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  • What to expect on your First Day of Jiu-Jitsu. The Beginner Primer

    “ The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Lao Tzu It is a fairly common concept that to achieve proficiency in an art or discipline, you have to first assume the mind of the humble student. It could not be more true. Malcolm Gladwell has come forth with the famous 10,000 hours required to achieve true mastery of a subject. The Grammy-award winning vocalist has to drill countless hours of vocal warm-ups before achieving notoriety. It is no different in Jiu-Jitsu. The black belt with 25 years of experience had to be a first-day student at one point, learning the most rudimentary techniques. Jiu-Jitsu is complex and ....

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  • Competition

    Competition - by Coach Brendan Churchin Not everyone wants to compete. Not everyone has that urge to challenge themselves in live combat situations, with an audience of friends and strangers watching as you simulate these life-or-death scenarios. That's okay. You don't have to compete in jiu jitsu in order to advance your skills, however it is an incredible way to test your progress and "drop a mile marker" on where things stand today. I was never big on the competition scene of jiu jitsu, in fact the only competition I had entered was on May 18th, 2012 on a whim with no focused preparation - 348 days in to my training to be exact. ....

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  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Denver - Dark Horse Combat Club - It's not like it was when i was a kid....

    It's not like it was when i was a kid....

    "it's not like back when I was a kid…" How many times have you heard this saying, or better yet how many times have you used it? Growing up the youngest of 5 boys, I started competing in sports at the age of 4 - swimming and soccer early on, then came basketball, football, ice hockey and lacrosse. I've coached and participated in sports ever since. At the age of 28 while personally struggling with career direction and purpose, my wife encouraged me to find a hobby and "go try that thing you always talk about when you watch the fights". She was referring to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and there happened to be a gym about 6 blocks from my job so I took a chance - hey, Columbus did. I called ....

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  • A great day for the Helio Soneca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association

    It was a great day for the Helio Soneca Association . We got to witness two lifetimes of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu clash and our Mestre came out the victor. This fight taught us a few things, but the heaviest take away was the simple refrain of “practice what you preach”. Two decades ago, when Soneca and Megaton first met on the 1996 World Championships stage they were fighters, pure and simple. They had both reached the finals after impressive performances and all eyes were on their mat as the business of combat commenced. This fight was a different matter. Both men are and always will be fighters, but the matter is no longer simple, and pure does not describe ....

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  • April Update: New Advanced BJJ Class, Upcoming Tournament, Women's Self Defense Seminar

    Q: What do you call a goat that knows martial arts? A: A karate kid.
    News Around the Academy.
    Schedule Changes:
    Advanced BJJ
    will be moving to 7pm Thursday nights when Coach Kiefer takes off. This change is effective 4/19 Thursday 8pm Judo
    is on hiatus as Coach Sean is having a baby. It will return. For now, Thursday 8pm will be sparring focused on takedowns. Competition Class...
    with Coach Kiefer leaving for the summer, this class currently does not have an instructor and may go on hiatus for a while. Open to ideas..... Currently In Stock:
    Basic boxing gloves ($25) in 16oz for men and 12oz for women. Basic shin guards ($25) in red or blue. ....

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  • March News - Spring Promotions, State BJJ Championships, March Specials


    Q: What's a pig's favorite karate move?


    A: A pork chop.

    Read on for what will undoubtedly be a hilarious email.
    Congrats to Adam "Tiny" Freeman and Jessica "Justice" Scotella
    Two awesome performances at KickDown 127 on Friday, March 10th!Jessica won her kickboxing match by third round TKO. Adam secured a majority draw in his MMA bout after receiving a point deduction. Hard work pays off! Be sure and congratulate them on their efforts and stay tuned for the next event. Next up, Drake Gonzales has a kickboxing match scheduled for May.
    Thank you
    to everyone whofilled out the survey! We aim to please and your help is much ....

