#133 Changing BJJ Schools

by Caleb on September 7, 2008

world team trials grappling
Two competitors at one of the World Team Trials earlier this year. (Hey it’s hard to find a photo of someone changing BJJ schools!)

Our feature story this week on our Brazilian jiu jitsu internet radio show is about changing BJJ schools. Change happens. It’s a part of life. Sometimes it is under circumstances that are good, sometimes less so. Sometimes everybody involved is okay with someone moving on, and other times it can be downright hostile.

In the first of our two-part discussion on changing BJJ schools, this week cohost Dan and I will speak with Elyse Goldberg, who blogs at GringaBJJ. Due to just leaving school, finding a new job in a new town, etc., Elyse is more experienced than most when it comes to moving on from one’s surroundings and training in a new school and has plenty of good advice on the topic.

We will also speak with our medical correspondent, Doctor Aaron Schneir, a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and emergency medicine specialist at UCSD. Doc will answer some more questions we got from you, the listeners on our toll-free number (877) 247-4662 about chokes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. (Actually the questions came from Ricky in Salt Lake City, Utah and Delano from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Next time I am sure you will call ;)).

Speaking of questions we received from the Mighty 600,000, we received a call from Jay in New Hampshire for our recent guest Penny Thomas. Penny will discuss ways to manage Jay’s lower back pain in jiu jitsu.

Finally, the World Team Trials of submission grappling are coming to a close here in the United States. Chris Carlino of USA Wrestling will come on to give us the low down on the last competition to determine who will represent the USA at FILA’s World Championships of submission grappling in Switzerland later this year against athletes from over 50 other countries!

Next week we will continue our discussion about changing schools. If you have any thoughts or experiences to share, call our toll-free number (877) 247-4662!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Hoyer September 8, 2008 at 12:49 pm

I love the USA Wrestling team but I have to admit that they have to get more events as qualifers in the midwest. I was not able to make it to any of the qualifers this year due to expenses and finishing 3rd last year at the trials I feel I would have had a good chance this year. So I hope we can get a strong group to start pushing for events in the midwest!

Trey Whitaker September 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I really enjoyed this interview with Elyse. Having a young daughter, it’s great to see so many opportunities beginning to open up for women including in a sport that I love.

Mike O. September 10, 2008 at 8:25 am

Another great show! I was always curious about the switching schools situation. It was nice to hear first hand experience from Elyse. And I really like the Doc segments :-)

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