1. M

    Tips for one on one BJJ session

    Hey all, Im looking at doing some one on one BJJ sessions to help me improve a bit more separate to doing the classes. Some things I already know I want to work on are improving my hip escapes from the bottom but would you say there is any other key things to focus on during that one on one...
  2. Ivan

    Drilling or Rolling to improve?

    Hi guys I was hoping I could get some advice for improving my BJJ. I am currently struggling in understanding how to improve my BJJ. When I worked on my boxing it was fairly simple; I would take one technique or one footwork drill and practice to exhaustion or perfection. But it's a little...
  3. M

    Struggling with sparring/rolling as a female

    I've started to get back into Muay Thai (5x a week), strength training (2x a week) and then BJJ gi and no gi (5x a week), which is manageable for me. But the issues im having is: For Muay Thai: Everyone I spar with is a male and usually over 6ft and just built like an absolute unit, im 5'4 on a...
  4. Ivan

    Elbow pain from framing?

    Hi guys, I have been struggling with elbow pain for a while now. Two months ago I completely stopped BJJ and have been doing work with a sports physio ever since then. At the time, because I tend to train with gi more than no gi, and I have a very full training schedule, 16-20 hours weekly, the...
  5. Ivan

    What takedowns should I focus on?

    Hey guys, as you know I have been focusing a lot more on grappling now and although I've been off due to elbow pain, I've started to make a return by just doing one light session weekly with some friends and working towards building it up. I am much more comfortable playing bottom positions such...
  6. Ivan

    Pronator teres syndrome in BJJ

    Hey. As some of you may know, I have recently been struggling with elbow pain during BJJ. I went to a physio who has worked with wrestlers and other grapplers in the past and got a diagnosis. I asked him to summarise his findings in an email which I will paste below. My question is whether there...
  7. Ivan

    Elbow Pain after grappling

    Hi guys. I have had an issue with my elbows for quite a while. It started all the way back in January I believe, perhaps some weeks before this. After BJJ training, I would get some extremely sharp pain in my elbows, that was very debilitating and painful - the drives home would be arduous and...
  8. Ivan

    Another BJJ competition

    Hey guys, Ive just had my first round robin tournament yesterday and I did a lot better than my other competitions. I won 3 out of my 4 matches. The winners were supposed to be decided by having an elimination tournament of the top 3 performing competitors in each group, after the division was...
  9. Ivan

    Adopting a competitive mentality

    Hi. As many of you know I have begun to compete in jiujitsu. I have attended two competitions now, for a total of four matches, and have also watched teammates compete and noticed different things. I have another competition coming up at the end of this month, a round-robin tournament and, of...
  10. Ivan

    My first BJJ competition

    Hi guys, I havent been active in a while. To recap, after my issues with my striking journey, I decided to switch to grappling full time. I already had some very minor BJJ experience but I dropped all my striking apart from some light technique on my own and started taking as many grappling...
  11. Ivan

    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    Hi. I am writing an article on the attitudes towards physical strength in martial arts, and would like to get your perspective on this issue (if it is an issue, I personally feel that it is) in martial arts, since you're all much more experienced than me. Every since I started training, I saw...
  12. Benjamin Ramirez

    What are the top benefits or advantages of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

    As a beginner, you must have this question in your mind if you are going to learn bjj that what its advantages? Right well I have found this guide helpful " advantages of brazilian jiu jitsu". I welcome all to place more suggestions or blogs do they have on this article, or any YouTube guide...
  13. J

    Beaten by a white belt.

    Let me start off I have no issues with being beaten by a white belt. but its a mixture of how I evaluate my game and something one of the black belts said. I soared with a new white belt the other day. He has been at the gym for about two months or so. His background is mainly striking...
  14. Harry Flannagan

    Website Suggestions for BJJ?

    I've been training in BJJ for a while. I love reading stuff from the BJJ guru, I learn lots of cool stuff. I was wondering where you guys are reading? And which sites can help me improve my grappling techniques? Videos on YT are helpful but I think I obsessively went through all of them already...
  15. Ivan

    The Philosophy Behind the Black Belt

    Today, after a BJJ class, my fourth ever so far, the main black belt gathered around all of the people who trained with me for a sort of group-talk session. You will find out why this is relevant in a minute, bear with me, as I first want to say that I believe the reason and the philosophy...
  16. JKDJade

    So Let Me Get This Straight-- Why Don't We Have New Arts?

