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четверг, 23 апреля 2015 г.

Tips to Improving Your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Most of us at some point in our training starts to feel like they've hit a wall. Either its during grueling training when suddenly you start losing to guys that have been training far less than you but for us reason caught you in a bunch of subs or its at a competition where you feel out of place, knocked out in the beginning.

Here are some personal tips that may help you get better:

  1. Private Lessons: private lessons are expensive but are a great way to get over some hurdles. Write down on a piece of paper the positions where you tend to lose and ask your instructor to show you what to do in these situations. Many times you will attempt a sweep but fail to finish. At other times you have a submission locked in but then lose the position. Your INSTRUCTOR IS THERE TO GUIDE YOU. Take advantage of this. 

  2. Training Partners: "In order to become a Lion you have to Train with Lions" - Carlson Gracie. Yes indeed and the great Carslon Snr was right. If you are the top grade at your academy and are constantly winning every position against your training partners, you need to step up the level of training partners. Seek out opportunities to train with tough guys and they will show you your own flaws in your game that you need to correct. This is important for you to progress especially at the higher grades. 

  3. Competition: Even though competition is not necessary to improve, I really believe it is worth competing regularly. It will not only improve your motivation but help you gain varied experiences competing against players from other gyms and around the world. Many of us develop similar styles to our instructors. By competing you will learn that other players may have different approaches that you need to be prepared for.

  4. Visit Other Schools: While the word Creonche does pop up from time to time, the reality is that there are world class instructors out there and there is a high probability that they are not located next to your house. Go on holiday and visit Brazil. Fly to California and train at the best gyms down there including Atos academy and the University of Jiu Jitsu. Make new friends and enjoy jiu jitsu. In the process someone for sure will show you a thing or two about bjj that you did not know.

I hope these pointers will help a little some of the guys looking to improve. Any comments welcome!

среда, 22 апреля 2015 г.

Which BJJ Gi Should I Buy?

Every brazilian jiu jitsu player from white to black belt loves to buy a new gi - the main uniform in bjj which looks a bit like the judo gi and sometimes referred to as the kimono (wrongly)

Unlike 20 years ago today there is a whole range of gi's available sold both online in stores such as budovideos.com as well as at competitions such as the many IBJJF events where you can often buy at discount prices cool gear.

There are many companies that produce BJJ gear with the top brands including Manto, Koral, Hayabusa, Shoyroll, Scramble, Grips and many others varying in price and quality.

From my personal experience it makes sense to try a few different gi brands to get a feel for the different quality available. In any case you are going to need 2 or 3 gi suits for training so inevitably you will be looking for variety.


 - Stay await from Koral and Gracie Barra GI if possible. Koral has been on the market a long time but the last experience I had with their GI was not a good one and the same goes for Gracie Barra. Both disappointed me in terms of quality although to be fair I think Gracie Barra now produce their GI's in partnership with Storm.

- Good to start with cheaper suits initially. You don't need to invest in the latest Shoyroll or Hayabusa gi to start bjj. There are plenty of more basic GI that are normally sold locally. Check with your instructor what he recommends as a starter GI. Tatami produce some cheaper suits you should take a look at as well.

- If you like to look good, make sure the colors of the GI, your current belt and rash guard match. There are plenty of different gis that work. Personally I think black gis go very well with purple and brown belts while blue belts go well with white. I think personal preferences play a big part as well but those are just my 5 cents!

суббота, 15 ноября 2014 г.

Strela Team Wins First BJJ Tournament in Moscow

On the first weekend of November 2014, IBJJF organized its first GI and No-Gi event featuring more than 300 athletes with particular strong participation in the GI event. Many local team competed including Strela, Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu (Kristian Cestaro), Alliance, Gracie Barra and Checkmate.

It was great to see strong participation and a big congratulations to Strela Team for taking first place in the GI tournament overall.

article in Russian below published in Metro magazine:

Российская Strela Team победила в MIO 

Победитель турнира в разделе Gi, синие пояса, Александр Луковкин × 7-8 ноября в Москве в спорткомплексе ЦСКА состоялся Moscow International Open 2014 - первый в России турнир по Бразильскому джиу-джитсу под эгидой IBJJF и при поддержке Всероссийской Федерации Грэпплинга.

Более 300 участников из разных стран мира два дня доказывали свое право называться лучшими из лучших в разделах Gi и No GI. По словам Александра Коновалова, главного тренера Санкт-Петербургского отделения Strela Team, бразильское джиу-джитсу возникло в первой половине прошлого века, а с распространением «боев без правил» получило мировую известность. И сегодня в соревнования по всему миру участвуют тысячи спортсменов всех возрастов и обоих полов. Нужно отметить, что помимо всего прочего данный вид спорта одновременно остается искусством со своей уникальной философией, согласно которой человек слабо развитого телосложения может успешно защититься от противника физически более сильного.

