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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, 8 Competition Tips for Pros and Amateurs

8 Competition Tips for Pros and Amateurs

February 20, 2013

Competition Tips

Get Yourself Prepared for Competition by Following these Steps

Congratulations! You have successfully taken your game to the next level by deciding to compete. Yes, it’s a big thing. It deserves acknowledgement. Before others become proud of you, pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

It’s all great that we are getting ourselves involved in competition, however, I would like to say that competition is a lot similar to life: no one is ever completely prepared for it. Nobody knows if you are going to be submitted, or if you’ll be the one who’s going to do the submission. You will not be able to tell what will happen on the mats, but the best way is choosing how to react to it: either be reactive or proactive. The choice is yours.

While BJJ competitions are out and about during the 1st quarter of this year, here are some great tips that you can put into action to get you in shape for war on the mats.

2008 GBSC-Slide Show  466Preparation – preparation can take many different forms: from physical, to psychological preparedness. While signing up for that IBJJF competition is a great idea, also take a step back and ask yourself: “have I spent enough time on the mats to learn the techniques.”

Check your cardio – check your gas tank. Check how much your cardio can take. Mind you that you can have several matches in one day, depending on the league. Make sure that your body recovers every each break in between matches.

Ask help – your coaches and trainers have always been there for you, but you can also count on them for a little extra mile coaching and training. One of the best ways to get help is by joining competition camps.

Gracie Barra is known to get the best soldiers for the job. Ze Radiola, Draculino Magalhaes, Marcio Feitosa, and Flavio Almeida to name a few.

If you want to be the best, roll with the best.

Dress to Impress – Yes, we want you to wear your Gracie Barra shirt or Gi for the event, but make sure that it’s clean. A sloppy looking Gi can speaks a lot about your team. More so, it will say a lot about your game. Take the time to wear a new laundered Gi for the event.

Be on time – Getting yourself settled on the benches and with your team before the match starts can help a lot in your game. Getting the feel of the place before stepping in the mat. It’s like acclimating yourself before getting down into business.

Being on time also helps you psych up for the tournament. Taking in the atmosphere of the tournament and feeling the intensity of the crowd will help a lot.

Know thy enemy – This is an ancient proverb that has been passed down for centuries and it holds true for most. Great fighters and trainers tandems – Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach, Juan Manuel Marquez and Nacho Berestein – scout out their opponent.

Watching what game your would-be opponent will play will help you prepare when it’s time for you to face him. Things to watch out for are speed, skill level, the way he/she
Gracie Barra Competitionreacts, defensive game, offensive know-how. Doing your own stalking helps.

Take your time – figuring out your opponent may take a few moments, but don’t wait too long. Offense can be the defense at times.

Warm up and stretch – getting your body warmed up before the match ensures peak performance. Warm up, but don’t tire yourself.

To the drawing board and back to the drawing board – so you went head to head, but things didn’t work out the way that they are supposed to. In order words, you lost.

The worse case scenario in a bjj competition is you go home without a medal (with sore muscles). The great thing about it is that you will learn from it. Going back to the drawing board helps competitors figure out what went wrong.

TIP: One of the best ways is to record your game. Anyone can take a video using cell phones. Being able to watch match videos can help you learn why Mr. Grappler was able to get you in that triangle choke.

Respect – Lastly, as ambassadors of Gracie Barra, show respect to each and every opponent you face, and to every referee. You are there to compete, but it doesn’t mean that you are going to snarl at every other competitor, or talk trash while grappling.

In my experience, I have faced guys that seem to enjoy talking non-sense while grappling. I even faced this guy once who told me that he is going to break my arm if I am not going to tap.

Try to focus and pay no attention to what they say, but only to the sport and what’s happening.

Lastly, try your best – Yes. Your very best. Here’s how I measure the best in me: when I am about to give up because of fatigue and exhaustion. When I am about to tap because I am caught in a near perfect arm bar. That is when I tell myself, “NOT YET.”

A person’s “best” is usually a degree, or a step further after one’s breaking point.


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Jiu jitsu Knoxville TN, Jiu JItsu can boost your productivity at work


One of my colleagues used to head to the men’s room and brush his teeth every time he felt a surge of writer’s block. He swears it did the trick. Another exits the building and walks around the block to clear his head. I like to take advantage of the mid-day yoga sessions that Forbes offers in the gym on the ninth floor. When I return to my desk, my body is relaxed, my mind is clear, and I attack my work with new energy.