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  • February Update - Upcoming events, BJJ Seminar, New BJJ and MUay Thai classes

    Q: What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A: A carrot. Now that we have your attention, read on for the latest news from Dark Horse.

    Construction Update
    First off, thanks very much for your continued patience as wefinish up the bits and pieces of the build-out. Weknow it's a mess at times and weappreciate you hanging in there. We're getting it doneas fast as wecan. We'reall ears for suggestions about what you'd like to see around the academy. You can email or call, and please fill out the Student Survey below.
    Welcome to New Students
    Remember how tough it was for you to start taking classes? Please help us welcome the new students by introducing yourself and making ....

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  • Schedule Has Been Updated!

    In light of the move to our new facility (at 837 Santa Fe Drive in Denver), we have updated our schedule to offer a LOT MORE CLASSES. You can check out our class schedule here . Keep checking back this schedule over the next few weeks, as there will be a few additional changes. We plan on adding a few more classes in the next few weeks, and there may be some need to fiddle with the schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule, please call us at 303.900.8111 or email us at hello@darkhorsecombatclub.com ....

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  • We've Moved!

    We've Moved! As of January 17th, Dark Horse Combat Club has moved to 837 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204. We are inside the CrossFit Elevation building, in the back. You can enter on Santa Fe or through the alley. Google maps directions are here . Parking is available on the street - please note that parking on Santa Fe is free but is limited to 2 hours. Phone, website and email addresses are all the same. ....

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  • Mid-October Updates from Dark Horse Combat Club - BJJ/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, MMA and Martial Arts in Denver, CO


    Alchemy Combat Club, RIP 2014-2016
    The name change is official - Alchemy Combat Club is gone. Long live Alchemy Combat Club. Dark Horse Combat Club is here to stay. The website has changed to darkhorsecombatclub.com . All the old email addresses will still work, but moving forward, hello@darkhorsecombatclub.com is the main email address. Our phone number is still 303-900-8111. Students really shouldn't experience too much in the way of changes around the academy. Stay tuned for Dark Horse t-shirts and hoodies, and please take advantage of your opportunities to visit the Longmont academy for classes whenever you can.
    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Autumn Party and Promotions - 10/22/2016: Anderson ....

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  • 2016 Colorado Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament Wrap-Up

    2016 Colorado Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament Wrap-Up This past Saturday, the Dark Horse Denver team went to war for the annual Colorado Open BJJ tournament. This was probably the best run tournament we have seen here in Denver yet, with things generally running smoothly (with a few exceptions) and divisions getting started a bit early, as opposed to the usual lateness. Thanks much to Seth and his team at Fight to Win for a smooth tournament and a good experience that allows competitors to focus on their fights.
    Coach's Thoughts
    First, my hat goes off to all of the first time competitors. Signing up for the tournament is a stressful thing - it requires you to take yourself much more ....

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  • Girls in Gis, New Promotions, and No Gi BJJ Classes for Summer

    Girls in Gis, New Promotions, and No Gi BJJ Classes for Summer
    Girls in Gis Was a Huge Success!
    Dark Horse Denver hosted a Girls in Gis event to promote Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for females on April 24th at Alchemy Combat Club in Denver. 44 ladies of all ages and backgrounds turned up to learn from our friends Ashley, Tina and Jennifer from Dark Horse. You can read the whole write-up on it here . Stay tuned for the next one - follow Girls in Gis on Facebook here. They are a great organization that really helps bring ladies on to the mats to share in all the good things Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has to offer.
    New Promotions at Alchemy
    June 11th, Dark Horse Denver held their first united team BBQ and ....

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  • Dark Horse Denver Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Weekly News - 6/6/2016

    Spring BBQ and Promotions this weekend! Note the time! The Dark Horse Denver Spring BBQ and Promotions is this Saturday at 5pm at Waneka Lake Park in Lafayette. Driving directions are here . All the info you may need about what the park offers is here. Our Facebook event for the park is here . Some things to know:
    SUPER IMPORTANT
    : There was some confusion about the time, which is our fault. The event is at 5pm.
    It's a POTLUCK
    , so show off your skills! Alchemy will be coming through with some hot meat in the form of burgers and dogs, so please spice that up with whatever you'd like to go with it.
    There are PADDLE BOATS!

    Adult beverages are allowed, in cans.
    Your kids, dogs, ....

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  • Dark Horse Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Weekly Update - 6/1/2016

    June Sweat Angels Charity Partner: Soles4Souls.org Alchemy family, This June, we get to play a part in the fight against poverty by providing shoes for people around the world. Every 10 Facebook check-ins at Dark Horse Denver will provide 1 pair of shoes for someone in need through Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls is committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Their goal is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2050. Their shoes are distributed in places like the US, Honduras, Haiti, Bolivia, and Ecuador. To learn more about Soles4Souls, check out their site at: soles4souls.org When you check in on Facebook, make sure to add #shoes4kids to your ....

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  • Fitting In- Adjusting (Socially) To Your New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School

    Fitting In- Adjusting (Socially) To your New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School I can clearly remember my very first days on the mat at a grappling school. I didn't know anything, but perhaps more bothersome was that I didn't know anyone. I was OK with the former, because I had just started and could do a reasonable job of managing my expectations. But it was much harder that I didn't know anyone, because it's not a martial art that you can practice in solitary. I can remember plenty of my first days in class where I felt relatively isolated the whole time, and I came to realize that this was especially true when my training partners were upper belts. I seemed to get even less engagement then. ....

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  • Fight to Win Colorado State BJJ Championships Tournament Wrap-Up

    This past weekend, Fight to Win hosted the annual Colorado State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, and several of the Dark Horse family took a shot at the title. Full results are posted here . Whenever there's a tournament like this, the tendency is always to focus on who won what - what medals in what categories. But that never really captures the full experience of preparing for and fighting in a tournament. Perhaps even worse is that it only focuses on those who found success in terms of medals, and it's always bene my point that going through the preparation, showing up and giving it your best is the real success. Full effort always equals full victory, and I am extremely proud of ....

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  • Schedule Changes and New Classes - Starting March 1st

    Schedule Changes - Starting March 1st Please make a note of the following schedule changes, which will kick in on Tuesday, March 1st. These changes will only effect the evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are excited to increase the classes we offer and to offer black belt level instruction. Please note that these schedule changes, as with any schedule change or new class, is subject to attendance. We've added classes that people have requested - specifically no-gi and judo for BJJ classes. However, if attendance is poor, those classes may disappear. Vote with your attendance - make sure those classes stay on the schedule by showing up consistently.
    Tuesday
    All Levels BJJ - 12pm ....

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  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Denver - Dark Horse Combat Club - What will your Child Learn in our Kids' Martial Arts program?

    What will your Child Learn in our Kids' Martial Arts program?

    What will your Child Learn in our Kids' Martial Arts program?
    Courtesy, for starters.
    One of the very first things we teach kids in our Children's Martial Arts Programs is courtesy. This is an important life skill that we were raised with, but it isn't something that public schools do a great job of teaching or reinforcing anymore. In fact, since people spend more time online and less time than ever actually discussing things in person, I'd say courtesy is on the way out! From your child's very first day in our classes, we will teach them to have courteous and to treat everyone with respect. This includes basic things like saying "please" and "thank you". It also includes things like ....

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  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Begins and Ends with Respect

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Begins and Ends with Respect – by Joshua Halvatzis The title of this video, “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Begins and Ends with Respect”, is actually an adaptation of one of the twenty principles of Karate, laid out by their founder, Gichin Funakoshi Sensei, in 1890. The original is, “karate begins and ends with rei“. Rei is the spoken signal to bow at beginning of many traditional martial arts that originate in japan. It also means respect. For those of you heading out to compete this weekend, it’s an important reminder. There’s a lot of bowing that goes on in traditional Judo competition, which is the predecessor of Brazilian ....

