The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast-Episode 32: Nick “Chewy” Albin On Youtube Live

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On the 32nd episode of The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast, I have my head coach and BJJ black belt Nick “Chewy” Albin return to the podcast. We decided to do the podcast over Youtube Live to interact with the people watching and to incorporate some Q&A as well. We discuss all things BJJ, moving past ruts in your BJJ training, diet, staying healthy, competing, dealing with pressure in BJJ, and much more. The video portion of the podcast is available on Chewy’s youtube channel and The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Youtube channel. It was great having Chewy back on the podcast.

Thumb Taping For Crossfit (That will also work for BJJ)

A sprained thumb can make your work outs a bit more difficult, but it doesn’t have to keep you from training. My buddy Joe Clark, the head coach at Grind House Crossfit was having some issues with thumb pain. He explains that when lifting overhead with a bar, he gets pain and discomfort in the thumb area. In this video I go through the process of assessing your thumb and figuring out what the effected area is and how to provide stability and pain-relief with athletic taping. Of course this taping is also suitable for treating a sprained or injured thumb for BJJ as well. Gripping sleeves and lapels are also important and can be restricted by a weak or injured thumb. Try this technique out!

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One exercise to build grip endurance and leg strength for BJJ

The hex bar is a tool I have incorporated into my training routine because of the variance and versatility.
I use farmer’s walks/carries with the addition of squats or deadlifts to incorporate both endurance and strength as well as improving grip tolerance.

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Decrease Elbow Pain and Improve Motion For Ease With Building A Frame For BJJ

In this video, Chewy asked about some issues he has had with his elbow. When he was in a bottom guard position, his training partner put pressure on the arm causing the elbow to bend into a painful range. Chewy also explained that he has had difficulty with getting the elbow to bend fully as well as getting into a defensive position in the elbow when he was performing stand-up/MMA.
I assessed Chewy and we get into the elbow and surrounding tissue to loosen up and stretch any of the muscle and ensure that the elbow joint is moving properly and not tight.
Check this video out and use it as a reference to get some ideas on how to deal with elbow pain for BJJ.
Make sure to get assessed by a medical professional for safety.

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The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast-Episode 31: Chris Haueter

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On the 31st episode of The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast, I have Chris Haueter join me. An absolute honor to have one of the true pioneers of BJJ in the states. Chris is one of the first twelve Americans to ever receive a BJJ black belt. He discusses his start in jiu-jitsu, discovering BJJ, training with the Gracie family, and how BJJ has impacted his life. If you are a historian of BJJ and want to hear one of the greats talk about jiu-jitsu, then this podcast is a must listen.

 

Grip and Shoulder Blade Stability Training For BJJ Using The Lower Trap Muscles

Performing static hangs will improve grip strength and endurance for BJJ. You can add difficulty and shoulder blade stability by utilizing a towel or a BJJ gi. To optimize the function and strength of the shoulders, the shoulder blade musculature is key. In this video we are focusing on scapular depression. This movement of pulling the shoulder blades “into your back pockets” is performed by activiting the lower trapezius muscles which are integral in this movement and important in the overall health of the shoulder and shoulder blade. Build this into your routine to maintain healthy shoulders and prevent injury, while building BJJ grip strength.

One of the best pieces of equipment for effective grip and core strengthening exercises for BJJ

I have realized that a Hex Bar (also known as a Trap Bar) has been one of the best pieces of equipment for BJJ.
Not only can I work squats and deadlifts with this bar to build core and leg strength, but I can combine it with grip training for BJJ.
The versatility of this piece of equipment is limitless and if you add a BJJ gi to the mix, then you have a whole other variance of exercises that are both effective and BJJ-specific. Check out these exercises and try them out for yourself.
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The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast-Episode 30: Team Shawn Hammonds Black Belt Kenneth Degenhardt

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On the 30th episode of The Jiu-Jitsu Therapist Podcast, BJJ Black Belt Kenny Degenhardt joins me to discuss everything from his path to getting a black belt in BJJ, his MMA career, training and coaching with some of the best in the world at Team Alpha Male, and how he balances his career as a Locksmith and his training.

Get A Stronger Grip and Stronger Pull For BJJ While Improving Back Strength With These Techniques

If you have a pull-up bar and a gi (or towel), then you have all of the tools you need to improve your BJJ. Improve grip strength with static hangs and test the grips by performing scapular retraction to increase strength for your shoulder blades and back muscles. Have a stronger pull and better grip for BJJ.

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A Great Core and Shoulder Stability Exercise For BJJ

Using the push-up plus is a great way to engage and strengthen your core and build shoulder blade stability which are crucial parts of a healthy body/posture and help with success in BJJ.
You are focusing on the serrates anterior muscle which helps keep your shoulder blades secure and keeps the shoulder blades from “winging” or protruding backward.
If you have difficulty getting into a plank position, then use the modifications shown with an incline position or plank from the knees.
Make sure to be slow, controlled, and aware of your posture.
The elbows remain straight during the movement and your core maintains your body in the proper position.
You can perform for repetitions (3-5 sets of 10-15) or for time (20 seconds to 1 minute).
Ensure that the exercise feels comfortable but challenging.
If you have any pain discontinue the exercise.

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