Welcome to BJJ Over 40

Welcome to BJJ Over 40
Welcome to BJJ Over 40 2018-02-22T15:22:01+00:00

BJJ Bailing on Positions

BJJ Bailing on Positions Watching a video from a recent MMA fight prompted me to consider the dangers of holding on to a submission and specifically a a triangle choke submission too long. As you can see from the video below the fighter who has the triangle secured gets slammed to the ground multiple times, but refused to give up on his position; this reluctance to bail on the triangle could have seen the fight end in a very different result. Not only was the fighter slammed consecutively but he also took a few heavy knees to the head. Obviously this is an MMA 'match' and the fighters are somewhat protected from serious injury by the padded cage floor and also by the referee, but when I say somewhat protected, [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: BJJ, Injuries|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Don’t forget to wash that belt

I know it probably seems like an obvious thing to say but you would be surprised to discover how many people don't actually wash their belts when they wash their gi's. I have heard some people say they don't wash their belt because stripes come off in the wash or that the belt colour fades and it starts looking tatty, which is ironic really, I mean once they get to black belt people want their belts to look well worn and tatty, but I guess a well worn blue belt does nothing more than make you look like you have been at blue belt level for far too long. Bacteria breeds on a dirty gi and infections such as ringworm and staph are easily transmitted, neither of which you want [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Categories: BJJ|0 Comments

Don’t ignore those niggles

Don’t ignore those niggles Let’s face it BJJ is a tough sport for anybody, regardless of age; but once you get to your thirties, forties and beyond, your body just doesn’t have the same resilience as it once did. Inevitably injuries will occur much more frequently and usually a lot easier than they used to, heck, at our age even bending over to pick up your belt can cause serious back injury. We all know the difference between a niggle and a serious injury; one prevents you from training to your full potential and the other prevents you or ‘should’ prevent you from training at all. Fortunately for me, at present, I don’t have any serious injuries, however if I counted on my fingers how many niggles I [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: BJJ, Health|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Should you go Inverted?

Should you go inverted? this is something I have seen people do many times and often times when not required. Like any position in BJJ, there is a time and a place and doing something just because you can seems a little silly. The amount of stress put onto the cervical and thoracic spine when inverted can be tremendous. I myself am suffering a cervical herniated disc at present and I have no doubt that inverting onto my neck has played a large part in that injury, along with the guillotines, chokes and neck cranks. The inverted guard is very good for preventing guard passes but from an injury prevention point of view I would only use it as a last resort, not my go to guard defence. I have seen people [...]

By | April 7th, 2016|Categories: BJJ|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments