Gracie Girls

The Gracie Girls last Saturday was a great success with an unexpected big turn up at Gracie Humaita Central Coast. 

Professor Tiago Ferreira spoiled the girls with a wonderful class showing Self- Defense techniques followed by an Open Mat and finishing with a barbecue feast cooked by him!

Anne Soares, the Gracie Girls official organizer said on the Gracie Girls Instagram page @graciegirlsaustralia: ” It was great to meet all the Girls from the Central Coast and even better to see that the numbers have grown significantly from last year. Today was special having purple, blue and white belts sharing the Mat and such a ranges of  ages. The future looks bright. Still on a high and feeling so blessed to have such a awesome association Gracie Humaita Australia committed to growing our epic female team”

Thanks for all the girls who made their way up to Central Coast! Without you the Gracie Girls wouldn’t be growing solid and strong.

Thanks Gracie Central Coast for hosting the event last weekend and thanks to all the Academies in the Association that hosted,supported and collaborate with the Program.

This year has been amazing for our girls. We started the Gracie Girls 2018 schedule with Master Royler Gracie hosting the first event at Gracie Sydney in Alexandria with a group of over 60 women and girls! And we are finishing with Australian UFC Champion Robert Whittaker hosting the Gracie Girls at Gracie Smeaton Grange on November the 10th!

Session starts at 1pm with with Self -Defence, drilling and Open Mat followed by a delicious brazilian BBQ prepared by @barbicrew. All belts and ages are welcome.

The event is exclusive to the Gracie Humaita Australia Members. If you would like more information about how to become a member please contact the branch near you.

We can’t wait to train and celebrate with all our sisters next month!

 

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor by Submission via Rear-Naked Choke

As it was expected the UFC 229 was a outstanding fight where Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor Mc Gregor by Submission via Rear- Naked Choke. BJJ fans all around the world went mad with the finish.

In the main event former two division champion Conor McGregor returns after a near two year layoff, and failed bid at defeating Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match, to try and reclaim the lightweight title. Standing in his way is an undefeated smashing machine, Khabib Nurmagomedov who hasn’t lost a single round in his UFC career.

The combination should make for the most purchased PPV in UFC history on the business side of things, and make for one of the most anticipated fights in years on the sporting side of things.

Khabib Nurmagomedov bested Conor McGregor in convincing fashion in their long-awaited grudge match at UFC 229 . While McGregor had his moments, Nurmagomedov’s smothering wrestling game was just too much for him, resulting in some heavy ground-and-pound and a fight-ending choke, Things didn’t end there, however, as Khabib proceeded to hop over the cage and jump towards McGregor’s corner, sparking a massive brawl. It was an amazing night of MMA action that was ultimately tarnished by a scene that could see the victor suspended for a length of time.

The best post BJJ nutrition plan

The most critical time is 15 minutes after your Jiu Jitsu training because at this point the body is better prepared to receive and store carbohydrate than at any other time during the day. There are five goals for this brief but important window:

1. Replace expended carbohydrate stores

About 1.5 gm of carbohydrate per Kg of body weight from a mixture of glycaemic load sources. You should take in 50 gm of high glycaemic load carbohydrate for example glucose powder and the rest from low-moderate glycaemic load, for example fruits or fruit juices.

2. Rehydrate

In the most severe conditions you may lose up to 1.8l of sweat per hour, to replenish fluid levels begin by taking 1.1l of liquid for every Kg lost during exercise. You can find this out by weighing yourself before and after exercise.

3. Provide amino acids for resynthesis of protein

Protein should be taken in at a carb-to-protein ratio of between 4:1 and 5:1. You can use protein powder made from whey or eggs, it is important to read the labels as many manufacturers add artificial sweeteners and flavours. If you prefer whey protein then I would recommend using whey isolate.

4. Begin replacing electrolytes

These are the salts; sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium lost through sweat. Most of the electrolytes are found in abundance in natural food, which makes their replacement fairly easy. Drinking juice or eating fruit will easily replace salts with the exception of sodium. Two or three pinches of salt must be added to a post exercise recovery drink.

5. Reduce the acidity of body fluids

During exercise body fluids shift towards an acidic state. The problem is that your body neutralises this acid by releasing minerals into the blood that have a net alkaline enhancing effect. Calcium from the bones and nitrogen from the muscle meet this need. Research has shown that fruits and vegetables have a net alkaline effect. Raisins, spinach and bananas all perform well at this task.

