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bigbuddha
7/15/2008 12:55am,
Hello All,

I am or will be a newbie BJJ student, my first class will be today, should be interesting, I've actually never done any type of martial arts before, but after doing some research and looking around my local area, I found that BJJ suited my mentality the most and was accessable due to a few BJJ schools being in my area.

Anyways, here's hoping I don't pop a shoulder (mine that is).

AikidoBot
7/15/2008 12:56am,
So bigbuddha, you decided to go ahead and register huh? Cool. Don't forget to review your dojo (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=83).

Presunto
7/15/2008 2:49pm,
Welcome,

Where do you live and which school will you be going to?

Good luck.

pyromaniac1918
7/15/2008 2:57pm,
Is BJJ quite popular in america?

jnp
7/15/2008 4:11pm,
Since Slideyfoot hasn't replied yet, I will copy/paste his excellent list of links on this very subject,


Welcome to Bullshido!


If you're just starting in BJJ, I'd recommend the following threads:

Training, Stagnation and Tapping (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=974042)
Maximizing what you get out of rolling (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1253088)
Protecting Yourself During Sparring (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1234198)
Grappling Basic Principles (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=20609)
First Day Lesson (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1232603)
Fundamental 5 (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1019474)
Obvious Epiphanies (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=62601)

And the following articles:

Starting BJJ Classes (http://www.grapplearts.com/Starting-BJJ-Classes.htm)
Nuggets of Advice (http://www.aesopian.com/127/nuggets-of-advice/)

pauli
7/15/2008 4:47pm,
man. jnp has contracted the slideyvirus. jnpbot can't be far.

bigbuddha
7/15/2008 5:30pm,
Welcome,

Where do you live and which school will you be going to?

Good luck.

Hello presunto,

I've decided to take up some classes in the graceville area of Brisbane, Australia. The class had about 10 students in that particular session.

1point2
7/15/2008 6:38pm,
Congrats on starting training. Good luck and don't get a rotator cuff injury.

bigbuddha
7/15/2008 8:08pm,
Congrats on starting training. Good luck and don't get a rotator cuff injury.

Thanks 1point2. Too late on the rotator cuff injury, I damaged both shoulders a number of years ago playing and both shoulders pop out pretty easily, so during the training and sparring as soon as my should looks like being exposed to much I just tap.

I'll just have to adjust the way I spar and learn some techniques to avoid arm/shoulder pulls.

1point2
7/16/2008 7:48am,
I'll just have to adjust the way I spar and learn some techniques to avoid arm/shoulder pulls.

I had a rotator cuff inflammation/possible partial tear issue a few years ago that of course will always be an issue. I:


make sure that I warm up my shoulder in all directions/planes of motion
do strength exercises when it feels good (to protect it when it doesn't)
tap early and often
take anti-inflammatories at the earliest sign of tweakage
stay off my shoulder when it's mad at me


Mine is a low-level injury, but that list seems to keep it healthy.

slideyfoot
7/22/2008 9:26am,
Since Slideyfoot hasn't replied yet, I will copy/paste his excellent list of links on this very subject,

New one to add to that: BJJ Beginner FAQ (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html#top).

bigbuddha
7/31/2008 7:21pm,
Damn, it had to happen I suppose, third BJJ lesson, and boom my shoulder pops from it's joint. Ahh well at least I was able to force it back in and kept on with the lesson. We went through some of the basics today, full guard and half guard protection/blocks and submissions. All pretty effective, especially being a noob it was a real eye opener.

I still have to learn not to just bully through with my muscle, it worked against some of the smaller guys, but against the bigger guys it was just a no go.

bigbuddha
8/07/2008 8:05pm,
Damn it. I've gone and torn the ligaments in my knee during my BJJ training last night. It hurt like a MF and I went down like a sack of [email protected]%, cried out liked a girly girl. Luckily my wife was in attendance and she could drive me to the local medical centre.

Looks like no more BJJ and basketball for a month or 2. Damn it!!!!

tomoe gozen
8/07/2008 9:00pm,
Bummer... that sucks! Its ok to cry like a girl, just don't rock yourself back and forth like a boy when you do it! :-)

Seriously, I hope you feel better soon. Is there any books or video's your instructor can recommend that are inline with what he/she is teaching? Then you can heal and still be involved and remain excited about it.

Lonewind
8/07/2008 9:05pm,
BJJ can injure the students if not taught well and sadly there are a lot of bad instructors in that art.

jnp
8/07/2008 10:56pm,
BJJ can injure the students if not taught well and sadly there are a lot of bad instructors in that art.
Careful now, young internet jockey. Trolling in this sub forum is a bannable offense. Therefore, I hope your sincere in your belief that BJJ is overridden with bad instructors.

Care to explain how you came by this knowledge?