My Problem Period with Wrestling Based BJJ Takedowns

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So I’ve told you about the upsides to having Wrestling to work in unison with my Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

 

Would you like me to tell you the downside of it, and tell you about a time when I struggled to score the takedown? 

 

When I was. . . at times. . . forced to pull guard because I had no other battle ready technique at my disposal?

 

Well then, here goes.

 

My Wrestling Takedowns in BJJ Stopped Working

Starting at around about the time of my Purple Belt. I found that the arsenal of takedowns that I used from White to Blue began to flicker out when I had matches in the Gi (No gi wasn’t an issue).

 

By flicker out I mean, sometimes they’d work, and other times they wouldn’t. 

 

What determined this in large part were the use of the grips of my opponent’s. As many of you know. I went on a sort of Grip Fighting adventure later on in my BJJ career.

 

But at this point I was struggling. 

 

This KILLED my morale during a match. 

 

I’m sure it would be kind of like a tank hitting another tank with a direct hit. There’s smoke and some cheers from the crew. And then through the smoke and fire emerges the same vehicle pressing forward. 

 

I’ve read memoirs of men speaking of this sort of thing and the way their heart would just sink into their gut.

 

This is what it felt like during the middle of the battles I’d find myself in during a match. 

 

I’d fire off with my old tried and tested takedowns. And after exhausting them all. My opponent was still standing ready to go.

 

And it would be at these points during a match where I KNEW it was going to be a long slog of a match.

 

There would be no easy victory and I was doom to play on my opponent’s movements. A reactive game. . . which is always a terrible thing.

 

Sure I could defend takedowns effectively but I wasn’t able to get them myself. This resulted in terribly boring matches where myself and the opponent would dance around back and forth with no real progress.
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[My 1st Purple Belt Competition]

 

To give you an idea. . .

 

During my 1st Purple Belt competition. I couldn’t take down my opponent in the finals who was 30lbs lighter than me. Which is a shot in the gut for someone who prided himself on having good takedowns.

 

I beat him only after he pulled Guard.

 

I tried several takedowns but his grips stopped everyone of them. One of his grips was so strong that it tore the collar of my gi.

 

I Felt Embarrassed to Win This Match

 

Another match in particular at Brown Belt, which was probably one of my low point in regards to takedowns played out like this.

 

It was a 7 minute match. Myself and my opponent locked up. . . and we spun around in a circle with half assed takedown attempts on both sides.

 

I eventually got an advantage for an ugly high level double leg attempt. Then I stalled out for a minute to win (I stalled because I was scared of losing. Another story for another time).

 

I won and ugly ugly match. . . by an advantage.

 

As the ref raised my hand I looked down at my feet in embarrassment. I even apologized to my opponent after we shook hands following the decision.

 

Not only was I afraid to go for the win. I couldn’t even use what was once my best asset for competitions.

 

TAKEDOWNS!

 

It was like I had lost part of my identity. 

 

2 Friends Helped Me Recover My Takedowns in BJJ

Following this match and for the next 2 years I went deep into redeveloping my takedowns to involve the style of fighting that I was encountering.

 

During this period, as is the case in many cases. I was able to pull myself together and make things happen. But only with some serious help.

 

1 came in the form of a Japanese judoka and BJJ Purple Belt who opened me to proper grip fighting.

 

The 2nd came from my past. My old training partner (who outranked me in the beginning) and the person whom I owe my Chewy nickname. His name is Mike.
Mike was a talented wrestler. An All American Wrestler in High School and wrestled for a Division 1 college (for those of you outside the U.S that means he was good). He was also a Purple Belt in BJJ at the time of my funk.
Mike was also one of my original battle brothers on the mats.

 

He was one of my 1st training partners.

 

He was in my corner cheering me on during my 1st competition.

 

And in the beginning he was sort of the verbally abusive older brother that would rag on me

 

and at the drop of a hat would be there for me if I needed anything.

 

He was also the one that gave me the nickname Chewy (after I spazzed out on him). The nickname started off as “You big dumb wookie.”

 

Mike and I have been through a lot over the years. . .
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[My 1st competition]
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[Me Whispering Sweet Nothings Into Mike’s Ear before battle]
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[Mike and I double medaling together in 2010)
During this funk of mine. . .

 

Mike ran Wrestling classes at the gym which I started coming to wearing my Gi.

 

We worked together to adjust the wrestling he and I had learned to make use of the grips or at least get around them.

 

The result of this was fantastic. 

 

I came back from this period with a newly developed style of takedowns that had been blended with my style of Wrestling and BJJ. It was a hybrid style of standup that had been pieced together for BJJ.

 

As I continued to compete. . .

 

My effectiveness with takedowns began to shoot up.

 

I found myself scoring takedowns left and right. And even using Guard Pulls in a more aggressive and takedown oriented manner.

 

At the same time I was teaching everything to my students and I watched them flourish as well. Everyone from White to Black.

 

And. . . I’ll tell you. It was nice.

 

It was nice being able to step on the mat and know that I COULD take the match where I WANTED it to go. If I wanted to get the takedown I would. If I wanted to play off my back against someone, I would.

 

I was able to dictate my destiny on the mat, rather than play reactionary to someone else’s attacks.

 

It was on my terms. Even when I lost. In most cases, I lost on the battlefield positioning I had chosen.

 

Most People Don’t Have Reliable Takedowns for BJJ

 

This is contrast to many who compete or even roll like I used to. 

 

They lack a true step by step approach to their takedowns.
 

 

They dance around aimlessly with no real focus. 
 

 

They can’t score the takedowns that they want. 
 

 

And they’re either forced to pull guard or they have ugly matches that leave them frustrated, like I was a Brown Belt. 
 

 

Worst of all is that many are scared of takedowns all together for fear of injury.

 

And I believe this is due to the fact that most people LACK a systematic approach to their takedowns. 

 

You don’t want to be any of these people do you?

 

Right now, I’m doing an early release of the system of takedowns I developed for my game and for my students.

 

It’s a great system of takedowns specially designed for the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu player.

 

I’ve included both Gi and No Gi variations in the hopes that you don’t end up like I did. Great in one sub set of BJJ and poor in the other.

 

Even if takedowns just aren’t your thing and it’s an area that makes you uncomfortable.

 

We can make them your thing!
-Chewy
P.S. In addition to the system of takedowns already laid out. We will be doing a live seminar style format and additional content based on input from those who take part in the early release.
Those who wait to order will not have access to the live options and input.
[Me, exhausted but victorious, and $1000 richer. Due in part to my ability to dominate takedowns in the Black Belt invite division]
BJJ takedown won me this one

 

 

 

 

 

The Gi Confused Me During My 1st BJJ Match ( Wrestling for BJJ )

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1st BJJ Match

My 1st match in BJJ has kind of a funny story behind it. I didn’t know how to stand properly! I had not idea how to use my Wrestling for BJJ.
The picture above is from that match.
1st, I was wearing my coaches BJJ gi. The gi that I had didn’t have any team patches on it, so he insisted that I wear his.
So I have this gi on and it still feels completely foreign to me. I had wrestled and so grappling felt fine. But I really hadn’t worked in the gi that much. And so I felt kind of out of sorts.
In my 1st match of the tournament I was placed in a Pigtail match. For those of you who haven’t wrestled this maybe a foreign term. But basically I had to win a match just to get into the normal bracket.
I’ll never forget it. I walked up to center of the match and as I stood there waiting for the ref to give us the go ahead to begin the contest. I didn’t know how to stand. 
 