A growing body of research suggests that the longer you keep your rear end in your chair and your eyes glued to your screen, the less productive you may be. Getting up from your desk and moving not only heightens your powers of concentration, it enhances your health.

story in Sunday’s New York Times quoted two sources who have studied productivity. John P. Trougakos, an assistant management professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Rotman School of Management describes how concentrating on one task is like using one muscle for an extended period. The mind needs a break, to rest and recover before it can exert again. Among other things, Trougakos recommends that workers take serious lunch breaks, to recharge with food and a change of scene.

James A. Levine, a professor at the Mayo Clinic, agrees that we don’t take enough breaks. Sedentary work habits are as dangerous as a sedentary lifestyle at home. Levine likes the idea of your standing or even walking while you’re working, including during meetings. If you feel sleepy during the day, you should be allowed to take a nap, he says.

Levine suggests that you work in concentrated 15-minute periods, divided up by breaks. “The thought process is not designed to be continuous,” he tells the Times. He points out that efficient, productive work is much more valuable than long hours of wasted or partially productive time.

Then there is the power of daydreaming, described in science writer Jonah Lehrer’s new book, Imagine. Many of our most creative, productive thoughts come not while we’re trying to force them during long sessions at our desks, but at odd moments outside the office. For instance, Lehrer describes how Dan Wieden of advertising giant Wieden+Kennedy found the inspiration for the famous Nike “Just Do It” tag line late one evening, after reflecting on a conversation he had had with a colleague about the novelist Norman Mailer, who had written a book about convicted murderer Gary Gilmore. Gilmore’s last line before he was executed, “Let’s do it,” popped into Wieden’s head. Back at his desk, Wieden tweaked the phrase. But the idea had come in his off hours.

Many of us feel we shouldn’t waste time chatting with co-workers during the work day. But my colleague Andy Greenburg has written about research showing that talking with colleagues can increase your productivity. Specifically, a team of MIT researchers led by Professor Alexander “Sandy” Pentland discovered that call center workers who took the time to converse with their co-workers, instead of just grinding away, got through calls faster, felt less tension and earned the same approval ratings as their peers who didn’t schmooze at the office.

Finally, there is the increasing evidence for the importance of physically moving around during the day, and how it enhances productivity. My colleague Alison Griswold just wrote about Jack Groppel, a co-founder of a division of Johnson & Johnson called the Human Performance Institute. Groppel, who holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Florida State University, insists that stretching and walking around once every 30 minutes throughout the day stimulates blood flow and leads to a burst of hyper oxygenation in the brain, increasing energy and attentiveness.

After canvassing my colleagues, I offer this list of productive ways to goof off during the day and evening. They will boost your productivity and sense of well being. But beware not to overdo any of them. Take too many breaks and you may enter the realm of procrastination.

1. Take a walk around the block.
Fresh air combined with a change of scene can boost productivity.

2. Run an errand
Like walking around the block, getting out of the office and taking care of business can give your mind a break and the exercise will get your blood flowing.

3. Brush your teeth.
The symbolism of removing decay and plaque can be especially potent when you are feeling sluggish.

4. Do Jiu jitsu 

Gracie Barra Knoxville has a 6am program and 11 am, take advantage of your lunch breaks or before work to exercise 

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, The Family that Trains Together Stay Together


The Family that Trains Together Stay Together

This is a story about two people who first went out on a date in a Gracie Barra school located in Georgia. They met, fell in love, and got married. To date, both of them still train together. They both believe that a family that trains together, stays together. Meet Joan and Scott.

Joan shares their story as how it unfolded.

562887_10150788288730190_748225046_n (1)“When we first met I told him right away that I trained in Jiu Jitsu and he seemed to like it. So I told him if he was serious he could meet me to train and so our first date was at Gracie Barra and we trained with Professor Guilherme Tavares. It was so great to see him waiting at the gym for me, and he seemed excited. He did well, but I was nervous (laughs).”

“On a funny note, there are always overprotective friends that are always beside the woman. So each of my friends took him aside and showed him all my medals on the wall and said if he hurt me that they would hurt him but be careful because I could kick his butt…. and I was standing behind Scott trying to get them to hush up because I really liked Scott. I mean if a guy will come train with me he has to be cool.”

And as any man pursuing the woman of his dreams, Scott started training, and it was well worth it!

