#203 Coaching BJJ Competitors at Tournaments

Rodrigo Cavaca Nivaldo Lima
Rodrigo Cavaca (left) gives advice to CheckMat teammate Nivaldo Lima at the 2009 Pan-Ams.

The next few months contain some of the most important Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions of the year. The 2010 Pan-Ams take place on April 8th – 11th, and the World Championships are June 3rd – 6th. All over the world, BJJ athletes are preparing to step onto the mats and test themselves against their peers from other academies.

We spend weeks, if not months, getting ready. We train jiu-jitsu, we eat right, we get our cardio in gear… But what about the all important support that comes off the mats when we’re at a tournament? The advice and support we receive while we are in the heat of battle can play a significant role in how we do after we have slapped our opponent’s hand and the clock has begun.

We recently received a voicemail from one of the Mighty 600,000 on our toll free number (877) 247-4662 from Hawaii, asking if we would tackle this topic.

I don’t think this has been discussed, on the issue of coaching during matches and its importance, how it’s done, how certain coaches do it… because I find that for me it’s very helpful and maybe for others, I don’t know, maybe it’s not. If you could talk about that, it’d be cool.

Our pleasure! This week on The FightWorks Podcast we speak with Georgette Oden, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner from Texas, who has compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for people who are cornering us in our BJJ matches at tournaments. Her 16 tips are sure to come in handy the next time you are walking out on the mat. Share these details with your friends and there’s a good chance you will do better at your next tournament!

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One thought on “#203 Coaching BJJ Competitors at Tournaments”

  1. Yay Georgette! Very cool to hear her on the show. Didn’t sound like I expected, but then that’s unsurprising, as I’m not quite sure what I did expect: I’m still not all that familiar with the range of American accents. ;)

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