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Solo Jiu Jitsu Series

Gracie Humaita professor Jason Gulati created the awesome Solo Jiu Jitsu Series that we`ve been posting on our Instagram (@graciesydneyaus).

Following the series is a great way to improve your techniques by yourself!

Check out all the videos here:

Calling all women!

BJJ is the perfect martial art for women to learn because it doesn’t rely on physical attributes. You don’t need big muscles, or lots of fitness to make it work.

The reason is because it’s not your muscles that make Jiu Jitsu work. When you focus on your skeleton you can find all the leverage and strength you need to practice the techniques.

Ladies, jiu jitsu was made for you too. 

With Jiu Jitsu you no longer need to feel defenseless against anyone, fearful of your safety, or scared of being yourself in confrontation.

When you do BJJ, you learn self defense, which means you are more aware of your surroundings and have more ability to keep yourself safe in dangerous situations.

It’s how the women of our community can rise from feeling scared and overwhelmed to being empowered and free and ready to live to your fullest potential.

 

But first, you need to get started. Start now by booking your free trial!

 

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Jiu Jitsu: The perfect sport for kids

Did you know kids can start training Jiu Jitsu with us as soon as they turn 3 years old?

And we can give you great reasons why they should:

FITNESS AND ATHLETICISM

BJJ is an extremely athletic sport that requires you to use nearly every part of your body. Through Jiu-Jitsu you will develop strength, flexibility, agility, and cardiovascular fitness. Developing these skills and attributes at an early age is important and will instill habits and an understanding of fitness that they will hopefully retain for the rest of their lives.

TEAM WORK

Not only will you will support you teammates when learning techniques, if you decide to compete in tournaments you will do so as part of a team. Nearly everything you do in Jiu-Jitsu will be done alongside a group of individuals that you will bond and grow with. BJJ academies are typically very social places.

SELF-DEFENSE

Hopefully no child will ever be placed in a situation where they will have to physically defend themselves. However it is impossible to protect them 24/7, so it is nice to know that they have the ability to protect themselves if necessary.

Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to control an opponent as opposed to physically hurting them which makes it the especially good for anti-bullying.

RESPECT

Respect is a core principle of every established martial art. In particular Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches respect for your coach, respect for your teammates, respect for your competitors, and most importantly, respect for yourself.

CONFIDENCE

As a child’s ability on the mat grows, so does their confidence.  We consistently see shy children slowly emerge from their shells as their confidence grows alongside their ability. Children that may have previously been unable to maintain eye contact begin to confidently into class, eager to engage with everyone around them.

COMPETITION

Competition helps kids learn that it is not always the best athletes who are successful, but rather those that work hard and stick with it.

BJJ competition is not compulsory but is an option for parents that would like to see their children compete. Kids BJJ Competitions are usually very well organized and run in a safe environment under strict rulesets.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a clear and well defined progression structure for children. Just like adults, children are graded and awarded belts/tips based on the amount of time spent training in conjunction with their level of skill.

This system of progression teaches children that reward is gained through effort and an investment of time spent learning. As mentioned above, it is not about winning but about getting a little bit better every day. In this way BJJ encourages children to develop a growth mindset.

FUN!

Perhaps most importantly, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most fun things a child can do. All it takes is a few classes for many people become addicted to the sport and spend every moment of spare time trying to improve their skills. What makes it really fun is that you get to do it alongside your friends. 

Call or email us right now to book a free trial!

 

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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!

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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