    Here are some names: Bruce Lee- JKD Ed Parker- Ed Parker Kenpo Bart Vale- Chinese Kenpo Tony Leo- Shuri Shindo Ryu Freedie Lee- Freedie's Modern Fu Al Tracy - Tracy Kenpo Jeff Speakman -Kenpo 5,0 Helio Gracie- BJJ Steve Mohamad- Black Karate Federation Gary Dill- Bushido Kempo/SDS Chuck...

    A New Paradigm for BJJ Academys

    Is there a different way to train? Is the current Academy model the only way to learn BJJ? What are the things that you would change about your gym, and how you would do it better?
  18. KimBjjTaiChi

    Hello my name is Kim

    Hello my name is Kim Bergen I live in the Netherlands and i study BJJ (still a white belt) and i practise Tai Chi with my best girlfriend Laura Bonthuis from Apeldoorn. I am.just a beginner but Laura is truly amazing at Tai Chi will post a link of her later so you the "martial arts experts" can...
  19. J

    Some advice

    Im looking to start bjj but I have pins and plates in my ankle after a pretty bad break when I was 17 Im 22 now but still get pains as you do from surgery was wondering how I would fair in holds ect. And if anyone has been through it and has advice
  20. Ybot

    Cross Choke from Mount (vid)

    Hey all. I haven't been on the forums in some time. Looking to become more active in the online communities again. Anyway, thought I'd share the technique that is foundational to my entire mount game.
  21. O

    Am I caring about others too much?

    So I've started training BJJ 7-8 Weeks ago, so you'd call me the new guy right? That's what I thought. However, I've been left stumped recently with my training and how well its going; let me give context. - I'm the only White Belt with no stripes. - I have previous experience in Karate and...
  22. whitebeltforever

    The biiiig C word and finding my way in martial arts

    Hi everybody! I remember reading the "When will you quit" post on here a few years ago and thinking oh my godddd i really hope i dont quit!! I am going to do my practices every week and and and i will blah de blah de blah blah i really really hope that i don't quit! I came back to class the...
  23. B

    Beginner needs help to see if this place is legit(bjj)

    Basically, this bjj place opened pretty much right down the street from my house and Im really thinking of joining because I want to do bjj for exercise and self defense. Can a expert in bjj tell me if this gym is legit? Ill leave a link Combat Sports Center | MMA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Muay Thai
  24. Isaiah90

    Why BJJ will get you beaten or killed in self defense

    Here's an explanation why people should stop teaching BJJ for self defense. Little to no striking - BJJ has little to no striking. BJJ claims that you can subdue an attacker peacefully without striking or kicking. The problem is that if you have to avoid strikes and kicks to counter them, your...
  25. P

    Trying to decide a school

    hi, Im a 46 yr old former wrestler, I did Crossfit for the last 8 years and Im looking for something a little more fulfilling than just working out. My primary goal was to find a martial art for exercise. As i researched more Krav Maga kept coming up on my radar. We have Andrew schools that...
  26. U

    Want to learn self defense? Advice or tips?

    Hi, So I'm new on this website and I thought it would be a good idea to ask for self defense advice. I did taekwondo for six years and wing chun for 10 months. And fitness kickboxing for two months. However, I still am not confident these styles will help me as I'm sure you know that they...
  27. B

    To BJJ or not to BJJ

    Hello I'm new here ! I'm 16 and have trained shotokan karate for 11 years , this being both competitive/sport style and traditional. My dream in life is to compete in the 2024 Olympics although i also want to be able to make a living from martial arts , being honest I havent had the same love...
  28. S

    Short feature on BJJ

    Hi, just sharing :)
  29. Vince Millett

    1990s Japanese MMA jiu jitsu tournaments (originally posted in my blog)

    It's the mid 90s and the martial arts world has discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after the launch of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It's going to be a while before BJJ becomes part of the martial arts scene back in the source of jiu jitsu, Japan, but Japan already has some mixed martial arts...
  30. N

    What to do if people train too hard

    Hi - first time poster here I am the only female in my class of no gi/bjj but I mostly train another martial art (one stripe white belt in bjj). I stopped doing bjj especially no gi because I found men would constantly try to smash me to the point that I was just avoiding getting seriously...