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Can Brazilian Jiu-jitsu really save you against bigger opponents?  

As you know, Jiu-jitsu can be adapt to anybody type and each of them have something in advantage, for example you probably heard or thought comments such as “This guy has long legs, once he learn the triangle he will be great” or “This guy is super flexible, imagine how tough will be to pass his guard” and so on. But what do you hear or think about small people? Maybe “Hummm, there is a small guy, let me warm up with him” or “Yeah, small guy in the mat, let me try my new techniques on him” and some people even think “The teacher put me against this small guy? No way I will let him beat me, I will crush him” LOL

Of course those are just examples, maybe you never said anything like this or, at least, not exactly that way, but the truth is that small people, like me, go over some hard time in the mats. Many of them give up because of that or get injuries in the process what also cause them to stop too early. The result of that is almost like a natural selection, the ones who “survive” this initial time, 99% of the time become super technical.

That is another reason why most small guys play bottom, just because they have no choice, since during training people usually put them on their back and they need to survive from there.

People ask me a lot how to handle bigger opponents and is hard to give an answer to that without studying each case. But in general the position you have a bigger chance against an opponent that is much bigger than you is taking his back. If you notice, once you are in someone´s back, even if you are much smaller, it won´t make much difference, he should not be able to work his way out of there with strength. 

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Now try to mount a big guy. Chances are the he will just “upa” you out of there.

My master Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros, who have train Brock Lesnar´s in the ground for UFC, often jokes with me saying that now he understand how I felt all those year of training, since the size difference from Comprido to me is almost the same as from Brock to him.

In 2003 during the Personal Training Program in US (something that I apply in different academies in the World to help them raise their technique level faster), couple weeks after my first World title, I was rolling with a big white belt who was as big as a basketball player, he knew very little BJJ and I was only defending myself not to get hurt, so he was able to get many superior positions on me. Later on that night I read a comment in the internet from a purple belt asking “Can a light BJJ World champion beat a big white belt?”. Obviously the person who wrote that knew very little about Jiu-Jitsu, but just to prove a point, the next day I made sure this guy was watching when I rolled with the big white belt on “competition mode” and as a result I tapped him a few times from the back and even got him in an arm bar when he got tired. I never hurt him, this would be non sense, but I had to give my best to pull that off.

If that would happen today, I would just ignore it completely. Why? Because I was in great risk to injury myself just to prove a point to a person that I barely knew. Nowadays I just know better.

Now let´s just imagine that this big guy, that back then was a white belt, kept training and possibly today was a purple or brown belt. Let´s also imagine that in theory I would still be more technical them him, but now he has besides the size and strength a good amount of technique on his side. Could I beat him still? No, probably not. But would it be impossible to beat him? NO, not impossible, but once the technique reach a similar level, the size and strength will make a good difference.

I honestly believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the only martial arts that gives you a real chance of success against bigger opponents. If in a self-defense situation you have to defend yourself against a bigger guy who doesn’t know any BJJ, I would say your chances of success are enormously bigger than his.

In Brazil we have a saying that if an “advice was good, people would sell them, not just give away”, but I will give one free advice to you: if you made all the way to the end of this article and you are not a small guy, try to learn as much as you can from them. Just think that if a light guy has good enough technique to handle a bigger guy, when you get older and can no longer count on your strength, those techniques the way they apply may get you still going and having fun.

Felipe Costa ( Black belt BJJ World Champion, currently teaching in Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil )

 

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Posted by Felipe Costa Sep 23, 2016 Categories: BJJ Felipe Costa Gracie Jiu Jitsu Motivational self defense

Entenda a razão daquele seu amigo ter se apaixonado pelo Jiu Jitsu 

10 motivos para começar a treinar Jiu-Jitsu hoje

Se você conhece alguém viciado no Jiu-Jitsu e acha difícil entender a razão, talvez consiga encontrar nesses 10 motivos a explicação.

Recebi um convite de uma revista para citar "10 motivos para começar a treinar Jiu-Jitsu hoje", procurei imaginar atrativos para aquela pessoa que não esta familiarizada com a luta, eis o que saiu de minha cabeça. 

