I stumbled across this saying recently and here I reflect on it’s meanings in jiu jitsu. Like in all areas of life, Shiny Object Syndrome is definitley a thing in jiu jitsu. The prevalence of the internet has afforded us the ability to access millions of hours of footage, from thousands of different instructors, on […]
Guest post by HJJ student AJ Bhardwaj. — 3 weeks ago, I hurt my ribs. Quite badly. A grade 2 cartilage tear. Yesterday, however, I was back to rolling albeit at sub maximal intensity in the advanced classes fairly pain free. Let me show you how. What Happened: We have been lucky to […]
It’s with great sadness that I post today to let you know that we’re not continuing with HJJSydenham beyond 2022. How We Got Here It was Oscar that let me know in early 2022 that Barbanera Smash Repairs level 2 was vacant, and prime real estate for a Higher Jiu Jitsu in the Inner West. […]
You open your eyes from sleep in the morning. No one watches and your phone is there, so you jump on and have a look. Your thumb moves to Instagram, and then to Facebook, and then your emails. You mindlessly scroll for a few minutes, and you’re ready to jump out of bed. Not much […]
Lots of debate abounds about the most effective way to learn – is it concepts or techniques? Our priority is learning, and we say it’s both!
I was born in Earlwood, Sydney. I went to Earlwood Public for my primary school years. Then after a couple years at a high school in unlucky St George Dragons territory :) I relocated and spent my best schooling years at Casimir Catholic College Marrickville. The first time I moved out of my parents’ house, […]
There is something serious brewing on the Higher front, and I can’t help but get it out to you, so please read on! How it all Started It was February of 2014 when I walked into PCYC City of Sydney for the first time ever. A catch up was in order with my new mate […]
This week, HBO aired a story on the Gracie Academy’s GST program for law enforcement in the US. The 17 minute video highlights one main problem of policing- not enough training to do their job effectively. Officers with limited training and resources are more likely to feel threatened or angry and use excessive force. Brazilian […]
Jiu jitsu is many things to many people. Considering the exploding popularity of competition BJJ, the strategy and techniques of jiu jitsu for self defence are becoming more elusive and almost forgotten. But not here at Higher! The fact that our lineage includes the likes of Master Pedro Sauer, GM Rickson Gracie, and GM Helio […]
Brad came to Sydney from Perth in 2018 looking for a place to learn jiu jitsu, and a community to grow with. He intended to look around and try a few different gyms across the Sydney CBD. He did one class with Higher Jiu Jitsu at the legendary PCYC City of Sydney, and immediately signed […]
Jiu jitsu is self defence, even when it isn’t. In a standard jiu jitsu class room you see people of all shapes and sizes learning the art of jiu jitsu. Lots of the time this means learning moves to grapple against another practitioner who also knows how to grapple. When the art is practiced like […]
Here is a drill we do at Higher Jiu Jitsu during guard and armbar practice. It involves a partner acting like a table top. It is best to have your wrists a little further apart than shoulder width, and ideally your fingers are inward facing so that your elbows are outward facing. From the bottom […]
So there’s a nasty virus lingering around the world having come from bats or from labs and it’s yuck and the government gets worried and now we’re in a lock down and it’s all weird and we can’t train jiu jitsu. Covid or not, life is full of curve balls and this is another one […]
We did a survey asking our students what they wish they knew before starting jiu jitsu. Matty and I come together to record a discussion based around these responses. Novan Pradhika “As a beginner I wish I knew that not all schools approach jiu jitsu the same way. And that not all schools teach […]
They say pressure makes diamonds. So are the joys of jiu jitsu locked in competition, now and forever? Or can we enjoy jiu jitsu and learn and flourish on the mats and off, without the rigours of competition? This article discusses the pros and cons of competition and how you can think about it to do it better.
Not everything will go your way. Sometimes there’s nothing to do but accept this, move on, and try again, no matter what. So never mind getting choked. Enjoy jiu jitsu, stay on the mats, and learn for life.
The Upa, or Bridge & Roll The Upa is an incredibly powerful and useful technique. Sometimes it feels like we need all our strength to escape a mounted opponent. If we break down the mechanics, we will see that one little movement will make a big difference. The major movement of the Upa is the […]
~Discomfort is not caused by weight, it is caused by Pressure.~ If I want my opponent to be so focused on the discomfort I’m causing that they forget they own a neck and arms, I need pressure. Pressure (P) is defined as Force (F) divided by Area (A). A bed of nails doesn’t kill people due to […]
Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Science Jiu- Jitsu a bit of both art (mistranslated from technique) and science. Gracie jiu jitsu applies one thing that separates it from most martial arts: The Scientific Method. Source Wikipedia Via: Thebiologyprimer.com The scientific method is the single most important methodology for improving, well just about anything. Start with a […]
The Spark Program is Higher Jiu Jitsu’s way of providing the life skills of jiu jitsu to the underprivileged kids of our community.
