Ignorance and fear typically rule the way people deal with Jiu-Jitsu injuries. Some glorify them as a badge of honor, some quit altogether, some take a middle ground and just hope for the best on a wish and a prayer that the body will fix itself. None of these will actually get you out of pain. If it seems like they do you are probably just riding borrowed time before you get the same injury again.

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Jiu-jitsu culture seems to glorify at worst and passively accept at best that injuries are just going to happen. Everyone will have bad knees and shoulders and aches and pains together. In some ways, that’s true – you’re doing an active, tough sport and...

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When you grab somebody by the end of their arm, you’re more likely to get the armbar than if you grabbed closer to the shoulder. You’re closer to the end of the lever, which means the strength differential is in your favor.

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Measure your progress by how much range you get in belly expansion and depletion, the amount of control you have in lengthening the rate of forceful inhale or exhale, and the amount of time you’re able to hold.

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What’s a big guy (or girl) to do? Jiu-Jitsu was designed so that other people can defeat you. You’re always going to be a measuring stick for other people’s effectiveness. You’re not going to get a lot of sympathy when you lose. Here’s a few things I sympathize with people I don’t feel so friendly towards when they’re sitting on top of me:

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Guys that skew towards smaller in the academy have it the toughest of all, in my opinion. Here’s why.

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The break itself isn’t the hardest part, it’s coming back from it. I’ve divided these slightly, but all advice has its place for all people, so don’t think it you don’t fit under the bold heading that it’s not meant for you. If it makes sense, that’s all that matters.

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The 2017 IBJJF Europeans are just a couple of weeks away and athletes all over the world are either finalizing travel arrangements or lamenting the fact that they will be missing out on one of the best tournaments of the year. Competing on a budget isn’t as hard as it may seem, there are plenty of tips and tricks that broke jiu-jiteiros have been employing for years to finance all of their competition dreams. With a little creativity and a lot of flexibility to can make traveling and competing in exotic new places one of your goals for 2017.

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