Beyond Technique – Concept Focused BJJ by Kit Dale and Nic Gregoriades

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Note: This is my honest review of this DVD set. I have never met Kit Dale or Nic Gregoriades nor do I know either of them.

Kit Dale

Kit is an Australian BJJ blackbelt and one of the most active Jiu-Jitsu competitors to come out of Australia. Kit has had a lot of success at competitions but is probably more well known for his social media presence and humourous YouTube videos than his BJJ accomplishments. He received his black belt a mere four years after taking up the art.

Nicolas (Nic) Gregoriades

Nicolas was born in South Africa. Nic is Roger Gracie’s first black belt. He is known for his effective approach to BJJ training. Like Kit he also recieved his black belt in four years.

This DVD is an hour long journey examining Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques from a more conceptual viewpoint. The DVD set features both BJJ blackbelts Nic Gregoriades and Kit Dale. The pair alternate on the DVD between teaching concepts. Nic teaches one technique then Kit takes the next one.

Although the pair do demonstrate techniques they are used to help illustrate concepts being discussed to the viewer. The idea is once the concepts have been understood by the student, he or she will be bale to apply these to any technique.

No Drilling

Both guys are strong advocates of not drilling techniques. Kit is very outspoken about not drilling techniques. His reasons are because drilling against a non-reacting opponent for hundreds of reps is not an efficient use of your time.

It is not a view held by many in the Jiujitsu community but it is refreshing nonetheless. Keenan Cornelius for one loves drilling and thinks it is essential.

This is not a new debate I remember it was being argued back and forth on blogs when I first started training five years ago and it still rages on today.

DVD Content

The DVD is about an hour in length so it is more like attending a college class then an instructional DVD. Pretty quickly you find out that this is not a technical DVD but it is a guideline for how to learn Jiu-Jitsu. Like I said before they do show techniques but it is only to illustrate a point that they are trying to get across to the viewer. Kit and Nic urge the viewer to find your own techniques that suit your own style and game.

These are the topics covered on the DVD.

  1. Transitional Pressure – Moving from one position to another.
  2. The Fisher man – A fishing rod analogy for BJJ.
  3. The Quadrant – The four quarters of stability.
  4. Post, Posture and Leverage – How a sweep occurs.
  5. The Porcupine – Using the bony parts of your body to great effect.
  6. Stopping the Guard Pull – How to defend against guard pullers.
  7. The Corkscrew – Pushing and pulling.
  8. Weight Distribution – How it makes all the difference in guard passing.
  9. Structure – How collapsing and creating a structure using your own body can be used to your own advantage.
  10. The Double Barrelled Shotgun – How to maintain the guard.
  11. The Open and Closed Chain – How to think of limbs as chains.
  12. Removing Leverage – How to feel much heavier on an opponent.
  13. The Spinal Torque – How twisting and other spinal manipulations can affect technique.
  14. Size Strategy – How to deal with different body types including what to do if you are shorted than your opponent.
  15. The Border Patrol – A metaphor for attacking or defending.
  16. The Loading of the Spring – How to execute a technique without telegraphing it to your opponent.
  17. The Pendulum – How to use a single part of your body to drive momentum for a bigger movement.
  18. The Takedown Posture – Principals for take downs.
  19. Its All In The Hips – Focus on hip movement when scrambling.
  20. The Misdirection – How to be the first to get a good grip.

Al together there are twenty concepts shown with approximately 40 techniques. The video is well filmed and both guys come across really well in the video. They will talk about a concept and them demonstrate the technique. There is one run through of each technique and then we move on to the next concept.

In Conclusion

If you have been training Jiu-Jitsu for any length of time you will realise that the concepts lie behind all the techniques. Most notably leverage and technique over brute strength. In the majority of instructional videos the instructor shows a technique then explains the concept behind the techniques. These guys turn that process on its head by explaining the concept first and devoting more time to it. Their vision is that the student will improve on not just the forty techniques shown but improve n others by starting to think conceptually.

The Beyond Technique DVD is like being in a university lecture for BJJ. It isn’t as long as a lot of  other instructional DVDs but it is obvious to anyone who watches it that the instructors have thought long and hard about what to include on the DVD as it is very well put together.

I would honestly recommend this DVD to a grappler of any rank. There is no filler like a lot of other six disk DVD sets. Again actual technical instruction is not the point of the DVD. It is to teach the viewer to think conceptually and approach their grappling from a new angle. I took a good number of concepts that I think will really take my game to a new level. So I would recommend it to anyone.

