.
Once you have prevented your opponent’s escape attempts, then you can look at tip 2.
2) Attack the collar / neck
If the opponent on the bottom is not threatened by an attack, they can be free to look to escape.
However, the moment that the person in mount gets a hand deep in the collar, the choke must be defended!
This also tends to bring the arms of the bottom person up and allows the top mount to slide their knees up to a higher mount.
In a “high” mount with your knees in the opponent’s armpits, their ability to effectively bridge is greatly reduced.
3) Develop the arm lock / choke combination attack
Legendary competitor Roger Gracie is famous for this “basic” but powerful attack from the mount.
One year at the World Championships,. Roger Gracie had a mission to mount and submit all of his opponents in the black belt division.
Roger advises to train your straight arm lock / cross collar choke combination. The opponent can not defend both of your attacks with 100%. As you threaten both attacks, and change between the techniques, your opponent falls behind and you gain an advantage.
The top mount allows you to apply your bodyweight and leverage to make the opponent uncomfortable and cause them to commit a mistake.
Threaten the choke to get the arm. Threaten the arm to make your opponent forget their collars and get the choke.
Jiu-Jitsu is a good problem to have. If you share the addiction to BJJ, hopefully some of these will stick out to you!
1. You frequently try new techniques on love ones who don’t train in Jiu-Jitsu
Sometimes you see a move or think about a submission. Many people who are addicted to Jiu-Jitsu will not wait till they get to class. They will simply go over to a loved one, friend, or even a random stranger and say, “Let me try this thing real quick.”
2. You check websites like GB Online every night
You go over all the blogs, GB videos, techniques videos, and more. There's always something new to read, watch, and learn.
3. You subscribe to one or more Jiu-Jitsu magazines
Just in case the power ever went out, Jiu-Jitsu addicts will always have a hard copy of Jiu-Jitsu literature lying around. Jiu-Jitsu Magazine, Gracie Mag, and Jits Magazine are a few you may subscribe to.
4. Your YouTube history is cluttered with Jiu-Jitsu videos
For you, YouTube is a database of Jiu-Jitsu techniques. You probably also subscribe to channels such as BJJ Hacks TV, GracieBreakdown, and BJJ Scout.
5. You wear Jiu-Jitsu apparel 24/7
Your clothes have the words “Jiu-Jitsu” or “Gracie Barra” on them.
6. You find yourself hip escaping in your sleep
Sometimes this happens and your head hits the headboard or the wall.
7. You start looking at movies and analyzing how they’re submissions are all wrong
Action movies often don’t portray realistic fighting. People addicted to Jiu-Jitsu tend look at submission in movies and start pointing out all the things wrong with it.
8. You prefer Açai over of Ice Cream
Many people are introduced to Acai through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a tasty treat.
9. When talking to someone you don’t like, you daydream of ways to submit them
Admit it. This happens.
10. You’ve tried a submission attempt on a pillow
Sometimes no one is around to try a new technique on. Pillows don’t ever argue or fight back.
11. When you give someone a hug, you must always get under hooks
Under-hooks are important! It gives you the leverage you need to control someone if you ever needed to. Just in case!
12. You experience withdrawal when you don’t train
The mat has become a 2nd home to me. The academy has been a place I can go to relax and break free. If I don’t train, I begin to miss it and actually have trouble sleeping.
One of the more common challenges faced by Jiu-Jitsu students is the dreaded training plateau. Although we would like to think of our progress as a steady, uninterrupted upward progression, real life seldom works that way. There are periods where we seem to have stalled in our improvement.
In many cases, it can merely be your own internal perception that you aren’t performing at your best. “It feels like everyone else is improving but me!” you might feel at times. The truth is you are getting better, but the rate of progress is so slow as to be almost imperceptible. Couple that with the fact that everyone else in the class is also improving and you get the misguided idea that you aren’t improving.
Then there are those periods… where your progress truly has flat lined. You may be having fun training in class, but your game has not made any significant progress. You may be in the athlete’s dreaded comfort zone. You seem to be doing the same things that you have always done and rolling the same way with the same training partners week in and week out. But this has led to a type of stagnation.
Dare To Be Great – Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
It is going to take venturing out of your comfort zone to get your Jiu-Jitsu up to the next level.
How can we escape our Jiu-Jitsu comfort zone?
Here are a few suggestions to help you get out of that comfort zone and “level up” your game.
Set a goal to enter a tournament.
There are few things that will light a fire under you like the knowledge that you will be testing your skills under the bright lights of the competition stage! You will increase your physical conditioning and ramp up the intensity of your rounds. You may have to tighten your diet and cut a few kilos to make a certain weight division. You will examine your game with a critical eye and look to sharpen strengths and patch weaknesses. You won’t be skipping training sessions. You will seek out rolls with the other competitors on your team in order to sharpen each other. The impetus of competition will take you out of a comfort zone for sure.
