Learning how to relax in training

Many students are way too tense.  It’s a big reason why newer students tend to gas out when they first start training.  I think a lot of it is due to the gi. Because you’re always in a state of grabbing and pulling or grabbing and pushing.  I’ve noticed from others and myself as well, that we’re usually not breathing during those movements.  Which leads to my biggest point. Jiu jitsu is so anaerobic that if you don’t take small

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It doesn’t get easier, you just adapt

A big problem that newer students have when they transition from a beginner focused class to an all levels class with more rolling is that it gets a lot harder for them. Which is perfectly natural.  Jiu jitsu is so unlike other sports in its movement on the ground. That’s why there is this large tutorial phase. Where you have to learn (in most academy’s) all the basic movements like forward rolls, backwards rolls, shrimping, break falling, etc and then

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Illegal moves for white belts

There are a lot of moves banned in many tournaments for white belt competitors.  The process of making a technique illegal often arises when the governing body or organization identifies a position with the potential to cause injury.  Often, the move or position won’t start off being illegal. It’s only after injuries keep recurring that the move or positions legality comes up for discussion.  Especially, for newer competitors that are often unfamiliar with competing, rules, and controlling themselves.  If you’ve

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