With a few pointers your visit to another school doesn’t need to ruffle any feathers. Here is how you can travel to different schools and have fun, and learn and be nice to everyone around you.
Counting how many submissions happen per class is one way to measure progress. But it’s definitely not the only way, or the best way. Here are some other more relevant ways to measure your progress on the mats.
Im amongst all the resources to learn jiu jitsu, there is one elusive trait that’s needed throughout the journey to getting better at jiu jitsu. Practice this, and you’re on course to being at your best.
If the end crowns the work, then the beginning sets the tone for the work. Think carefully where you start your jiu jitsu journey as this will have big ramifications on your path!
Why do we regularly discuss jiu jitsu from a standpoint of violence? It’s known as the gentle art for a reason, and you like it because you don’t need to get hurt while doing it.
Jiu Jitsu mats are a big world of beautiful mechanics, and technique, and fun. Beyond these moves is the strategy that is required to make it all work. Are you the hunter or the hunted?
We know you’re a good guy. But there’s some things some people do on the mats, and it’s very annoying. Make sure you’re not a culprit of one of these!
I was a few classes into my jiu jitsu journey. I was fit, and strong, and gladly accepted an invite into a jiu jitsu tournament. Before I knew what an armbar was I was being armbarred, and I only knew one way out of it. I’d like to think my knowledge and skills have improved […]
You never wanted people to choke you, and you never thought it’d be so fun to practice self defence. And here you are.
There’s been many ups and downs on the path to the present. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. This is Higher Jiu Jitsu and this is for life.
When you learn jiu jitsu you lose weight, feel good, and have fun all at the same time. Whatever you want to do, with jiu jitsu you can do it better.
Join Coach John and Matty as we discuss the perils of injury, and what to do in order to minimise the risks of them, on the mats and off.
As you learn, you improve. At some point, it goes full circle, and you see the common trends inherent in our martial art. These are the basics of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and they’re not just for beginners.
John and Brad discuss how they got involved in jiu jitsu and what they wanted to get out of it. Fast forward numerous years for both of them, they’re obsessed, they’ve got the bug, and they’re now hooked. Highlights, Takeaways, Key Points: How jiu jitsu can change how you spend your time, and choose your […]
What’s the difference between Gracie Jiu Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Aren’t they the different names for the same thing? That’s what I thought too. Then I met some problems, and great teachers, and now there’s no going back.
We all love jiu jitsu. For some people the short game of jiu jitsu is where it’s at. Others prefer to play the long game. Here’s how to do it for the long term.
If you’re playing the long game, burnout is not an option, and rest is a necessity. From this year onwards, we introduce the Sabbatical.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu means self defence via leverage where smaller, weaker people can defend themselves against bigger, and stronger aggressors. So then why are the everyday people doing jiu jitsu predominantly men?
The students of Higher Jiu Jitsu have banded together to create a scholarship for women who want to learn but may lack the finances. Supported solely by the community of students, the scholarship includes 3 months of their Women’s Only program and a uniform.
Your instructor calls you out and you’re the dummy of the class. It’s your turn to shine as uke. Here’s how to do it well.
Just because you’ve never been in a fight, doesn’t mean you don’t need self defence. The skills we learn in jiu jitsu are there to help you if ever the situation came about. It’s not paranoia, it’s preparation. And so much fun along the way!
How do you prepare? Have a shower, and clip your nails. Pack some water, flip flops, and a change of clothes for after class. Men- Wear a comfortable, fitted, older t-shirt, and shorts without pockets. Women – Wear a fitted t shirt and tights. Show up 15 minutes before your first class. Remove all piercings, […]
So you want to train jiu jitsu… Find Your Third Place. Your academy is like your second home. Here’s an article about the third place. The people that make up that community become like family to you, and it’s important you find the right one to kickstart your journey. Which one is right […]
It’s been an amazing year. We’ve worked hard, and we’ve achieved lots. Before we embark on a new one, it’s time to reflect and be grateful for the good times that have happened in 2018.
Rolling with a monster like Burak Sarman has it’s perks. And so does being under the tutelage of Master Pedro Sauer. In Melbourne I had the opportunity to do just that. I survived. This is my story.
On the mats, curiosity won’t kill you. It’ll help you survive. And it’s how you can do jiu jitsu without fighting, and for a lifetime.
