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Building a Better World Through BJJ

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In the video above, Frank Curreri (a BJJ Black Belt and journalist) proposes a way to train kids in BJJ who have no means to experience it. He also uses Meisha Tate as a helper to demonstrate the art. The video is interesting and he says some things that are truly shocking about his experience with BJJ.

Here are my thoughts on a perfect BJJ World:

My view of the perfect BJJ world would be to have a permanent BJJ mat (the size of half a basketball court) in every community. This mat would be self cleaning and could survive the rigors of rough weather. People would come and work out like a local gym and experienced grapplers would help the younger grapplers to improve their skills. If all you wanted to do was use it for open mat, then so be it. No monthly payments, just free grappling.

*Instructors and school owners, you do not have to worry. If we had grappling in every neighborhood you guys would be needed as coaches in every school in the nation. You could make a living in the hierarchy that would exist.

What would your perfect BJJ world be?

Another Ted Talk you can watch: JiuJitsu: When Martial Arts become a Philosophy

You can read Bakari’s books: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the MatPsychology of Brazilian Jiu-JitsuGrappling Games: BJJ & Submission WrestlersTapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission WrestlersGrappling for Newbies20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the MatThe Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

 

 

Guy promotes himself to Brown Belt

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Wow, if life was that easy.

If you watched the BJJ vs the Vacuum Cleaner  video on Peter Soto’s Youtube page, then you probably saw the video of a guy who promoted himself to Brown belt. If not, here is the video below.

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I get it. I understand the frustration and the wanting to buck the system. I often felt that I deserved a little more rank than I held. However, at the same time I know how difficult it is to say how good you are because there is always someone who can beat you in BJJ in the lower ranks. Or the guys and gals of your rank spank you so often it is difficult to claim that you deserve a higher belt. All kind of variables can be interjected in trying to figure your belt level.

I also suspect the Dunning Kruger Effect plays into self-evaluation. With the Dunning Kruger Effect it is found that advanced students and those who make the better grades have a more realistic idea of how well they will perform when taking exams. They even underestimate their abilities. Those who have lower grades or are poor students overestimate how well they will perform on exams. (Time spent studying also plays a role.)  I have no idea of this guy’s skill level, how good a BJJ student he is, etc., but I know self-evaluation can get you into trouble.

When I earned my Ph.D. and I was out celebrating with family and friends, I had a person come up to me (not in my group) and say she was going to get a Ph.D. at one time but decided not to. She didn’t say try to earn either. I didn’t get angry, but it rubbed me the wrong way. The lady said it as if claiming it could happen, it would happen.  As if my five years spent obtaining it was reducible to a bold claim.

Most of us have been awarded a title, rank or achievement by others after passing a curriculum. If after studying the curriculum for a period of time and you feel you did not receive the proper recognition, would you promote or award yourself a designation?

In the end. It is only a belt. Redd Foxx once said he and a friend were walking down a street  in St. Louis and a man jumped out of an alley into a Karate stance and said, “Give me your wallets, I’ve got a Black belt.” Foxx’s friend pulled out a pistol and said, “Good, they are going to need it to lower you a@# in the ground!”

I loved tapping out Brown belts when I was a Blue belt and I tapped out a few Black belts at purple belt. To have someone ask, how long have you been a Blue belt or why are you still a ____ belt was gold to my ears.

What do you think about self-promotions?

Bakari is the author of Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the MatPsychology of Brazilian Jiu-JitsuGrappling Games: BJJ & Submission WrestlersTapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission WrestlersGrappling for Newbies20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the MatThe Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJJ and the Vacuum Cleaner

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I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. However, I know exactly where his spirit comes from. In the quest to get better we will try anything to improve. I have tried questionable tactics as well. Regardless of what one thinks, it is better than sitting on the couch.

Now where’s my toaster? I want to work on a headlock I saw on YouTube.

Click the picture for the video or click: BJJ vs Vacuum Cleaner

Bakari is the author of Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the MatPsychology of Brazilian Jiu-JitsuGrappling Games: BJJ & Submission WrestlersTapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission WrestlersGrappling for Newbies20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the MatThe Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

Stack 52 – Mini Workout

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Okay, during the Christmas holidays I purchased Stack 52. As you can guess by the title, there are 52 cards with a different body weight exercise on each one. It instructs you to do either a series of reps or to exercise for time. There are all types of exercises and depending on your fitness level it can get intense pretty quickly.

I had the intention of pushing my body to new limits with body weight exercises. It started off great. I quickly moved from 5 a day, to 10, to 10 cards two times a day. After a couple of weeks I was up to 20 cards, two times a day. Then, it hit me. I don’t know how or when, but one morning I woke up and it felt as if my arm had separated from my shoulder. I couldn’t work out my upper body for a full three weeks. It also left me with a fear of lifting heavy or doing too many calisthenics.

