The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast: Episode 36-Dr. Chris Moriarty

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Dr. Chris Moriarty is a BJJ Black belt. Some of his main achievements in BJJ include becoming the IBJJF World Champion at Brown Belt, the IBJJF Pan American Champion at Brown Belt, and also the ADCC North American Trials Champion (in 2006). Dr. Moriarty is currently completing his residency in PM&R (Physical Medicine & Rehab). We discuss BJJ-specific injuries, injury prevention for BJJ, the growth and evolution of BJJ, his research and interest in studying BJJ-related injuries, and also his career and accomplishments in BJJ.

Is it good to take an extended break from BJJ?

Should you take breaks or time off of BJJ? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Check out the video to find out whats best for your jiu-jitsu. Free Shoulder Health e-book at

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Tips on how to prevent injuries when competing

A question that I received regarding constant injuries when competing at tournaments. Here are some simple tips and things that I use to prep for tournaments and to limit susceptibility to injury while competing.

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Decrease Neck Tightness and Improve Rotation Using a BJJ Belt or Towel

Tightness and stiffness in the neck can occur from fighting off chokes or getting placed in uncomfortable positions in BJJ. Here is a great variation of a neck stretch using a belt (or towel) to help with improving neck pain and increasing neck rotation.

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THE JIU-JITSU THERAPIST PODCAST: EPISODE 35-Haim Gozali

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On this episode I am joined by Renzo Gracie Black Belt and Bellator MMA figher Haim Gozali. He is the first Israeli to hold the rank of BJJ Black Belt. He is a professional MMA fighter for Bellator and has an upcoming fight on November 16th at Bellator 188 in Tel Aviv, Israel. We discuss his start in BJJ, his martial arts past and future, his injuries, and what it was like training with ADCC Champion Gordon Ryan in this training camp.

Improve Hip Mobility For Improved Guard Retention Against Aggressive Guard Passers

Using a monster band has been one of the best tools to keep my hips healthy, mobile, as well as pain-free. This lateral banded hip mobilization has been a very effective and useful tool to improve my jiu-jitsu. If you are grappling against an aggressive guard passer, you know that the hips are crucial for retaining your guard and also getting into positions such as butterfly guard or even rubber guard to get on the attack. This technique has been so improtant to my hip health as well as my jiu-jitsu. Not to mention, having mobile hips reduces back pain and the risk of knee injury. A go-to technique for any BJJ player.

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The Best Neck Stretches For BJJ

This series of stretches are some of my go-to exercises for improving neck pain, decreasing neck tension, and improving neck mobility. As we train Jiu-Jitsu, we constantly engage our muscles that allow for shrugging of the shoulders to fight off chokes and submissions. Also everyday sitting tasks such as working on the computer can cause major postural dysfunction. This series of stretches are some of the absolute best and most effective to stretch the neck muscles, reduce pain, improve range of motion, and keep your neck healthy for BJJ.

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