bjj, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, grappling, jiu-jitsu, martial arts, martial-arts

ADCC 2017

Current list of athletes competing.

Super excited about this event due the the fact that there are alot of exciting new people and superstar veterans.  My gym will probably try and broadcast it at the school, but times might be off since it’s in finland.  Who are your favorites for winning , especially the overalls?

 

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bjj, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, grappling, jiu-jitsu, martial arts, martial-arts

When to be focused and when to be playful?

Lately I think Ive been a little bit of both.  For several years while I was doing judo and could only get an occasional open mat, I focused on getting and maintaining side control and getting arm bars from the bar.  I’ve always been pretty good at defending, at least above my belt level.  In this way, I was able to hang with most blue or purple belts and arm bar most white belts.  I felt secure in my little place in the bjj hierarchy.   I really wasn’t improving though, not really.  I got small improvements due to stamina, or perhaps awareness of attacks, but that’s it.  I don’t think I really was improving until recently when I started to try different things.  I think I still have a small hangup with defending too much, not wanting to get submitted.  I have no problem tapping out and have many times over, but I still have that little bit of pride.

Being playful hasn’t affected my defending, but definitely has affected my submissions lately.  I just can’t finish very often nowdays.  I feel like i could probably muscle or pull out a kimura from time to time or use alot of side control pressure to push for a submission from there, but I will try for something shown in class or something from youtube and not quite get it.  Its been fun, but I probably should be focusing on a few submissions since I will probably do a tournament in a bout 5 weeks.  playful

 

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