Not everyone has a goal to compete in a tournament and there are other ways that you can create conditions to get out of your comfort zone. One of the best ways is to set a period of time to focus on a position that you are not that good at. For example, you have a pretty good guard and have been content for a long time to pull guard or start from bottom position in rolling. Takedowns? Well…maybe you will get to that later. Now is the time to devote a focused period of study to learning new entries and finishes for your single leg, drilling the technique every class with your favorite training partners, and resolving to start every roll from standing position and refusing to simply do the familiar and pulling guard. Those first several times if fighting for grips in a foreign position you will definitely feel some discomfort! But therein lies how you will jump to a higher level.
Train your weak side.
This might be considered a more advanced area to focus your training. When we are at lower belts, we are often trying to experiment with new positions and acquiring proficiency with those positions. However, once you are confident in those positions and are able to use them in live rolling, it is time to look at another aspect of the position: are you a left side specialist? That is to say – are ALL of your guard passes ONLY to your left hand side? Do you ONLY use Lasso Guard with your left hook? If you are like the majority of Jiu-Jitsu students, I’ll bet the answer is yes! I challenge you to take your knowledge of that strong position and train it on your weak side. It will feel awkward for sure! You will feel like a white belt at first. But that lasts only a short time until you develop the muscle memory to execute the position on your unused side. The good news is that you will quickly get over that initial difficulty and find the former weak side is now every bit as good as your strong side. The secret is that your opponents are awkward at DEFENDING on that weak side so your technique is even more difficult to defend.
All of these suggestions involve moving beyond our normal routines, what we are already comfortable doing.
We are at our best when we are challenging ourselves to get out of our comfort zones and sharpen our Jiu-Jitsu.
Congratulations to our GB Sydney team on incredible performances at the NSW Summer Cup!
Together, along with our other GB Schools, we managed to come 1st in the Kids, Gi and No-Gi divisions!
Congratulations to everyone involved, this was an amazing success for our team!
Congratulations to our new black belts!
At the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019, GB Sydney promoted 5 new black belts! Congratulations to:
- Prof. Carlos Schiezaro
- Prof. Gabriel Oliveira
- Prof. Jeremy Mateo
- Prof. Mohamed Abdi
- Prof. Murilo Pinamoura
We would also like to congratulate these black belts on getting another stripe on their belt:
- Prof. Diogo Reis
- Prof. Jo Thomson
- Prof. Marcelo Moyses
On average, it takes about 8 to 10 years to achieve a black belt. Congratulations to these student on their incredible achievement!
Check out all the photos from the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019 here!
Have a look at some of the GB Sydney team at the
opening of the Gracie Barra HQ in Florianpolis, Brazil with Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
Don't forget we have over 800 GB Schools across the world!
Whenever you are going to another city, or another country, make sure you take you uniform and get a Visitors Card for the team at reception!
Any training you do overseas will count towards your next stripe and attendance back here at GB Sydney!
Talk to the team for more information!
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Get excited for 2020 and let's represent the Red Shield!
Congratulations to Prof. Glauco de Almeida and Coach Sean Fong on your super bonus!
In January 2019, we set a challenge for Coach Sean and Prof. Glauco. They needed to reach a certain level of growth for Gracie Barra Sydney.
They had from the 1st of January 2019 to 31st of December 2019. If they reached this target, they would receive a bonus towards either a car, or a home deposit/investment. On the 28th of August 2019, they reached their goal.
This is an incredible achievement for both of them, and shows their growth with Gracie Barra.
Prof. Glauco started training with us when he was 13 years old. He grew up on the mats, and years later, started assisting with classes. As he grew, he became a part-time Instructor, and began impacting the lives of every student who came through the doors. In 2018, at our GB Oceania Awards Night, Prof. Marcelo Rezende awarded him with his black belt. A boy, grown in to a man, and now the Chief Instructor here at Gracie Barra Sydney.
Coach Sean Fong also changed his life with us here. After a lifelong fascination with martial arts brought him to Gracie Barra Sydney, Sean left his job in a law firm after only 6 months of training. He immediately started working at Gracie Barra Sydney, and is now the Program Director here, and for many of us, the first point of contact. Sean loves his job, and loves being the person who gets to explain the power of Jiu-Jitsu to every new face that comes through the doors.
Congratulations to both of you!
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2 months ago, we brought you the story of Richie Harris. Here is the latest update!
Richie's journey started at nearly 150kgs, and he is now at an amazing 93kgs!
Richie has recently travelled to the IBJJF World Masters Championships, and last night received his purple belt from Prof. Marcelo Rezende!
We are all incredibly proud of your Richie!
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