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u/quicknote · 21 pointsr/bjj

Lots of people nattering about strength and jiujitsu, so for the time being I'd just like to talk about some of the little things you've asked about and hopefully shed some light on some things that often get misunderstood.

  1. What makes someone strong?
    First I'm gonna be annoying and define strength as the ability to voluntarily produce maximum force in a given movement regardless of speed or duration. This is an important distinction because the qualities that make a person athletically successful in a sport such as jiujitsu when technical ability, timing, size, and psychological factors (grit, motivation, fear management, etc.) are equal is NOT simply strength, and people often lump several qualities together as a catch-all either because they're unaware of other qualities, or because it's an easy shorthand. A lot of people look at endurance, strength, speed/velocity, and often power (force * speed) as other qualities but it even goes beyond that (starting strength, reactivity/elastic strength, rate of force production) and there are mixed qualities (Speed-endurance, power-endurance, strength-endurance, all of these being your ability to sustain these other qualities submaximally), and then you have whether or not these qualities are expressed isometrically (without movement) or through movement, or maybe they're static in one component and move in another and hooooly shit does it all get needlessly complex if you really want to get into the deeper end of understanding performance. Ultimately though, particularly in sports like jiujitsu, a person may feel very strong but they actually are NOT very strong and have good strength-endurance isometrically, able to sustain a submaximal force for a very long time in one position, so when they go up against someone very strong but without the mixed quality, they may be a brick wall for all of 3 seconds, but then they lose. Similarly, if you have a person who is very strong, or has good strength-endurance, but they have poor rate of force development, it's not the STRONGEST Person who is succesful, but the person who can generate the greatest force FIRST; for instance, say I can push into someone with 10lbs of force at my absolute best and they can push into me with 12lbs of force at their absolute best, but I can reach my peak much faster, so whilst they're still only just reaching 6lbs of force, I have reached 8lbs, even though they are STRONGER, I have expressed my strength quicker than they can express theirs, I win (arm wrestling is a sport where RFD is hugely important and you can see this playing out quite a lot). So rather than asking "what makes a person strong?" it's useful to ask "what is the most appropriate strength quality for this sport and how can I develop it?"
  2. Is it their nervous system?
    Yes, but not in the way people thought. In the older models of neural influence on strength, absolute increases in neural drive were a proposed method by which force production increases. Turns out, however, this isn't the case, although there may be some increase in ability to voluntarily recruit high threshold motor units when encountering greater loads. What happens neurally appears to be more related to inter-muscular co-ordination, everything working together in a synchronized manner to effectively produce greater amounts of force: the more familiar you are with the movement, the better you are at expressing strength when performing it as everything can work together in a co-ordinated manner: conversely, the shitter you are at it, the harder it will be to express strength when performing it (there are some fun lectures on motor engrams and strength by Natalia Verkhoshansky that expand upon these ideas if you want to learn more about this but they're really heavy and dry and long).
  3. Is it their tendon strength?
    Tendon strength isn't really a *thing* in the way you've put it. Tendons do play a part in strength, but there is no contractile tissue in them, so they cannot produce force independently of your muscles. Think of tendons as somewhere between an anchor to bone and a bunjee chord... but smarter. They essentially have three jobs, all of which contribute to strength in some way or another:
    - providing an attachment point to your bones for your muscles to pull upon during a movement (the anchor). If your tendons are not particularly dense and have poor stiffness, then their ability to buttress or transmit the forces produced by your muscles are going to be impaired, imagine trying to pick up 100kg with a piece of string vs picking up 100kg with a big thick rope: neither of them actually produce the force, but you'd still want the rope over the string.
    - To store up potential energy during movement to allow for the elastic tissue within the tendon (there is elastic tissue in muscle and it's surrounding fascia as well that also contributes to this, if you want to learn more, get yourself a copy of Supertraining by Mel Siff and have a look at the series and parallel elastic components of non-contractile force production) to go "ping", just like a bunjee cord when you jump off a bridge.
    - To use their specialized receptors (golgi tendon organs) to detect the relative position of muscle/tendons to inhibit muscle contraction, causing it to relax and lengthen. This goes hand in hand with the stretch reflex in the opposing muscle (causing it to rapidly contract) and the previously mentioned elastic tissue to produce even greater forces. This also aids the tendon to act as a mechanical buffer to prevent injury to the muscle.So, in essence, tendons don't have strength, but they facilitate it.
  4. Is it their musculature/muscles?
    Yes. The greater the cross sectional area of a muscles mass, the more force it can produce. Keeping in mind that strength is multi-faceted, it cannot be ignored that if a muscle has greater sarcomere density (the contractile units), it can produce more force REGARDLESS of the other factors. As long as you keep in mind that there are other considerations (sustained forces are gonna be harder if you focus exclusively on being a big bastard, for one example), having more muscle mass WILL make you stronger, this is indisputable. It used to be that any form of bodybuilding was shunned in sports that focused on performance, INCLUDING strength and power sports, because of the idea that it made you "musclebound" and ineffective or that it took away capacity from more useful training, but nowadays the idea of "functional bodybuilding" is gaining a lot of traction, and athletes that understand when and how selective growth should be used are having enormous success in their respective sports. For more on this, look up Jian Ping Ma, a chinese olymic weightlifting coach, and virtually any currently successful chinese weightlifter in the olympics (Lu Xiaojun is the quintessential example) and how they use bodybuilding as a component of their training.
  5. Is it their stabiliser muscles?
    Somewhat, yes. You can't produce force effectively if you cannot control a joint, but people do often excessively focus on the idea of stability and often get it confused with balance and do all sorts of circus acrobatics on balls not noticing that even though their balance has improved their knees wobble around like a jelly in a hurricane despite this. Stability matters, improving it through your training matters, and SOMETIMES smaller deep muscles that are responsible for detecting joint position more than they are producing force do get inhibited and as a result cause shitty co-ordination in the bigger stronger muscles responsible for force production and make things go a bit shit. For most uninjured healthy athletic people, joint stability can be easily addressed through normal strength training (bilateral and unilateral work is advised, less for balance as a whole, but more for learning how to steer forces through a single limb, although it helps with balance too, but balance is quite specific, but that's a whole other story).
  6. Is it their leverages?
    Yup. Big influence on strength, power, endurance, speed, etc. Somewhere I've got a table talking about optimal proportions for athlete selection in sports. That being said though, it's pretty irrelevant. You can't change your proportions or individual leverages, but you can still get stronger, and in jiujitsu you can select techniques and approaches that maximize the advantages of your specific body type (in theory, easier said than done! I wish I knew how to do this!).


    Hope that was useful! If I've rambled like a prick and anything doesn't make sense, let me know and I'll clarify a bit.

    If you want a great book on strength training, this one is £3 and my current favourite
u/Lonewolf8424 · 7 pointsr/bjj

Like you, when I find something that interests me, I try and just soak up knowledge about it, which is how I ended up here actually. Anyway, on to the things I've found.


Ask a black belt:

It's what it sounds like. Guy asks various black belts questions, paired with some cool Jiu-jitsu footage. Episode 1 is where I became a Dave Camarillo fan. Also on this channel is one of my favorite highlight videos: Why I Train Jiu-Jitsu.

Roy Dean's Channel:

Roy Dean puts out some very artistic videos. If I'm ever trying to show someone what Jiu-Jitsu is, I'll probably pull up a Roy Dean video. Here are my favorites from the channel:

White to Black: Shift in Perspective

What Makes a Purple Belt

Spirals of Jiu-Jitsu

Dave Camarillo Black Belt Test

Roy Dean also films "demonstrations" done by his students who are advancing in belt rank. From what I understand, these demonstrations are optional, but most students go through with them. They're very much like a belt test you'd see in more traditional arts, but applied to Jiu-Jitsu. Here is the one done by the man himself. Cool to see Roy Harris roll in this one.

The Gracie Way:

The Gracie Way reminds of the travel channel, but with Jiu-Jitsu. I think there's like 15 episodes now. They're usually pretty entertaining if you're not put off by the Gracie Academie's marketing. I personally don't mind it too much, but they do lay it on a little thick at times.

Rolled Up:

I'm reminded of the travel channel again, but this a different flavor than the Gracie Way. The Gracie Way is more lifestyle focused, and Rolled Up is much more focused on Jiu-Jitsu. Basically, Budo Jake goes and trains with all kinds of coaches in the sport. It's a good way to get to know the celebrities of Jiu-Jitsu. You probably saw the recent Kurt Osiander episode, which in my opinion, is the best Rolled Up I've seen.

Stuart Cooper Films:

All these videos are great. Stuart Cooper is the man. Watch them all. As far as artistic BJJ videos, I have found no one better.

Also check out All Things BJJ, Want V.S Need, and Metamoris.


Don't Wear Your Gi to the Bar:

Get it free here. It'd be worth the money to pay for it though. It's a hilarious Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle book. Really embodies the culture of Jiu-Jitsu.

The Cauliflower Chronicles:

I admit, I haven't read this one yet. But Marshal D. Carper wrote some of Don't Wear Your Gi to the Bar and the writing in that book was top notch, and funny as well. I'm willing to bet that this book has the same kind of vibe to it, at least stylistically.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Globetrotter:

Okay, I haven't read this one either, but I hear great things about it and it sounds awesome. I'll get around to it, but I have a backlog of books to read first. (Fucking George R.R. Martin)

Jiu-Jitsu on the Brain:

This one I have read. It's short, but sweet. Perfect for beginners. I say that because there's very little (if any) technical discussion. It's all about the broad concepts of Jiu-Jitsu, which, at this point, I find more helpful than techniques anyway. Mark Johnson is also an English teacher, which means he writes well, and like Marshal D. Carper, he's a funny guy who captures the spirit of the sport perfectly. Highly recommend this book.

Borrowing the Master's Bicycle:

This is Mark Johnson's second book. This one is slightly more technical than Jiu-Jitsu on the brain, but mainly, it delves deeper into Jiu-Jitsu philosophy. If you like Jiu-Jitsu on the Brain, and you want to see Mark delve deeper into some things he touches on in that book, pick this one up. Again, Mark writes well and he's got a great sense of humor. There's a chapter in this book where he talks about how badass Darth Vader would be at Jiu-Jitsu, which, for a Star Wars fan like me, was awesome.

Anyway, that's about all I've got. The other answers on here are good as well. Especially the Stephan Kesting recommendations. For technique videos, I watch his almost exclusively.

u/demosthenes83 · 1 pointr/bjj

I wouldn't worry about soaking before you get home. Just get it home then wash it thoroughly. Best you can do between use and wash is air dry, with sun exposure if possible.

Anyways, wrote this for someone else... Copy/paste for you:

I grew up outside the first world for the most part, so washing by hand was a bit more natural to me. It's a bit of work, but a lot cheaper than paying for laundry, and much more convenient than traipsing off to the laundromat after every class. I've done this in a kitchen sink as well as a bathtub, so I know either will work. Also, I'd wash all the rest of your bjj clothes (undergarments, spats, rashguard, etc) at the same time. No point in letting them sit around sweaty.

OK, the first thing you're going to need is to get it soaked through with soapy water. Put the plug in the sink (everything applies the same in the bathtub, use whichever you prefer) and fill it up about 4-5 inches. Add the soap to the water and dissolve it in there. I'd use cool/cold water unless you're trying to shrink your gi. Add your bjj items one at a time starting with the gi jacket (it's the thickest piece). You want to make sure everything gets entirely saturated with soapy water-you should be able to tell by touch when it is. Just shake it around, rub it against itself a little, etc.

So you've gotten everything soapy-let it sit for a little-maybe 10 minutes. Then go and start hand washing your underthings, then your pants, then top. Google for instructions on hand washing, it's the same thing, you just are working with tougher material (ignore any instructions about 'hand wash only' items-washing delicates is a separate thing, nothing you're doing here is delicate). Basically you swish it around, scrunch it up, expand it, have it run against itself and the other items in the sink. You'll get the hang of it fairly quickly.

Then, empty the sink and fill it with clear water. You'll need to rinse most items 3 times or so, agitating them and squeezing and such to get all the soap out. If you have two sinks you can use them both here, working in one while the other fills.

Once that's done, wring your items out and hang them up. In the sun is best, over tile is good if indoors, or lay a towel or something to catch the drips. If your climate is cool and humid you might need a fan or the like to get enough airflow to dry them. Also, you almost Certainly will need to turn the gi inside out after 12 hours or so if you're not leaving it outside to dry.

I've used with some thick plastic hangers both indoors and out, and I've been pleasantly surprised by how nice 'Charlie's Soap' brand laundry soap has worked, but any should work fine.

Don't worry too much about ruining anything-your gi is made of tough stuff. It's your knuckles and forearms that are going to get beat up during this process.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/bjj

Check out the Cauliflower Chronicles by Marshal Caper. It's a memoir of a guy who decides to go off to Hawaii for school but primarily to train with BJ Penn and what he learns throughout the process.

Edit: More books.

Related to that is A Fighter's Heart by Sam Sheridan. Sam is a pretty interesting character in his own right - he was a rich kid who went to Harvard and after graduation, instead of getting a job on Wall Street or in a lab he worked on a cruise boat, ended up in Thailand and started training Muay Thai. From there he gets into the world of MMA and the important figures in the world. Also check out his followup - A Fighter's Mind.

