Joe and Chewy Outtakes While Performing An FMS Assessment

A Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a valuable tool that assesses movement patterns, strength, range of motion, and can be a good predictor of injury.
I had the BJJ coach from DCMMA, Nick “Chewy” Albin and Crossfit coach, Joe Clark from Grindhouse Crossfit try out the test. They did pretty well but they also took the opportunity to act like a couple of goof balls. This is why I love our gym! Thanks Chewy and Joe.

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Stability Finger Taping For BJJ

In a previous video I discussed a finger injury I sustained while training in the gi. While there are numerous ways to tape the fingers for stability, support, and pain, I demonstrate how to tape the finger for a specific injury I sustained where there is a side-to-side instability of the knuckle on my middle finger furthest from the hand (DIP-Distal Inter-Phalangeal Joint).
I focus on not just taping the injured part of the finger, but also taping the joint next to the injury as this helps with providing stability to the area and also assists with limiting bending and straightening of the finger. This technique has helped with pain, stability, and support of the finger which has helped me to continue to grapple and train with much more comfort and a better/stronger grip.
Finger injuries are very common in BJJ and being treated by a medical professional is paramount prior to returning to grappling and BJJ.
Here is the video that discusses the injury I sustained: https://youtu.be/1_mIOX2M6ik

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Finger Injuries In BJJ and How To Assess and Deal With Them

Injuring your fingers is a common occurrence in BJJ. In this video I discuss an injury I sustained to one of my fingers and show you how I assessed the finger to evaluate the injury.
This obviously effected gripping and gi training as well as no-gi grappling. I have found that taping the fingers when injured has been a really effective way to protect the hand/fingers as well and I will share a specific taping technique for this injury in a follow up video.
Remember that seeing a medical professional such as a Doctor or a Physical Therapist is always a good idea for evaluating and treating any injury.

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Improve Ankle Mobility With This Great Tweak (Really Effective)

Improve Ankle Mobility With This Self-Mobilization Technique.
In this video we don’t just focus on the ankle but add a mobilization to the shin bone which is crucial to get those last few degrees of motion that you may be lacking.
A very effective and useful technique to get those ankles more mobile for decreased injury on the mats, improved squatting depth, and decrease ankle pain.
Thanks to Nick “Chewy” Albin for helping me out with this one!

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Two Exercises To Build Explosiveness For BJJ Using A Sandbag

Using solo drills and repetitions are great ways to build muscle memory and technique. In this video, I go over bridges and hip escapes and ways that you can build explosiveness for BJJ with using a sand bag. The two techniques can be used for simulating escaping the bottom of mount and also side control. Basic movements that are essential in BJJ to get out of a bad position and to improve your explosiveness on the mats.

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How do you know when you are ready to return to BJJ after injury?

Here are some tips to think about when trying to decide if you are ready to return to grappling after an injury.

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One Sport Besides Wrestling To Help Your BJJ

 

Have you ever wondered what other sports out there could help with improving your BJJ game?
I have realized that a sport that would benefit all in BJJ would be gymnastics. Building strength, body awareness, flexibility, and understanding sequences and patterns is very crucial to learning BJJ-specific techniques and timing.
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Simple Techniques to Improve Ankle Motion for BJJ Practitioners

Ankle Mobilization with Monster Band To Improve Active Toes When In Guard.
This is a very effective and useful technique to improve ankle dorsiflexion. Increased your explosiveness by allowing your ankles to be in the proper position. Remain mobile by being able to keep your toes active when in your opponent’s closed guard.
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Can you “stretch” nerves to relieve sciatic nerve pain for BJJ?

In this video I demonstrate some effective ways to reduce nerve pain down the leg.
By performing nerve “flossing” we are promoting movement in the nerve which will reduce tension and help alleviate nerve pain.
I show numerous variations in the video and trying them out is a great way to see which one works for you.
10 repetitions of 5-10 seconds is a great start to see what feels good. Make sure to perform a comfortable stretch with the exercise and discontinue if your symptoms worsen.

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