Workshops

Injury prevention for jiu jitsu workshop Objectives: •Educate students on injury prevention / mitigation practices relating specific to jiu jitsu •Movement baseline assessment and home tests (Lab portion) •Educate on strengthening vs. stretching. Importance of a warm up. Dynamic warm up vs. static stretching. (Lecture / Lab portion) •Educate on exercises for joint health and …

Understanding Heel Hooks

Arguably the most damaging submission hold across all grappling styles, the heel hook works by isolating your opponent’s femur and rotating the tibia beyond its normal range of motion. In addition to attacking the ligaments in the knee, certain variations of the heel hook also attack the ligaments in the ankle. Biomechanics of the heel …

Grappler’s Guide to Understanding Injuries

Injuries happen in all walks of life, particularly for athletes. An important concept to understand is how your body recovers and the phases of tissue healing. Phase 1: Inflammatory (Day 0-6): Following the injury your body will start the process to repair the damaged tissue. This results in an altered chemical state as your body …

Grip fighting and finger injuries

In all grappling arts the one who is able to establish their control has a significant advantage of their opponent. Grappling arts involving a kimono (jiu jitsu, judo, sambo etc..) often involve heavy grip fighting or kumi kata in japanese. Many matches are won based on who is able to achieve their intended grips to …

Grappler’s guide to Shoulder injuries

The shoulder has the most mobility of any joint, and unfortunately the more mobility a joint has the less inherent stability there is. Because the joint has less stability it is often a joint that gets injured in martial arts, whether from traumatic fall, joint lock or overuse. The shoulder complex is made up of …

Understanding Shoulder Locks

The shoulder, or glenohumeral joint, is the most mobile joint in the human body which may explain why it is an ideal joint to attack for offensive joint locks. There are a variety of submissions that attack the vulnerable joint: kimura, americana and omoplata. It is crucial to understand the kinesiology of the shoulder joint …