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  1. Ippatsu182 is offline

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    My first BJJ class

    Well, I went to my first BJJ class and came away learning two things.

    1. It sucks being stuck in someone's guard.
    2. If you're going to get in someone's guard, make sure you put your knee in between their legs.

    I don't know how correct this is, but that's what I think I came away with.

    The class was only an hour long and it wasn't really a techniques class. There was the instructor, who is a brown belt, a blue belt, who is a friend of mine and another white belt, who was pretty much a beginner like myself.

    We ran through about 4 different techniques. Three of them were passing someone's guard and the other one was some kind of sweep.

    We ended class with three 4-minute rounds of sparring.

    I tried to attempt the techniques I had just been taught, but none of them worked for me. I eventually realized that I needed to keep my knee in between my partner's legs, right near the crouch. Otherwise, he'd grab my gi sleeves, put his feet on my waist/thighs and basically evade any guard passes I attempted.

    I'm going back Friday. I'm looking to get a chance to be successful with one of these guard passes...

    edited for spelling
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    One thing to keep in mind: At first, it will seem that many things you learn "don't work". Realize that it's more likely that you don't have enough skill with them, and experience in general, to make them work.

    Everything I learned my first day "didn't work" in sparring. So I started trying other stuff, and I did "OK". Then three months later I watched a noob learn those first techniques and I realized I'd been doing them wrong all along. So I re-drilled them and now they work like a charm.
  3. Ippatsu182 is offline

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    No doubt. I hear you. That's why I added "for me." I'm well aware of their effectiveness. I just need more practice doing them. Anyway, it was an enjoyable class and I can't wait to go back.
  4. KhorneliusPraxx

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    One would think that if you live in Japan, putting the word "Brazillian" in front of the japanese "Jiu Jitsu" would be frowned upon.
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    okay, so how was your first day in a Jiu Jitsu style that was founded by a Brazilian guy and made famous by a brazilian guy?

    Congrats for starting bjj. Keep at it
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    Originally posted by KhorneliusPraxx
    One would think that if you live in Japan, putting the word "Brazillian" in front of the japanese "Jiu Jitsu" would be frowned upon.
    It's not like that at all. You'd be surprised at how many Japanese people pride themselves on learning BJJ. I think most Japanese people want to make sure they're doing something worthwhile. Besides, many Japanese people like BJJ greats such as Minotauro and Rickson Gracie.
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    Genki Sudo is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt:

    http://bjj.org/a/people/sudo-genki.html
  8. Ippatsu182 is offline

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    Actually, there are many ranked Japanese BJJ players. Take my BJJ instructor for example, he's a brown belt. I think he got it from Yuki Nakai, who is a BJJ black belt. By the way, the school's name is Paestra.

    And just for the record, I'm not Japanese. I'm an American working in Japan.
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    Cool, for future reference, there already are threads about endurance and relaxing while doing groundwork on this forum.

    1. It sucks being stuck in someone's guard.
    Just drop that pointy elbow on their face. :)
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    Man...if I was in Japan, I wouldn't be doing BJJ...Shooto would be so much more fun IMO.
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