…and now I am on this amazing journey with Gracie Barra but I am not alone I have Scott by my side and we are now on this beautiful journey together. – Joan Wages

Husband: Honey, I think that choke is a bit too tight.
Wife: But that’s what they taught us in Gracie Barra Georgia!

She narrates how her to-be husband then had a hard time seeing her train with the guys at the gym. ”Listen, Baby. Welcome to my world if you’re gonna be a part of it you have to understand and know that the mat is my world you can’t protect me in it.” she tells Scott then backed off and got serious in his own training and that has helped him get healthy and also grow a lot of confidence in himself.

The Support Goes All Out

As husband and wife, supporting one another is the way to keep the relationship strong. A new lifestyle did take a while for hubby to adapt. “It took him a while to get the hang of it, but we kept dating and training together. Found out that we are both very competitive but when I compete he is in my corner cheering me on. And I love to cheer him on. He just got his blue belt and I felt so proud that it’s our motto that says a family that trains together stays together,” Joan adds.

“It’s so sappy to say but man Scott is my dream come true, he supports me in my journey of getting healthy and when I feel weak he is right there to hold me. When I am about to stop because I feel like I can not go on anymore he is there in my ear encouraging me. He has always believed in me. He has believed in me from day 1 and I never thought I would ever get the fairy tale ending ya know.”

255350_10152039626765331_2072330301_n(1)She concludes, “the best part of it is I get to see him grow into this confident man who believes he is worthy to be loved and not because I am this all cure all but because we are each others soul mates. And now I am on this amazing journey with Gracie Barra but I am not alone I have Scott by my side and we are now on this beautiful journey together.”

In 2011, Scott Proposed to her at the Las Vegas Strip.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville Tn, GB KNOX team does great at NAGA ATL

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On Saturday, February 9th, a team of 5 students traveled to Atlanta, GA, to compete at NAGA!  It was a great learning opportunity for everyone.  As a whole, they won 6 gold medals and 1 silver medal!  We definitely have all-stars at Gracie Barra Knoxville.  Trey Powell, who is only 10 years old, took home gold medals in both Gi and no Gi competitions for his weight class!  Congratulations Trey!  19-year-old Joe Watson, a blue belt, took home a gold medal in the adult division.  Other students who competed were Jesse “Squirrel” Calbaugh, J.R. Moles, and Esteban Rodarte.  We are so proud of our hardworking students, and we look forward to many more competitions with our team!

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Learn the Berimbolo from the creator, Samuel Braga!

Learn the Berimbolo from the creator, Samuel Brag! Coming soon on DVD, On Demand and in the app store! Here’s a preview!

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN , Gracie Barra stills number 1

Here is an amazing Documentary with Professor Draculino


– Vinicius ‘Draculino’ Magalhaes is a 4th degree Gracie Barra black belt. Part of the GB team since the 1980s, he shared a mat with many of the most famous names in jiu-jitsu, including the Gracies, the Machados and more.
With Gracie Barra academies of his own in the USA, Europe and Brazil, Draculino explains how the organisation was the perfect environment for him and his peers to grow, and why the team was (and still is, in his opinion) number one.

He also explains how jiu-jitsu isn’t just a sport or form of self-defence, but has the potential to truly change lives.

Filmed entirely at the Gracie Barra academy in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville tn, Gracie Owning the europeans Championship

Owning the European Championships!

JANUARY 31, 2013


Gracie Barra is Off to a Great Start in 2013! Congratulations!

Here are some photos from the recently concluded European Championships! Call me a fanboy, but having the photos come directly from Victor Estima himself is just so darn cool! For those who have yet to brush up on the who’s who of the BJJ world, Victor Estima is the younger brother of Braulio Estima. Yes, both of them are beasts. Both are highly decorated BJJ champions. It is said that they can choke you with just their minds. Just kidding.

Here’s what Professor Victor has to say about the European Championships.

“It was a great event. We have been preparing the team tough since before Christmas with the competition camp at mine and my brother’s (Braulio Estimas) school. I have also did some training days around Europe in preparation for the Euros in Spain and Holland, and I am getting a very good results from them. We had great performances from our GB competitors. We actually could have done so much more if a few more of our main competitors would be fighting. We were in every single podium for the team. Novice, female, adult, master and seniors, juvenile. We had the most points of the whole competition. I am personally proud of the whole team!”

There you have it, folks! Another round of applause to the red warriors that fought it out in the European Championships!

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