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 …

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 …

Inversion for Jiu Jitsu: How to invert safely

The concept of inverting is often used in sport jiu jitsu as a way to preserve guard, sweep and/or attack an opponent’s leg. While it is a useful movement for competitors is it safe? The safety of the technique is based on two principles: The proper technical skill and having adequate mobility to perform without …

Understanding Concussions for MMA

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that result from acceleration of the head that creates shearing forces on the brain. While an obvious sign of a concussion is being knocked unconscious one does not have to get KOed or hit in the head for a concussion to occur; indirect blows to other areas in the …

Grappler’s Guide to Knee Reaping

Knee reaping is a very controversial topic in the jiu jitsu community and is illegal in many BJJ tournaments, such as IBJJF. What is knee reaping? Knee reaping is a control position where the attacker’s foot crosses the hip/midline during a leg entanglement. The reason that this position is illegal is it can cause the …