You’re Going To Lose In BJJ Tournaments, Lose The Fear

You’re Going To Lose In BJJ Tournaments, Lose The Fear

When it comes to BJJ competitions there are very few guarantees. There are a few though. One fact or guarantee is that you’re going to lose. Yes, you’re guaranteed to lose in BJJ tournaments at some point or another. It’s just how it is.

Just saying that stings the ego a little doesn’t it? But it’s the truth. Even the superheroes of BJJ have lost matches. They may have not lost many but they’ve still lost.

At the 2016 IBJJF Master Worlds. I scored a win against an opponent I had previously lost to. And I felt compelled to post not just my win, but also my loss against him.

While this goes against what my ego would like to do (it would be much easier to post just my win, and that be it). I think it’s important to highlight the fact that we all lose and when it comes to BJJ tournaments. Because if you lose it’s not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean you suck at BJJ, it just means you lost. Also, it’s not always who’s better at Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Sometimes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions it’s about who plays the game the best.

Forget About Losing In BJJ Tournaments

So if you’re afraid of losing and that fear is keeping you from competing. Realize how silly that is. You’re being fearful of a forgone conclusion. You’re going to lose at some point. But there is also the chance that you can win and experience victory. But the only way you can do that is if you get out there and put yourself to the test.

No sense in fearing something that is bound to happen at some point or another right?

Instead, if you’re fearful of competing because of losing. Take all that energy and thought and put it towards how you can win.

So get out there and compete in BJJ if you want to. Don’t let fear stop you.


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Am I Ready For My 1st BJJ Competition?

I was recently asked by John D, “When will I know I’m ready to compete in BJJ?”

This is such a common question I get from my newer students who haven’t competed in wrestling or other 1-on-1 sports.

The people that get into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that have competed in other 1-on-1 sports know that a part of it is simply doing it. You’re going to be nervous and second guess yourself and, honestly, you’re not going to know you’re ready. But you just do it anyways.

This is especially true for your first BJJ competition. You won’t know you’re ready for something you haven’t done yet. So it’s only natural that you’re going to second guess yourself and wonder when you’ll feel ready.

But again, you’re not going to know. There isn’t some magical feeling that comes over you to inform you of your preparedness. It’s not a video game where you advanced to the next level and then can move to the next stage.

So for your 1st BJJ tournament you’re not going to know you’re ready. You just have to get out there and do it.


BJJ Competition Game Plan If You’re An Over-thinker

If you’re one of those people who is a little more anxious or an over thinker. Like myself. Then something you can do is make a simple BJJ competition game plan outlining at least one move from every major position. Making sure you have at least 1 takedown, 1 guard pull, 1 escape from every position, a sweep series, submission series.

In essence you want to make sure you know exactly how you will approach the match from start to finish. This way you don’t have a moment of, “oh shit. . . what do I do now?”

Because trying to think about the techniques you’ll use during a match is the completely wrong time. When you try to think in that ultra stressed out mental state. Your mind is scrambled and it’s just not happened. You’re in a much better position if you have a game plan in place that takes some of the thinking out of it for you and allows you to adjust and react quickly.

And what’s strange is, by having a game plan in place for your BJJ competition. It takes out some of the nerves associated with the tournament. Having a game plan and KNOWING what you’re going to do does wonders for helping ease and relax you prior to the match.

So there are a couple of tips.

Hope the video was helpful!

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Simple Trick To Breaking Grips With Armbar From Mount

Simple Trick To Breaking Grips With Armbar From Mount

So, you’ve got an Armbar from mount but once you’re on the side trying to finish it you find that you’re unable to because of your opponent’s grip.

armbarWhether they grip their gi or just grabbing a bicep. You just can’t seem to get rid of armbar defense they’ve put up. Then eventually during the fight they manage to make their way out of the armbar and get free.

Victory was within sight, you had the submission. But as so often happens in BJJ. Your opponent countered and now you’re back at square 1.

Has this happened to you?

Sure it has. It’s happened to just about everyone. I know that for me. One of the reason I started using the grip adjustments I show in this video is because one of my training partner had iron grips. I could get the armbar. But for the life of me, if he secured his grips. I just couldn’t break them.

Over and over again this happened. I would sit to the side and start trying to tug away at the arm and he managed to find his way out of the armbar.

Eventually I had a light bulb moment. Instead of fighting his grips after I’ve already sat back for the armbar from mount. What about if I did something to fight the grip before I sat back.

Since then, this has been one of those little tricks that I keep up my sleeve if I’m dealing with someone who has crazy strong grips that I fight with.

If you’ve been in the frustrating situation of fighting grips after you sit back for an armbar from mount. Try these grip adjustments out.

I also show a simple setup for the armbar from mount that anyone can use.

Armbar From Mount Video

I hope they help!


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Drilling To Both Sides In BJJ (3 Benefits)

Drilling To Both Sides In BJJ (3 Benefits)

drilling Bjj at homeAre there advantages to drilling to both sides in BJJ? Should you drill to both sides in BJJ?

