NEWS: Cardiac arrest patient reunites with fellow gym members who ‘saved his life’ in a Brazilian jiu jitsu class

Fantastic to see our hero's efforts recognized in the Inner West Courier. Take home messages: if you are feeling 'off' see a Dr, update your emergency details on your phone and learn CPR! So proud of all involved. 

Picture: Jane Dempster

"What am I doing wrong coach?"

One of the common questions higher belts confront after rolling with lower belts is "what did I do wrong?"

While sometimes there will be obvious errors to point out often the answer is simply 'you were just a little behind the game'!

Why is it that a blackbelt and a blue belt can demonstrate a technique almost identically yet only the blackbelt can make it work in practice?

It's all in the application

Beginners to BJJ often describe it as like seeing magic for the first time. In practice, good Jiu Jitsu is a game of making your opponent think one thing whilst doing another.

Improvement is directly linked to your ability to process information quickly and react accordingly.

Information Processing

How we learn (or more precisely how we are coached!) has a great impact on the speed and effectiveness of our information processing.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate it's easier to remember 3 or 4 fundamental concepts or principles that can be applied for each situation than to recall dozens of techniques every time a position changes.

How we train

How should our training be structured to maximise learning and improvement?

Training that focuses on graded exposure to resistance offers our brains (and bodies) a chance to develop processing power.

Isolating specific positions and situations helps develop conceptual understanding within limited frameworks and lays the foundations for progressive improvements across your entire game.

In short, think faster.......roll better!

Happy training

Ben Power
Director/ Head Coach, SBG Australia
Practice Principal, Leichhardt Sports Physiotherapy

When should I get back to training after injury?

It doesn’t matter whether you run, swim, kick, lift, box, throw or wrestle, injuries can be debilitating and infuriating when your goal is to get back to training as quickly as possible.

Injured athletes tend to go through a modified Kubler-Ross five stages of grief; firstly denial, then acceptance, followed by anger, depression and finally bargaining.


To give you an example, a friend of mine snapped his Achilles Tendon dancing at a wedding yet managed to hobble around for three days with a massively swollen leg in complete denial of his injury.


It may have been mildly amusing for his mates to watch him fall off a jet ski while attempting to mount it, but it did at least force him to face the inevitable truth and accept the severity of his injury.


We may eventually accept something, but it doesnt mean were always happy about it. Anger and frustration can bubble up during lengthy recovery periods, especially if an injury is the result of our own foolishness.


Anger while often loud, can quickly fizzle out and turn into a depressive state where nothing much gets done. For my mate, this was thankfully short lived before he finally faced the music and got checked out by a professional.


Which brings us to bargaining! It never ceases to amaze me as a coach how an enthusiastic student with a massively swollen knee can ask “soooo can I still roll tonight?” Most people ‘get’ you’ll be out of action for six weeks or more if you break a bone in your leg but many struggle to appreciate similar rules often apply for damaged joints, tendons, muscles or ligaments.

What you need to consider when recovering from your injury

Knowing if you're ready to get back on the mat is challenging but super important if you hope to be training for years to come. Stressing injured body parts too vigorously risks damaging healing tissue and further delaying recovery so it's always best to have your injury assessed by a suitably qualified professional and get the all clear before gradually returning to training. 

Your body will thank you later (trust me I'm a physio).

Ben Power

Director/ Head Coach, SBG Australia
Practice Principal, Leichhardt Sports Physiotherapy