Didn’t know how to stand???
Of all the things to be focused on right before the match started I was like, “How do I stand??? I’m not in a singlet, I’m in a gi!!!”
So what do I do? I for some reason decided to stand like my favorite 2 dimensional video game character. Ryu from street fighter. Even writing this I feel like just palming my face and shaking my head.
For some reason, since I had the gi on I felt like I was supposed to stand very different to my normal wrestling stance.
I had somehow completely ignored the whole tournament around me to notice the close resemblance to wrestling. I had completely forgotten that I had rolled in the gi from the feet a bit (granted I had only been training for 2 weeks at this time).
And while there are some adjustments needed to crossover the Wrestling to a BJJ match. It looked more like a wrestling stance then Ryu from street fighter.
As soon as the match started muscle memory took over. . . thank god.
I locked up in a traditional head and arm tie. From there I did a duck under, achieved a body lock on my opponent and lifted him into the air and brought him to the match and secured a Keylock / Americana for my 1st BJJ win in competition.
I would go on to place 2nd in that tournament. I won 3 matches in total. All by the same method. Takedown to side control along with an ugly keylock.
The match I lost was against a superior wrestler who put me on my back where I quickly reverted into a turtle lying on it’s shell in the sun.
Why am I sharing this story?
I’m sharing this amusing story to illustrate a few things.
1. Even though I was out of sorts in my heavy cotton pajamas. The muscle memory I had developed from drilling and wrestling took over. When I couldn’t think straight, my body simply just acted. 
2. After 2 weeks of BJJ I was able to do incredibly well in my 1st competition. On basic takedowns and top control alone. 
As I’ve progressed I’ve always felt comfortable on the feet. And being able to control the takedown games more times than not has allowed me the advantage of either going for the takedown or even shaking things up and pulling guard aggressively and throwing off my opponent who expects me to wrestle.
As a coach, takedowns are something we work on every single week. And our team does very well with our ability to achieve the takedown but also our ability to counter wrestle. We aren’t satisfied to lay on our backs and let someone achieve top position. They’re going to have to fight for it!
And in a couple of days I’m going to open up my favorite takedown techniques that I use in my own gameplan and takedown system, as well as the most valuable and easy to use techniques from the feet that work with my students.
I’m excited about it because after several surveys. Takedowns, wrestling and how to work from the feet seems to be a area that many of you want more knowledge from, and I’m excited to help.
I’ll continue to share more details about the video series and I will be Launching it this Friday for those who are interested, November 17th.
As I’ll be explaining. I’m doing a short opening window for the 1st launch because I want to work with a smaller group more directly to get feedback and do some live events.
But more details will come soon. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the story of me struggling in the gi for my 1st BJJ competition match.
Talk to you soon!
-Chewy

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Tapping in BJJ IS Losing, IT’S Failure  

This morning I saw a video showing a guy at a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournament who simply REFUSED to use tapping out as an option. He continued even after being caught in several submissions. One leg lock attempt that left him visibly injured, to the point where he could no longer stand without a limp

Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it:

 

Why Didn’t You Tap???

I’ve run into the “Not Tapping” thing several times in my 14+ years of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training.

There was this time when I was a White Belt.  These 3 MMA fighters stopped by our gym for a grappling class. During the class one of my good friends who was nearing his Blue Belt (but was still a White Belt) caught one of the MMA fighters in a Kimura. As he cranked the guys arm the MMA fighter began to grunt and make sounds of discomfort. My friend sensing the pain eased up and held the position of the Kimura but stopped cranking it any further.

Eventually our coach stepped in and broke it off. The MMA fighter then stood up screaming about how he hadn’t tapped and my coach calmly informed him that he was saving his shoulder so he could train tomorrow.

The man stormed out of the room.

 

Why Didn’t You Tap?

As a coach I’ve run into this before as well. I once had a situation with a student who REFUSED to tap to things. In a lot of cases till it was too late.

In one particular instance. One of my other student’s placed a wrist lock onto another student who refused to tap. As the wrist lock slowly got tighter and tighter, the student applying the lock asked verbally, “Are you alright?”

To which the non-tapping student replied, “Yeah, I’m fine.”

There eventually came a POP and my non-tapping student stood up clutching his wrist while wincing in pain. I quickly rushed over to look at the person and see what exactly happened.

The student who applied the submission was visibly shaken by the fact that he hurt a fellow training partner. Contrary to the hard nature of training and potential of submissions. Most people don’t enjoy hurting their training partners.

I quickly, took the student over to the side and asked, “Hey man, did it hurt when the wrist lock was being applied?”

The student’s reply came as he was still holding the injured wrist in his other palm, “Yeah. . .”

My face at this point had to have been one of just complete anger because I was so irritated by that response. Then I asked the question that got to the root of the issue. “Why didn’t you tap????”

His reply sums up why some people still insist on waiting till the last possible moment or refuse to tap at all, “Because I didn’t want to lose.”

After hearing this. . . I lost it a bit and went on a long rant about training properly.

Not Tapping is like Not Respecting The Check Mate in Chess

Even at my worst in regards to being overly competitive and going too hard. I still tapped all the time. Could you imagine all the injuries if I hadn’t tapped often. I wouldn’t be able to do BJJ today. Even today. I’ll tap very quickly than risk my long term ability to train and just be a human. No tournament or win during a roll is worth 3 – 12 months of time off the mat and away from my students as well as the possibly long term consequences.