The question of drilling to both sides in BJJ comes up a lot, especially with those newer to BJJ.

Most of us, at least in the beginning, tend to focus on our dominant side. Which is whichever side feels most comfortable. Most of us favor the same side depending on our dominant hand and feet, but there are exceptions.

I know I asked this question in the beginning of my Brazilian Jiu jitsu training. My coach back then told me that I should drill to one side only so that I have 1 side at 100% instead of having two that are 50/50.


I Say Drill To Both Sides In BJJ

As I’ll share in the video, I do not agree with this idea of sticking to one side only and encourage everyone to drill to both sides in BJJ.

Here’s why.

Most people favor doing the same moves on the same sides.

For instance, people will typically do their sweeps and passes dominantly to one side. Just think of your own game. Think about the moves you use and drill and which sides you tend to stick with. More than likely you stick to one side for particular moves more than the other.

Because of this our games become very overdeveloped on one side and, in some cases (like the story in the video), underdeveloped on the other.


Benefits To Drilling To Both Sides In BJJ

  • Being able to attack to both sides allows you to take advantage of your opponent’s weaker side.
  • You will help your training partners round out their game. If they are forced to fight against both sides, it’s less likely that they will become too one sided.
  • You have to sort of teach yourself the technique. Because the weak side just doesn’t come naturally. It makes you break the move down more and put the pieces together. This furthers your understanding of the technique and makes it more effective on both sides.

If you’re questioning whether or not you should start drilling to both sides. Watch the video and get my take on it.

I hope the video helps!



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A Fix For Tight Back Muscles After BJJ Training

Fix Tight Back Muscles After BJJ Training


Tight back muscles is one of the problems I’ve experienced after BJJ training. I’ve had spasms which seize up my upper back muscles so much so, that I’m not able to even stand up straight.

Once this happens, the symptoms typically persist for about 1-3 days and eventually subside and I get back to normal. But while they are around, I’m in constant pain.

I’ve had this problem since I was a college kid who spent too much time ending his BJJ training by playing computer games. Sitting in a chair at a desk only furthers the rounded back posture that causes this tight back issue. It’s especially bad when you do this right after BJJ training.

In this video. I show how to use a lacrosse ball in order to loosen up some of those tight back muscles that get locked up after training Brazilian Jiu jitsu or working out. It’s a cheap way to massage those muscles and get them to relax.



I hope this video helps out. I know over the years. This has been helpful to me in relieving the pain in my back. Also, check out this video as well as I talk about stretching the pec muscles and strengthening the back. Strengthening the back and stretching the chronically tight pec muscles will ultimately help prevent this issue and help keep you in a better posture throughout the day.

Like the old saying goes, “a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” As I share in both of these videos. Take a preemptive approach to your body’s issues. Figure out what they are and stay on top of them all the time. Most of us have some dysfunction. Using these techniques as part of continual maintenance is incredibly important for your BJJ training.

If you have questions, let me know.


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Cardio Workout With Bad Knees For BJJ Competitions

Cardio Workout With Bad Knees For BJJ Competitions

My favorite piece of cardio equipment when I’m getting ready for BJJ competitions is the airdyne bike. If used properly, it can get you a great cardio workout for BJJ (or any sport) even if you have bad knees.

I bring up the bad knees part because I received a question recently about getting ready for a tournament. He said he knows he needs to do extra cardio to get ready, but things like running hurt his knees. He knows I’ve had a knee surgery before and wondered if I had any advice on how to get a good cardio workout for BJJ even with his bad knees.

With the rigors of competition style training it’s definitely important to be smart with your training outside of the gym, and to make sure that the workouts support your BJJ training, That’s one of the reasons I use it.

It’s also a great warm up if you have tight or fatigued legs. An easy pace for 10 minutes is a great way to loosen up before training. I do this before some of my morning training sessions to wake up my lower body. Especially if the day before was a tough one and my body feels a little stiff.

A Simple Cardio Workout Using The Airdyne

If you’re getting ready for a BJJ tournament here’s my advice. Find out the time limit on your match and then do intervals.

Do 20 secs on (at full pace) 10 seconds slow. Keep going for the full duration of your match time. Repeat for multiple “matches” if possible.

You can even slide this into a normal lifting workout as it’s short and won’t kill your gains and ruin your workout. After you’re done lifting. Jump on the bike for a short 10 minute sprint interval workout.

So I hope that helps if you’re looking for a good cardio workout for BJJ but you have bad knees.


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4 BJJ Leg Lock Drills (Continuous Movement For Both People )

4 BJJ Leg Lock Drills (Continuous Movement For Both People )

In this video I show 4 BJJ leg lock drills you can use to help build better movement in leg lock positions. The drills are continuous. Meaning they don’t stop. This is a great way to drill to develop faster movement and get a good work out at the same time.

If you’re like me. I get bored doing slow drilling. But having constant movement allows me to keep the movement going and keeps my attention. This type of BJJ drilling also gives me a solid workout.