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  • 3 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Lessons: Mental Health, Community, and the story of Tereré

    Fernando “Tereré” Augusto is a legend in BJJ circles. He won the world championship at every belt level, and has beaten legends like Rolles Gracie, Nino Schembri, and Marcelo Garcia. He rose very quickly to the absolute pinnacle of the art, and his legacy as the founder of Team TT lives on in famous BJJ students like Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles. Terere was always a crowd hero because he was the first poor kid from the slums to make it to the top. BJJ had always been a middle class sport, for those who could afford lessons, and Terere changed that. Today, there is a strong tradition of BJJ schools in the slums, often started, funded, and operated by ....

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  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Spirit: Kron Gracie Highlight Reel

    Kron Gracie is one of our absolute favorite fighters in the world of BJJ to watch. He represents a very particular, but very potent aspect of the Brazilian jiu jitsu spirit. We’re very excited to see him transition to MMA as he fights in Japan this January. This highlight reel is an excellent introduction to him and his Brazilian jiu jitsu style.
    Who is Kron Gracie?
    He’s the son of Rickson Gracie, potentially the greatest Brazilian jiu jitsu / MMA fighter yet. Kron is known for his aggressive style, his love for the traditional closed guard, a position that is currently not very popular, and his relentless pursuit of submissions. In fact, as he came up through the ....

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  • 8 Things BJJ Beginners Will Learn in the First Few Months of Class

    Your first few months of class as a beginner BJJ student are a very rich learning environment. There’s a lot of simple, practical stuff to learn, like tying your belt and remembering to bow on and off the mat. You’ve also got to try to remember people’s names, learn the names of the positions, and try to remember what the technique from last night’s class is called. It’s a lot to learn. While you’re learning all that, though, you’re also learning some bigger-picture lessons that will stick with you for a long time. Here are some of my favorites, from when I was a beginner. 1. Laundry
    You’ll develop a different relationship to laundry. On ....

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  • Great Videos for New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Students

    Here’s a simple collection of some basic things a new Brazilian jiu jitsu student might want to know as they get started. These aren’t really jiu jitsu technique videos. They’re more of basic, good-to-know knowledge. First up: tying the belt. This often causes some stress to new students, who do not want to look clueless by tying the belt wrong. 1. Tying the belt with Professor Adam Kayoom: 2. My preferred way of tying the belt, with Professor Relson Gracie: 3. How to tie pants with Professor Pedro Elias: This also throws people off, becuase jiu jitsu gi pants are unlike most other kinds of pants – they are meant to fit a wide range of people and they have an often ....

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  • BJJ Rookie Mistakes: "Rolling"

    In BJJ classes and lessons, we usually refer to live training or sparring as “rolling”. This term caught on many years ago to distinguish the sparring we do, which is primarily non-contact, non-striking, from the kind of sparring you might see in karate or kickboxing. As a BJJ rookie, when your classmates and training partners ask you to roll, live training is what they are referring to. In addition, as a BJJ rookie, there are a lot of very common mistakes you will make as you start rolling. These mistakes are understandable; in fact we see BJJ rookies make these mistakes over and over again, It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, young or old, large or small. If you’re a BJJ ....

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  • Getting Started with BJJ: It works because you do it together

    An interesting article popped up in my newsfeed today. It’s from The Atlantic Monthly, and it’s on the topic of achieving fitness goals. it’s timely, because many of us have fitness goals in mind this time of year. For some, it’s a physical goal like getting into a certain size of clothing. For others, it’s a challenge like a Tough Mudder race. Whatever the goal is, we all know how challenging it is to actually reach that goal. Many people get started with BJJ as part of this process, and that makes sense. It’s an extremely powerful, rewarding, and effective way to exercise. Just the other day I was talking to a student who has lost 50 pounds in under a ....

