BJJ Confidence Boost

Hey everyone, I’m new to the reddit world and thought this community would be a great place to get research information for my research paper for school. I’m trying to find statistics on BJJ and confidence boosting in students (preferably high school) that lead to an increase in their academic, social, and emotional behaviors. Any help is appreciated!

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What’s your training schedule?

How many times a week? How many days between?

A changing work schedule has forced me to switch gyms. No matter which option I go with, I’ll be training a couple days in a row and having a long break in between (ex: class W-F, off Sat-Tues) I don’t think this is ideal, but it’s better than nothing.

Does anyone else have similar training schedules? What are some of the perks and downsides?

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Is “rubber guard guy” a negative stereotype? What does it mean? Why?

I know about the whole Eddie Bravo-Gracie thing.

It’s clear to me that this stereotype includes people who use techniques that are taught at 10th planet.

I’m just trying to understand why there seems to be a negative connotation to this stereotype, and if it is related to:

  1. people using potentially unsafe techniques during practice

  2. people who apply safe techniques overzealously

  3. that the entire 10th planet thing is very cult/kool-aid

  4. because these techniques are “unproven” practicing them and their counters is unproductive

  5. the attitude of bjjers who practice this style tends towards a particular undesirable attitude

I’m asking because any mention of this gym, eddie bravo, or rubber guard invariably leads to comments like “eddie bravo and his army of stoners in their cool rash guards and spats” or “something something rubber guard guy something every gym has one”.

I’m not intending any offence – this is just what I’ve observed browsing youtube/reddit/blogs about bjj and I’d like to know why it’s like this.

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Help with passing guard when they get their leg in between?

Whenever I try to pass guard by flattening one leg and attempt to circle around to side control, my partners always seem to manage to get their leg in between us. So I basically end up breaking guard and am stuck in some other weird position.

I wish I had video of a roll where this happens because it’s difficult to explain. I’m hoping someone might have an idea on what I’m running into and tips on what I’m doing wrong.

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Question on early rolling?!

So I’ve been rolling now for a little while. I’m hesitant to say game, as being so new i want to learn as much as i can but i was wondering when sparing specifically should i focus on the techniques im strongest with.

As i seem to figure that’s destination X (arm triangle, ect, go to move), im far more comfortable with the unknown from point A onwards. The flow of the opponents movement ect.

should i say focus on these go to moves, and polish and sharpen them to swords.

Or alternatively just try get as many not so great moves under my belt as possible??

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Help with getting smashed in the beginning

I wanted to release this video to help people on here that complain about getting smashed. This is all mindset stuff and not techniques….. well for the most part anyways.


Here are some of the other topics I’m set to discuss in other episodes.

Done already

  • Game planning *Best version of you
  • Becoming a self reliant learner

To do still

  • Eliminate barriers to practice /Make dedicated time to practice
  • Getting worse then better
  • Pomodoro Effect
  • Focused / Diffuse Mindset
  • Watching 1990s/2000′s BJJ matches in the beginning
  • Gamify BJJ
  • Learning to build scenarios
  • Learning to build grappling stamina
  • Learning to become a good training partner or practicing safely
  • Making an “ah ha” connection about a grappling technique or concept
  • Establishing a concept of balance both from bottom and top
  • Create an empathetic environment among teammates to help each other improve
  • Learning to self correct
  • Using 80/20 Method for quicker results

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Promotion guilt

Has anyone ever felt guilty after promotion? Every time I get a stripe I feel very undeserving like I haven’t worked hard enough. I’ve never seen stripes as an accomplishment and I’m afraid to get my blue belt as I don’t feel like I deserve that either. If rather stay a white belt forever. For background I’ve been training as a white belt for 2.5 years with several months gap due to injury/Ramadan fasting.

As a result I’ve tried coming in a minimum of 3x a week. I can’t do more than that because I like to keep my weightlifting days separate from bjj while keeping one rest day.

As for why I have these feelings, I think it’s because the belt gives people the expectation that I have skill and this disconnect gives me anxiety. Any thoughts on how to get over this or any similar situations for others?

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Gabriel Arges

Gabriel Arges is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Romulo Barral and Felipe “Preguiça”, who also trained extensively with Marcelo “Uirapuru”, competing for the Gracie Barra Academy. Arges made a name for himself in the lower belt divisions of the sport, particularly during his purple and brown belt campaigns (2013-2015) where he conquered important titles such as IBJJF World Champion (Gi/No-Gi), European Open Champion, as well as Pan America and American National Champion.

How can I find local tournaments

I’m new to the Jiu jitsu world and was looking for a way to find local tournaments and events. Not looking to compete just looking to spectate any help is appreciated. If it matters I live in the Oakland Bay Area.

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BJJ in New Paltz, NY

Anyone train or know of any good gyms around New Paltz, NY? I’ll be in the area for work and was hoping to drop in somewhere for a class or two.

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Buying a gi for my brother. Need help with sizing!

Hey all,

I’m totally uneducated in BJJ so, bear with me:

My 15 year old brother started training at a local gym a couple months ago and desperately needs a gi. My mother cannot quite afford to purchase one for him as she runs a 5 child household by herself and makes very little money. He, along with our two siblings, were adopted by my family several years ago and my parents have since divorced so just affording the classes is kind of tough.

He’s an awesome kid and totally deserves it so, I wanted to surprise him with a gi for Christmas but I’m having trouble figuring out what size to get.

I have his measurements based on this chart in inches/cm:

A: 54 / 137 B: 22 / 55 C: 16 / 40 D: 37 / 93 E: 16 / 40

Could anyone help me out? Also, does the color of the gi matter? Thanks in advanced!

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The dreaded ass grip

Does anyone know a good break for the grip some people get on your waistband right above your butt when they pass into side? Or, am I correct in thinking this is one of those “you fucked up a long time ago” positions where you just have to wait it out until they need to use that hand to attack. Grip is super strong and feels unbreakable due to basically being unable to extend their arm far enough just using the cheeks. An exhaustive google search has only provided me with this useful but situationally inadequate defense https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VxfRzKi8Sk. Thanks guys.

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anyone on MB online?

Im on MB online, and Im having trouble with their website, I can’t seem to get onto the site. Is anyone else having issues with it?

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