During the filming of this video Rich and I did a total of about 12 drills lasting about an hour and a half. We were exhausted afterwards because there was never any stop to the movement. If you look closely during some of the drills, you’ll see little sweat marks. This is stuff we were actually drilling and something we get a good workout from. And we’re Brown and Black Belts.

In this series of BJJ leg lock drills the focus is on the straight ankle lock, outside heel hook and kneebar.

The movements are simple but transfer well over to other positions.

I hope you like the 4 bjj leg lock drills in this video. I’ll have more coming up in the future!

If you have any questions, let me know!



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I Can’t Sleep After Working Out And BJJ Training

I Can’t Sleep After Working Out And BJJ Training

Do you ever have trouble getting to sleep after working out or BJJ training?

I’ve had several students over the years tell me that they can’t sleep after working out and BJJ training. Recently I had one of the guys from the blog say that he can’t fall asleep and it’s the biggest challenge he faces in regards to training.

I think we’ve all been there before at some point. After working out or BJJ training. You get home and you’re mind is still racing and your body is still in the heightened state and you just can’t relax. This makes it really common to hear someone say I can’t sleep after working out and BJJ.

I know I feel this way a bunch. Combined with the hard training for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. I’m also a business owner and there is always so much to do. When I get home, even though I’m physically tired. Mentally my mind is still going a millions miles an hour and I can find myself having trouble unwinding.

That’s where this video comes in to play.


Technique To Fall Relax After BJJ Training

In this video I show a technique you can use to help relax your body. It’s a breathing technique that facilitates diaphragmatic  breathing. It’s great when you can’t sleep after BJJ training. It will help you release a lot of the tension in your body and allow you to mentally settle down.

It’s also good before training to relax the body a bit if you’re dealing with any sort of anxiety. It also warms up the lungs a bit.

So, if you’re someone who can’t fall asleep after working out, give the technique I show in this video a try and see if it helps. If it does help a little. Let me know. I’d love to hear about it.


Flourless Chocolate Raspberry Protein Muffins

Easy Snack Or Breakfast With Chocolate Raspberry Protein Muffins


These chocolate raspberry protein muffins are a great way to prepare a healthy snack or easy breakfast item in advance.

These chocolate raspberry protein muffins are made with things like oat bran so there is a fair amount of carbohydrates which make them good for breakfast or before exercise.

They have a good amount of protein for being a muffin. This can be helpful if you’re trying to keep your protein intake up for training or recovery.

They’re also really tasty and are a better alternative to eating something like a traditional muffin that is covered in sugar.

The recipe that is used can be altered to suit your tastes. Just swap out raspberries for something else you might like. Blueberries and chia seeds are another good combination I like.

I know that eating healthy can be tough sometimes, but hopefully this will give you something that is both really tasty and pretty healthy to eat throughout the week.

Living Healthier

The reason I am doing this video and other content relating to food, diet and lifestyle is because many times my students ask tons of questions regarding how to live a healthier life. Living a healthier life starts with what you put into your body.

You can train all you want to but I believe you’re doing yourself a disservice by not living the healthiest lifestyle possible.

It’s different for everyone of course. Some people are vegan while others are meat eaters like me. Ultimately you have to figure out what works for your and what makes you feel the best. But being conscious of what you’re putting into your body is a good start. Being deliberate with the way you consume food and live your life will help you ultimately get the most out of your training and your body on a daily basis.


Enjoy the protein muffins!

10 BJJ Turtle Attacks With Guard Pass ( Back Takes And Crucifix )

10 BJJ Turtle Attacks With Guard Pass ( Back Takes And Crucifix )

This week’s BJJ Turtle Attacks video. It starts with a guard pass and moves into back takes, a crucifix position entry and establishing side control if you’re unsure about going for the back.

Along with different options from the turtle position I included a guard pass to get there. This is important because the turtle position in BJJ is a moving, transitional position. Typically someone goes to turtle because someone is passing. From there the person is almost always trying to defend and then move away to re guard.

So when you drill the techniques. Get comfortable with them and then combine them all together. You can pick different options and even let your partner set up the queues for you. For instance if they want you to attack the far side hook then they will keep rolling. If they are want you to take the near side hook then they will leave an opening for you to secure it. Having your partner ultimately dictate when you will do based off of openings they leave will help you react faster.

This type of drilling is similar to boxers with their pads and does a heck of job with developing good reaction and the ability to adjust quickly as you’re moving.

The Turtle positions in BJJ can be a really frustrating position to take advantage of if your opponent moves fast to re guard or isn’t giving space to get the hooks in for back mount. So I’ve tried to cover options for those situations.

Combine BJJ Turtle Attacks With Guard Passing

This is a great series to combine with the BJJ guard passing series we did before. You can watch that here.  Click here to see 10 BJJ Guard Passes.

As always these are just an example and you’l have to adjust them to your style and your body, and as always consult your instructor for tips with the movements as well.

– Chewy