Here's one that isn't about BJJ or fighting but about learning. The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin - a BJJ blackbelt under Marcelo Garcia and the designer of MG in Action. Waitzkin as a kid was a high level chessmaster - touted as the next Bobby Fischer but fell away from the world of competitive chess as a teenager and switched to martial arts instead. He fell in love with the Chinese grappling art of push hands - a form of wrestling, mastered it and eventually won the championships at the highest level of competition despite only starting his training in his mid 20's. His journey to being a BJJ black belt is also as incredible - he picked up the art in his late 20's and earned his black belt before turning 35.

The book goes into his thought processes on learning new skills and how to approach it. It is an immensely helpful book for your general life - not just BJJ journey. It has been infinitely helpful for my poker game for instance.

u/blackbeltinzumba · 6 pointsr/bjj

Two books to buy:

  1. The Supple Leopard. It is the best thing anybody involved in physical activity can own. You will get your money's worth x10. He says 10 minutes a day of mobility work is what you need.

    One of the best things you could probably do for yourself is start increasing your motor control and mobility. It helps tremendously to learn how to brace your spine and position your shoulders into a stable position. Once you learn that you will understand how to create the most force off your movements through torque and maintaining tension in your body.

    A lot of "good technique" in bjj or lifting or any sport starts with good bone/joint/spinal/body positioning. When you start practicing these proper body position and maintaining them through a full range of movement (i.e. the basic squat), you learn where your joints/muscles/spine need better range of motion and how to train that--your bjj technique will probably improve. An understanding of basic human movements translates into any physical activity through better performance.

  2. Jiu Jitsu University Saulo Ribeiro breaks down the foundations of learning bjj in steps. Aka, learn how to survive first.

    That being said...I would say you don't really need weights or kettlebell swings until you've built a good base of physical strength/conditioning. Start with some general physical preparedness (GPP), bodyweight squats, pushups, situps, planks, chinups and pullups + add a little bit of good form running.
u/LastRevision · 2 pointsr/bjj

The first rule of being a jiujitsu beginner- and make no mistake, I am still very much a beginner- is to make your parameter for success showing up to class.

I cannot emphasize this enough. If you make it to class, great! Everything else is gravy. I would probably try to keep this outlook through to your blue belt, although it will definitely be a difficult attitude to maintain (but hey, you're in this to learn discipline, in my best Eric Cartman voice, right?).

Part of the reason for this is because you've got a long, frustrating road ahead of you, and you want to make the long haul. On the wall of my gym are HUGE letters spelling out, "a black belt is a white belt who never quit." At first I thought that was kind of cheeky, because, like any gym, my not quitting is lining someone's pocket... but now I get it; training is always frustrating, at any level. You think the frustration ends at blue belt? Well, now you have purple belts kicking your ass in ways you don't even understand yet. You think after purple the road is clear? A black belt will LOL at you. Part of what makes the experience and the journey so incredible is learning to deal with the frustration.

You'll have great classes, where you walk out with a goofy smile on your facing thinking, "I'm finally getting it!" ... and then the next class you feel like it's your first day again. You'll have to endure long periods of stagnation, or seeing people who joined after you progressing faster. But did you make it to class? Mission accomplished.

Even in the short time I've been at my school I've seen guys come and go within the amount of time you've been training (three to four weeks). I totally understand this; one month is just about the honeymoon period where you've picked up the basics, feel a little shine, and then see the long road ahead of you and say FUCK IT.

This will not be you. Why? Because your parameter for success is getting to class.

Try to find value in your shitty moments. You get thrown around for a half hour by a college wrestler (cheating bastards, that's NO FAIR lol), and a judoka who started BJJ to kick even more ass- which was my Friday night- embrace it. In the very least, getting your ass kicked makes you a tougher son of a bitch in the long run. Can't get a new technique down? I'm just starting to feel confident in my arm-bar/triangle/omoplata skills and it's been six months and 5-6 classes where we covered it. Very few people learn a new technique once and can implement it in rolling, much less remember it the next day.

Here are a few odds and ends off the top of my head:

  • Rolling for you right now is learning survival and feeling comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Learn how to survive in mount/side-control, and even if you can't get out, you're developing a comfort in being under someone and having their weight on you.

  • Buttttt, if you want to get out, start by learning one go-to escape for each position: mount, side-control, half-guard, and guard. Not that you shouldn't know more, but be sure to have HAVE really solid escape for each position in your arsenal.

  • A good, highly regarded book for this is jujitsu university, but there are also countless YouTube channels like Chewjitsu (I happen to like his style).

  • Tap often and early, which is a kind of meme on this subreddit for a good reason. At this stage in the game, the most you can do is defend, so you'll feel inclined to tap only when it's your VERY LAST OPTION- or, you know, rolling will be all of 30 second spurts of brutalization. I felt the exact same way, and kind of wanted to "earn the respect" of my partners by toughing certain grey area submissions out. This is stupid- for one, you earn their respect by showing up to class, and two, you will get injured that way. Whomever said this is "the injury free martial art" is clearly unfamiliar with BJJ, and since injuries are going to happen anyway, you don't want to encourage them. I usually tried to make my partner earn their choke on me, and if it wasn't under the chin, sunk in deep, I'd tough it out, and now there's this weird click when I open my mouth wide. Is that a huge deal? No. But it was my own damn fault, and totally avoidable.

  • Get to class early and drill with your classmates. BJJ is all muscle memory, and being diligent with your submission/escape drills will pay off huge in the long run.

  • Keep a journal. Seriously. Write down how your class went, what you did well with, what you struggled with, questions you may have, and the techniques you did that night (if you can, a step-by-step "how to" for each). I'll admit, I don't do this as much as I should because when I get home from class I'm usually wiped, but it really will pay off big time.

    I hope this helped! Good luck, and feel deep, horrifying shame if you quit! :)
u/tcostuh · 3 pointsr/bjj

Different braces have different purposes. I blew my ACL and my PT recommended the Bauerfiend GenuTrain. It's a little pricey but my knee feels very secure and protected, it's meant for ACL issues. But my knee feels amazing in it, it doesn't move, it's very comfortable, and very well made.

u/quequeJJ · 7 pointsr/bjj

Nah man, just get the tap if you can get it. Just don't over think it. As a white I also tapped a lot of people who, as a blue now, I can't tap anymore. They lowered their game to allow me to develop my own. No more playing now, however.

When I started out, the first 3 months were hell while rolling. If you are doing better, that's good for you man! I just remember from my own experience that I had to survive against everyone but the higher belts gave me advice to get better. You should not give up on offence but you should also built a great foundation of defence. Is a great book. The white belt chapter is completely about surviving. I like it a lot. I believe Slideyfoot (look at the faq) has a complete review.

u/Nerdlinger · 2 pointsr/bjj

Depending on what she means by "slight idea of what's going on", that can be completely normal. Unless your academy has a special beginners program, it can often feel like you are being thrown in the deep end of the pool. With blinders on.

How do you keep going? Well, if you find it fun, that's a son enough, even if you have no clue what's going on. However, it might also help if you treat it a bit like a mystery where you slowly uncover clues and piece the big picture together in your head. Each little revelation can be a little reward in itself.