I actually ended up worse than where I started. However, I feel better now and I have been testing out my limits. Today, I tried a mini workout with Stack 52. Below is my workout:

Push ups – 15 reps

Ski -Jumpers 10 reps (2 jumps equals one rep)

Jumping Jacks – 25 reps

Crunches – 20 reps

Body weight squats – 10 reps

Bird dogs – 8 (2 = 1 rep)

Kick your butt = 10 reps

Pop ups – 12 reps

Speed Jacks – 10 seconds (Estimated 25)

Wide arm push-ups – 10 reps

I felt pretty good afterward. I am going to increase my output in the next workout.

¡Paz!

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Bang! Bang! Building Cardio for Jiu-Jitsu

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Just sitting here in my garage, watching a BJJ DVD video and typing up my training for today. 🙂

Today I worked on legs and cardio.

My lungs were really working with the kettle bells. I like that and will probably use them more, especially since I have read a few studies that say kettlebell workouts give you the best bang for your buck.

I don’t know about my choice of words there, but I am only talking about working out.

Wait…

Here’s the workout (20 min):

30 sec jog/30 sec quick stretch

Jump rope – 3 sets – 100 (regular)

Jump rope – 1 set – 100 (kick outs)

Body weight squats – 12 reps

Body weight calf raises – 24 reps

Jumping Jacks – 100 reps

Dead lifts – 135 lbs -5 reps

Dead lifts – 135lbs – 6 reps

Calf raises – 135 lbs- 24 reps

Kettlebell calf raises – 40 lbs – 1 set left/1 set right

Kettlebell Swings – 40 lbs –  2 sets

Kettlebell Goblet Squats – 40 lbs – 1 set

Quad extensions – 35 lbs – 2 sets

Stretching – 4 min – quads, hamstring, calves and lower back

Peace!

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Check out my grappling books on Amazon: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the Mat, Psychology of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling Games: BJJ & Submission Wrestlers, Tapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission Wrestlers, Grappling for Newbies, 20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the Mat, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

The Terrible Comeback and Yoga to start off…

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In the past, when I announced that I was on some new training regimen or on the hunt to learn a new submission I would go on a tear. However, after a couple of years on hiatus and a new drive to train again, I have found that I have been all talk this time.

Have I exercised?  Yeah, but nothing special. Two to three times a week (non-BJJ related). Have I trained like someone getting ready to go back to the rigors of BJJ? No.

I have thought about it and I realized that with all of my new ventures in the past, I have blogged my actions and results every time I train. That kept me honest; it allowed me to keep a record and I could see my growth.

I will do it again!

Activity – 11 mins of Beginning yoga

Warrior poses – Sun salutations – Downward dog – Child’s pose – Upward cobra – Planks – Table (?) – other various stretches I can’t remember…

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The Comeback…

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I have been out of the lifestyle for a while and it is time for me to return. A few weeks ago, I made a promise to myself and told my wife that I am going to start training, but now I need to go public.

March 18, 2016 – I will rejoin a BJJ academy.

Oh yeah, I am bringing someone with me.

I am also going to sign my daughter up for training. She will be nearer four years of age (than not) by that time so we are going to go together.

Why March 18th?

A couple of things.

I am getting ready to move. I don’t want to join a new place and sign a contract and have to leave in three or so months. However, in March we will be close to our moving date and I will have a 10 day break during this period where I can sign up, train a little and prepare for the eventual move to our new location and new academy.

Also, I can’t just jump back into training as before, for a number of reasons. I am just feeling 100 percent from an over-training  injury to my shoulder, which affected my chest, tricep and forearm as well. This two week episode was scary for me and I realized that I can’t just jump into hard training. I have to ease back into it and sensibly.

When I was taking Judo as a 24 or 25 year old I remember a guy came in who was 41. He was gung-ho and game, but he hadn’t done any serious training (in anything) for a while. He made it through the warm-up, but injured his knee before the first drill was over. He never came back.

Now, I am not this man. I have grappling experience and I have been exercising during my 2 year hiatus, but I still put on weight during this time and I have not trained specifically to deal with the rigors of grappling. I need to prepare to get back on the mat. I am 42 now, which isn’t old, but I need to pay attention to preparation, rest and recovery.

My hips aren’t as flexible, my legs feel tight and I don’t feel as limber as before. I also need to amp up my endurance (anaerobic and aerobic) and work on some basics before I go back.

Unlike my daughter, who sometimes sits in the splits when she plays with her dolls, Daddy has to work toward readiness. However, I have a number of ideas to get prepared and will be sharing them as I get ready over the next couple of months.

Okay then…

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Check out my grappling books on Amazon: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the Mat, Psychology of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling Games: BJJ & Submission Wrestlers, Tapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission Wrestlers, Grappling for Newbies, 20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the Mat, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.