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BJJ, Black Belt, Competition, competitor, Garry Tonon, Jiu Jitsu, Renzo Gracie, ricardo almeida, tom deblass -

Tom DeBlass has been a black belt for over 9 years now.  He recently received the third degree on his black belt, awarded to him by his longtime instructor Ricardo Almeida, himself the very first black belt from the legendary Renzo Gracie.  Not only has he developed his world class jiu jitsu and teaching philosophy as part of a legendary lineage, but he has also used that knowledge to produce high level black belts of his own, namely Garry Tonon, who is currently slated to take another step in his mentor's shoes and begin his MMA career in March. Tom...

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Belt Promotions, Belt Stripes, BJJ, black belt, blue belt, Brown Belt, Garry Tonon, Gordon Ryan, Half Guard, Jiu Jitsu, purple belt, tom deblass -

At most academies, BJJ promotions can be few and far between.  Whether it is a stripe or a new belt, chances are you've put in a lot of work before you are considered for or rewarded with a promotion. It can take upwards of a decade or more to achieve your black belt and with only three belt colors between white and black, promotions are hard won and relatively rare.  You've been training hard for so long, you begin to get tempted to perhaps take some time off.  Or perhaps after getting that blue or purple belt, you start to...

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BJJ, Black Belt, Brown Belt, Escapes, Guard Pass, Half Guard, Jiu Jitsu, Submission, Tom DeBlass -

The road to one's black belt in BJJ is long and fraught with a seemingly endless array of challenges.  Let's look at some commonly agreed upon statements or even cliches about the journey to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.  First, an extremely small percentage of people who walked into an academy the very first time will stick around and make it to this coveted belt.  Though there is no real, conclusive demographic data, it is safe to say that it is much less than 10% of people and probably less than 5%.  The reasons people don't make it are varied. ...

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ADCC, bellator, BJJ, black belt, Competition, competitor, DeBlass, Jiu Jitsu, mindset, promotion, Tom DeBlass, training, UFC -

Recently, ADCC and UFC veteran Tom DeBlass took to social media to address the age old question of whether or not jiu jitsu competition is necessary to be promoted and ultimately earn your black belt.  There are a wide variety of stances on this topic.  With all of the available promotions and rule set variations, it is nearly possible for most average practitioners around the country to compete one or twice a month if they wanted to.  The number of competitors seems to be growing, but for most schools, the percentage of competitors is usually around 10-15%.   The choice to...

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, black belt, Blue Belt, Brown Belt, Drilling, Jiu Jitsu, Marcelo Garcia, Matheus Diniz, Purple Belt, Training, Training Partners, White Belt -

Training BJJ is not a solitary activity.  Just like it takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes, it takes an academy, an instructor and a lot of training partners over the years to raise a black belt.  One of the most important skills you can set your mind to acquiring is not the berimbolo, but instead the skill of being the best training partner you can be.  Let's take a look at some ways you can achieve this goal!  Train with everyone Being a good training partner means understanding that training is a two way...

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