It may also help to pick up a book like Jiu Jitsu University so you can do a bit of study at home.

u/UncleSkippy · 7 pointsr/bjj

Saulo Ribiero and Kevin Howell's Jiu Jitsu University is almost required reading. Click on "Search inside this book" under the book's cover pic to check out the contents.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Theory and Technique (by lots of big names) is also very well done.

Online, Stephan Kesting's Grapple Arts BJJ Techniques are very diverse and broken down incredibly well.

Cane Prevost's 20 week curriculum is some of the best fundamentals instruction I've seen. The focus on and details about posture alone are worth it for people of any rank.

In the end though, ask your instructor. He/she can explain it and then hopefully tell you how to drill a technique to integrate it into your game.

Side Note:

>Ari Bolden is a proven fraud

His early videos were a source of controversy. His newer videos feature big names (Keith Owen, Piet Wilhelm, others) and good technique breakdowns. I'm not defending his earlier actions in the least (I do not like people who misrepresent themselves either intentionally or through a smoke-screen), but I'm also willing to give him a some credit if his recent material is honest and productive for the community as a whole. The BJJ community never forgets, but that shouldn't get in the way of Keith Owen sharing his immense knowledge to a large existing audience. I'll defer to Keith if he has made the decision to give Ari some leeway.

/Side Note

Side Note 2: I just had a delicious sandwich.

u/Aesopian · 1 pointr/bjj

That's a good recommendation. I’ve liked all of Beneville’s work, but his first book, “Passing the Guard,” remains my favorite. It was impossible to get until he came out with the second edition reprint.

While putting together this list, I was surprised by how many BJJ books from the past 10 years are out of print. Half of Kid Peligro’s books are unavailable, and you’ve probably seen used copies of “The Gracie Way” going for $50-100 on Amazon. Talking with Marshal Carper, a writer for Victory Belt who did Marcelo’s new book, he talked about how little longevity martial arts books get and how rare reprints are.

I am putting together a similar list of recommendations for DVDs, but there are so many advertising “from white to blue belt” that it’s going to take me a while to sort through them and make my final decisions. Roy Dean’s set is good though, and what I’ve seen of Kesting’s Roadmap DVDs is good too, but they are out of stock now.

u/Highway0311 · 1 pointr/bjj

A Fighters Heart by Sam Sheridan. It won't necessarily make you "better" at anything but it inspired me to go to Thailand and I had one of the best times of my life. I planned to go to Brasil next but life got in the way.

Great story and kind of gives you some insight in many different aspects of fighting. Especially from the perspective of someone who doesn't have any illusions about becoming a professional fighter, but still wants to test themselves in that arena.

u/bumpty · 6 pointsr/bjj

haha. welcome to the grind my friend. there is so much to learn. yes, your experience is totally normal. get a copy of BJJ University.

it's a great book to help you get started.

u/chemicaljanitor · 5 pointsr/bjj

I have this badboy. I will admit that it is expensive and I use it sparingly but as for grappling knee braces it's most likely the best one out there and as a bonus most sparring partner friendly. I have it due to ACL reconstruction and three meniscus tears that have been repaired surgically.

u/Tilman44 · 3 pointsr/bjj

Just take up another hobby and try not to obsess about mat time you're missing out on. I started playing DnD, that is a great time. I read BJJ University. I've been back about 2 months now. Just being patient and diligent about physical therapy is tough. I've since transitioned to more of a overall strength and conditioning focus. There is this magical time after you get going at physical therapy where you'll feel really good. You'll be back to drilling and it'll be going great, you'll have all your range of motion back and you'll probably feel like you can do a light round. Just take it slow dawg.

PS. The time off actually I think has helped my game. Time off isn't so terrible.

u/hecticenergy · 2 pointsr/bjj

I’ve got this one:

Sanabul Essentials v.2 Ultra Light Pre Shrunk BJJ Jiu Jitsu Gi (A1, White) See Special Sizing Guide

I’ve been rolling with it twice a week for about 8 months. Still feels pretty new. I’m in Texas so the lightweight is nice during the long summer.

Probably not top quality, but seems like a great value given my experience with it.

u/shickari · 1 pointr/bjj

Personally I love "Optimum Nutrition" and "NOW Foods"... I like them because they're relatively cheap, easy to access all over the world, and they put ONLY the supplement you're buying in their products (usually)... some companies will sneak in weird ingredients that don't really need to be in the supplement. Oftentimes preservatives... If you buy supplements from the grocery store, that's often what you'll find.

I use Optimum Nutrition (ON) for BCAAs... for me, I like just taking BCAAs in pill form. You can buy a powder and put it in a shake if you'd like but the pills are easier for me... I take them at least 3-4 times per day. From what I've heard, the more the better when it comes to BCAAs.

NOW Foods is where I get all my vitamins and mineral or herbal type supplements. Also, I live in Germany and I can find lots of cheap and quality products at the supermarket... in the States, it was much more difficult. Fortunately, Europe is a bit ahead of the power curve.

Personally, I don't like Whey protein. It upsets my stomach too much. I use Hemp protein whenever I want a protein shake. Of course, it's much easier to get here in Germany so I understand if you go with Whey... honestly though, you can get the same effect from BCAAs (others might tell you differently... just my opinion).

EDIT: Whenever possible, DO NOT buy from GNC or some random store... Amazon is almost always cheaper.

u/N0_M1ND · 1 pointr/bjj

From what I gather the Standard Issue and Hooks are basically the same with the exception the Hooks has outer labeling whereas the Stardard Issue has no identifiable markings, like how gis used to be, this also leaves room for more patches if that's your thing.

Another option you may consider that is inexpensive and good quality is Sanabul.

Prices basically increase for color of gi, which seems to be a standard industry practice for "flagship" mass produced gi of a company. I own one, but it's a gi they don't make anymore, but it's my favorite gi. A lot of guys at my gi have them as well, they've held up nicely.

Whatever you decide to buy, I think sizing is most important regardless. You don't want to be swimming in you gi, but you also don't want a gi that is too small. Generally, you can shrink a gi, you can't make them bigger.

u/bakonbrew · 1 pointr/bjj

Came here to make sure this was mentioned. Derp, of course it is. It's a nice big book, textbook size with clear photos and great techniques.

Good deal on Amazon, 22 bucks and change.

u/MrZimothy · 1 pointr/bjj

Meniscus tear from 2016 here. DO ALL THE PT YOU CAN TOLERATE. Its super imptant to minimizing pain and restoring range of motion. Also, if you have the cash? When you're ready to get back on the mat, invest in one of these:

Make sure you use their sizing chart. They are fantastic.

