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    Not sure if that was addressed to me or Liam, but...

    Not sure if that was addressed to me or Liam, but in my case, I only run one of the sessions at GB Bristol: there is plenty of free sparring the rest of the time. There is also an open mat on...
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    Compliant drills are good to introduce the...

    Compliant drills are good to introduce the mechanics of a technique. However, IMO it is essential to then take the next step to progressive resistance, then sparring. That's how I structure my...
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    There's a line: on the one hand, resisting full...

    There's a line: on the one hand, resisting full pelt against a fully locked armbar because "I'm not tapping to that guy!" is likely to get you injured. On the other hand, listlessly flopping around...
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    One of the things that concerns me about Gracie...

    One of the things that concerns me about Gracie University is that people might end up picking the online route rather than getting proper instruction from a BJJ club on their doorstep. Especially as...
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    Good point. IIRC, there are some rules in place...

    Good point. IIRC, there are some rules in place to try and stop that (e.g., I think the whole video has to be done in one take), but presumably a capable video editor could abuse that system.
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    Not before blue belt, as there is no sparring...

    Not before blue belt, as there is no sparring whatsoever, only compliant drills (which I babble about more here). There might be more of an argument for after blue belt, as they do apparently include...
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    The best description of osu I've seen is probably...

    The best description of osu I've seen is probably this.
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    App details all on the main site, here...

    App details all on the main site, here.



    You could always try asking Callum. He's pretty approachable: easiest to go through the Jiu Jitsu Style Facebook page.
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    Generally homophobia doesn't seem to be too much...

    Generally homophobia doesn't seem to be too much of a problem in BJJ (at least not that I've seen, but then I'm straight, so may well not notice it as much). Having said that, it does happen: I wrote...
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    As the original post was from last August, I'm...

    As the original post was from last August, I'm guessing flake has found somewhere by now, but based on my visit to Mill Hill late last year, I would definitely recommend training with Nick Brooks....
  11. So far, I've been a member of eight clubs, and...

    So far, I've been a member of eight clubs, and travelled to a few others. I haven't noticed a massive difference in the actual techniques, but the structure of teaching does vary.

    For example, at...
  12. Most of the Brazilians commenting on that video...

    Most of the Brazilians commenting on that video would seem to agree. I'm generally not fond of belt whipping and the like for promotion, but I can at least understand and respect the reasons behind...
  13. It would be interesting to know: that video is...

    It would be interesting to know: that video is probably the most violent promotion I've seen, although it is worth nothing that there are smiles and hugs at the end.

    Godoi's lineage is apparently...
  14. His promotions appear to be especially vicious: ...

    His promotions appear to be especially vicious:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDabLLbjHmg
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    There are quite a few bloggers involved: the...

    There are quite a few bloggers involved: the owner, Callum, is a training partner of mine, and I sent him a long list of bloggers while he was still in the planning stages. I'm not sure how many of...
  16. The 'properly applied' part makes that difficult,...

    The 'properly applied' part makes that difficult, but there are a few interesting examples in this guy's thesis on grappling history. E.g., this:

    http://i52.tinypic.com/hwbo21.jpg

    Although...
  17. I think like judo, I feel like I don't have much...

    I think like judo, I feel like I don't have much control over what's happening, especially as I can't slow down the pace. I really like the handles and additional friction you get from the gi. I also...
  18. The place I train at the moment doesn't have no...

    The place I train at the moment doesn't have no gi classes (though IIRC people from RGA Bucks have competed and done well in nogi), but I'm perfectly happy with just gi. I most likely wouldn't attend...
  19. There's a drinking fountain at RGA Bucks' High...

    There's a drinking fountain at RGA Bucks' High Wycombe location, which I assume is from the mains water supply (I've never checked though, so can't be certain). However, drinking fountains tend to be...
  20. Thread: Blue Belts?

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    I started in November 2006 and received my blue...

    I started in November 2006 and received my blue in February 2008, after 131.5 hours of training (generally twice a week). Full nerdy details on my spreadsheet.
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    All the classes I've ever taken at RGA are here...

    All the classes I've ever taken at RGA are here, and there is also one before that, when I had the intro with Oli. Of course, things may well have changed since I trained there.

    For somebody...
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    Ouch. I presume that was because that was the...

    Ouch. I presume that was because that was the only BJJ club in the area? I might consider doing that if I had absolutely no other option, but I'd probably consider a judo club or MMA or something...
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    I'm willing to travel up to an hour one way. I've...

    I'm willing to travel up to an hour one way. I've previously had 30 min tube journeys, 40 min cycles, 10 min car journeys, and currently, 20 mins on the bus and another 35 mins or so on the train...
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    No whippings at RDA, though I'm guessing you knew...

    No whippings at RDA, though I'm guessing you knew that already. ;)



    There is footage of students in Roy Dean rashguards competing on the latest DVD, and I get the impression they compete fairly...
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    Possible: it is a very minor criticism of Angry...

    Possible: it is a very minor criticism of Angry White Pyjamas given it is just one page (and in general, I'd recommend the book as an entertaining, well-written piece of travel writing crossed with a...
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