"My diet consists of 6 meals per day. My favorites are breakfast and lunch, as these meals allow me to enjoy and absorb more vital nutrients to support and prepare for my daily workouts. These are the only two meals where I can actually eat a small portion of carbs; at breakfast I have a slice of bread, and at lunch, sweet potato or a serving of brown rice."
The guard is a position where you have your back on the ground and your opponent is in front of you and your legs are either around his body or between the two of you. There are two main types of guard, the “closed” guard and the “open” guard. As we stated above, the guard allows you to not only defend and protect but also launch attacks against your opponent from what was once perceived as an inferior position in fighting: being on the bottom with the opponent on top.
Competition analysis is an essential excercise for competitive athletes. By re-evaluating their performances after a tournament, regardless of a win or loss, athletes are able to identify positive aspects of their performance, so they can continue to do what is working, or identify the negative aspects of their performance, locate the source of the problem, and start the process of finding a solution. Very often, competitors focus on three basic aspects of their performance: the technical, the strategic and the physical, but there is a fourth aspect that is often overlooked, which is equally important if not more important than the others: the mental.
Having had my fair share of injuries, this is a subject that, unfortunately, I consider myself an expert on. Injuries are a natural part of training, after all, there are two bodies rolling around and trying to apply holds that are designed, in principle, to hurt a joint. When rolling, sometimes you are late to “tap” or part of your body gets stuck on - or under - your opponent and you get hurt. It’s not ideal, but it is unavoidable for the most part. The problem is when you are getting injured because of poor decisions, such as training with partners that are much bigger and stronger than you, training with partners who are reckless, or worst of all, being a problematic training partner yourself.
No one can deny that the growth of BJJ over the past decade has been nothing short of phenomenal. Thanks to the explosion of MMA, the masses have been directed to Brazilian jiu-jitsu because of its gentle nature and its intriguing complexity. At the forefront of our growing sport, the Gracie Barra organization has been very busy in building a strong international network of gyms, making it one of the biggest BJJ academy franchisors in the world.