Your illustrations are beautiful! I found myself going to class to watch just to keep my head in the game.

u/eloquentnemesis · 1 pointr/bjj

BCAA and water right after, banana or other light snack after drive home. Super hot then super cold shower. Read/watch show for a little bit. Zinc/Magnesium/B6 supplement 15 minutes before sleep time. Bedroom is super quiet and I installed blackout curtains which make a huge difference.
IF all that isn't working, slap on the headphones and listen to this

u/ApostropheJeff · 5 pointsr/bjj

Get ready to feel like you've been dropped in molasses. But once you get over the initial frustration you'll hopefully start enjoying the technical gripping game, and the chokes of course. Gi training is also helpful if you train with self defense in mind.

Book wise, Saulo Ribeiro's Jiu-Jitsu University is a really good blueprint.

u/Larfox · 1 pointr/bjj

Yes, buy a foam roller.

Also, doing jiu jitsu specific drills will certainly help in live rolling. Consider picking up

Andrew Galvao: Drill to Win: 12 Months to better Jiu Jitsu

u/EnderMB · 4 pointsr/bjj

Two resources that helped me, and continue to help me are:

Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro: When I started out, I read this a few times a week to make sure that my defensive posture was right, and it's helped prolong a lot of my rolls. Even as a blue belt my sub game is still pretty dire, but I feel confident in my ability to defend against people at my level.

Blue Belt Requirements by Roy Dean: This probably won't be of much help for someone starting out, but this helped supplement what I had learned in class in an easy-to-digest video. I bought this as a rough guide for training after my first comp at white belt, and it helped me realise some holes in my game to work on.

u/rand486 · 1 pointr/bjj

> What YouTube channels/books do your recommend/trust?

The holy bible of Jiu Jitsu

/u/StephanKesting has run GrappleArts and is a /r/bjj fan favourite around here - his blog and videos are very beginner-friendly.

Just be careful about devouring new stuff at the beginning. It's not easy to filter the good and the bad stuff at first.

> Would it be better to go bottom and work on my guard?

Honestly, when you're training with upper belts, you won't get much of a choice haha. Focus on learning proper movement, how to survive and control each position, and transition between them. Saulo's book has a phenomenal preamble to the white belt chapter that talks about how it's all about learning survival, and it rings very true.

u/PandaQuest · 1 pointr/bjj

Sanabul is pretty cheap (for a gi, still kind of expensive in general) and is well regarded. I think it runs big though. Based on what I know, which is not much (I haven't been training long enough), we're at the point where even budget Gis like this should hold up for a while:

Edit: It looks like your jiu jitsu gear is a bit cheaper and comes with a free belt.

u/Project155 · 4 pointsr/bjj

How early are we talking? Helio wrote a book, but it's incredibly expensive.

I like Renzo and Royler's book. It's the first BJJ book I bought, and while I think it's poorly organized, the details are solid, but not overwhelming. My favorite part about the book is John Danaher's preface. Worth getting.

Not written by a Gracie, late or early, but the best intro to BJJ I have found:

u/jvhero · 2 pointsr/bjj
  1. Ceck out u/ragnar_deerslayer post on Danaher's ENTER THE SYSTEM on the cheap

  2. Best Deal I've seen I don't personally own one, but we have a guy that wears one and it seems pretty nice. Otherwise, check out BJJHQ for good deals on gear.
u/Alan-Rickman · 5 pointsr/bjj

Oh I’m sorry. I wasn’t clear I was referencing Drill to Win by Andre Galvao

Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

u/ms108 · 4 pointsr/bjj


  • class is practice, not fighting. your primary goal should be to not get injured and not injure your training partners.

  • be respectful.

  • wash your Gi after every class

  • never step off the mat barefoot

u/Lazarite · 5 pointsr/bjj

The techniques behind Lachlan and Danaher's insanely tight triangles definitely have some universal principles. Ryan Hall also popularized the hamstring curl method. However I think Neil Melanson's book Mastering Triangle Chokes covers their variations in really great detail. It won't break the bank like Danaher's dvd. It also came out in 2013 so it goes to show that this information has been out for a while now.

u/gogokodo · 12 pointsr/bjj

Everyone always recommends Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
I don't have it myself but I was able to get it from my local library once (people always have it on hold), and it's pretty great.

u/jack_nomadski · -2 pointsr/bjj

Here's my latest book. If you're a white belt and want an easy yet motivating read, grab yourself a copy from Amazon. It's free if you're on Kindle Unlimited.

Here's the Amazon UK link:

And here's the USA link:

u/tsimon · 2 pointsr/bjj

The first thing I think of when I hear about people getting nauseous is dehydration. If you are not drinking in the 6-7 hours before class then you are certainly going to be dehydrated. Try drinking a lot more water during the day (I keep a glass next to me at work). And yeah, eat closer to class.

For reading: the go-to recommendation is always Saulo Ribero's Jiu Jitsu University:

Best of luck!

u/FuckYouGuys · 1 pointr/bjj

There's a book out there called Passing the Guard. It's excellent and is absolutely worth the money. The authors talk a lot about theory and the finer points of technique, and there are some obscure techniques in there that most people probably haven't seen.

I think that like everything else, the best choice is going to depend on your build and style and what he's used to defending against. Also, is this gi or no gi?

u/ragnar_deerslayer · 31 pointsr/bjj

Good resources for white belts:

Free Books:
Stephan Kesting's A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Free Videos:
Learning Strategies for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stephan Kesting's 16 Most Important Techniques for the BJJ Beginner
John B. Will's 36 Core Techniques
Matt Serra's four-volume BJJ Basics

For Pay Books:
Saulo Ribeiro's Jiu-Jitsu University

For Pay Videos:
Jason Scully's Grapplers Guide
Rener and Ryron Gracie's Gracie Combatives
Roy Dean's Blue Belt Requirements, Samples Here

u/aRavenousRaven · 5 pointsr/bjj

I started BJJ a few months ago and recently discovered this sub. This is the first I'd heard of this book, so thank you for sharing, /u/Khulo! A quick search for it revealed a lot of praise, so I ventured over to Amazon and ordered it immediately. For others interested, the paperback version is currently at its lowest price ever on Amazon ($20.27). Figured that was worth mentioning!

u/TPGrant · 5 pointsr/bjj

Jiu Jitsu University not written by a Gracie but a fantastic "first BJJ book", pretty much a must have

u/fedornuthugger · 1 pointr/bjj

Basically, injuries have a higher probability of occurring during periods of physical and mental fatigue (when not warmed up as well). Once you've reached a certain level of athletic development, most of us know where our limits are in terms of ''how many rounds of rolling'' you can do on a good, normal and bad day.

Injuries in BJJ generally only happen during rolling or competition - and usually only happen when fatiguedv- even when rolling with assholes. So If you must roll with a dangerous guy at your club that isn't careful - take him on fresh.