Прошедший турнир смело можно назвать самым значимым событием для джиу-джитсу в нашей стране, поскольку, с одной стороны, показал российскому спортивному сообществу как надо проводить подобные мероприятия, а с другой, продемонстрировал значимость российских клубов на мировом уровне. Все иностранные мастера, посещающие Россию, - рассказывает Александр - отмечают огромный потенциал наших спортсменов, многие из которых занимают призовые места на турнирах США и Европы. Назову лишь немногих - Абдулбари Гусейнов, Александр Луковкин, Антон Селезнев и многие другие. Безусловно у данного вида спорта есть будущее. И если несколько лет назад немногочисленные клубы были только в Москве и Санкт-Петербурге, то сегодня в соревнованиях участвуют спортсмены и из Центральной России, Сибири, и Дальнего Востока. Мы поинтересовались у одного из победителей турнира (в разделе Gi, синие пояса), чемпиона Санкт-Петербурга и Финляндии, вице-чемпиона штата Рио-де-Жанейро, Александра Луковкина впечатлением от турнира. «Все российское BJJ-сообщество долго ждало момент, знаменующий новую ступень в развитии этого вида спорта в нашей стране. Я считаю, что организация турнира на территории России означает, что нас заметили. Огромный труд, который проделали отдельные клубы, наконец принес свои плоды. MIO позволил заявить о себе многим спортсменам, не имеющим возможность выступать в Европе, но имеющими все шансы на победу.» В результате победителем в общекомандном зачете стала именно российская команда – Strela Team. Следующие чемпионаты подобного уровня состоятся в Мюнхене, Мадриде и Лиссабоне.

source: http://www.metronews.ru/sport/rossijskaja-strela-team-pobedila-v-mio/Tponkl---iRispAxOxAe7Q/

среда, 15 октября 2014 г.

Bruno Malfacine

One of the most incredible jiu jitsu players in the GI today in my opinion. Exceptional mobility, great passer and guard player, very fun to watch.

Nicknamed "Bad Boy" this guy has beaten some of the greatest in the lighter divisions and also has demonstrated in my eyes that really technique can defeat much larger opponents if you have the speed and cardio that you can use to your advantage.

I have to say I am inspired by this guy.

Moscow Russia BJJ Scene

Very exciting to see that the Russian BJJ scene and Moscow in particular is booming. IBJJF is organizing the first ever event in town which hopefully will be a great success and for sure a big step to making the sport more organized over here.

Most tournaments so far focused on BJJ have really lacked the organization structure as well as proper conditions to popularize the sport. Now it seems many Russia-based BJJ players have a great opportunity to compete at the famous CSK Arena in Moscow.

It seems Moscow has already around 5-6 clubs operating and teaching brazilian jiu jitsu and several more in St. Petersburg. With the number of competitors growing, hopefully in a couple of years we see more and more exciting fighters going on to the Europeans to compete with some of the best players from Brazil, USA and of course other European countries.

Some of the top BJJ clubs competing include Gracie Barra, Ribeiro International, Stone Fight and Strela Team.

Come and register for the IBJJF Moscow Open to be held on the 7th-8th of November 2014!


вторник, 3 июня 2014 г.

Competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

While it may have been the original intention of Helio Gracie's to develop a martial art for real life combat, sport jiu jitsu is flourishing around the world and growing at an impressive pace. The United Kingdom is just one example of this. While 10-15 years ago there was almost no opportunity to train the art form/sport, now there is a good selection of clubs to choose from with many of the established teams operating in the country including Gracie Barra, Checkmat and many others. There are dozens of competitions around and there are rising stars that have trained in the UK that are slowly gaining prominenance. Perhaps it will not be long until we see the first UK born black belt world champion.

Whether you like competition or not, there is no denying that the sport aspect of BJJ sharpens skills and the fighter's abilities. To see this, you only have to go to a full-time BJJ academy and spar with a competition-focus player or a blue/purple full time athlete. These guys are often miles ahead of their peers both technically as well as in terms of athleticism. Just remember how Draculino said it about the blue belt - the blue belt is not a joke. Some blue belts submit brown belts!

After all just look at the top players in the game and the ease with which they can man handle even good level black belts. There is a huge difference between a casual jiu jitsu player that trains 2-3 times a week and often teaches instead of training, and a serious player, that is completely focus on his goals, training every day, improving his conditioning and doing all the extras: eating right, getting enough sleep, taking care of the body.

Self defense is part of the curriculum but I think you should have a choice. If I'm 20 or 30 years old, I would rather achieve something on the competition circuit and make my mark. After all I can focus on self-defense aspects later if that is what I'm interested in.

I think there is nothing more fun is to go as a team to a major competition and represent. Your instructor at your side its a great opportunity to learn and understand where you have to improve. At white belt, I learnt that I need to develop my guard. At purple I am now getting more focused on my guard passing game.

The competition environment is very different to a sparring session. After a while you get used to it, but it is important to learn how to perform under pressure and focus on technique.

понедельник, 3 февраля 2014 г.

Classic Quote from ArtChoke Media Book!

"In a comparison of coolness, the berimbolo will always trounce the scissor sweep. The scissor sweep is 
your 1995 Ford Escort. Yeah, it starts, and it’s mostly reliable. It will get you from point A to point B and back again. But the radio only picks up AM stations. The windows are manual. And you are pretty sure your back seat doubles as a stray cat brothel when the sun goes down.

The berimbolo is the Fisker Karma. Haven’t heard of it? That’s the same way most jiu-jiteiros reacted when the word “berimbolo” started loating around jiu-jitsu forums, and no one could decide how to pronounce it. The Fisker Karma earned Esquire Magazine’s award for 2012 Most Gorgeous Debut Car of the Year. Henrik Fisker is a former Aston Martin designer who launched his own car design firm in America. The Fisker Karma is his baby, and Esquire described it as “polarizing, gutsy, and a little unbelievable.” It is the sexiest hybrid in the world. Sleek. Shapely. The body seems to ripple like the muscles of a wild animal and the curves beckon like a siren. "

If you would like to read the book by Artechoke media, here is the link, enjoy!