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Master De La Riva shows a favorite sweep

Lance Trippett hanging out with Master De La Riva
Lance Trippett hanging out with Master De La Riva

About a week ago Master De La Riva came to Conquest (my school) to hang out with us and teach a seminar. He is not only a legend in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ( he has his owe position), he is an amazing person. DLR is one of those guys that is aways smiling and he lights up the room when he comes in. 

 The day after the seminar my instructor Vicente Jr, who is very close with DLR, set up an extra training session for me and a few of my training partners. We rolled and talked about a few different positions. I was like a kid in a candy store. I pick up a few new tricks that has already helped my game. 

Before we stopped for the day, I asked Masted De La Riva to show me one of his favorite techniques. He decided to show a sweet DLR guard to back take / sweep option.

Let me know how you like it!!

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Lost Videos, Found!

I was going through some old files and found the first Best BJJ Drills videos that Kail (when he was still a brown belt) and I shot. We thought we need to do voice overs and slow motion. LOL I don’t like these at all! The content is great they are just overproduced.

We have learn a lot over the past year. Now we just let the camera roll no edits and however they end up, we put them out. What do you think? Do you like the raw videos we do now, or these oldies but goodies.

 

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Are you losing the BJJ Grip Fight? Most of you aren’t even playing the game!

As most Black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I roll with my students everyday. This enables me to see and feel the way my students are rolling. One thing I always hear from my white and blue belts is, “I always feel like I ‘m fighting a loosing battle, constantly defending and always a step behind.” The answer I’m sure you hear a lot is, “You are only a [insert belt color) keep working and you will get more tools.” Another one might be “that’s the way it will be until some new people come in for you to work on” or something like that. By watching and rolling in 30+ matches a week, I have noticed a very bad habit that most white and blue belts do. They always lose the beginning of the grip fight. Most of the time its not even a fight, it’s the higher belt taking what ever grips they want, while the newer student does’t try to stop them, or even, try to get a grip of their own. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte. All the higher belts know your are making this fundamental mistake. The thing is it  makes rolling with you that much easier.

 

Different BJJ Grips
Different BJJ Grips

Before you engage (ie: take down, getting on top, or pulling guard) you must win the grip fight FIRST! If you are starting standing, or on your knees, your grips or preventing their grips is your first mission. The grips are the most important part, not only your grips, but your opponents grips. As your match is starting if you don’t have the grips that you need (your go to grip) don’t allow your opponent to have whatever grips they want. What I see all the time is, one person gets their grips of choice, and the other person just lets them push them over on their back or pull them into closed guard. This is the biggest mistake you can make. As someone starts to control you, you need to focus all your energy and concentration on either breaking that grip, or using that grip to your advantage. The main reason is that any grip can give your opponent a higher level of control. Even if it’s a little control at that moment, they could use that one grip to get a large amount of control by hip movement and/or re-gripping. You can think of it as them peeking through your half opened window: you don’t want them to open the window and climb through it; I would rather have you slam that window on their fingers, so they don’t even want to grip again.

Soon you will start to know what grips are very dangerous and what grips you can let them have. This will come with time and feeling. I tell people to think of grips as an electric shock; don’t let your opponent SHOCK YOU, you do the shocking! They laugh, but they remember it. You must use grips to help your movements, but also keep in mind above all else grips are control, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem, the correct grip in the right hands they can end a fight quick.

Drilling is the key, so just do it.

Talk to you soon, and thanks for sharing this.

Lance Trippett

 

 

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BJJ Goal Setting for 2014 How & Why

Many people feel as if they’re adrift in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere.

Like Zig Ziggler Said “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!”

( Read this whole post! At the bottom there is a goal work sheet pdf for you to print out. )

A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from BJJ, and haven’t set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of your future into reality.

The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, ie: winning a local tournament, not getting smashed in side control, making it to class 3 days a week, or my favorite drilling with a partner 2 days a week, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.

Why Set Goals?

Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge in BJJ, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your BJJ life.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, that, you can measure and take pride in, the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed the long BJJ grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

Starting to Set BJJ Goals

You set your BJJ goals on a number of levels:

  • First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your BJJ life (or over the next 10 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve. ie: get your black belt in 10 years, win Worlds at each belt rank, open your own school
  • Then, you break these down into the smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals. ie: get my blue belt by the next belt test, add one day a week for classes and drilling, volunteer my free time at the school to learn the business side
  • Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.

This is why we start the process of goal setting by looking at your lifetime goals. Then, we work down to the things that you need to do in the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.

Step 2: Setting Smaller Goals

Once you have set your lifetime goals, set a one to five year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan.

Then create a six-month plan, and a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals. Each of these should be based on the previous plan.

Then create a daily To-Do List  of things that you should do today to work towards your lifetime  BJJ goals.

At an early stage, your smaller goals might be to read books and gather information on the achievement of your higher level goals. This will help you to improve the quality and realism of your goal setting.

Finally review your plans, and make sure that they fit the way in which you want to live your life in BJJ.

Tip:

If you feel that you’re not paying enough attention to certain areas of your life, you may need to use these same goal setting techniques in other parts of your life. Family, money, education, love, anything and everything. 

Staying on Course

Once you’ve decided on your first set of goals, keep the process going by reviewing and updating your To-Do List on a daily basis (if possibly) but no longer then weekly.

Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience. (A good way of doing this is to schedule regular, repeating reviews using a computer-based diary, or a composition book)

SMART Goals

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we’ve included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:

  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

For example, instead of having “winning worlds” as a goal, it’s more powerful to say “I want to win blue belt Worlds by June 2015.” Obviously, this will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand! (Setting smaller goals daily, weekly, monthly to attain your larger goals.

Further Goal Setting Tips

The following broad guidelines will help you to set effective, and achievable goals:

  • State each goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively – “Execute this technique well when in Closed guard ” is a much better goal than “Don’t make this stupid mistake when sweeping someone.”
  • Be precise: Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you’ll know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.
  • Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.
  • Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force. You must do this!!!!!!
  • Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
  • Set performance goals, not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control! In BJJ, they could include poor judging, injury, the person is better then you or just plain bad luck.If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals, and draw satisfaction from them. ” I may not have won worlds this year but I played my game well Roger Gracie was better then me, I will beat him next year.” 🙂 Thats the idea at least
  • Set realistic goals – It’s important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions. It’s also possible to set goals that are too difficult because you might not appreciate either the obstacles in the way, or understand quite how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.

I have made a goal setting work sheet for you to download

Click the link to download your 2014 Best BJJ Drills Goal Sheet

Tell me your Goals for 2014 in the comment section below!

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“Thanks, But Too Much Information”

OK, I want to learn BJJ.  I made that decision but where do I even begin?

Signing up at an accredited school is the first step.  Accredited is a subjective term here since anyone with a business license to rent property can start up a school.  Do your research through word of mouth and the Internet.  But if you want even more of a supplemental learning or just can’t fit in classes as a regular routine, there are too many other sources to explore.

 

Internet:

The world is currently at your fingertips and you can try YouTube.  You can try Googling.  Anyone can upload a YouTube video from your average Joe’s to World Champion black belts.  If you choose to watch free videos, do your research on who is actually a credible source.   If you do get information through a credible source, the moves may look cool, but they could be too advanced for someone who is new.  Even if you’re able to grasp the concepts while your helpful partner plays a dead fish, attempting to try it on a resisting person may create some issues and overall it would be better to learn more realistic moves that you can actually execute.  Bloggers can offer advice and useful tutorials but just like YouTube, it’s free and pretty easy for anyone to get involved.  Like everything else on the Internet, the techniques may be actually legit or not really.

 

Other Media:

BJJ magazines aren’t fully mainstream at the moment so many people can order them online if unable to find them in a physical store.   Many of these magazines highlight the BJJ celebrities and talk about current events, gear, and culture.  There are articles that do showcase specific techniques and drills with pictures and detailed descriptions.

DVDs usually are not free, unlike YouTube.  Similar to YouTube, anyone can produce one, but because they take more time to produce, generally DVDs are sold by people with relatively higher level experience.

Books. You can buy colored picture books that go through step by step directions by going to a bookstore or purchasing an item online.

You could get with a buddy and practice what you see in the pictures, but this can be difficult if there is no more experienced third person to make sure sure you are actually doing it correctly.  Jiujitsu certainly relies on the small details.  Placing your base as your hand instead of an elbow, at a 30 degree or 90 degree angle, a few inches close to someone’s head or farther way can make a pretty significant difference.

 

More Classes:

Seminars are often offered by higher level belts who have had some kind of BJJ competition qualification.  Rarely will these events be free unless you have the hook up, but they focus more on a specific technique that the instructor has generally refined.  These are a little different from the normal class because it is more about learning, watching, and drilling rather than hard sparring.

BJJ is huge in Brazil, which is pretty expected since that is where it originated so you could always take a trip down there to fully get engulfed in training and culture straight from the source.  This would be an expensive route but memorable experience.

 

Tired of reading? If so, it makes perfect sense.  That was a lot of information all at one time, the exact point of this post.  With all that being said, stay tuned for the next articles on pinpointing the right type of supplemental training best for you.

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