When it comes to recovery - well there is no better way to say it then to say this: buy or pirate this book:

The book goes into detail on proper body mechanics, mobility exercises and active recovery exercises and plans -using easy to understand pictures. It was introduced to me at the judo national training center in montreal by a physio. Firas (Tristar head coach) swears by it too and claims he used to to rehab a chronic lower back injury that plagued him over the last couple years.

ex. I always do 1-2 rounds less than I know I can accomplish before I see a huge decline in my ability.

ex. I stop 1-2 reps before I reach failure on my deadlifts or muscle ups.

ex. If I know trainer partner x is dangerous to roll with i'll make sure I never roll with him even when remotely fatigued because I'll never give that guy a chance to sub me because of fatigue since I know he's an asshole who has never subbed me and he'l likely go ham on any single opportunity I present to him - so this means smash this guy when I'm fresh then move on to partners I trust more.

ex. If I'm really tired but still really want to roll, i'll roll with someone I trust not to injure me and i'll work on something very specific - like reguarding from side control.

u/AFspectre · 3 pointsr/bjj

what is your budget range?

personally i have tried:



So far I have the most mat time with the Gr1ps gi that I own and have been super happy with the fit/weight/durability of it, and just got a new one for Black Friday. I just got the Habrok but so far I like it.

Quite a few people that I have trained with have had the Sanabul gi and they seem to hold up well. The people I know that have them like them.

u/pmackles · 8 pointsr/bjj

Hello new convert, have you read the good book? It's a great place to start when you want to save your sweet neck from being strangled by sweaty strangers.

Keep your arms close to your body and learn to shrimp like a mofucka. Also, take tips/advice from other whitebelts with a grain of salt, except for me of course.

u/cuduck1 · 1 pointr/bjj

Mentions Danaher has a PhD from Columbia

Book bio on Amazon mentioned Danaher has a PhD from Columbia

My instructor received his black belt with Danaher and constantly speaks of his philosophies on strategy and branching in Jiu Jitsu. My instructor still trains with Danaher, GSP, and other Renzo team members and was a coach for GSP and Danaher during season 10 of TUF.

Yes, I agree with OP in a sense that you are learning how to solve puzzles and through drilling and muscle memory making decisions under duress that are inline with the strategy you have planned and are attempting to implement while changing and adjusting tactics. Is Nick Diaz a scholar? No, but he does have a high fight IQ and understanding of his sport, just like an illiterate person could be a very talented musician. Just like how a chess master may have a high IQ, but low emotional or social IQ.

u/relax_on_the_mat · 4 pointsr/bjj

There's no definitive source of fundamentals, b/c you'll never get a variety of people to agree on what constitutes fundamentals.

That said, Jiu Jitsu University is a good place to start.

Also, you can do searches on youtube for things like "jiu jitsu mount basics", "jiu jitsu guard basics", etc.

The best answer is to ask your instructor what he/she thinks are the fundamentals.

u/OphioukhosUnbound · 3 pointsr/bjj

Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

Almost a must read for any new student imo. The focus on positional postures and whys is especially under taught imo.

Also you can take it to the mats and look at it while drilling. Also it's pretty cheap compared to DVD series.

If I had to recommend one DVD series it would be Demian Maia's Science of JiuJitsu. (Saulo also had a really amazing gi series, whose name I forget.)

u/lmayo41 · 3 pointsr/bjj

Wheres slideyfoot?

I read "Jiu Jitsu on the Brain" by Mark Johnon before I started. It will give you great framing for the mindset you will need in the world of bjj. Its also a short read that you can surely finish over holiday (probably on the plane).

u/Spider-Ian · 3 pointsr/bjj

When I first started I bought this book to help me get past the awkwardness of being a noob.

A few key points I took away, that have really helped me:

Each belt has a purpose, white you learn to be invincible. You focus on learning out to defend each position. Then you learn to escape those positions. So you should be focused on survival.

Learn to get comfortable in uncomfortable positions.

Learn to tap early, and tap often. There's no sense hurting yourself.

And outside of sparing, never be afraid to ask questions. Even during sparing you can say, "hey that was awesome, can you show me that after class?"

u/Ostrichcrotch · 1 pointr/bjj

I wear this every time I train. It’s an awesome brace, little pricey but it’s the best.

u/DJ_Ddawg · 2 pointsr/bjj

Focus on the basics, you won't be able to get the advances fancy stuff until you master the basics.
Pick up Jiu Jitsu Univeristy by Saulo Riberio. It's $25, and will the best thing to ever happen to your BJJ game. The white and blue belt section will be helpful RN and will save frustration. It'll tell you how to position your body so that you can survive (bc you will be on bottom a lot), tells you common mistakes to avoid, and then goes into escapes.

Drill a lot, drill what you learn in class, (hopefully your school has a beginner program, so you'll be learning relevant stuff to your skill level) Ask for feedback after every roll, anything you could work on, or ask them watt they felt that you did good.
Roll with higher belts, ask for help. They've been doing this for a while, pry their knowledge and maybe ask what some basic escapes are from a certain position that you keep getting stuck in.
Go to Open Mat. Open mat is the best time of the week, you get to roll for 2 hours straight. You can drill, roll, or just hang out for a couple hours, working on some part of your game. This is probably where the most improvement will happen as you are putting in some solid mat time here.
For Gis? Don't go all out and buy the $420 Lucky Hemp Gi.
Hell, don't ever but that actually.
Stay cheap, if the academy has an affiliate or a school GI, ex. Gracie Barra, then you should buy that, if not then I can recommend Killer Bee GIs. They are cheap, high quality, great customer service.
I recommend the Scutellata GI Top, and the Drill Cotton Gi Pants. For a total that will be $125. That's a steal considering the quality of the GI, also Jessi usually has some sort of promotion going on, so you can find a coupon code for some even extra cash off.
Overall, just keep showing up to class, more mat time equals more improvement RN. Don't be a spaz, and slam someone in guard..

u/ConcreteShoeMan · 4 pointsr/bjj

If you enjoy reading, The Fighter's Heart by Sam Sheridan does a pretty good job of trying to explore "gameness".

u/akaganyaku · 1 pointr/bjj

I've had good experience with the bauerfeind and I've seen someone recommend a super heavy duty shock doctor

u/Brahjitsu · 1 pointr/bjj
This book is a good explaination of what you're asking for. All of what you mentioned contributes to your definition of "Functional Strength".

As for what you can do to train it, short answer, mimic as closely to the movement as you can and apply increasing intensity and volume when not able to train the specific movements of grappling. You can do all the "bro lifts" as you find relatable to the specific movements as long as you do intelligent programming of progression which you can either get a coach or get to studying. There's also skill and technique involved in being strong.


u/etherealwinter · 4 pointsr/bjj

Check out the Jiu-Jitsu University book, it has a whole section on survival and what to do (and what not to do) in situations

EDIT: Link to book

Woo the price has certainly increased, it used to be like $25

u/pappyomine · 5 pointsr/bjj

It's called Gracie University. Sounds like a reasonable plan.