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  • 5 Ways Martial Arts Training Can Boost Your Career

    I often hear from long-time students something that new students may be surprised by. I hear that their training with us at Dark Horse Denver has actually helped in a totally unexpected place: at work. It may seem like learning to defend yourself or how to perform a cross-collar choke doesn’t really apply in your cubicle, nursing station, or job site. And hopefully, you’ll never have to use your BJJ to choke someone at work. What I’m talking about are the personal development benefits of martial arts training. These 5 benefits will help you become a better manager, a more valuable employee, and a more productive team-member.
    1. Focus
    Martial arts training, and especially ....

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  • BJJ for Beginners: BJJ versus Wrestling in MMA

    Often in Brazilian jiu jitsu we talk about how we don’t want to have to rely on raw power to achieve our goals. Whether that goal is a macro level goal (win the fight) or a micro level goal (get out from underneath the opponent), power is the last option. The reason for this is that it’s exhausting to have to use your muscles all the time. As master Saulo Ribeiro says, “If you muscle, you tire. If you tire, you die.” Using other attributes – strategy, flexibility, leverage, timing, and so on – all cost much less energy than muscle. That’s why we emphasize them so much. This classic early MMA match is a great example of that. It ....

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  • 5 Psychological Benefits of BJJ - Physical Contact

    I recently came across this great little article on Psychology Today, It gets into some very specific psychological benefits of BJJ student. Interestingly, it was written by a doctor of psychology and brown belt in BJJ from Gracie Barra New Mexico, Dr. David Ley. He has a unique perspective on the psychological benefits of BJJ practice. as both a doctor and a long-time BJJ student. The whole piece is well worth the read. I’ve picked out 5 critical psychological benefits of BJJ, as identified by Dr. Ley. I’ll focus on one each day.
    1. Physical contact
    People in the modern era don’t get a ton of physical contact anymore, and much of what we get is negative. Think of a ....

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  • 5 Psychological Benefits of BJJ - Mindfulness

    Often mindfulness is discussed alongside yoga, or meditation, or anger management. It’s the idea that if we can be more aware and focused on our immediate surroundings, instead of being lost in thought, we’ll be happier overall and more effective at whatever we do. We can easily access powerful states of mindfulness through BJJ class, simply on the basis of the intensity of the experience. BJJ is not a full contact sport – in fact, it’s not really a contact sport at all. But it is an intense struggle for survival. It’s a real-world martial art based on real situations, without contrivance. Everything we do is applicable in the real world, so we practice at ....

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  • 5 Psychological Benefits of BJJ - 3 Brain Chemicals

    So far, we’ve covered the benefits of positive physical contact for BJJ students. We also discussed how BJJ develops mindfulness. Today, we connect the dots between how the training experience actually makes you feel good, and how it can create powerful physical changes in your body. The intense training experience of BJJ results in a powerful release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is linked with empathy. It helps people connect with each other. It is the biological reason why students in BJJ class often form friendships quickly and easily. It helps you like people! Not only does it make you feel good, it also helps you develop your interpersonal circle. But there are other brain chemicals ....

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  • BJJ for Children: 7th Degree Black Belt?

    There’s a video bouncing around on Facebook and the interwebs over the past few days. It’s pretty short and there is no sound, and it features a young kid at a BJJ academy in Texas. The reason it’s caught so much attention is that it seems the boy in the video has been promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt. It’s got a lot of people in the BJJ world riled up. Here’s why it’s got people so angry. One of the major points of pride amongst BJJ / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students and academies and the community is that we have worked very hard over the years to avoid this phenomenon of senseless, meaningless, rapid promotion. Many other styles of martial arts, once ....

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  • 5 Psychological Benefits of BJJ - Community

    So far, in this series on the positive psychological benefits of training in Brazilian jiu jitsu / BJJ, we have discussed the powerful brain chemicals that are released, the development of mindfulness, and the positive effects of physical contact. If you missed any of those, hop on back and check them out. Today’s post discusses perhaps the most immediately tangible benefit of BJJ training: the community. I’ve spent the last 6 or 7 years in the fitness business, which has involved me being in tons of gyms and BJJ academies. Something that I have become very sensitive to, and can pick up on pretty quickly, is the presence, or lack, of a strong community. I think this is a ....

