We know there are lots of choices when you buy a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gi. There are so many options out there that very elaborate rating systems have emerged for ranking gi choices, most notably by Aesopian.
Recently a good friend of the FightWorks Podcast recounted his recent success selling some very expensive BJJ gis on ebay. Even after wearing these gis for a while in training, he was still able to make a profit over the original price he paid for them!
So this week’s question is about your comfort level in buying someone else’s gi from them. Let’s face it: gis can get funky, sometimes they might attract an occasional bloodstain (hopefully your own blood, but gross nonetheless). But as my buddy’s story shows, there are definitely people out there who will buy used gis without hesitation.
What about you? Do you feel alright taking someone’s old gi off their hands in exchange for a few bucks? Why or why not? Let us know your opinion by voting in this week’s poll, and leave us your reasoning here in the comment section!
December is when we look back at the year and congratulate or curse ourselves based on the work we’ve done! Depending on our assessment of the year we then proceed to either reward ourselves with lots of holiday food and drink, or we punish ourselves with lots of holiday food and drink.
Regardless, the annual tradition of evaluation and introspection is sacred. You’ll (probably) thank us for forcing you to confront your jiu-jitsu progress or lack of progress with today’s poll. There are just two options:
I feel good about my BJJ progress in 2012
I feel like my BJJ didn’t improve enough in 2012
Please also share your thoughts about your jiu-jitsu in 2012 in this post’s comment section, as well as your plans for being awesome in 2013!
We received a great question this week by email from one of the Mighty 600,000:
I am a purple belt and I was rolling with one of my instructors at my school last night, a black belt. As we were rolling I got in a great position and felt as tho I could have tapped my instructor. Out of respect I slowly loosened the choke and let him out, as tho I lost the position. I guess a topic conversation or poll idea could be:
Should you tap your instructor if the opportunity presents itself or out of respect let it go?
My instructor is Brazilian and does have a bit of an ego so I’m sure it would have been bad news had I finished the choke. Personally I feel as though he doesn’t hold back when he has a submission so why should I, but out of future ramifications I decided to let it go.
Whoa! Heavy question! What do you think? Should you tap your instructor if the opportunity is there or should you resist out of respect for him or her?
Let us know what you think by voting and adding a comment here on the site (and let us know if you are an instructor!).
It’s been a big year for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, no matter how you slice it. Heck, some would say that it contained one of the most exciting matches we have have ever seen when Rodolfo Vieira faced Buchecha!
Two recent developments have been and will continue to be on people’s minds:
the October 14 debut of Metamoris, an invite only event where some of jiu-jitsu’s biggest names competed in submission only (no points) matches with twenty minute time limits
the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation announced they’ll hold their first (presumably of many) events where the athletes will be compensated for their performance.
Which do you see as having a bigger, lasting impact on the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu?
As always, defend yourself by letting us know why you think the way you did by leaving a comment on this page!
FightWorks Podcast listener Liam Wandi wrote us earlier this week:
I hope this email find you well. I was thinking this morning about the extent to which the mighty 600,000 in BJJ academies around the world stick to the Japanese decorum surrounding martial arts and thought it would make an interesting question for a poll:
At your BJJ academy, do you regularly:
(i) Bow before and/or after a class
(ii) Use the term Oss for acknowledgement and/or greeting
(iii) Both of the above
(iv) Neither of the above
I hope you like it as I’m very curious about these things.
Great question Liam! Thank you for sending it our way.
What do you think Family? What’s it like at your academy? Is there a lot of ye olde martial arts influence going on, or is it straight up, informal and Western in there? (If you get a chance, check out Liam’s blog the Part Time Grappler – it’s full of United Kingdom goodness.)
I was going to create a poll for us here at thefightworkspodcast.com asking who you thought might win a given match at the upcoming Metamoris event in San Diego but Metamoris has already begun gathering votes for the winner of each match on their own site! So another interesting angle is to ask you, the highly informed and Mighty 600,000 which of all the great matchups you are most looking forward to.