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Using Kettlebells to Treat Back Pain

If you suffer from back pain and you are wondering how you can make it go away, you are not alone. Back pain is one of the leading problems facing the healthcare industry. It can begin during one’s youth, as a result of involvement in sports. It can occur after an injury. No matter how it happens, it is a serious problem. What makes the problem is worse is the common misconceptions that people hold about their back pain that prevent them from healing in the healthiest way possible. The first step to treating back pain is addressing and refuting these misconceptions, and realizing that you can treat back pain naturally.

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Common Misconceptions about Back Pain

When people suffer from back pain, they will commonly believe that there is something wrong with them, and that they must “fix” the problem through surgery, chiropractic treatment, or medication. They will experience a great deal of anxiety over their back pain and they will believe that they should avoid putting any strain on their back, and that they should not exercise or do anything that could put strain on their back. This is not necessarily the case. The truth is that you can treat your back pain through strengthening exercises like using kettle bells.

How Exercise Heals the Body

Because people suffering from back pain have so much anxiety over their back pain and they are so preoccupied with their pain, they do not realize that the body has an incredible ability to adapt to its environment. The key to understanding this is knowing the difference between “anxiety” and “stress.” Anxiety is negative, troubled feelings you have about something that has gone wrong in your life. Stress, on the other hand, is the extra push the body needs to react to problems with a “fight” or “flight” response. When the body reacts with the “fight” response, the cells in your body work overtime to heal the pain that your body is experiencing. The body’s ability to adapt to its environment by becoming stronger is scientifically known as symmorphosis.

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Conclusion

Anyone suffering from back pain should not be afraid to use kettlebells to address that pain. When you have surgery or take medication to treat pain, you are introducing foreign stimuli into the body, and you are simply making symptoms go away rather than actually solving the problem that is causing the pain. Let your muscles work to become stronger and you will see your back pain go away, and you will be proud to know that you have accomplished healing naturally, without surgery or medication.

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How to do the Vaporizer

Eddie Bravo demonstrates how to the do the Vaporizer Leg lock set up using the half guard position lockdown. This was the same move he caught Royler Gracie in at the end of their match at Metamoris 3.

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Why You Can’t Start on Your Knees in Sparring

In a lot of combat or fighting activities, it is common for both participants to start out on their knees before they begin a match. However, for sparring, this practice is ineffective. When two people are sparring, it is essential for them to be able to move and shift quickly in order to block or dodge attacks from the opponent. It is best for both participants to be “on their toes,” both literally and figuratively. There are many benefits of starting out with a standing position during sparring, and these benefits will ultimately help each participant perform their best during the activity.

A Standing Position in Sparring Gives You Power and Control

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When you start standing during sparring, you have full control over the movements of your body. You can move to the right or to the left, forward or backwards, depending on which direction your opponent is coming at you. You will also be starting out in a steady position, so you don’t have to worry about stumbling and falling down during the process of hastily getting up off your knees. In fact, it is your knees that will help you keep balance if you are sparring in a standing position, because slightly bending your knees will help you move swiftly to dodge your opponent.

A Standing Position Helps You Stay Prepared

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When you start sparring on your feet, it is easy to shift to other positions, whether that means dodging to the left or right, ducking, or even rolling. A sparring match is unpredictable, in the sense that you don’t know what kinds of attacks your opponent has planned and you do not know how you will respond to these attacks. You will find yourself shifting in and out of several positions. The best way you can prepare for this is to start out standing, so you will already be in the position to shift into any position that is required to best perform during the match.

A Standing Position Levels the Playing Field

Starting out standing during sparring ultimately ensures that both participants have the highest chance to perform at their best during a sparring match. Each participant has the chance to be fully prepared for any attack they may receive from their opponent, which means that the winner of the match will know that it was a fair match, so they have earned their victory.

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Learn Jiu-Jitsu Faster with Multiple Partners

It is often a challenge to learn something new. This is because not only have you never done it before, you may be going about actually learning it in a completely counter-productive way. From the earliest years of our lives, we are taught in school that there is only one way to learn, and if you can’t learn the material that way, then you are a failure. This is not true, because everyone learns in a different way. If people were allowed to learn things in a way that matched their learning style, they would have a lot more success and confidence. You can apply this philosophy to learning Jiu-Jitsu. Not only will you learn Jiu-Jitsu more effectively, you will learn Jiu-Jitsu faster. The secret to learning Jiu-Jitsu faster is simple: practice with multiple partners.

