Fitness For Jiu Jitsu

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art which has the core philosophy that technique and leverage can overcome size, strength and speed. While this is true it still helps to have a good fitness level when sparring. Perhaps the most important physical trait you could have is good cardiovascular endurance. If you are able to […]


Buying A Gi

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There are a few things to consider when buying a Gi that you should be aware of: What size? As you would find with many other types of clothing; measurements for each size category vary from company to company. Size categories are as follows: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 (“A” simply means Adult and the […]


Gracie University

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It is very helpful to practice techniques in your free time from an instructional video in addition to attending classes. This is because when you learn a technique in class it is easy to forget it later. With an instructional video you can view the techniques as many times as you like therefore if you […]


Stretching for Jiu Jitsu

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It is important to stretch before you train in any Jiu Jitsu situation. With ordinary technique classes this should be organised by your instructor. Generally you will do the shrimping exercise discussed in the technique classes article along with 2 or 3 other dynamic movements that will prepare you for the class. In my experience […]


Keep Clean

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It is very important that you prioritise hygiene if you intend on training Jiu Jitsu. One of the dangers of training Jiu Jitsu is a skin infection named “Staphylococcus aureus” (commonly abreviated to “Staph”). From what I understand Staph can be contracted from your training partner or training mats when you recieve a cut on […]


How to tie your belt and Gi pants

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Tying the belt It is important to know how to tie your belt correctly. If your belt is constantly coming loose it can be very annoying and wastes good training and rolling time. The best method of tying a belt that I have found is explained by Rener Gracie in the YouTube video below. The prettiest and […]


Rolling – A Jiu Jitsu Sparring Class

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Jiu Jitsu sparring classes consist of back to back rounds of sparring, widely known as “rolling”, with fresh opponents every round. In my experience rounds are normally 5 or 7 minutes long though I assume this varies from gym to gym. In these classes you will quickly understand the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu and how […]


A Typical Jiu Jitsu Class

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  As a Jiu Jitsu Beginner you will no doubt be interested to know what takes place in a standard BJJ class. From my experience this normally comprises of a warm up, learning a technique(s) and then drilling what you have learned. Warm up The warm up session normally involves, among other excercises, “shrimping”. This […]


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Brief background of BJJ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is martial art developed by the Gracie family. It is a grappling art which allows you to use technique and leverage to incapacitate your opponent safely with a submission manuevre. It was derived from Kodokan Judo by Carlos and Helio Gracie. The Gracie family gave open challenges asking […]