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Samuel and Gabriel were promoted to blue belt

08.11.2018

Congrats to Samuel and Gabriel. Both were recently promoted to blue belt. Everyone has a different BJJ journey. Some people can only make it to training once or twice per week, while others come to training almost every day. Both Samuel and Gabriel are in that second group and they have...

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The 4 Stages of Athletic Development in BJJ

25.10.2018

Everyone who starts BJJ (or any other sport) will go through the four stages. Knowing about them will make your journey as an athlete easier. It will give you some context of what you are going through and it will give you an idea of what you should focus on. If you are a coach, you can use this...

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Stephan's Blue Belt Promotion

24.10.2018

Last Saturday, Stephan was promoted to blue belt. Stephan didn't start training with us, he started his BJJ Journey at another academy in Zürich. Changing academies when you have been training for a while is never easy, especially if you have been training for a while at your original...

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Matthias was Promoted to Blue Belt

10.10.2018

At the end of our fundamentals class on Tuesday, Matthias was promoted to blue belt. Congratulations! Many people who start training jiu jitsu use the blue belt as their main goal. A black belt seems like an unrealistic goal when you start. But the blue belt, even though achieving it still...

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Philippe's Blue Belt Promotion

27.09.2018

Congrats to Philippe. He was promoted to blue belt during our Tuesday fundamentals class. Even though he spends a lot of time on Youtube to learn random techniques, he still made the effort to learn the fundamentals. As described in our blog post about the belts of BJJ, this is an important...

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Reopening and Caio Terra Seminar

12.09.2018

We have a busy week behind us. The BJJ Lab moved to our new location at the Hagenholzstrasse 65 in Zürich Oerlikon. To celebrate our reopening, we organized a free workshop with the 12 time world champion Caio Terra. It didn't stop there, we also had Caio teach a few of our regular classes in...

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How To Tie Your Belt

31.08.2018

Place the right side of the gi over the left and fold your belt in half. Place the middle of the belt against your belly button. Wrap both ends around your back and bring them back to the front Bring the top end around and behind the other belt layers. Pull everything tight. Bring the top end...

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The Belts of BJJ

20.08.2018

White Belt In the beginning, focus on the fundamental positions of BJJ and learn how they are connected. In the beginning sparring can be very confusing, it helps if you can recognize where you are and where you want to go to. Once you know the positions, learn the techniques from the...

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Grand Reopening

01.08.2018

The blog has been quiet for a while. We were busy behind the scenes and now we are finally able to announce that we are moving to a new location! Our location in Seebach has served us well and it has allowed the BJJ Lab to grow from a small group of people to the BJJ academy that it is...

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Julio's Blue Belt Promotion

15.05.2018

Congrats to Julio. He improved a lot over the past few months and got promoted to blue belt tonight. It is a bittersweet day because Julio is leaving Zurich soon. We will miss him and the whole BJJ Lab wishes him all the best for the future.

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Dani's Blue Belt Promotion

14.04.2018

Today, Dani was awarded his blue belt. He has a very busy schedule, but still manages to train regularly and he even competes a few times per year. That takes a lot of dedication. Congrats Dani! Even if you live a very busy life, you can still find time for BJJ as Dani shows us by example. You...

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Nick's Blue Belt Promotion

11.04.2018

Congratulations to Nick. He earned his blue belt yesterday from our coach JB. A lot of people think that they don't deserve their blue belt after they got it. This happens at all belt levels, but a lot more at blue then the others. When you start out as a fresh white belt, a blue belt can look...

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Ene wins gold at the San Jose Open

09.04.2018

Congratulations to Ene, he won first place in the blue belt adult nogi division of the IBJJF San Jose Open last weekend. He is spending a few weeks at the Caio Terra Academy to learn as much as possible from Caio Terra, Yuri Simoes and all other other excellent teachers and competitors...

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How to Break Through the Blue Belt Plateau

27.03.2018

When you first start BJJ, it's easy to get better. You learn new moves and improve after every class. But just showing up to class does not work forever. From my experience, most people hit a wall sometime as a blue belt. They stop improving and it is often the reason why people quit at blue...

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Sevi's Brown Belt Promotion

21.03.2018

Last night Sevi was promoted to brown belt. He has been with the BJJ Lab since the very beginning. When Sevi started with BJJ he got beaten a lot because he was small and weak. He is still small and weak, but now he has the technique to beat bigger and stronger opponents. Now that Sevi is back...

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Joonas' Purple Belt Promotion

16.03.2018

Last night Joonas received his purple belt from our coach JB. Joonas is always drilling and trying to improve his jiu jitsu. But more importantly, he is always helping other people too. The purple belt is about more than just learning a few moves. You have to be able to connect different moves...

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Caio Terra Association Camp 2018

05.03.2018

Patrick is back in Zurich after two weeks of training at the Caio Terra Academy in San Jose, California. He participated in the yearly association camp and is back with a lot of new details and techniques, ready to share them with all the members of the BJJ Lab. Don't miss training during the...

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San Francisco Open 2018

25.02.2018

Patrick is currently in San Jose for the yearly Caio Terra Association camp. He competed in the brown belt master 1 division as a middle weight and took two gold medals home. He closed out both is own division and the open weight division together with his teammates and won all his three...

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Minh's Blue Belt Promotion

24.02.2018

Congrats to Minh who was promoted to blue belt. He did not just show up to class, but really studied jiu jitsu. He always asked a lot of questions, took a lot of notes and was drilling every open mat.

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Laura's Blue Belt Promotion

22.02.2018

Congratulation to our new blue belt Laura! For us in the Lab it is not only about the performance on the mats, it is also how you grow outside of the mats and we are really glad about how Laura grew to such a great adult. Teen years are over now the next steps with the blue belt! Laura won her...

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Munich Open 2018

18.02.2018

We had a great day at the Munich Open. We showed up with 15 competitors and 11 of them took a medal back home. Big thanks to everyone who supported the team before and during the competition. Preparing for a competition is a team effort and a lot of people helped out even though they were not...

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