1) Tornar-se apto, em uma situação de perigo, a se defender.

Jiu-Jitsu, especialmente no Brasil, por ser bem conhecido entre os jovens, tornou-se sinônimo de MMA ou luta esportiva, mas a origem e parte importante do Jiu-Jitsu Brasileiro é a parte de Defesa Pessoal. Tornar-se apto a se defender não significa aprender a brigar, na grande maioria das vezes o conhecimento de defesa pessoal vai te capacitar a evitar uma situação de perigo, sem precisar bater em ninguém.

 

2) Praticar exercício físico sem aquela sensação de estar fazendo algo por obrigação.

Muitas vezes as pessoas fazem exercícios sem conseguir ter prazer neles, o fazem por obrigação por uma questão de saúde ou estética. Isso é muito comum  em quem vai a musculação ou corre. Até há os que tem prazer nesses exercícios, claro, mas o Jiu-Jitsu proporciona se exercitar com mais dinâmica e interação com outras pessoas, sem ter que se prender a aparelhos e pesos. Quantas vezes você se matriculou numa academia de musculação ou comprou o melhor tênis de corrida?

 

3) Fazer novas amizades com grupos de pessoas das mais variadas origens.

O Jiu-jitsu atrai todo tipo de pessoas independente de credo, raça ou nível social e no tatame todos são iguais e essa é uma oportunidade ímpar de conhecer novas pessoas e vivenciar suas experiências através dessas novas amizades que se formam. Alguns dos meus melhores amigos conheci no tatame e também tive chance de dar aula no mesmo ambiente para mulçulmanos e judeus ortodoxos, mas com kimono vestido, todos se respeitavam e até interagiam, esse é o poder dessa arte marcial. 

 

4) Possibilidade de competir em vários níveis, inclusive em alto nível.

Jiu-Jitsu ainda é um esporte amador, mas os atletas de alto nível se preparam como profissionais. Se aventurar em competições como o Campeonato Brasileiro ou Mundial é possível e muitos gostas de se testar, mas para competir você pode ser uma pessoa que treina por hobbie. Existem também os campeonatos locais onde a pressão é menor, categorias de peso, idade e faixa definindo níveis bem próximos possibilitando que você se teste com pessoas com a mesma experiência, idade e peso que você tem. 

 

5) Possibilidade de praticar apenas por hobbie, sem competir.

Muitas academias incentivam os alunos a competir, mas a grande realidade é que a maioria dos alunos não lutam campeonato, por um motivo ou outro. O mais importante é que se isso não for algo atraente para você, saiba que não faz diferença, é perfeitamente possível dar continuidade na sua evolução sem ter que competir. Seu professor vai saber ajudar a estipular metas dentro da própria academia que vão ser um grande incentivo para o seu progresso.  

 

6) Você vai se tornar uma pessoa melhor e mais confiante no dia a dia.

Ao iniciar o Jiu-Jitsu você vai sair da sua zona de conforto, haverá momentos que pessoas fisicamente menores e mais fracas que você lhe colocarão em posições onde você estará completamente dominado e será obrigado a desistir para reiniciar. Você vai aprender a manter a calma nesses momentos, a pensar sob pressão e diante do cansaço. São desafios fora de sua zona de conforto, mas com risco controlados, ou seja, basta pedir para parar e você pode recomeçar. Mas esse desafio dentro do tatame vai refletir na sua vida diária, seja ao fazer uma prova, entrevista ou até mesmo falar com alguém desconhecido ou em público, serão coisas que você fará sem nem sentir frio na barriga

 

7) Ao contrário de outros esportes, como o futebol, raramente você vai se machucar.

Essa é uma preocupação comum, pessoas até tem vontade de iniciar, mas pensam que o percentual de contusões é grande. Isso é uma percepção completamente falsa. Primeiro que o Jiu-Jitsu não tem impacto, não há socos ou chutes. Existe sim a parte das quedas, como no Judo, que podem ser duras no corpo, mas é possível simplesmente aprender o básico e começar os treinos sempre sem incluir essa parte das quedas (o mais comum na maioria das academias mundo afora). 