Also, if you don’t tap. You’re not respecting the game of rolling. Rolling is 100% a game. There are players, with basic rules to govern the environment and finally there is a way to win and lose.

When you don’t tap to a submission. It’s like playing a game and not respecting the rules once you’ve lost. It’s as if you were playing a game of chess. And once your partner established a check mate against you. Instead of saying good game and rearranging your pieces. You begin to just start moving your pieces as if nothing happened.

The difference though is that where as in a chess game you can always just get your pieces back after the game. When you don’t tap to legitimate submissions. You don’t get those “pieces” you’ve lost back.

 

Tapping IS Losing, IT’S Failure

People use this saying that tapping isn’t losing, it’s learning. I don’t agree with that exactly.

Tapping is losing. You lost. . . plain and simple. You can doll it up however you want to in order to make yourself feel better, but it’s losing. We play a game and when you tap, you lose. When you get the tap, you win.

That said, tapping out is still learning. As is every loss and failure. And I feel like that’s one of the benefits to BJJ is becoming ok with losing.

Failures are like the scars that lay scattered around my eyebrows. Each one of them has a story of me doing something wrong. The only reason I have the scars are because I did something wrong. And you better believe that I learned from them and corrected the mistakes later on. And I wear the scars proudly.

There’s no shame in losing, and failure. Here’s the root issue that a lot of us have trouble with. Including myself at times. We act as if failure is so bad. But it’s not. It’s only bad if you perceive it to be so and give it that negative power. It’s the failures we experience that really push us forward and make us better. Nothing lights a fire under you or makes you get your shit together quite like screwing something up. And behind each failure is a story of you not doing something correctly. And you’ve got to be open to reviewing that story to get the most out of anything.

So respect your opponent’s by playing the game of rolling correctly. Respect your body and it’s longevity by tapping to legitimate submission attempts. And lastly, embrace your failures. Lose the aversion you have to failure and move towards it! Failing is what you’re supposed to do! Because that’s where you need to go to improve.

 

-Chewy

 

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What to Focus On as a New BJJ White Belt with No Submissions

When you first start as a new BJJ White Belt, it can be overwhelming. There is so much going. It can be overwhelming and somewhat confusing about where to start.

I experienced this issue when I began training. And it is a question one of my new White Belts named Taylor recently asked me about. His question was essentially asking what to focus on as a new BJJ White Belt.

(If you’d like to read more about my early days in BJJ read this old post.)

So in this video, I share several tips about how I personally went about the initial phase of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as a brand new White Belt with little to no submissions in my useable technique arsenal.

Tips for a Brand New BJJ White Belt

I share some tips for people who are more comfortable on the bottom playing form Full Guard and I share some options for people who are more comfortable playing from the top positions.

The general idea in this video is that if a brand new BJJ White Belt. Your goal should begin as just being able to control position as best you can and survive initially. 

If you can control the basic positions (holding full guard, maintaining top position, etc) then overtime you’ll find that you’ll be able to mount some sort of offense attacks afterwards. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has the old saying of “position before submission” and this is so true. If you can control the position consistently and reliably. You’ll be able to have more opportunities to attack or defend yourself effectively.

But in the beginning, if you don’t have the ability to maintain positions properly. You’ll be hard pressed to mount any submission attacks or offense techniques. So this should be one of your main focuses in the beginning of training. So if you are brand new, and you’re wondering what to focus on during rolling or Bjj training. This is a basic answer.

So for all the newcomers to BJJ, I hope this video is useful to you!
-Chewy
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Quitting BJJ Because It’s Hard? (What Did You Expect)

Have you ever been frustrated and contemplated quitting BJJ? This is a situation a buddy of mine, Mike (who is a coach), is having with one of his students.

In the situation. There are two BJJ White Belt students. In the video I’e attached, I call them Student A and Student B. Both have about the same training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu but yet one of the students seems to be flourishing while the other is having trouble at every turn. One has won several competitions while the other hasn’t even won 1 single match.

This problem has recently become even more pronounced when the Bjj practitioner with less time under his belt was bumped up to a higher skill level at a BJJ tournament while the other stayed at the beginner level.

The White Belt student who was moved up to the intermediate level for the competition won 2nd place while his training partner lost again.

My buddy Mike who coaches Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a friend of mine. Was asking, “What would you say to a student who is in this spot and is on the verge of quitting BJJ?”

