Category Archives: Sport BJJ

Women and Jiu Jitsu – Part 1

BJJ is a male-dominated sport.  At almost any academy you go to, you’ll find that the vast majority of practitioners are men.  In tournaments, there are usually fewer women’s brackets than men’s, and within each bracket there are usually fewer … Continue reading

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Jiu Jitsu as Human Chess

An analogy is often drawn between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and chess; during a match, you are constantly adapting your strategy to the movements of your opponent, just as you would in a game of chess. I particularly like the intellectual … Continue reading

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Tournaments

This weekend was the 2011 No-Gi World Championship.  As you probably guessed from its name, it’s one of the biggest no-gi tournaments in the world (perhaps second only to ADCC).  Two friends from my jiu jitsu academy made the trip … Continue reading

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Addiction to Jiu Jitsu

Jiu jitsu can easily become an addiction.  There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of submissions, each with dozens of set ups.  There are counters to techniques, and counters to the counters.  Every single position has innumerous variations and subtleties, all of … Continue reading

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Unwashed Belt Powers

Superstition plagues almost every sport in some way or another.  Baseball players have a certain way they have to get set (my girlfriend told me about a girl on her team who would rub her hand in the dirt and … Continue reading

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