How do you know that you need to train your training partner? The easiest way is to ask yourself whether you enjoyed the roll you just had with them. If you didn’t enjoy the roll, the worst thing to do is to talk to them about it immediately afterwards. When emotions are high, there will […]

What do we need to learn BJJ? We need some ground, a training partner and a desire to improve. Coaches can give us the benefit of their experience. Instructional videos and competition footage can give us inspiration and new ideas. It is the training partner that has the biggest effect on your ability to learn […]

The most effective submission in BJJ

There are many different submissions in BJJ. Some are more effective than others. If our goal is to submit our opponents, then it makes sense to focus more of our training time on the most effective submissions. In BJJ, we get very good at almost breaking our opponent’s joints. We take the joint to the […]

To understand something complex, we often break it down into to smaller chunks. Smaller chunks are easier to understand but we lose understanding at the boundaries between chunks. If the chunks are too small and numerous, we have many boundaries between chunks and hence lots of grey areas where we can lose understanding. A problem […]

That's not a real move

Jiu-jitsu is a contest between two people to see who can make the other give up. It’s fun and we want to do it every day, so we have rules that ensure no-one gets injured. The rules are simple stop when the other person taps use a mat on the ground to prevent wear and […]