So in this video I try to address this sort of issue where someone is thinking about quitting.

Has any BJJ Black Belt Ever Said It’s Going to Be Easy?

Firstly, I would ask someone who is frustrated.

“Did anyone ever tell you Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was easy?”

I mean , has a BJJ Black Belt ever told you that it  was going to be easy? Oftentimes Black Belts will say that all they are is simply a White Belt that never quit. And that is the truth in many cases. And even for those that were naturally gifted for BJJ training. What they are trying to say is that to succeed in BJJ, you have to have perseverance. You’ve gotta be willing to get into these tough situations and be ok with that.

Along with that, in this video I share some details about how I was in a similar situation early in my start as a grappler, and have been many of times and how I’ve dealt with it.

Anyways, watch the video! I hope it helps!
-Chewy

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The Chewjitsu Grey Gi Order Has Started!

Be a part of the 100 and get a Custom Grey Chewjitsu Gi!

I’ve been talking about this order for a while on my YouTube Channel and it’s finally here!

I’m super excited about this!

My students and I have been rocking the Grey and Black Gis for over a year and we love them. And through the videos a lot of people have expressed that they want one.

I’ve been super busy with seminars, teaching and my own training that I haven’t had a chance to get it going.

But starting today we are launching the gis!

If you’d like to order a gi click the links below. Pay close attention to the links depending on if you are an International or U.S Based Customer.

I wasn’t able to figure out how to separate all the shipping prices for the variations. So there will be two different prices. The higher price for the International page covers most of the additional shipping charges.

Included with your purchase is

  • Custom Grey Chewjitsu Gi
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  • You’ll also receive an email after the Gi order is done with a video series of my favorite prehab / rehab exercises along with some of the supplements and dieting techniques I use to keep up a high level of training. It’s included just for the 100 people who purchase the gis!

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This is Why You Roll Worse against White Belts in BJJ

Are you a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu who feels better when they roll with a Higher Belt?

This is the question I received from our BJJ White Belt friend Brianda who asked,
” I’ve been training for four months and I know I’m improving a lot (everybody tells me), but when I roll with white belts. Why do I feel like I can’t do anything? When I roll with higher belts everything goes better and I can practice all the movements and submissions I’ve learned, is it normal?”

In this Chewy ramble video I discuss this common situation in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

So Why Do I Roll Better Against Higher Belts?

When it boils down to it this is caused by a couple things.

A higher belt (Blue Belt, Purple Belt, Brown Belt, Black Belt) is in much better control of the roll and is much more relaxed. This relaxed state is usually fueled by the fact that the higher belt can finish the roll and gain the upper hand at any point. This oftentimes leads higher belts to play down a little bit during BJJ training to allow the newer student to move around and attempt their techniques.

The roll takes on a back and forth flow dynamic. Rather than the super intense style of roll that happens when two people of the same level are rolling with one another.  So if you’re a White Belt and you’re rolling with a higher belt who is playing around a bit. This is why you feel like you’re doing better against them during BJJ training.

 

Why Do I Roll Worse Against White Belts?

In contrast you might feel like you roll worse against a White Belt. This is because a fellow White Belt does not have the security of being more advanced technically. They don’t have the same control a more experienced grappler does. So, instead they are fighting life and death when pitted against another beginner during a Brazilian Jiujitsu class.

The roll then takes on a much more aggressive nature and makes it more difficult to execute techniques. And this would lead you to think that you are doing “worse” during the roll.

I go into more detail in the video and share a few stories. But don’t worry, in short, yes this is a normal situation.

If you’re running into this as a BJJ White Belt. I hope the video is helpful!

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-Chewy

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Prove Your Doubters Wrong ( 1st BJJ Tournament )

Do You Remember your 1st BJJ Tournament or Competition

Do you remember getting ready for your 1st Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition or tournament? Do you remember the nerves associated with preparing and getting ready to step out on the mat against a complete stranger ready to go 100%?

If you do, then you remember it’s scary!

I remember my 1st Wrestling match which was my 1st taste of competition anxiety and the self doubt associated with it. It was tough. I didn’t feel like I was getting ready for a sports competition. I felt like I was preparing for my end. I couldn’t even imagine life after the tournament. It just consumed my thoughts.