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Labour day special class

Next Monday, the 1st of October, is Labour Day and we will open the gym for an open mat with coach Giorgio @11:30am.

It will be a fun one hour and a half class!

Gracie Humaita Alexandria will open with regular hours on Tuesday the 2nd.

We hope everyone enjoy the long weekend!

Top 10 Jiu Jitsu vacation cities

Even better than training Jiu Jitsu it`s training Jiu Jitsu while you are travelling!

So here is our top 10 vacations cities for that:

1. SAN DIEGO, USA

Best For: Weather, outdoor sports enthusiasts

Budget: Moderate

BJJ Level: Elite

2. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Best For: The jiu jitsu ‘pilgrimage’, BJJ nerds / history buffs

Budget: Moderate

BJJ Level: Elite

3. NEW YORK, USA

Best For: High-energy individuals, sparring

Budget: Expensive

BJJ Level: Elite

4. LONDON, UK

Best for: Culture, onward travel

Budget: Very Expensive

BJJ Level: Very Good

5. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Best For: Nature Lovers, extreme sports enthusiasts

Budget: Inexpensive – Moderate

BJJ Level: Average

6. TOKYO, JAPAN

Best For: Lighter sparring partners, culture-shock, food-lovers

Budget: Moderate – Expensive

BJJ Level: Very Good

7. LOS ANGELES, USA

Best For: Culture-shock, high-level, instructors, large availability of sparring partners

Budget: Moderate – Expensive

BJJ Level: Elite

8. COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Best For: Competitors

Budget: Very Expensive

BJJ Level: Elite

9. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Best For: Making new friends

Budget: Very Expensive

BJJ Level: Very Good

10. PHUKET, THAILAND

Best For: Cross-training, value for money, party/social scene

Budget: Inexpensive

BJJ Level: Good (No Gi Very Good)

And if you still don`t train Jiu Jitsu start now by clicking here to book a free trial! 

 

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Four important tips for BJJ beginners

Prepare your body for training

No matter what anybody tells you, you need a certain basal level of strength and fitness to get the most out of jiu-jitsu. You do not play sports to get fit – you get fit to play sports. The fitter you are, the more relaxed you will be during the sparring segment of your classes and therefore the more your mind will be able to absorb. A good level of cardiovascular fitness will speed up your recovery between sparring matches and between training sessions themselves. Resistance training and the increased muscle hypertrophy and joint strength it brings will go a long way in the prevention of jiu-jitsu related injuries.

Leave your ego at the door

Your ego can be a great (if not the greatest) hindrance to your progress as a grappler. As a beginner you will tap often. Nobody likes to submit in front of the other students and spectators at their academy. Acknowledge that it is your ego that causes this discomfort and then do everything you can to overcome it. Accept the fact that you will be dominated and beaten regularly during the initial stages of your training and embrace it as part of the process. The time will come when you are the one causing the others to submit, but before then you will need to pay your dues. But remember that you should not be doing jiu-jitsu to learn to dominate people and prove that you are the toughest guy around. You should be doing it to learn about yourself.

Focus on the basics

When you begin training it may be overwhelming trying to memorize and incorporate all the techniques you are presented with into your game. There is something you must understand and that is that you do not need a thousand different moves to be good at jiu-jitsu. There are so many grapplers out there who can demonstrate hundreds and hundreds of techniques as well as the counters to them and even the re-counters to those. Most of these guys cannot put even a fraction of this technical knowledge into practice against a resisting and determined opponent. A technique only becomes a skill once you can use it successfully in a fight.

Work on the things you find difficult

After many years of training it will be more difficult to break bad habits and correct weakness you have developed. If you are intelligent, you will not allow these negative tendencies to take hold when you start training.

Overspecialization breeds weakness. If you are someone who loves to fight from the top and has no bottom game, sooner or later in class or competition you will meet someone who you cannot dominate from the top and your lack of ability on the bottom will cost you.

If something is difficult for you, make it your focus. For example, if you hate playing from the guard, make it your number one priority during training. Try to get your opponent into your guard whenever possible and work from there. If you are diligent and can accept that you will have your guard passed many times in the beginning (leave your ego at the door), soon your guard will become strong. This applies to all positions and techniques.

And if you still don`t train Jiu Jitsu start now by clicking here to book a free trial! 