Brad sits down with Danny to discuss a recent event that occurred on the streets of Sydney and how his Gracie Jiu Jitsu self defence training kept him and his loved ones safe.
On this episode the JitsBros Brad and Leon discuss all matters of the mats and how to get the biggest benefit from your training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
In this episode Brad discusses how this podcast comes about, how it started with the JitsBros, and how it continues as the HJJStories.
We’re bringing Gracie Jiu Jitsu to the kids, and we’re excited! Maybe it’s because we’ve dealt with bullies too. Then came jiu jitsu. And now things have changed. So we’re compelled to share the benefits of the martial arts with the kids, and serve the Sydney community, both of today and of tomorrow.
Do you find it difficult to sleep post jiu jitsu? Is it hard for you to switch from choke time to sleep time? If you’re like us and want to build quality of life with your training, you need to sort out your sleep.
If you want to keep improving in jiu jitsu, look at your strengths but look more at your shortfalls. This is the path to getting better on the mats, and off.
We’re told to train the mind and make savage the body. But to separate these parts only leads to your downfall. Here’s how to integrate the two, and never look back.
Gracie Jiu Jitsu was created for smaller, weaker people to defend themselves against bigger, stronger opposition. So why are classes around the world predominantly male? Ladies, it’s time to step up and learn self defence, and we’re here to help you along the way.
Milan is busy learning on the mats. Milan also realises that he could do with similar guidance off them too. Higher ProCoach is a collaboration with Precision Nutrition that equips you with the skills to live safe, healthy, and happy, this time off the mats.
The shoulds are a nasty affliction. They’ll run through your innards faster, and more painfully than a heavyweight’s kneeride. It’ll choke your lungs with shame and fear, like a Kron Gracie cross collar choke. Eventually, the Shoulds will make you tap from the pain of disappointment and despair. But there is a different way …
When you become curious about how jiu jitsu works, you allow yourself the space to feel differences, and come up with better solutions to problems. That’s why you ought to study the science of jiu jitsu.
You’re busy, and time is precious. Nevertheless, jiu jitsu time makes it all worthwhile. Here’s how to plan for your time on the mats, and commit for the long haul.
This is a recounting of a fight. A feeling that changed the angle of the lens I view life through… By Leon Comino.
How do we stay safe on the mats while maintaining the integrity of our art? Here is one way to train with effectiveness, and still be able to do it for a lifetime.
How can you train to ensure you learn, you stay safe, and you have fun, all at the same time? The answer is right in here.
You trained for some time, but you got injured, and you decided that this art just isn’t for you. That’s unfortunate. With some strategies you can mould your luck to have fun and be safe on the mats.
You can look around all you like and you may find something. But when you start to search within, this is where the answers lie. Doing a mind/body scan is the way to build self awareness. Try it and see for yourself.
I’d heard of his name before, but I’d never experienced his jiu jitsu firsthand. Then I went to my first ever Pedro Sauer seminar. Life will never be the same.
You feel the pain more than ever when you’re prevented from being on the mats. You hate having to sit out and watch when you could be learning, and growing, and having bundles of fun. But you’re injured. Now what do you do?
You do jiu jitsu to help yourself. To help yourself you need to look out for others. This is very much an inner journey, and yet it’s done with the others around you. Your teammates need you. Help them out.
Fighting your opponent’s movements is a path to nowhere. Instead, work with their energy, and the workings of nature. This is the way of Higher Jiu Jitsu.
Dave Camarillo came to Higher Jiu Jitsu for his second seminar instalment. These are the reflections of head coach John Smallios.
To the students of jiu jitsu who are regularly told to relax, and take it easy. No we don’t blame you. We understand, and we’re here to help.
You love jiu jitsu. It challenges you and you’ve never been so enthusiastic about anything in your life. But how much do you rely on it? How much jiu jitsu is enough? Just like on the mats, you seek balance as a way to keep yourself on your feet. Here’s how..
Day in and out we don the gi and we go to jiu jitsu. The techniques, and the rolls are like the gateway to something much bigger. When you sow seeds of learning, you benefit for years to come. We play the long game, and this is the bigger purpose we serve.
Things are changing. Patterns are emerging. The result? Quality of life. This is the Higher Jiu Jitsu Story. And we’re here for the everyday people of Sydney.
You want to be good at everything you do, jiu jitsu included. And in order to win, you feel the need to bring your A game to every class. Your game is a good guide, but it’s a terrible protector because you never let yourself learn. Screw your game. Be a gold digger instead.
Who are you to enjoy jiu jitsu? Who are you to wear that colour belt? What makes you think you can help others on the mats? If you’ve ever been paralysed by these thoughts, you’re not alone. Here’s how to work with Imposter Syndrome within jiu jitsu.