 

White Belt Getting Ready For His 1st BJJ Tournament

Our White Belt friend Alex, recently sent me a message asking about how to deal with the fact that he is nervous for his 1st BJJ tournament. But in addition to that, and making it worse, is the fact that his friends who do not train are incredibly negative and telling him he isn’t good enough. This si tough because they are his friends and so their opinions are very valuable to him and mean a lot. So this is hard for him to deal with.

Keep in mind it’s his friends who don’t train Brazilian Jiujitsu that are vocal about his abilities. Not his friends that do train. He says that his friends who do train are incredibly supportive. In fact, they say he’s going to do incredibly well.

What To Do With Doubters

In this video I talk about various situations I’ve experienced in my life where doubters were there, ready to cut me down. Experiences like losing weight, stepping into BJJ and MMA, getting into the gym business and even starting my YouTube channel.  I’ve have doubters in everything I’ve ever done in my life that was difficult but contained a worthy goal. And in many cases the doubters were the people that I truly care about the most. I share how I dealt with these issues and how I overcame them.

Hopefully this advice is useful to Alex for anyone who is struggling with doubters in extreme situations like a Brazilian Jiujitsu tournament or anything that’s challenging in their life.

Thanks!
-Chewy

P.S the passage I referenced in the video was. . .

“As you proceed through life,
following your own path,
birds will shit on you,
Don’t bother to brush it off.”

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Using a BJJ Book

3 Easy Ways to Use a BJJ Book to Boost Training

Want 3 tips on how to use your BJJ book effectively for training? Maybe the book is just filled with awesome content and BJJ techniques. Well how do you decide on which BJJ techniques to focus on and implement?

In this video I give several tips on how to use a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu book effectively. I focus my attention on Jiu-jitsu University, as an example since it was requested by one of the viewers.

He said that he bought this particular BJJ book in order to help him develop his grappling abilities and is wondering on how to make the best use of it for training and his BJJ development.

The Basic BJJ Book Tips Are. . .

1. USE THE INFORMATION! Don’t let the books, dvd and videos you consume go to waste. Put into motion the things you’re absorbing. Remember, information is just information. Execution of this information is what matters.

2. Focus on problems you’re encountering during your Brazilian Jiujitsu training. Oftentimes when we have a deficiency in our game. We somehow seem to find ourself there constantly. So it’s very helpful to plug the holes in your game. Find areas to help you focus on those areas is a good idea.

3. Focus on positions where you’re already effective. This will allow you to easily slide new techniques into the mix. Often if you’re already good at a particular position. Adding another technique you see in a BJJ book won’t be a problem.

3. Augment the training your BJJ coach is already covering. So for instance if you’re covering Guard Passes. Find more options on Guard Passing in the book to go along with what you’re already doing. This will help you further develop those areas and stay on track with your coach in your gym.

I also share an idea on how you might use a BJJ journal along with a BJJ book to hold yourself accountable in regards to the techniques you’re trying to add to your game.

I hope the video is helpful!
-Chewy

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Common Fear of an Older BJJ White Belt

When you’re an older BJJ practitioner on the mat. Often you have to do things a bit differently than your younger training partners. Like moving a bit slower. Now, does moving slower during BJJ training make you lazy? This is a worry that one of our friends has currently with his training.

He is a 40 year old 2 stripe white belt and is wanting to move towards a slower Brazilian Jiujitsu game. This is because he often putters out during the Bjj rolling session when he tries to match the pace of some of his training partners. The issue he is having though is that he feels like his coach will look at him as if he is lazy and not progressing.

He also shares that he feels like he is kind of hanging on to his younger self and that part of the reason he goes so fast during training is because he is still trying to be that younger person.

In this video (below) I talk about slowing down your BJJ game to adapt to being an older guy or woman in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. While this is directed towards an older BJJ White Belt in particular. The same tip could be used for anyone in BJJ who is trying to make their game more efficient.

An Older BJJ Practitioner and Being Slower Doesn’t mean Lazy

As I share in the video. Moving slower when you’re doing BJJ doesn’t mean you’re being lazy or not progressing. In many cases, it just means you’re attempting to become more efficient with your movements and making everything count. Rather than expending lots of energy unnecessarily with movements that don’t really get you anywhere.

So whether you’re an older BJJ practitioner who is in the thick of Brazilian Jiujitsu and is looking to adapt to a slower game or if you’re just looking to slow down your game a bit when you’re rolling. Hopefully the tips in this video are helpful to you!

Thanks for watching!
-Chewy

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