Planning for the worst-case scenarios is the best way to ensure those scenarios don’t happen. When you’re dealing with something as complex as jiujitsu, the possibilities for what might happen in a given sparring session or competition are almost literally limitless. Preparing as best we can, physically and mentally, is the best way to be »
Mat time is the best time. You should — and almost always will — feel better about everything after a solid night of training. In order to get the most out of mat time, it helps to think about your approach. One of the rarest but smartest questions I get from newer people is, phrased »
Over the years, I’ve cornered a lot of my friends and training partners in hundreds of jiujitsu matches. Everyone’s style of doing this is slightly different, and I think establishing clear expectations for what’s about to happen is useful. Now that we have a crop of new white belts about to embark on their competition »
Learning jiujitsu is like learning a language. You don’t do it all at once. You learn the smallest, most base elements of a new tongue (an alphabet, words) before you dive in to the whole grand structure. As you get more building blocks — more movements, a larger vocabulary of techniques — your understanding of »
As my future father-in-law says: you pay for everything with either money or time, and sometimes both. Ideally, you should maximize your return on all investments. If you go to class three times a week, you’re probably spending at least 7 hours of your life (and your monthly gym dues) trying to learn jiujitsu. Maybe you’ve had »
Drilling is central to success in jiujitsu. With an art this detailed, you simply have to repeat the core movements thousands of times to train your body. As Roger Gracie famously advised, you shouldn’t drill a move until you get it right — you should drill until you can’t get it wrong. There are several great »
You’d think grip fighting would rank at the top of the “grappling fundamentals” list. When you grapple with someone, you have to grab them, and if they’re wearing clothes, those clothes are an ideal target for said grabbing. Yet when I started jiu-jitsu, I remember my knowledge of grips lagging behind. I don’t want this to »
Demian Maia is, by any measure, one of the finest representatives of jiujitsu. You probably already know this, especially if you watched his most recent fight with Carlos Condit. It was a masterful performance against an accomplished opponent where, despite Condit knowing precisely what Maia wanted to do, Maia achieved a submission victory while taking »
Great breakdown on a drill used by former guest Chris Clodfelter of Eight Points Muay Thai on attacking with knees and entering into the clinch!
Posted by Dirty White Belt Radio on Friday, September 30, 2016
This Sunday's guest, Royce Gracie black belt Jake Whitfield, talks about what blue belts should be doing in training. Sunday at 10 a.m., Jake reveals who his toughest MMA opponent was, what the hardest day of training in the barn looked like, what a judo pin has to do with stabbing someone in the neck, and what the most common training mistakes are. He also calls at least one of his students a sissy. Tune in to find out which one.
Posted by Dirty White Belt Radio on Friday, May 6, 2016