You want to be happy. But something is off. While everyone else is off getting better, and making the most of their jiu jitsu time, you’re being held back. You think certain things, yet you wouldn’t dare tell anyone else. This is what’s holding you back. It’s time to start talking. It’s time to start telling the truth. These are your jiu jitsu secrets. Tap them out, and you flourish for life.
Jiu jitsu is like a rollercoaster of emotions. Sometimes you win big and sometimes you lose big. At the end of the day, the real measure of success is being in it for the long haul.
They say home is where the heart lies. Then there’s your jiu jitsu academy. You show up to practice martial arts, and the benefits go well beyond this. The community and the camaraderie within the dojo is one to be felt. Here is why.
You want to get better, so do you roll hard or light? This is an ongoing question and from this point on it’s a futile debate. Be your best self. This is how you get better, and this is how you do jiu jitsu for a lifetime.
You’re hanging in there. Between work, and life, being healthy and tending to yourself feels like a chore. No matter how hard you try it’s just one big struggle. Fear no more, for jiu jitsu is here.
You show up day in and out to train jiu jitsu. You love it, yet you’re constantly left frustrated at your lack of improvement. Perhaps you’re just not looking in the right places. Here’s another way to look into getting better at jiu jitsu.
Life is beautiful. You wake up in the warmth of a comfortable bed. You get up on your feet without a thought, and you head to your fancy kettle. With the tap of a latch your water is boiled, and your exotic Kenyan coffee brew is prepared. Eventually, you jump in your car, and with […]
I’d just finished school and the big, bad world of adult life was upon me. Uni lectures quickly drained my enthusiasm. Whilst everyone else debated the rule of law I’d be watching jiu jitsu instructionals on Youtube. The P’s eventually got the degree. But I knew it wasn’t for me. I longed to pursue the […]
You’re also a good person. You don’t intend on kicking people upside the head. There’s never been a need to break an arm so far, so why care about learning self defence now?
Jiu jitsu is a martial art that prepares you for a fight. But you don’t learn it by fighting. Training like this will only lead to injuries. You get better in an environment of learning. This is how your jiu jitsu will excel and this is how you will prosper in life.
You want to improve. So you;re told to train hard, and fight for the things you want.
Sure, you need to show up. You ought to come in with a good attitude.
But how much effort is too much? When does your enthusiasm get in the way, and how can you use it in the right way?
Read on for more.
Change is complex. Building skills is hard work. You’ve been trying for ages. You follow your favourite athlete’s advice, and it leads you nowhere. There’s ups and downs and the struggles are real for everyday people. No-one seems to understand. Until now. We’re here to help.
“There is no top rung. And no bottom rung. There’s only the next rung of the ladder. And the one after that (and of course, the one after that, ad infinitum).”
Einstein said the only source of knowledge is experience.
This is a picture of triumph.
It is also a picture of pain.
This moment served as a pivotal course of action. Every moment can.
You can only control yourself. How do you respond?
Parts of a whole always rely on the other parts to function. They have to.
Just like this one sentence means little without the context of what’s written above and below it, and in accordance with the whole article.
This is the trouble with isolation.
No one part of the body moves without support and adjustment from the rest of the structure.
An expert tells you what to do while a coach guides you through the process. At Higher Jiu Jitsu you won’t be told what to do as much as asked how it feels? The most effective knowledge lies within yourself. It is our aim to faciliate the jiu jitsu, and help you uncover that for yourself.
Is jiu jitsu on your mind all the time? Do your dreams all include jiu jitsu?
Face it. You’re in love. So am I.
And it only gets higher. Because in jiu jitsu, there is no perfection, only endless refinement.
This is life, and always will be.
When you seek to move with quality, you may do less, but you’ll do it better.
That’s as good a goal as any.
You my precious friend, can be a real bully.
Sure, I love you for reading this, and I appreciate you with my life.
You’re probably just about the coolest person on Earth.
I know you mean well, doing your best you can with what you have at your disposal.
And still, you choose to think, and talk about yourself as you would a stubborn mule.
Meditation has changed my life.
No, I haven’t become Buddhist. No, I do not note ‘spiritual’ as my official religion. And I’m just about 26 years old, so mid-life crisis has nothing on me.
I once considered the thought of meditation too taboo, and Surry Hillslike, to warrant my full attention. I was aware the benefits were plentiful, and the mind body connection is an important one.
Injuries suck. I hate them. And so do you.
Misdirected enthusiasm, coupled with ignorance is a dangerous combination. The trap of thinking you are invincible is an easy one to fall into.
We can do better. We can be smarter.