 

8) É uma atividade que pode ser feita em família.

Cansei de ver casos em que o pai foi levar o filho para treinar, se interessou e deu continuidade, o oposto também é comum, o filho vê o pai treinando e se interessa. Claro que pai e filho são apenas exemplos, já vi familias inteiras dentro do tatame ( e não estou falando da familia Gracie rs). Ao mesmo tempo que os desafios serão individuais, é extremamente divertido trocar informação em família , acompanhar o progresso dos seus parentes e estar apto a aprender e ensinar juntos, pois muitas vezes cada um desenvolve um estilo e pode brincar e estimular o desenvolvimento do outro.

 

9) É mais barato do que terapia, mais fácil que aprender a meditar.

O Jiu-jitsu é uma terapia, é aquele momento do dia que você esquece seus problemas, se distrai e relaxa.  Com o treino em si você vai atingir níveis de concentração que nem sabia ser capaz, sua cabeça realmente esquece todo resto e você passa a ter um entendimento do seu corpo e seus limites que nunca experimentou antes, isso sem falar no bate papo que sempre rola antes e depois que muitos dizem ser o mais prazeroso de tudo

 

10) Praticamente qualquer lugar do mundo tem alguém que ama o Jiu-Jitsu tanto quanto você vai amar.

Jiu-Jitsu é uma arte em ascensão, esta cada dia se popularizando mais. Hoje em dia, quase todo lugar no mundo você consegue achar uma academia ou no mínimo um grupo de amigos que treinam juntos e vão adorar ter a oportunidade de treinar e trocar experiência com alguém que vem de um estilo diferente do que estão acostumados. 

Eu poderia continuar citando infinitas razões para você começar, mas que tal fazermos melhor do que isso? Por que você não faz uma busca agora de uma academia perto de você, tenha certeza que o professor faz um trabalho sério e faça uma aula experimental. Tenho certeza que vai me escrever contando outros 10 motivos que te levaram a treinar! Lançado o desafio!

 

*Escrito por Felipe Costa - BI Campeão Mundial na faixa preta, tendo sido o primeiro e até hoje o único a se tornar campeão na faixa preta sem nunca antes ter sido Campeão nas faixas coloridas.

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Posted by Felipe Costa Apr 28, 2015 Categories: Felipe Costa Gracie Grappling Jiu Jitsu Motivational self defense

Everything you need to know about BJJ CAMP 2015 before your reservation 

Jiu Jitsu experience of a lifetime!

BrazilianBlackBelt BJJ CAMP Cancun 2014 was a success! We are already planning 2015's BJJ CAMP, would you like to MAKE A RESERVATION or have more info about it? email right now to felipepcs@hotmail.com

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This camp is designed for the BJJ practitioner who wants to improve their techniques and yet have a great vacation. Whether you are a competitor who is looking to improve your tournament game, or someone who have BJJ as a hobby and is looking to improve while have fun.

Our commitment and experience as pioneers of JIU JITSU CAMPS will take you to a new level, no matter who you are or what you are looking for. You will leave the camp different than when you arrived, both from the technique aspect of it and the great fun memories you will take back. With over 10 years of camp experience, Comprido and Felipe Costa knows how to get the most out of the campers. They will not only show the campers how to get better and train the right way, they will do it alongside them.

We strongly believe the BJJ learning process needs to be fun and the relax atmosphere we present is a proof of that.

On top of that , we will have as special guest, no one less than ROMULO BARRAL, from Gracie Barra, a phenomenal athlete who have conquered all major grappling tournament and is consider a great person and teacher, during a 2 days exclusive seminar.

As you look around and make plans for the camp season, you have to look no further than Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP. If you really want to take your Jiu Jitsu to a new level, this camp is for you. You are just a step away from the best time of your life! See you at camp!

This camp is offered for 10 days, and the space is limited, the sooner you make your reservation, the cheaper you will pay, check price details below and email felipepcs@hotmail.com NOW to assure your spot.

NEXT Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP schedule to September 04, 2015, in CANCUN

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With the success of 2012, 2013 and 2014 edition, Felipe Costa and Rodrigo Comprido have decided to do it again!

