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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a language  

Posted by Felipe Costa Jul 03, 2017 Categories: Felipe Costa Gracie Jiu Jitsu Motivational

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In 2003, after becoming a Black Belt World Champion, I was invited to spend 3 months teaching in the EUA. I decided to go because of the experience, the chance to travel and to be able to dust off my English. I had not professional expectations whatsoever.

I came back from that trip wanting to make a living from Jiu Jitsu, but always keeping a realistic outlook of things. When weighing off the pros and cons, I deduced I could profit from teaching Jiu Jitsu around the world for a maximum of 10 years  (that is the average time it takes a person to get their black belt). After that time, I knew I would have to have to choose another life path.

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Today, I realize it’s been over a decade since I came to that conclusion (GULP! – swallowing hard)

So, why would a country I helped train several graduates, whom now have their own academies and teach me so much every time I visit, still invite me over if not for the friendship built throughout the years?

I would dare to assume, without sounding pretentious, that I still get called to teach seminars not because of my Jiu Jitsu techniques – those are hardly a secret now, but because of the way I understand and apply the techniques. It’s the different combinations and the way I can fraction the sequences that up to this day raise  an  interest.

 

If grappling techniques were letters (each of those letters representing a movement or a grip), after teaching the alphabet, I would be left with nothing else to teach. 

What I teach is a language, the Brazilian JJ language. What I teach are not just letters, but a combination to create words, and the way I do that is by spelling them so that everyone can understand.

That is why a teacher can never lose his motivation to spar. Because Sparring is the moment every instruct has to apply those learnt words; to create new phrases under different circumstances, physical limitations (injuries, age, etc.),fighting style of the “opponent”, rules (no time, with points, fight until someone is submitted, etc.)

 

After a 5-month recovery period from my surgery, I went back to training with a lot of physical and mental limitations from undergoing a complex medical procedure and, consequently, the lack of stamina. Needless to say the negative impact a long term recovery can have on someone’s motivation to the point of having to exercise a control on one’s ego. 

Combinations would not come into my mind immediately, but with several adjustments and time, I was certainly getting there. At present, I am not 100% recuperated, but I am better. I can manage to combine more efficiently, due to having less “pain” as a limiting factor. 

My last seminar was based entirely on those new “phrases” I had to create to dribble with my limitations at that time. 

Can I say I invented/created something new? I am not sure, I don’t think so. My virtue may be reflected on my creativity trait and  the way I can perceive combinations. Same combinations that may be perceived by others across the world to create a whole new “grappling” language other than Brazilian JJ. 

At the end of my last seminar, a student came to me and said he was not aware of my wrestling knowledge. I laughed in disbelief replying that my expertise in that area was limited. He was surprised of my answer because he saw my grips were highly rich on wrestling details. Further, he showed me some  takedowns using the very same grips I had previously taught. I was marveled! 

Different languages (modality) may be created by the same letters (techniques), with diverse combinations in accordance to each particular need, cultural influence, and rules. 

Seek to learn the words, the phrases, the languages, and not just the letters. Surround yourself with people who holds a vast vocabulary, understands the combinations, and most certainly, your evolution will be grand.

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Felipe Costa Sitting Guard Technique 3 

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Posted by Felipe Costa Dec 15, 2016 Categories: BJJ Felipe Costa Gracie Jiu Jitsu

펠리페 코스타(Felipe Costa)는 현재 38세로 만 12세부터 현재까지 26년째 주짓수를 수련하고 있습니다. -58kg 경량급 월드챔피언인 코스타의 첫 입상은 놀랍게도, 블랙벨트 승급 2년 후. 코스타는 타고난 운동신경도 없었고, 입상에도 매번 실패했지만 주짓수 수련 과정 자체를 즐겼다고 합니다 :)

인터뷰 발췌- “전 챔피언이 아닐 때도 챔피언의 마음가짐으로 불평 불만없이 꾸준히 수련했으며 탭을 당하거나 받아냈을 때에도 화를 내거나 기뻐하지 않았습니다. 기술은 항상 공유했고, 트레이닝 파트너들에게 자주 질문을 던졌습니다"

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Felipe Costa Sitting Guard Technique 2 

Posted by Felipe Costa Dec 14, 2016 Categories: BJJ Felipe Costa Gracie Jiu Jitsu Video BJJ

펠리페 코스타(Felipe Costa)는 현재 38세로 만 12세부터 현재까지 26년째 주짓수를 수련하고 있습니다. -58kg 경량급 월드챔피언인 코스타의 첫 입상은 놀랍게도, 블랙벨트 승급 2년 후. 코스타는 타고난 운동신경도 없었고, 입상에도 매번 실패했지만 주짓수 수련 과정 자체를 즐겼다고 합니다 :)

 

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