Alternatively, you could get a great video or book and follow the lesson plan in that. Something like Jiu Jitsu University or the Gracie Barra Fundamentals video ($50 for a 16 week curriculum on 4 DVDs).

u/dbrunning · 3 pointsr/bjj

Galvao has a book which includes both solo and partner drills -

Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood has a video of solo "animal" movements that I love:

The other thing I do when I'm off the mat for awhile is to keep watching videos of the basics/fundamentals while I'm out so at least I have rehearsed in my mind what all the details are for the stuff I already know how to do. I really like the videos by Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, and Ze Mario for this purpose, but there's plenty of free stuff on YouTube if you're not looking to invest in a DVD set.

u/stackered · 2 pointsr/bjj

I have a Venom mouthguard:

pretty cheap, was easy to boil and fit. I hated wearing a mouthpiece but this one is great, you won't even know its there

u/head7l · 1 pointr/bjj

I'm in the same boat with my knees. After about a dozen full and partial dislocations I had a lateral release on my right knee (and a second quasi-release due to scar tissue reconnecting it). The left knee is also mis-shapen, bur I have been lucky with a few scopes here and there.

The truth of it is that you have to know your limits. It sucks when you can only get a couple of rolls in after class and have to sit on the side and watch everyone else. But if you can treat it more like a marathon and less like a sprint, you should be good.

I recommend Bauerfiend knee braces (I use the GenuTrain) and learn how to sweep from side-control as you'll spend a lot of time there because It sucks not being able to shoot for a takedown with any sort of explosiveness or sprawl super-effectively...but not nearly as bad as being crushed in side control.

u/keyserbjj · 15 pointsr/bjj

Everyone who is new to bjj hates Side Control. My instructor gets asked how to escape that position more than anything else lol.

Best piece of advice I can give you is to buy this:

Jiu-Jitsu University

It's like the bjj bible man.

u/Catalyst8487 · 3 pointsr/bjj

Could I get one or two more recommendations? I'm still on the fence...

Just kidding. I'm buying the book today. It sounds awesome. Link for anyone else interested: The book

u/DrDOS · 1 pointr/bjj

This article has photocopies of some of the relevant pages I was thinking of (the book itself is well with it, I'd recommend buying it not just for this kind of stuff but also for good form for exercises and for physical therapy/rehab/maintenance)

Link to the book on Amazon:

u/giuseppeSD · 9 pointsr/bjj

I re-read your original comment -- "zero grappling experience" and "I don't always know what I'm looking at or what it means."

You should buy Jiu-Jitsu University.

You start with survival. Get through your training rounds without tapping (i.e., without getting caught; if you get caught, tap of course!). Keep your elbows tight, protect your collar, keep your back to the mat.

But that book -- Jiu-Jitsu University -- will really help you.

u/mindslyde · 1 pointr/bjj

I just got Jiu-Jitsu University and absolutely love it. And you are correct, the white belt section is just survival positions.

I don't really know what the other sections are focused on as I am not going to read them until I have the corresponding belt.

u/ric_flair_wooooooooo · 1 pointr/bjj

Like what do you mean by angles? It might have been evident to you but the description you provided is hard to offer advice.

A book since you asked

It's awesome imo

u/ketoismyfriend · 2 pointsr/bjj

I in a similar situation as you, I am pretty new to BJJ so I have a cheap 50$ gi my gym sells. But I have been eyeing for Christmas. I don't think it comes with a belt though.

Keto is great too, I have been a bit off the wagon recently but still loosing weight and feeling good so I am just going with it. I have been having 100 or less carbs a day and just lowering my fat a bit and its working for me, I think doing BJJ 3 times a week is what is driving that though.

u/umadcuzimstylin · 2 pointsr/bjj

I started with Gracie Combatives and felt like it was the best DVD set to start with.

u/Corky83 · 1 pointr/bjj

Practice makes perfect. As you said you only have 2 lessons behind you, upper belts having their way with you is par for the course. If you keep going you will get better. In the meantime order this book, it'll point you in the right direction.

u/n00b_f00 · 1 pointr/bjj

They just did a new printing and it's like 27 bucks now. I grabbed it just because I know at some point I'm going to want to get dope with it, and this is the cheapest it's gonna get. Did finish my first triangle in ages though, so thumbs up.

The whole asshole thing is possible. I'm super friendly, but I'm sure there's a handful of people who only took away negative impressions of me from short interactions, and if I was famous they'd remember "Oh yeah so and so is a dick," whenever I was mentioned.

u/dannsd · 1 pointr/bjj

hmmm. Not sure about videos for beginners, but this is what I give all of my friends I convince to start BJJ

u/GreenThumblaster · 3 pointsr/bjj

Books could be cool.
Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro is relatively cheap and a great resource.

u/berimboloyeung · 1 pointr/bjj

Jiu Jitsu University is a great starter book as many have suggested, then i'd highly recommend going on to the Guard series by Ed Beneville and Joe Moreira. They are comprehensive and incredibly detailed, the only trouble is finding them on sale at a decent price.

u/AngryGeometer · 1 pointr/bjj

Check out Neil Melanson’s book “Mastering Triangle Chokes”.

His setups are awesome, but the biggest take away for me - and this applies to all sub setups, not just triangles - is his philosophy of giving your opponent a problem to solve. Their reaction to solving that problem will have them give you the setup.

Here’s Neil demoing this - hand choke setup for the triangle.

Ryan Hall calls this “your money or your life”. The hip bump triangle is an example of this. The hip bump forces them to post, to prevent getting swept. Posting puts their arm a long way from their body, giving you the leg-through triangle setup.

Anyone who has been doing bjj for more ham a few months will recognize undisguised and unforced setups a mile away, and shut them down.

u/9to5tofit · 3 pointsr/bjj

I think Fuji gis are great and cheap. Available on Amazon for around $85 ( They go on sale for $70 on if you are not in a rush.

u/gunslinger_006 · 1 pointr/bjj

Knee pads or a knee sleeve?

The best knee sleeve is the Bauerfiend Genutrain (we just had another thread about this brace last week).

But a knee PAD is designed to have impact protection for your actual knee cap against impact.

So there you go.

u/Floeden · 2 pointsr/bjj

I highly recommend this book - Becoming A Supple Leopard. It's a shit title, but the book is well worth the investment.


Every single time I've had pain anywhere in conjunction with training, or just life in general, I've used this book. It hasn't cured everything, but it's always helped - and most of the time I can work through what I would normally have to fix through therapy / doctor's appointments / physio etc.


It goes through all the major areas of the body, focuses on where the pain is and what it might be, and helps you fix it. All you need is a roller, a lacrosse ball and a voodoo band. I've recommended it to everyone I've ever trained with, and everyone I know who's bought it, loved it.

u/Brokentoothproductio · 2 pointsr/bjj

I highly recommend Galvao's book on movement and strength drills.