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2013 especial guest was Caio Terra, last year Ricardo De La Riva and it was a success! Guest who is our special guest this year?

All I can say is that this guy is a fenomenal athlete, have compete and conquer all major IBJJF tournaments, not only that but this master from Gracie Barra Team is consider a great teacher and an specialist in spider guard.
Romulo will be teaching two days, on September

Check out this year's instructors:

 

 

 

 

"I have always heard good things about the Brazilian Black Belt CAMP, I honored to be invited to teach there and I look forward to it" - said Romulo Barral, from Gracie Barra team

 

 

 

"I think everyone already know that the politics doesn't help the learning process in BJJ, having Romulo Barral from Gracie Barra teaching as our special guest at the BJJ CAMP it's a fenomenal opportunity to proof that and even better to learn from someone with so much experience" said third Degree Black Belt and World Champion Felipe Costa 

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"I think our CAMP is getting better and better each year. I can even say how excited I am to return" said 2x black belt open weight champion of the World Rodrigo Comprido

 

 

 

 

Here is a video of the resort and below all the info regards the CAMP:


DATE:

September 04 until September 14 - 2015

Make sure to schedule your arrival Sept 04 and departure Sept 14, preferably in the morning

LOCATION:

The resort is few min. from airport in Cancun. Make sure to schedule your arrival to the airport in CANCUN and we will take care of you from there.

INVESTMENT:

In our all inclusive package you get: Transfer from airport to the resort and back to the airport, accommodation at the resort, all meals and two classes a day with Black Belt World Champions, Rodrigo Comprido and Felipe Costa.

All this included on the price of only US$1990 for 10 first student who sign up, the next 10 students will pay US$2250 and the following students will pay US$2490.

Wife/husband who is coming but not training US$1300

One Kid younger than 5 is free

Kids up to 12 pay US$700

Kids from 12 to 15 who are training pay US$1300

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RESERVATION:

In order to guarantee your reservation you need to make a non refundable payment of 30% and send us a copy of your ticket.

Are you an instructor on your academy?

We have a special deals for schools and BJJ instructor, email Felipe right now (felipepcs@hotmail.com ) with the subject: "I’m an Instructor and want to join the CAMP in CANCUN" to have more info.

What will the schedule be like?

We will copy the successful formula we have been doing in our CAMP in Rio. Two classes a day, around the fifth day we take a day off, where we will visit the sightseeing on Cancun.

What do I do when I arrive in the airport?

Look for Comprido or Felipe Costa, one of them will be there waiting for you.

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What other activities we can do, besides the BJJ classes?

There are plenty activities that can be done during the free time:

- water ski and wakeboard for both experienced and first timers*

- parachute which can hold up to two people at the same time*

- jet skies*

- visiting the famous sight sees from Cancun *

- swim with dolphins*

- a large variety of towable water games

- tennis court

- basketball court

- volleyball court

- soccer field

- pools with bar

* some activities are charge separately

I train under another affiliation, can I enter the CAMP?

YES, the CAMP is not made for any specific team. Everyone is welcome, despite the team or level of instruction.

Do I share room with someone else?

Yes, you will share room with up to 3 people. Unless if you come with your wife/girlfriend, on that case you will have your own room.

Arrangements can be made if you would like to stay by yourself at one room, but an extra charge will be applied in this case.

Can I bring my wife and kids?

Yes, many of our students do and if they don’t train they will have a big discount, plus you will have your own room.

What are the students level?

As we teach the concepts (the way things work), the different levels of students is not a problem. We have had students from white belts to black belts and they were all pleased at the end. We have had martial arts lovers who had never put on a BJJ gi before, but at the end they were feeling quite comfortable with BJJ.
We will be giving FULL-TIME attention during the classes, not only teaching but also rolling while correcting the mistakes. This will allow us to address everyone's BJJ needs with 100% satisfaction.
How much rolling will I get with Comprido and Felipe Costa?

Both Comprido and Felipe will roll everyday, so chances are that you will roll with him everyday or at least a lot.

If you have any other question, don’t hesitate on contact us: felipepcs@hotmail.com

and Felipe will answer you personally in less than 24hrs.