Pick up a Jiu-Jitsu Journal at the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

As some of you may know, I also work as a journalist for GRACIEMAG. With that means I am around the major tournaments shooting photos and covering the events live through social media.

BUT this also means that the Jiu-Jitsu Journals come with. And whenever you see a Graciemag booth with the lovely Ane, you can bet that the Jiu-Jitsu Journals will be sold there.

On October 18 and 19, the booth will be present at the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo inside the Long Beach Convention Center.

You can catch free seminars, autographs, a kids and adult competition by the IBJJF, watch superfights and the black belt pro league and more. But you can also pick up a Jiu-Jitsu Journal for $5 less than the website price and avoid shipping costs and wait times.

Catch me at the expo or take a look at the Jiu-Jitsu Journal at the Graciemag booth!

The newest berimbolo defense by Cobrinha brown belt Isaac Doederlein

Check out one of the latest moves to pop up in the Jiu-Jitsu scene. With many moves like the worm guard and the berimbolo taking over the mats around the world, there are bound to be counters and defenses as well.

Brown belt and newest sponsored athlete for the Jiu-Jitsu Journal, Isaac Doederlein of Cobrinha BJJ has found a way to defend the berimbolo and land in the leg drag position.

Check it out, drill it, use it, share it:

Four ways to get your drill reps in even with limited time

Drilling with a timer.

Drilling with a timer.

Drilling has become one of the main keys to improvement for many Jiu-Jitsu practitioner’s today. But with the regular classes, the commute to and from the academy, work, school and just life in general, finding time to drill outside of class can sometimes become a challenge.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about drilling on a limited schedule.

Grab anyone.

When on a limited time frame you can not be picky about who your drilling partner is–be open to work with anyone. There should certainly be at least one person before or after class that would be able to rep out techniques taught in previous classes. A lower belt, a higher belt. Just ask.

Even a little matters.

It’s a number game and every minute or rep counts. Maybe you can’t drill for a full hour a day but you can manage twenty minutes before or after class. If you train five times a week and manage twenty minutes a day, that’s 100 minutes a week total. It all goes towards securing the techniques into your memory. It all adds up.

Know what you are going to drill.

If you filled out your mat goals in your Jiu-Jitsu Journal you’ll already have an idea of what to drill. Don’t make the mistake of wasting your precious time on figuring out what you want to work on. Pick one move and stick with it.

Focus on one move at a time.

Especially with the limited time you have, you can’t afford to bounce around with different techniques–they won’t stick. Choose one pass or sweep or submission, etc. and do that one move over and over. One technique per your twenty-minute session will be perfect.

So grab anyone that’s free or plan a partner ahead, add the chunks of time each week and know what you want to drill.

Record your techniques in the mat goals section of the Jiu-Jitsu Journal each week and never waste time on what to drill. Get yours here.

Analyze after every training session

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Part of excelling in Jiu-Jitsu is learning from mistakes.

In competition, the lessons are learned always because you’re either winning or losing.

But you can and should still learn even when you learn. It’s the learning that is necessary. If you’re caught in a triangle choke, you’re going to think about learning how to better defend yourself so you’re no longer choking because of you own arm. Write it down.

Write down the training sessions and how they went inside the Jiu-Jitsu Journal so that you always have a clear path to getting better on the mat.

Sure, some training sessions will be hard and you will get submitted which will seem like a backwards misstep but it’s not. Because you’re constantly learning, adapting, developing and evolving.

Use the Jiu-Jitsu Journal to help analyze each training session, both the good and the bad. Set your mat goal with techniques to drill and focus on in the next training session so that each second you spend on the mat is used to move forward instead of simply staying stagnant.

Get your Jiu-Jitsu Journal to jot down your training sessions each time by clicking here: www.thejiujitsujournal.com

Sponsored athlete Edwin Najmi earns purple belt absolute world title with flying triangle

Edwin after he won the world absolute purple belt title. Photos: Ivan Trindade

Edwin after he won the world absolute purple belt title. Photos: Ivan Trindade

In what was the most depressing day of his life, purple belt Edwin Najmi found a way to make it his most memorable and proud. In the purple belt featherweight division at the 2014 World Championship, there were more than a few capable champions. As Edwin earned win after win with submission after submission his sights were set on the gold.

But he was met with defeat when he was outscored by the eventual champion, Rick Slomba. Edwin’s submission attempts at attacking Rick’s feet were not successful and the sweeps he gave up cost him the match. He earned the bronze.

Later that day Edwin began his trek through the open weight division. He made it further than the weight division and faced the one person perhaps considered the hungriest for gold– Nicholas Meregali. Nicholas earned double gold in every major tournament and had even secured the world title already in his weight class that day. If he was victorious over Edwin, he’d have been the second ever to earn the double gold grand slam title after Keenan Cornelius.

The match lasted less than a minute. With his signature move, Edwin flying triangled Nicholas for the win, the absolute world title and even his brown belt promotion on the podium.

Congrats Edwin!

See the match here: