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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The Jiu-JItsu Therapist Podcast: Episode 34-Dr. Ethan Kreiswirth

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On this episode of the podcast, I am joined Dr. Ethan Kreiswirth PhD, ATC. He is a BJJ black belt and the Medical Director for the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation). Dr. Kreiswirth has been training jiu-jitsu since the 1990’s and got his start in BJJ training under Royce Gracie. Dr. Kreiswirth has done numerous research studies and has written articles on BJJ-related injuries. On the podcast we discuss the prevalence and types of injuries in BJJ, injury prevention, rehab techniques, and the different rule sets that are used in various tournaments.

Treat hip pain and improve motion to decrease injury for BJJ

Hip Impingement also known as pain in the front of the hip when moving the leg and especially bringing the knee towards the chest is problematic for many reasons. The closing on the joint space can lead to compression, pain, and tightness. Using the monster band to perform distraction is a great way to get a more effective stretch for the joint capsule. This is a great technique to improve hip motion, decrease hip pain, improve guard retention, and improve overall healthy hip function. Free shoulder health e-book and the new BJJ Warm Up Video Series available at www.jiujitsutherapist.com

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This banded hip mobilization will improve hip motion, decrease pain, and improve guard retention

Hip mobility may be one of the most important aspects to having a solid and mobile guard, great transitions, movement, guard retention, and finishing submissions. The hip joint is so important because the low back and the knee are at the mercy of the hips. What this means is that if you lack motion in the hip, then that stress will be transferred to another area such as your low back, knees, or even your ankles. Placing more strain in these area will lead to injuries over time so this is a major reason why hip mobility is so important. Using a band to provide a mobilization to the hip joint adds another aspect to improving your hips. You are getting a more complete functional mobilization to the area. This is great to perform in addition to stretches around the hip joint such as the hamstrings, hip flexors, and piriformis to name a few. Try these banded mobilizations out and see if you can notice the improvement in motion of the hips and overall reduction of tension as well. Make sure to stretch to comfort with all techniques.

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The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast-Episode 33: Mr. Jiu-Jitsu, Chewy, and Chad “The Beast” Hardy

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On the 33rd episode of The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast, I am joined by three BJJ black belts Nick “Chewy” Albin, Mr. Jiu-Jitsu (Mike Mihas), and Chad “The Beast” Hardy. We discuss Mike’s start in BJJ, training all over the country, and more. Chewy and Chad also join us to discuss all things BJJ and breakdown as well as discuss the recent ADCC. Another fun podcast that we recorded live on Youtube. The video portion is available on the Chewjitsu Youtube channel and this podcast is also available on iTunes and Stitcher at The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast.

 

The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast-Episode 33 Mr. Jiu-Jitsu, Chewy, Chad Hardy Youtube Live Video

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Here is the video stream of the podcast Chewy, Mr. Jiu-Jitsu, Chad Hardy, and I did on Youtube Live.

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Audio version also available on iTunes and Stitcher. The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast.

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Avoiding Knee Injury When Playing De La Riva Guard

In this video, I provide one tip on how to avoid knee injury when playing the De La Riva Guard. Knee injuries are prevalent in BJJ and when playing ths type of guard you can be susceptible to knee injury such as an LCL strain or a meniscus injury due to the pressure on the knee. This is where proper positioning come in. I have my training partner and BJJ black belt Chad “The Beast” Hardy help me out in this video and demonstrate. He is very effective from this position and uses it quite a bit in training and tournaments.

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Here are a few of his videos that break down the De La Riva Guard: https://youtu.be/GL592fYnevY https://youtu.be/p_19SjbnTko

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