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Jujutsu 101
Monday, 9 February 2009
Jujutsu 101 Blog
Topic: Self-defense
Hello again.  

If you wish to continue to learn Jujutsu 101 via blogging please click  Jujutsu 101 Blog.

You can also reach this via a link on my Jujutsu 101 site.

Enjoy and always train wise.


Fred Crivello Jujutsu 101

Posted by Fred Crivello at 8:35 AM EST
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Thursday, 29 January 2009
Jujutsu 101 - How To Push To Create Space

Hello again.  Welcome to another Jujutsu 101 post.  Today I'd like to go over the importance of knowing how to use proper mechanics when you need to make some space between you and the opponent.

Before you watch the YouTube video below, I want to bring up something about language. I bring this up as that is what we use between each other (whether talking or reading a blog like this one).

When someone says to "push" usually we think of perhaps PUSH-UPS or PUSHING a stalled car off the road or maybe doing a BENCH PRESS.  So when someone then says to "push" the opponent away a student may believe he or she just sort of shoves against the opponent.

Though this is part of it, there is really more going on.  Carefully watch and listen to this video. You will notice the practical use of LEANING the opponent before the actual PUSHING OUTWARD.  There is a sequence involved here.

Also, when needing to make space it really doesn't matter how much the opponent moves versus how much you move during the "push".  Perhaps, after making some space, you may be able to use a weapon or just escape.

Sure, you'd like to off-balance the opponent but you may have a very heavy and stable type opponent.  At least perhaps you can "push" off him to get yourself moved away.  In other words, there are times when you will not only "push" the opponent off-balance some, you will also be pushing off him as well.

Enjoy and I am here if you have any feedback.

Click here to get to video.

Take care and always train safe.

Fred Crivello

Posted by Fred Crivello at 1:46 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 29 January 2009 1:56 PM EST
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Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Jujutsu101 - Kneeling & Rear Choke Tips

Hello again.  I hope you have had an opportunity to look over some of the many YouTube Jujutsu 101 videos and, hopefully, practiced some of the exercises and drills with a friend or two.

I thought it would be of use to link you to a particular Jujutsu 101 video here today which makes a few points about the value of kneeling while ground fighting.

Look it over and don't forget when you practice with your friend to go slow at first.  

After you start to get a consistent feel for the proper postures, as well as maintaining balance in your movements, then you can slowly up the pressure and intensity used in practice.

Always be aware of your responsibility with the other's limbs, etc.  You only have so many realistic fights in you; don't waste them on reckless training!

Click here to get to video please.

Train safe!

Fred Crivello

Posted by Fred Crivello at 7:14 PM EST
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Thursday, 15 January 2009
Jujutsu 101 is about you taking control of your self-defense progress.
Topic: Self-defense

Whether you pay thousands to learn some practical self-defense skills or you are learning by working out with some friends you have to know what is realistic and important for you to learn and how to learn it.

Even if you do belong to a martial art school and have great instructors and fellow students your best guarantee in the long run for steadily improving your particular skills is to learn how to take personal control of your own progress. You do this by attaining competence in coaching skills in relation to your activity.

The more you take responsibility in learning and applying solid coaching wisdom to yourself and fellow students, as well as to what your instructors tell you (or what you hear from other experts) the more control you will have in ensuring that you personally attain realistic and useful self-defense skill levels.

Of course when dealing with your instructors and fellow students, be polite, but at some time you will need to judge things with your own mind. You may find in time you have a very individualistic view, different from many others. That isn’t necessarily good or bad, but it may be useful to your progress in the long run.

Some may be saying, “Yeah but that is why I pay a lot of money to the school, so they will show me everything I need to know and then I just have to follow their directions.” Unfortunately for some that can be the road to failure. There are schools that the instructors do train the students as coaches as they progress along learning useful skills, but there are quite a few that do not.

The point is, if you really wish to ensure you learn and continue to learn useful skills, whether in self-defense or other practical activities, you need to take personal responsibility by learning what are realistic and useful skills for you to learn at the level you are at now, then how to learn them in a safe, fun, practical and progressive way; all the while keeping your other life activities in good balance, such as family, school and work.

It is quite sane to doubt and challenge important beliefs and perceptions to ensure they are factual for you, and at what level they are factual. Of course you do this with proper care and a bit of wisdom. For instance you don’t have to get the crap beat out of you every week to know what it is like to be in a fight. There are wiser coaching methods available to one and all. Coaching has a lot to do with being scientific in your behavior.

You want to be competent, not just FEEL confident. You can feel like crap, but if you know how to change a tire you will not be walking for hours back home and getting very sore feet. You might feel FANTASTIC and POWERFUL but if you don’t know how to boil an egg you are going to be very hungry.

There is nothing wrong of course with having high hopes and being very positive, but you don’t want to cross the line to manic-delusions, especially when it comes to finding and learning practical survival skills.

Some believe that if they just visualize fighting situations and always win in them then they will always improve. I strongly suggest to those individuals to FIRST learn in the REAL WORLD some attainable proper moves, against some level of real pressures and intensities; THEN with some degree of REAL experience under their belts, go off and practice their visual games.

The point is you want to not just FEEL powerful; you want to ensure you are learning and improving PRACTICAL skills for you at your level. If you wish to have your head in the clouds then do ensure you have your feet very stably on the ground!

Jujutsu 101 is about you taking control of your self-defense progress. Check out my site at www.jujutsu101.com. I am here if you wish to share your views on this subject.

Take care and train safe.

Fred Crivello


Posted by Fred Crivello at 3:16 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 15 January 2009 3:23 PM EST
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