While you'll need some coaching from upper-belts at your school to critique your movement (it's hard to see/feel if you're doing them right), you'll be able to design a script of drills for yourself to fix all of your jiu jitsu shortcomings.

u/jillesme · 3 pointsr/bjj

I can vouch for the Venum Mouthguard. Best mouthguard out there for $15 in my experience! I use mine for MMA and BJJ.

u/justinkimball · 7 pointsr/bjj

A couple ideas:

Jiu-Jitsu University ~$25 ( ) One of the best overall BJJ books around. Very detailed, and useful at a number of levels of the game.

If you know what size your person is, you could go the mystery rashguard route: ( )

You can also keep an eye on - sometimes they have sick deals on rashguards or other bjj related accessories.

u/BrutalJones · 7 pointsr/bjj

I have a lot of knee problems and despite BJJ's reputation I find it to be easier on my knees than either weightlifting or running, believe it or not. Just take it slow, listen to your body, and take days off when you need them.

For stability or previously injured knees I recommend Bauerfeind Genutrain. Really good support and a great donut, but they're expensive and I worry about its durability. I use it for my surgically reconstructed knee.

For a regular wrestling style kneepad to absorb impact I recommend a Brute Exo. I use that one for my right knee.

u/LegiticusMaximus · 2 pointsr/bjj

It's a great book, although it's entirely gi-focused (I do no-gi roughly three to five times as much as I do gi). Chapters are broken down into belts, and each belt is themed.

White Belt is survival.
Blue Belt is the guard.
Purple Belt is sweeps.
Brown Belt is top game or something.
Black Belt is submissions.

Obviously Jiujistu isn't really taught like that in class (if you don't learn sweeps until purple belt, you are probably not at a good gym), but I think that the way the book is organized nicely outlines Saulo Ribeiro's philosophy on what to prioritize in each skill level.

u/ASquare04 · 3 pointsr/bjj

I wear them all the time, mostly preventatively. Bauerfiend = the best.

u/cresquin · 4 pointsr/bjj

Saulo Ribiero's Jiu Jitsu University is a great resource for all things BJJ. It goes through many many individual moves, and also covers the general theory so you can adapt to whatever situation arrises.

u/digitalburro · 8 pointsr/bjj

Free: Stephan Kesting's Roadmap to BJJ e-book (requires newsletter sign-up)

For monies: Jiu-jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

u/CostaBJJ · 2 pointsr/bjj

consider asking the parents of the other 50% to make some donation. to buy 2 gis for their kid from like amazon, the Sanabul is real cheap, and donate one.

u/spiderplata · 2 pointsr/bjj

Read the book: Jiu-Jitsu on the Brain by Mark Johnson.

I got my copy on kindle. Inexpensive and insightful. It explains a lot of what to expect when you start training, including some really good etiquette advice.

u/sub-hunter · 1 pointr/bjj

You need to buy Saulos book:

It will explain a lot. It is a go to encyclopedia of bjj. I really wish I had bought it sooner. You should just study the first and second chapter for now.

u/steppinraz0r · 9 pointsr/bjj

Buy this book!

It seriously should be issued to all new white belts. It'll teach you techniques to survive when you first start. I found it extremely helpful!

u/Chingeke102 · 1 pointr/bjj

Yes, each technique is presented as a sequence of pictures, sometimes from two different angles. Take a look here. You can click on 'LOOK INSIDE' to see some sample pages.

u/sordidarray · 4 pointsr/bjj

I would recommend Roy Dean's DVD. /u/slideyfoot wrote an excellent review.

u/loyalop · 3 pointsr/bjj

People have been grappling since the beginning of time. This would be the intro volume. I recommend BJJ University

edit: grammar

u/Notquitesane · 3 pointsr/bjj

Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

It's like the Jiu-Jitsu bible.

u/Razenghan · 6 pointsr/bjj

If you don't mind me piggybacking off your post, u/UncleSkippy, I also have a A1 white gi, like new (wife wore it twice, threw out her back, and said "Welp I'm done with BJJ").

Same rule applies: if you only have 1 other gi, first come / first serve. It says A1, but it's much closer to an A2. Please look at the size chart in the link!!

u/doodleydoo · 18 pointsr/bjj

I highly recommend Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. Practice what your instructors show you, but focus on the white belt stuff in the book daily. At this point, you're basically just wanting to learn to survive.
Focus on the [positional hierarchy] ( for strategy (thanks awesome redditor Stephen Kesting for the ebook,) hip escapes, re-guarding, and threatening basic submissions for like the first year, and you'll lose 80% of the anxiety

u/SlapHappyRodriguez · 5 pointsr/bjj

i almost pains me to say it, because i hate their marketing, but Shoyoroll are legit. if you buy a "comp standard" it will be about the same price as any quality gi. they actually have one that you can pre-order now.
since it is your first one i would recommend Sanabul. you can get one for $70 or less and they are not bad quality. i bought one for my wife, because i half way thought she would quit. now a handful of guys i train with own one because they saw hers and wanted a cheap gi.

u/matu4251 · 2 pointsr/bjj

those aren't cheap... I'd rather get this Flow or Fuji from Amazon.

u/MoostacheWithTitties · 1 pointr/bjj

Ask, and ye shall receive. It was out of print when i first looked for it, but last week, this appeared in my Amazon feed. New editions, ~$26.

u/RearNakedBugs · 1 pointr/bjj

Sitting beside me while I'm in work today;

x1 Blue Belt.

x1 Ankle brace/sock thing.

x1 Manto Shorts.

x1 Grey Lidl (or maybe Aldi) Rashguard/Compression top.

x1 Black Lidl (or Aldi) Spats/Compression leggings.

x1 Red T-shirt.

x1 Black tracksuit pants

x1 Red Flipflops

x1 Gumshield

x2 Grip tape

x1 Padlock and key

x1 1L bottle of water

x1 Mastering Triangle Chokes

x1 Bag of Jelly babies.

x? Multiple plasters of various sizes

x1 Pair of runners

Only difference is if it's gi or (tonight) no-gi.

u/HopsBuzz · 1 pointr/bjj

Neil Melanson's Mastering Triangle Chokes


Hopefullly its cheaper somewhere else then Amazon:


For those who dont want to hit the link:

Amazon has it listed for: 3,214.79

u/RocketPowerHandshake · 1 pointr/bjj

Ohhh, the actual bone growth does make sense.

After every class, the spot right below the knee ball is always really large and painful. I've tried a pateller band and that helped a bit, but didn't stop it.

If you don't use one, I've heard this is great for OS and bursitis -

u/the_umm_guy · 4 pointsr/bjj

I have one of these, and I will be buying another. My knees get contusions rather easily, this has a padding around the patella that helps prevent that. One thing I didn't really like was that there doesn't seem to be much 'support', but it has been stellar at relieving pain for me.

u/IceCreamHitta88 · 2 pointsr/bjj

I have this. It folds away quickly, needs very little space and you can hang multiple gi’s on it.