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  • 5 Psychological Benefits of BJJ - Sense of Accomplishment

    One way of defining the value of a thing is in relation to what you had to do to obtain it. By that definition, a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu is extremely valuable. It is not easy to obtain. There are no shortcuts, and it’s a hard process. You’ll really have to work for it. It may be the most meaningful achievement you ever reach. The sense of accomplishment people get from training in BJJ is multi-faceted, but one major aspect is that you’ve really learned to protect yourself. What you have learned are real-world skills, and you’ve tested it again and again against people who are fighting back. There’s a confidence that comes from that, a real sense of ....

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  • BJJ Basics: The Belt System

    Recently, we posted a lengthy discussion about belts, promotions, integrity/standards, and BJJ vs. other martial arts. That post featured much discussion about belt promotions and how some schools opt to use belts and promotions as a more of a revenue source than a legitimate marker of progress. These schools come up with more and more belts, more and more stripes, and more and more fees associated with either. Brazilian jiu jitsu, however, has always prided itself on a fairly minimal belt system. In general, most BJJ schools use the system established by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation and illustrated here. Historically the IBJJF is technically not a governing body ....

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  • A White Belt Story - Jiu Jitsu Documentary

    Today’s post brings you a lovely little documentary from the team at Primal MMA in Canada. It tells the story of Chirag, a white belt in jiu jitsu as he trains for his first competition. It’s a bit different than your typical BJJ film or documentary. It’s not a highlight of stars like Buchecha or Galvao as they compete at the highest levels. Instead, it focuses on a normal guy, Chirag Dave, as he trains for his first tournament. He’s definitely taking it very seriously, which is great to watch. There’s a bit of a plot twist / kicker that doesn’t show up until almost 20 minutes into it that gives an entirely different complexion to his training. ....

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  • How Do People Really Lose Weight?

    How do people really lose weight? How do they keep it off? Which things work and which do not? Where should you focus your efforts? Today’s information comes to you via All Out Effort., which is consistently one of the best blogs out there on the topics of personal training, nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and so on. It’s run by Sam Yang, one of the most well-regarded personal trainers in the Los Angeles area. Sam is running a very busy personal training studio that aggressively works with people on both diet and exercise. He’s also a big numbers guy. This post is fascinating to me, because it’s basically raw data from the past 4 years of his studio. It’s ....

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  • 5 Ways to Pay For Your BJJ Classes

    I often hear from people that they would love to train BJJ but cannot afford it. I get it – BJJ is expensive. It’s more expensive than 24Hour fitness, it’s more expensive than going jogging, and it’s more expensive than lifting weights in your basement. If those activities are completely fulfilling your fitness needs, then you’re all set, and this article isn’t for you. For many of us, though, we really want something more out of our fitness. Something that transforms not just your body, but your attitude and outlook on life. For many of us, a combat sport is far more effective, engaging, and enjoyable than typical fitness activities. BJJ scratches that ....

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  • Flexibility for BJJ Beginners

    A common issue we see with BJJ beginners is that their hips are severely limited in terms of flexibility and mobility. BJJ is a unique sport/martial art in terms of the mobility requirements, but most martial arts are pretty demanding on the hips. The big difference for BJJ players (versus, say, karate fighters or kickboxers) is that they end up stuck underneath someone else, and hip movement is the prime mover to escape those situations. So most people, when they start BJJ, have simply not needed to really work on their hip mobility. The other thing working against people these days is that they simply spend hours and hours in a seated position. Watching TV, working at a desk, and driving ....

