Month: September 2008

New Guy (Newbies) Instructors

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I have been wrestling with posting this for a while, but I am finally fed up. I know that you should leave your “ego at the door” when practicing BJJ, but what’s up with new guys who have never ever taken Jiu-jitsu before or only a week or two always trying to instruct more veteran guys in technique.

Last night I witnessed a new guy try to tell our instructor how to perform an armbar and he was dead wrong (in so many ways). This is after I told him where his arm placement should be. After he was corrected he then tried to instruct me on what I was doing wrong. I had to tell him why I was performing it that way. But I shouldn’t have to tell him. New guys should be sponges and seek instruction. If they don’t want to learn they should open up their own schools.

This isn’t the first time I have suffered through this. Sometimes when you pair up with a new guy to drill technique he acts so confidently that you may assume that he is a vet. Then you ask him how long he has been practicing and the answer is, “Oh, this is my first day.” Just about every time (if not 100%) I tap these guys out in a sparring session that same class and then they finally start asking questions as opposed to trying to give direction.

I don’t know why I am so preturbed about this, but it is irritating. Have any of you guys had the same problem and if so how do you deal with it?

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Spoiler: Rashad Evans & Chuck Liddell

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I have been unwavering in my support of Rashad Evans ever since he was on TUF. Time and time again people have underestimated his abilities. He was also a 3 to 1 underdog against Liddell going into this fight.

I have always been upset with fighters in the UFC having to linger around while all of the big name fighters can win and lose and continuously be handed title shots. Or no names are given a shot because they want someone to keep the title.

Hooray for Evans, he deserves it!!!

Jiujitsu Round-Up (Aug 1 – Sep 6)/Kids Update too…

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I only went to practice one time last week. I had to resort to 30 reps a day of BJJ techniques for the rest of the six days. The day I did go (Tuesday) I hurt my back from practicing break falls. We were doing the exercises where people kneel down and you jump and roll over them and practice falling on your back. I thought I was in Judo class many years ago and hit the falls with the same intensity level.

Major mistake.

When I was taking a shower after class I began to feel my back tense up and at 12 AM exactly I awoke with cramps in 5 different places. My calves, right inner thigh and both sides of my back. It felt like the Juggernaut had taken control of my limbs.

Needless to say I needed to take it easy.

On another note, my nephews have been going to BJJ practice for about 7 or 8 weeks now and they are improving substantially. They are beginning to look like BJJ practitioners. They are learning to defend chokes and are becoming more aggressive on the mat. Further, they are able to defend much better against the older and bigger kids. 

At times, my oldest nephew, Kenyon, has been upset with himself because he is getting choked out so much. He likes to pick people up and almost body slam them (he puts them down gently) but he also keeps his head down when he shoots. He pays the price often.  They also both express frustration with a slightly older girl in class, Madison, who manhandles them. But I keep trying to express to them that they just have to put in the time and develop the skill and that it doesn’t matter if it is a boy or a girl who beats them. If their opponent has superior size, strength and technique they will have a hard time no matter what.

They’ll be okay though…..