BJJ: Why competing is good for your martial arts game

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At Gracie Miranda we understand that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition isn’t for everyone. People train at our Sutherland Shire academy for all sorts of reasons, and gold medals may not necessarily be at the top of everyone’s priorities.  But even if competition isn’t for everyone, we think everyone should compete at least once. There are over […]

BJJ Tournaments and the Benefits of Competing

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Like all good martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is at its core about self-defence. But over the past 20 years, the famed martial art has grown into a major sport. Not only is BJJ the bedrock of MMA – read here how it helped form the UFC – but it’s also a tournament spectacle in countries […]

BJJ: Start thinking about competition again

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With Australia slowly going back to normal, now is a fantastic time to think about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition.  Along with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) academies around the world, Gracie Miranda re-opened in July in accordance with the NSW government’s decision to open up community sports. With Sydney’s new daily coronavirus cases mostly staying in single digits, […]

BJJ competition: why you should try it once

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Many people who practice Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Miranda are drawn to Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) for its exceptional self-defence benefits. Others, however, like BJJ for the sport of martial arts. Confused? The fundamental difference between self-defence BJJ and sports BJJ is that techniques for the former assume your opponent has no martial arts training themselves, […]

How to prepare for BJJ competition

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We’re over halfway through 2019, which means it’s the perfect time to start setting goals for the end of the year. If you’re training at Gracie Miranda, or any other academy around the world, why not enter a competition? Or better yet, shoot for a gold medal. NSW is home to several competitions over the […]

Kids martial arts: To compete or not to compete?

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On March 10 the Sydney Cup will be held in Sutherland Shire. For parents whose kids practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), this may beg an obvious question: Should my child be competing? When parents sign their kids up at Gracie Miranda, their focus is often on self defense. That’s understandable, because BJJ is among the […]

Will Sport Jiu Jitsu prepare me for self defence situations?

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A new student from Caringbah recently asked me: “Does Sport Jiu Jitsu prepare you for defending yourself in the street”? Whilst my first reaction to this question is a resounding “Yes”. It is a little more complicated than that. Lets explore this subject a little further. Jiu Jitsu practicioners should feel that their training will […]

The great debate! Sport Jiu Jitsu vs self defence

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Since starting Jiu Jitsu there has been a lot of discussion whether Sport Jiu Jitsu is a good thing. The root of this martial art is in self-defence. Meaning that practitioners can defend themselves in all manner of situations. Especially in the real world. Has the proliferation of sport jiu jitsu affected its real-world application? […]

Do I need to compete to be good at Jiu Jitsu?

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I’m often asked this question by white belts. This is a personal question. Every person will have a different answer. The question I usually ask back is “Why did you start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?” Usually the answer is something like getting fit. I wanted to learn how to defend my self. I wanted to lose […]