 

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Things you need to know about BJJ Belt System

The journey from white to black belt in BJJ

The belt system in BJJ is highly regarded, and for good reason. Unlike many other martial arts, where rank promotions can be acquired in relatively short periods and often with very little practical requirements, the Brazilian jiu jitsu belt system is quite strict and difficult to progress through.  You know that unless he ‘bought’ it from a scumbag instructor or awarded it to himself, the holder of a belt is usually at the expected level of competency.

It can take upwards of 10 years to achieve the dan (black belt) grade, and requires not only technical knowledge, but also verifiable ability in sparring. Competition experience is also often expected. And as there are only a few belts, you will spend a long time on each one. Also, your progress will not be linear. You might spend 1 year at one belt and 5 years at another. It’s both an extremely challenging and rewarding institution, and it’s no surprise that the community pounces on anyone who messes with it.

Belts Are Not Always Good Indicators of Ability

Belt promotions don’t always go with hand in hand with skill or even knowledge and vary according to the coach and student. Sometimes it’s just down to time in service. Or it can be closely related to the practitioner’s raw fighting ability and competition performance. In fact, sometimes competitive performance can even slow belt promotion as coaches ‘sandbag’ their best students to increase their likelihood of medalling at tournaments.

In jiu jitsu the different belt levels generally equate with the student’s ability. But keep in mind that the dynamism and complexity of the art means that there are many parts to the equation, with physicality and athleticism being two that weigh heavily. So don’t be surprised (or judgemental) when the 56 year-old businessman who just received his blue belt after 2 years of hard training is smashed by the 22 year-old linebacker who just started coming to class 3 months ago.

The Plateau is Your Friend

Within each belt level there will also be many invisible sub-levels.  You will often spend weeks or months on plateaus before being rewarded with a jump in ability. Sometimes it will actually seem as if you are getting worse instead of better. But the plateau is actually your friend and is itself an indicator of progress. It is those who have the mental strength to keep going when they find themselves on a plateau that break through to a higher level of ability.

No matter what, remember to enjoy the process.

Don’t be too focused on achieving the next belt or winning competitions and miss the ride.

 

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Why is Jiu Jitsu good for you?

Use the body as an instrument

The one thing that we all share during the human experience is our inhabitation of a physical body – it’s with us for this entire journey. Some of our bodies are big, some are little, and some are stronger than others, but with few exceptions it’s a pretty unified experience.

These bodies are such complex and powerful organisms and our physiques are capable of so much more than most people realize or utilize. The vast majority of the human race will never get to use their bodies to the extent that a jiu-jitsoka does.

Extending the analogy, we could view jiu-jitsu is an extremely complex, evolving piece of diagnostic software which allows us to test and maintain these ‘instruments’.

Movement & Heat = Life

When we grapple we engage in a large portion of the range of physical actions and movements available to a human being. This includes but is not limited to jumping, pulling, lifting, twisting, bending, reaching, gripping, pushing, dragging, rolling and kicking. Not only is the range of actions varied, but they are almost always done in combination – we lift and twist or reach and drag etc.

Movement is life. Jiu-jitsu is movement. Jiu-jitsu is life.

Those that roll know that nothing compares to the workout derived from an intense grappling match. The incredible combination of aerobic, anaerobic, isometric and plyometric exercise generates huge amounts of heat in all of our corporeal tissues. In the medical philosophies of many cultures, heat is a healing agent. It is said to promote regeneration, pliability and eradication of disease.

Heat is life. Jiu-jitsu is heat. Jiu-jitsu is life.

There are numerous other benefits associated with the gentle art too. The skin is the human being’s largest organ, and jiu-jitsu is an excellent method for keeping it healthy. The heavy perspiration experienced during grappling aids in the elimination of toxins and the friction from the kimono cleanses your skin by scrubbing away dead cells. Good health of the internal organs is also promoted. The constant multi-planar bending of the torso and pressure of your opponent’s weight on your frame massages the intestines, liver, kidneys and spleen, and promotes circulation of clean blood to them. Also, because of the aerobic nature of longer sparring sessions, the heart and lungs are also kept in peak condition.

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Gracie Girls at Miranda

Gracie Sydney’s Female Team is hosting their next Association Open Mat, on Saturday, September 8th from 12:30pm at Gracie Humaita Miranda– 2/30 Gibbs Street.
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It`s been over a year since this rotating Open Mat for the women of our association visits a different gym each month.
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All females in our association are welcome to attend these open mats. All ages and all experience levels! Let’s go girls!
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For more information and to stay up to date with our Gracie Girls visit our Facebook page here.
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And if you still don`t train BJJ start now by booking your free trial!