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Ask a Black Belt - Jiu Jitsu Podcast

Author: Thomas Rozdzynski

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Host Thomas Rozdzynski 3rd Degree Black Belt, Judo Black Belt, Instructor at RŌL Academy, Host of The RŌL Radio, Creator of RŌL TV - Submit your questions via IG: rozdzynskibjj
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In this conversation, Thomas discusses the importance of instructor preparation in Jiu-Jitsu classes. He emphasizes that instructors have a responsibility to benefit their students and that being prepared is crucial for students to make progress. Thomas also highlights the distinction between knowing Jiu-Jitsu and knowing how to teach it, emphasizing the importance of teaching skills. He encourages instructors to reflect on what they will teach and how they will present the information to ens...
SummaryThe conversation explores the reasons behind different rule sets in tournaments and emphasizes the importance of understanding and adapting to these rule sets. It also discusses the differences between various martial arts and the challenges and benefits they bring. The key takeaway is that success in any scenario depends on understanding the rules and environment and adjusting one's approach accordingly.TakeawaysDifferent tournaments have different rule sets to make them more appealin...
SummaryThe conversation explores the importance of repetition in achieving success in Jiu-Jitsu. It emphasizes the need to repeat techniques and concepts until they become automatic and executed without conscious thought. The conversation also highlights the significance of understanding conceptual Jiu-Jitsu and how it leads to greater success. Additionally, it discusses the concept of creating a flow state through repetition and draws parallels to the sport of Judo. The conversation conclude...
SummaryIn this episode, Thomas discusses the importance of training standards and how they contribute to improvement in Jiu-Jitsu and in life. He emphasizes the need for continuous learning and growth, regardless of one's goals or level of competition. Thomas also highlights the impact of purposeful routines and approaches to training, as well as the importance of setting objectives and maximizing training time. The episode concludes with a reminder to be intentional and goal-oriented in trai...
147. Who would win?

147. Who would win?

2023-11-2705:21

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the concept of "position over submission" is a fundamental principle that emphasizes the strategic importance of achieving and maintaining dominant positions before attempting a submission. Rather than solely focusing on finishing an opponent with a submission hold, practitioners are encouraged to prioritize positional control first. This approach stems from the understanding that a solid foundation of control increases the likelihood of a successful submission.I...
A skilled Jiu-Jitsu instructor embodies a combination of technical proficiency, effective communication, and a genuine passion for the art. Firstly, expertise in the techniques and principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is fundamental. A proficient instructor possesses a deep understanding of the sport's intricacies, enabling them to teach with precision and guide students through various positions and submissions.However, being a good instructor goes beyond technical prowess. Communication skills...
Ever wondered how much weight you should place on competition versus training in Jiu-Jitsu? Brace yourself for an enlightening discussion as we break down this heady topic. We delve into the irreplaceable experiences competition can offer, and how these can surge your skill progression. However, we also offer a fresh perspective for those who do not align with the competitive aspect of the sport, stressing that this experience may not be as beneficial or desirable for some.Transitioning into ...
Imagine stepping into a room shrouded in darkness, stumbling over unseen obstacles. Now envisage that same room with a faint glow from a corner, providing just enough illumination to guide your steps. That's the difference preparation can make in your Jiu-Jitsu training journey - we promise. Our guest, Dramik, shares his insights on the critical importance of being prepared and setting goals. He emphasizes that Jiu-Jitsu is more than just a martial art; it's a skill, akin to any other form of...
Imagine yourself in a thrilling Jiu Jitsu match, but you're pinned to the ground, on the bottom. Sounds like a nightmare? Not necessarily! Let's flip the script. In this revealing discussion, we explore the rewarding challenge of being on the bottom. Drawing parallels with a World War II submarine Admiral's daring tactics, we stress how this position can actually help you discover your limits, control your anxieties, and emerge as a stronger strategist and a more resilient individual. Far fro...
141. Control is King

141. Control is King

2023-10-0204:48

Ever wondered why sometimes it feels like you're glued to the mat, unable to get that fluid movement you've been aiming for? The answer lies in understanding the balance between control and mobility in Jiu-Jitsu. This episode unravels this unique principle, drawing parallels to hugging someone tightly versus being able to freely move around them. We talk about how recognizing when to attach yourself to your opponent can give you an immense advantage and slow them down, and similarly, understa...
What if you could boost your Jiu-Jitsu skills, not by training harder, but by training smarter? This episode was sparked by a question from Marlon, one of our listeners, who noticed someone at his academy training as if every day were a war. Spoiler alert: we don't think that's the best approach. Drawing parallels with other professional sports, we delve into why strategic rest, skill development, and understanding your body's mechanics are just as crucial as high-intensity training, if not m...
139. DECA Principle

139. DECA Principle

2023-09-1806:36

Ever experienced that frustrating moment in a Jiu-Jitsu match when you attempt to escape a hold, only to find yourself submitted? It may be because you are skipping a critical phase in the DECA principle - Defend, Escape, Control, Attack. In this captivating discussion, I unravel this instrumental Jiu-Jitsu principle that completely transformed my approach to the sport. By encapsulating the DECA principle within the analogy of four distinct rooms, I delve into the pitfalls of bypassing stages...
What if you could optimize your time to not just practice Jiu-Jitsu, but truly master it, regardless of your hectic schedule? In this in-depth conversation, we uncover the secret to making every moment count and how to implement structured 'homework' for exponential improvement. We dig into the real questions about time - do we really lack it, or do we simply mismanage it? While acknowledging the importance of other priorities in life, we make the case for a deeper commitment to Jiu-Jitsu bec...
Ever considered walking away from jiu-jitsu due to overwhelming stress? This episode is for you. We dive straight into the heart of this topic, exploring how to deal with the feelings of being overwhelmed in your jiu-jitsu journey. We start by discussing the importance of taking a pause and reaching out to your instructors and training partners to gain a better understanding of why you're feeling this way. We delve into how jiu-jitsu ought to be a fun, engaging, and stimulating experience, bu...
Ever felt like the pursuit of Jiu Jitsu ranking belts is leaving you anxious, burned out, and perhaps on the brink of giving up? It's time to shift focus. This episode uncovers the pitfalls of belt chasing, exploring how this mindset creates unrealistic expectations, leading to a significant dropout rate within the Jiu Jitsu community. Delving deeper into the origins of this sport in Brazil, we highlight the essence of Jiu Jitsu where the joy was in training rather than belt accumulation.&nbs...
Are you ready for a transformative journey from white belt to blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu? We're about to reframe your approach to acquiring skills and ascending ranks, highlighting the essentials of mastering a complex discipline like Jiu-Jitsu. This episode is a goldmine of practical insights, enlightening discussions, and personal anecdotes that will redefine your perspective and give you a fresh take on this challenging journey.Moving from a white to a blue belt isn't just about grappling tech...
What if you could transform your view on the most dreaded day of the week, Monday, and see it as the exciting start of a new week of training? What if the secret to consistent, impactful training wasn't just about the grind but how you structure and approach it? We're exploring these questions and offering some insights from our own experiences.Our discussion revolves around the importance of having a well-planned training schedule. Whether you train once or seven times a week, having a struc...
Have you ever been in a situation where negativity just seems to seep into every corner? Picture this: you're at an academy, or perhaps in your everyday life, and there's that one individual whose bad attitude is spoiling it for everyone. We're all about the power of positivity and the damaging effects of a negative outlook in this episode. With the help of a thought-provoking question from Johnny B, we venture into the cultures of various academies, stressing the importance of a sunny dispos...
Are you getting your money's worth? Are you truly maximizing the return on your investment when you purchase a Jiu-Jitsu instructional video? We recognize that these videos don't come cheap, sometimes costing up to $500, and we want to ensure you're not just pouring money down the drain. So, let's talk about the real value - not the price tag - and how you can make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck.In this episode, we don’t tiptoe around the subject. We get down to the nitty-gri...
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