Couple updates to the event in case you hadn’t heard:
Dean Lister’s opponent has been changed from Kevin Casey to Xande Ribeiro.
The match between Nelson Monteiro and Jean Jacques Machado was removed because Monteiro was injured in a recent car accident and is not healthy enough to fight.
The price for the online live streaming of the event has finally been announced: $19.95.
At a Glance:
Metamoris Pro Submission-only event among Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s best with twenty minute time limits for matches.
Where:Viejas Arena, SDSU 5500 Canyon Crest Dr, San Diego, CA Tickets from $35.00-$350.00
I acknowledge that this is a sensitive issue and will likely generate some pretty heated comments, but one cannot deny that there are those in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community who feel like foot locks require less technical knowledge to succeed than other submissions might.
For example, we have all experienced that moment in class when an aspiring, young MMA guy comes to BJJ class for the first time and at every opportunity sits back into a straight foot lock because he saw it on TV and it worked when he tried it at home on his younger brother. Of course in class that night with you and your friends, he goes for it with all his might and multiple people limp out of class on the way home, grumbling.
In the scenario above, does his “success” mean that he has good jiu-jitsu?
Do you and your training partners regularly include foot attacks when you spar, or do you avoid them because you want to focus on “more difficult” attacks, and avoid “low hanging fruit”?
Do You Consider Foot Attacks to be “Cheap” Submissions?
Now that I’ve lit the match and laid it next to a pile of dry twigs, I’ll let you guys discuss in the comment section of this post! Let us know what you think!
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is something a lot of people learn by watching. We watch our instructors show moves and new techniques when we are in class at the academy, but what do you do when you are not in class but cannot stop thinking about BJJ? For many, Youtube is the first place to go for research on certain jiu-jitsu moves, news, or tournament footage.
What about you? How often do you check out jiu-jitsu on Youtube? Let us know by voting in the poll above and definitely drop a comment here on the site to let us know which Youtube channel or account you think has the best BJJ content, so we don’t miss out!
Many traditional martial arts only show you techniques and then hope or assume that when it comes time to use the techniques in a self-defense situation, you’ll be able to put those moves to use to protect yourself. One of the hallmarks of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the focus on training what you’ve been shown live, against a resisting opponent. This process is known as sparring or “rolling”.
Rolling is to many one of the most fun parts of jiu-jitsu. It’s an opportunity to try out all those tricks you’ve been excited to put into practice. Many BJJ classes end in sparring or even have a dedicated spot on the training schedule when there’s no formal instruction, just “open mat”: free sparring among whoever shows up.
When you are sparring in jiu-jitsu, do you usually like to spend a lot of time with a single opponent, or do you tend to change partners quickly so you can get exposed to everyone’s style more? Let us know what you prefer by voting in our poll this week!
We received this poll suggestion from one of the Mighty 600,000 in Manchester over in the United Kingdom, Liam. He wrote:
…your podcast following the mundial inspired this poll question about teams vs nationality:
When watching a BJJ match between an athlete from your country but from a team (Alliance, Barra, Humaita…etc.) different to yours vs a an athlete from your team but from a different country, who are you more likely to support?
I would most likely support the athlete from my country, irrespective of team
I would most likely support the athlete from my team, irrespective of country
If I chose to support an athlete, it tends to be for reasons other than team or country
Let me know what you think of this one. It’s a recurring hot topic at forums
Very nice poll suggestion. There are those in the United States who enjoy watching American athletes like Rafael Lovato Jr., Jeff Glover, and Bill Cooper primarily because of their nationality. Part of their appeal is likely because fans hope that athletes from a country that is historically an underdog in earning gold medals can turn the tide. Did you know, for example, that the last non-Brazilian to earn a gold medal at the IBJJF World Championships was Hillary Williams in 2010?
Let us know how you decide which jiu-jitsu competitor you root for by voting in the poll above, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment here on the site!