Why Just One Partner Doesn’t Work

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When you only have one partner while you are learning something, that partner will be one of three things: they will be more skilled than you, less skilled than you, or equally skilled compared to you. When you only have a partner who is more skilled than you, you will always feel inadequate because you will not have a chance to improve your skills when you are always losing to someone else. When you only have a partner who is less skilled than you, you will not feel challenged because you will always perform better than your partner. When you only have a partner whose skill level matches yours, you will constantly find yourself at a stalemate because each of you will have an equal chance of coming out on top, so you will not truly grow. These observations can apply to anything you are learning for the first time—learning a new language, learning a sport, or learning Jiu-Jitsu.

The Partners You Need to Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Faster

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In order to learn Jiu-Jitsu faster, you need three partners: a partner who is more skilled than you, a partner who is less skilled than you, and a partner whose skill level matches yours. This way, you can practice and develop your moves step-by-step, and you can develop your skill with each move more fully with each partner. Each partner can also learn from you, because you will either be more skilled than them, less skilled than them, or equally skilled compared to them. This way, everyone learns Jiu-Jitsu faster and everyone has the right partner they need at the right time.

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What to Expect on Your First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class

Starting anything can be a challenge.  This is especially true with sports and martial arts, where people are coming it at all levels of experience and skill.  Not knowing what to expect then can be a nerve wracking experience.  To help you out, the following guide is designed to prepare you for your very first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.  Read the guide below and good luck being the be the best prepared person in the room.

  1. Come In for a Visit

The vast majority of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools will allow you to come in for a free visit.  This will give you an opportunity to see how people are dressed.  In addition, you may have the opportunity to talk to the teacher who will answer any questions you may have.  Finally, if you are apprehensive, you can always set up a time to come in.  That way, they know to be expecting you.

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  1. Bring the Right Cloths

When people think martial arts, they think robes.  However, you will not need your own Jiu-Jitsu gi.  The biggest rule is to not wear anything that is baggy.  For example, baggy cargo shorts should not be worn.  This is because things with bags may result in people’s fingers and toes getting stuck, leading to sprains and fractures.  If you believe you may need protection, then you can wear protective gear, like ear guards and knee braces.  Ask before coming in with wrestling shoes.

  1. Cut Your Nails

On way that you can help reduce possible injury is by making sure your finger nails and toe nails are well groomed.  With well groomed nails, you reduce the risk of cutting your opponent or possibly breaking a nail.

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  1. Arrive Early

It pays to come early.  By arriving early, you have time to change and get ready.  You can do any warm up stretches that you find healthy and be fully engaged when instruction begins.  In addition, you will not need to spend any time at the beginning of the lesson trying to catch up with the class.

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  1. Position before Submission and the First Day

The first day will no doubt be spent stretching, warming up the body, and talking about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  In addition, there may be time to try a particular move o two.  Either way, try to remember the golden rule of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, position before submission.  Do not focus on the end, rather focus on how your body is positioned with relation to your opponent.

With all of these suggestions, you stand a good chance of shining on your first day.

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How Long Does It Take to Get Good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Simply put, martial arts are cool.  Through training and determination, they provide a means to self-defense that would seem impossible otherwise.  Martial arts provide people with the skills to stay safe, while also staying physically fit and healthy.  A martial art that has been growing increasingly popular is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Lets take a look at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and see what it is all about.  In addition, we will answer the burning question, “How long does it take to get good at it?”

The Short Answer

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, like every other martial art, requires a lifetime to learn.  People who dedicate their entire lives to the art do not always reach the highest ranks.  If you just want to be good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (and not a master), then it requires significantly less time.  Depending on how quickly you learn, you can be teaching others and have a competent mastery of techniques in about two years.

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The Long Answer

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses almost entirely on ground fighting.  Numerous grabs, holds, and grappling have to be learned, mastered, and repeated before a person can use them effectively.  Through martial arts, practice makes perfect, allowing our bodies to move with a flowing speed and grace that comes from repeatedly doing the same action over and over again.  This is why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu takes years to master.  Refining techniques means the difference between good and great.  So, if you do not want to be great but you do want an excellent understanding of the martial art, again only two years is normally required.

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Belts

If being good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu means having a certain belt, then it may take more time.  For example, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can take upwards of 5+ years to achieve, requiring thousands of hours of practice and experience.  A purple belt on the other hand requires significantly less time.  Individuals with a purple belt are at the stage where they can teach lower ranked students.  The purple belt means you have experience with the majority of techniques with enough skill to intelligently teach others.  The purple belt can be achieved after around one and a half years of experience.  In the end, what will ultimately determine how long it takes to become good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is your ability to focus and practice.

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