Meet Jorel!!! Jorel has been a longstanding member of our kid's class since his father and sister joined. He's grown up so much since becoming part of Graves and we're thrilled to have him in class! Watch out for when he leads the warm-ups! LOL! You can train with all the Williams family here @ Profectus Lebanon, located on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics here in Wilson County! Make Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense a priority for your child!
When is it the right time to pull the trigger on a move? How do I know when it’s the perfect moment to execute? It’s something that even the most experienced practitioners still seek...good timing.
There should always be different tempo changes when sparring. For example, working very hard to pass the guard and then, when successful, controlling a dominant position while we “rest” to refill the stamina tank before moving on to the next position or submission.
On the surface, we see only one speed in that scenario...however, the tempo in which we deconstruct the guard should also be examined. How we rid ourselves of hooks and ties in order to establish grips we believe in. As if it were a dance of some sort..... of a rift in the space-time continuum.
If you’re struggling with this, it could be one of two issues. You simply don’t have enough mat experience... or you haven’t narrowed your focus and practice into specific drilling patterns. The term “drillers are killers” doesn’t come from thin air. How familiar you are with a technique will determine your success rate with it….and becoming more familiarized is as simple as practice, practice, practice…..
Practicing “what-if” scenarios when the move doesn’t work, practicing the move at different speeds, drilling the move to the tempo of different styles of music, watching different people practice the move, teaching the move itself to others. At some point, it’s on us as students to be present and involved in what we’re doing in class and taking responsibility for what results we get. Just showing up and going through the motions while expecting high returns will only prolong getting the results you truly want. We get back what we put in.
This class loves Chris! He's one of our longest practitioners in the kid's program and recently competed in the Grappling Games back in March! We're looking forward to his growth as a martial artist and young adult. We're glad you're here Christoper!
Awesome NoGi Action this week in Lebanon, TN! Become the best version of yourself @ Graves Brazilian jiu-jitsu serving Wilson County, Tennessee since 2015. Find us on the top floor of Dube Orthopedics off of Main street.
Throughout my career on the mat I've had to deal with a handful of "rolling" related injuries. I'll give you a guess as to what the keyword was in that last sentence...……
….."Rolling" ,"Sparring" whatever you want to call it. I think of it as the sweet peace we find in simulating the murder of one another. The excitement of victory and the problem solving from defeat. "Rolling," is why (dare I say) MOST of us were drawn to this sport in the first place....and it's also the number one in the "causes of injury" department.
Let's breakdown my experience....broken toes, two knee surgeries, cracked ribs, fractured forearm, broken fingers, and a laundry list of pulled muscles and stiff joints...that should be enough medical history to keep me out of jiu-jitsu wouldn't you say? Not a chance....
Every major injury revealed two things....
.1.) I can recover as long as I take the necessary steps to do so
2.) I can prevent it from happening again...as long as I learn from it.
Of course, there are occasions where someone may injure themselves beyond repair. Obviously, there's always a wild card chance something happens during a sparring match. But those circumstances represent a very small percentage of practitioners. The reality is there are concrete ways of drastically reducing your chances of injury/reinjury if we're willing to work for them. Here are three....
1. Be pro-active....
No better substitute for injury prevention. Properly warming up, stretching before and after class, having a balanced diet, self-massage, getting proper rest, prioritize drilling...…….
2. Limiting competitive/ intense sparring
Not every match is to the death and not every roll is for a gold medal. That should go without saying but do we practice it? I'll admit, I'm guilty of it as well. We can better control this by choosing our training partners wisely and communicating with our partners. Also, changing our perspective on what we can accomplish during a roll. "Flow-Rolling" or "controlled-sparring"...will challenge what knowledge you actually hold in this sport. Or as opposed to trying to defeat an aggressive training partner...instead focusing on survival .
3. Not sparring at all
Jiu-jitsu can serve us in so many ways that don't involve live-training. The solo bodyweight movements alone (shrimping, bridging, technical standups, etc....) will keep most humans physically functional through old age. Drilling, learning from instructionals, coaching, and supporting events. Learn to embrace the community and inquisitive side of this martial art!
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt