How many times have you heard your friends or even yourself say, "I'm going to work out more often and get in shape this year" only to see them return to their old sedentary habits before January even passes. Using these 3 tips, you can make adapting to your new lifestyle much easier and observe your new habits seamlessly transition from being work to becoming part of your normal routine.
Martial Arts belts are both extremely important and completely arbitrary at the same time. In Part 1 of this post, you can read why belts are meaningless and why my level of interested in being awarded my black belt has decreased lately. Then be sure to read part 2, to learn of the real significance of belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts.
Practitioners who specialize in certain kinds of guard are, in my opinion and experience, much harder to pass. These more difficult guards include positions such as Spider Guard, De La Riva Guard, Reverse De La Riva Guard, and any variations or combinations of guards that entangle either your arms or your legs or both. I have a few great tips to help you pass these troublesome guards that took me years to really understand and figure out. Check them out!
If you have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for any amount of time, I can almost guarentee that you have had this conversation with a friend. In fact, I'd even venture to guess that you have had this conversation numerous times with several friends. And you may have even had this same conversation multiple times with the same friend. It usually goes something like this.