The Scoop on Monday Night Magic BJJ

The Scoop

One of the best books out there for the BJJ beginner or white belt is Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro.  I learned the Scoop from Saulo’s book at home when I was first getting started.  It was easy for the more experienced belts to get my back then.  When I learned to Scoop they still tapped me out but I began to survive.  It was the first step in improving my game.  Chris and Justin demonstrate the Scoop in my video from last nights class.  We call it Monday Night Magic because Chris always comes with magic moves for us to learn.

Some of the finer points of the Scoop I want to point out are:

  1. Don’t slide down to far.  If you end up nearly flat on your back all your opponent has to do for a Arm Bar is swing a leg around.
  2. Keep the points you win.  What I mean by that is when you get that first leg off make sure you keep the same side elbow down.  Don’t let them get back ground they have lost.

Even for advanced students I think the Scoop is good to know.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

Blue to Purple Belt – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

So you got your blue belt, Congratulations!  If you are feeling like me you are excited.  The thrill of achievement has you thinking, “what do I need to do now to get my purple belt”.  The simple answer is time and practice.  This isn’t exactly what you wanted to hear but what you expected, isn’t it?  After asking my instructor and other basic research the average blue belt takes 3 years to get a purple belt.  But you are pumped up right now.  You say to yourself, as I do, “but I’m not average”.  The fact that you are out looking for what the requirements are and trying to start working towards your purple belt helps reinforce that.  After all the average time for a white belt to blue belt is 1.5 years and you did it in less, didn’t you?  So you will achieve your purple belt sooner then 3 years.  This is how I plan to do it.  I hope my ideas inspire and help you to pass your purple belt test early.

  1. Keep a Jiu-Jitsu Journal.
  2. Learn the purple belt techniques. (Pedro Sauer Purple Belt Test)
  3. Create a daily drill routine.
  4. Research the greats. (My favorites Roger Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, and Andre Galvao)
  5. Attend Another Dojo, School, or Academy
  6. Mentor a white belt.
  7. Set Goals.

By clicking on any one of these you will go to the article that gives specifics on what I’ve planned for myself.

Please feel free to add your comments or ask me questions.

Mentoring to Improve your Jiu-Jitsu

Do you want to accelerate your learning when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu?  Do you want to become more proficient in your technique?  Then start mentoring a white belt or belt below you.  Why? 

  1. When you teach someone else it helps you retain what you have learned.
  2. As you think through how to teach the technique or concept you find new points that you hadn’t noticed before.
  3. It gives you a chance to increase your own muscle memory by repetition.

There are other pluses too.  There is nothing like helping someone through something that was very difficult that you wish you had help on.  It create camaraderie in your school, dojo, or academy.

Mentor a white belt today.  Its a win-win situation.

Please tell me about some one who mentored you in BJJ.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt Test – Pedro Sauer

The time has come at last!  My instructor (Mark) says I’m ready to test for Blue Belt.  I’ll be testing July 11, 2009 at Pedro Sauer’s first school, Unified, in Sandy, Utah.  I am feeling ready!  I’ve notice in the past month how much easier it is to pick up new moves or techniques.  I’ve also started to see how things can flow together or transition into something else.

The test covers 88 different techniques.  I have tried to match up every thing on the list with what is shown in Renzo and Royler Gracie’s book: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Theory and Technique (click to see the book).  Here is what I have so far:

1. Tie The Belt (BJJ T&T pg. 30)

2. Roll Forward (BJJ T&T pg. 32)

4. Bridge (UPA) (BJJ T&T pg. 34)

7. Elbow Escape Movements (3 Options) (BJJ T&T pg. 88)

8. Stand Up in Base (BJJ T&T pg. 152) ???

9. Two-Handed Choke Defense (BJJ T&T pg. 38)

10. Same Side Wrist Grab Escape (BJJ T&T pg. 40)

11. Two-Hand Wrist Grab Escape (BJJ T&T pg. 44)

12. One-Hand Lapel Grab Defense (Straight Arm) (BJJ T&T pg. 112)

17. Front Kick Defense (BJJ T&T pg. 60)

20. T-Position Hip Throw (BJJ T&T pg. 46)

26. Upa with Choke Defense (BJJ T&T pg. 58)

28. Basic Cross Choke  (BJJ T&T pg. 50)

29. Basic Cross Choke from Mount  (BJJ T&T pg. 193)

34. Kimura (From Guard) (BJJ T&T pg. 96)

37. Cross Choke Defense in the Guard (Squeeze the

Bread) (BJJ T&T pg. 56) ???

39. Scissor Sweep to Mount (BJJ T&T pg. 64)

40. Armlock from Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 130)

41. Triangle from Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 124)

42. Guillotine Choke from Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 104)

I will add more as I document them.  For now here is what I have of the 88.  I hope this helps.  I will also blog later about what the test was like.  I’m a little nervous.  It would have been nice to read a post from someone who had taken the test at Unified before hand.

Jiu-Jitsu Shin Guards – Stopping the Bruises – Part 1

I’m a white belt.  I’m new to Jiu-Jitsu.  My guard is passed often as I learn while rolling.  As a result I have bruises up and down my legs.  The majority are from some one pinning my leg down as they pass.  From my knees down I look like a leopard, black, blue, and yellow.  I can’t heal as fast as I am getting new bruises.  I had to find a way to stop accumulating new ones until my technique improves.  I looked at the typical MMA shin guards but didn’t want something with the instep.  I also wanted coverage on the knee and farther around the leg then just the shin.  I was surprised to find that Softball Sliding Shin Guards (like these at Amazon.com) did the trick for me.  They didn’t hamper my movement.  I had to adjust them after each roll but the most important part is they gave my legs time to heal.

I picked up a few other kinds of shin guard that I am going to try in my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.  I will review them as I try them out.