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  • BJJ Tip: Favorite Post-Training Body Wash

    Quick tip for you today on post-training care. we’ve talked at length in the past about keeping it clean post-training. There are lots of creepy-crawlies out there. Hopefully your academy cleans the mats (and the rest of the gym) properly (meaning every day) and thoroughly (meaning they use a hospital-grade disinfectant). At Dark Horse Denver we certainly do. Having said that, you still want to clean yourself up as well as possible after getting sweaty and tackling each other repeatedly. We highly recommend that you take a shower as soon as possible after training. (That’s why we have showers at the dojo). My favorite body wash to use after training is this Tea Tree Tingle ....

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  • How Many Calories Does BJJ Burn?

    I’ve had this question come up from time to time, and there is no one simple answer to it. I hear it a lot from beginners, who want to know how good of a workout they will be getting. The short answer to that is “an excellent one”. Just ask anyone that trains regularly. If weight loss is the goal, there is no end to the success stories that you can find online. So as a short answer, it’s a great workout that really seems to lead to weight loss. However, if you want or need a more precise answer, it gets a little tougher. There are two big variables that change the level of calorie burn. First is your physical size, and the second is the intensity that you are ....

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  • Hidden Benefit of BJJ: Struggling, and Overcoming

    BJJ classes are absolutely full of benefits of all kinds, for people of all ages and backgrounds. Although we have written about this before, we’ll continue to do so because there are just so many different kinds of benefits. Some are physical, some emotional, some mental, and some interpersonal. One great example of the emotional/mental benefits of BJJ classes and training is the ability to struggle with a difficult problem, stick with that struggle, and eventually overcome it. I can tell you without question that learning Brazilian jiu jitsu is the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. At times, my experience on the mat is nothing short of joyful, but at other times it feels like an ....

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  • BJJ Etiquette: Don't Coach Your Training Partners

    It’s impossible to get better in BJJ without coaching. Everyone that has trained for any length of time has experienced how helpful it can be for you coach to mention the exact right move for you to make, at the exact right time. It’s even more so in competition, if you choose to go that route. However, there’s a dark side to coaching, too. It happens all the time. Many of us are guilty of it. It’s really, really annoying. It’s as simple as this: unless you’re a coach, don’t coach during live training. It’s fine to help your partner figure out a movement during drills or technique practice, of course. But when the action is on, get to work ....

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  • 6 BJJ Beginner Mistakes to Avoid

    Mistake:
    Give the back to escape mount or bottom side control. This is an easy mistake to make – you want to run away from the danger, so you turn away from the choke. However, you have not actually made yourself safe, so you are still in danger. In fact, you have made it worse by giving up your back. Now your opponent is behind you, and you can’t see where the danger is coming from! Fix:
    Knee to elbow escape. Everyone must know this. If you don’t, you need to come to Basics class. Mistake:
    Trying to submit from inside the closed guard. It’s tempting to think you can win fights from inside the guard because you are physically on top. However, the guard exists as an attacking position ....

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  • BJJ Beginner Tip: Taping Your Fingers

    As you get started in BJJ, something you will surely experience is sore fingers and especially knuckles. This happens to everyone when you train in the gi; your fingers have to adapt to the somewhat abrasive quality of gripping the kimono fabric. They also need to get used to the twisting, pulling, wrenching and flexing movements they will make as you grip fight. It’s actually much worse for judo players, because they wear much heavier kimonos, and they spend even more time grip fighting. There’s bad news and there is good news. The bad news is this: the abrasive fabric of a kimono is heard on your knuckles and that part is unavoidable you just have to toughen up a bit. Take ....

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  • Fight to Win 2015 Colorado Open BJJ Tournament Wrap-Up

    First, both Coach Joey and I are extremely pleased and proud of how everyone did. It takes a huge amount of bravery to work through the nerves and step out onto that mat. Each and every one of you that showed up to compete is worthy of praise. By the same token, each of you that showed up to support your teammates, cheer them on, and bring bananas (Meg) is worthy of praise as well. As tiring and frantic as it is, the tournament experience is worthwhile for everyone involved. If you’d like to see how it went, check the videos on our Youtube channel . Coach Joey and I always reflect on how things went post-tournament and think about how we’d like to move forward. What changes should we ....

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