Full Name: Gav Clarke
Belt Colour: Purple
Professor: Steve Cambell
Short Term Goals: Improve closed guard options
Injuries are a common problem for athletes and practitioners within this community. Understanding the fundamentals of proper training can dramatically lower your chances of acquiring new injuries and aggravating old ones. In this article, we discuss with Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Gav Clarke about why these exercises are important and how you can easily and effectively incorporate these methods/techniques to ensure your longevity in this sport. Check out this full article so you don't miss out on preventing devastating career-ending injuries.
How long have you been doing jiu-jitsu for?
Where do you train out of?
Do you prefer gi or no-gi?
Have your instructors helped you in other aspects of life other than jiu-jitsu?
What are some lessons you learned from jiu-jitsu that apply to everyday life?
How often do you train?
What made you want to start training?
I taught self-defence and wanted to improve my ground-based options. I instantly fell in love with it, stopped training and teaching Self Defence to focus on BJJ.
Do you plan on training your whole life?
Mobile shoulders are happy shoulders. I love these shoulder rotation sequences before Jitsu training. Help keep them mobile and reduces stiffness. Shoulders go through a very wide range of movements in BJJ, so important to keep them loose and happy. Stiff shoulders can start to affect the neck and the rest of your back. 😉
What’s it about jiu-jitsu that makes it so addicting?
What has jiu-jitsu done for your physical health?
Helped my back, I had various back issues with stand up martial arts. Muay Thai, boxing, Kung Fu, Kickboxing.
Has jiu-jitsu benefited your mental health?
If you could restart your jiu-jitsu journey, would you do anything differently?
Start 10 years earlier.
What’s your advice for someone that’s never tried jiu-jitsu before but is interested in trying it?
It will change your life, give it a go. What do you have to lose?
Do you have any aspirations in jiu-jitsu?
Compete in World Masters in Vegas next year.
What’s your favourite move?
Bow and arrow choke. Submitted about a dozen people in various comps. Well known for using a lot in my club.
If you didn’t discover jiu-jitsu, where do you think you’d be now?
No idea!!! Probably still wandering through the maze of different Martial Arts trying to find the right one.
Would you like to see the sport become more mainstream?
No, think it’s fine where it is. Martial arts that have got very big have not always done well.
So, I did two classes today at Marcelo’s. No-gi and then advanced gi. Really simple guard passing and lots of movement-based drills. Such a friendly bunch and so welcoming.
Have any of your training partners pushed you to reach your full potential?
You can always rely on a fellow Jits brother to take an opportunity when you are in a vulnerable position 🤣😂 Jits and stiff necks goes hand in hand. This mobility drill really helps before and after rolling. Often stiff necks can be caused by stiff thoracic (middle back). This also helps to mobilise this area. Give it a go. #bjjstrengthtraining #bjjmobility #bjjlifestyle #mobility #mobilitytraining #stiffneck #strengthandconditioning #thoracicmobility #postbjjtraining #keepthingsmoving
When you were first starting, what was the most difficult concept of jiu-jitsu that you had trouble getting?
Not relying on strength and using techniques instead.
If you could roll with any practitioner, dead or alive, who would it be?
Good question!!! Helio Gracie when he was my age or Bruce Lee. Be great to out grapple him. 😂
What makes you want to inspire and motivate others?
Love to push people to their limits and beyond. So they feel they can achieve anything.
Was there a difficult moment in your life where jiu-jitsu helped you get through it? If so, please explain.
My jujitsu journey started when I was 12. I was going through a tough time because my mother just committed suicide and I was going down that road where I was going to end up like her. As I sat there for the first time watching my future neutral ground brothers and sisters roll I said: " how is this going to help me, I'm never going to be good at this and I will never use this". At that point, my dad's co-worker told me to get on the mat and pin him and I said "how" and he responded with "exactly".
What makes you passionate about strength and conditioning?
Tight hips and Jits. It’s a problem I hear a lot. The hips are an amazing group of muscles, which can produce a great amount of force. People often talk about stretching the hips which can be fine, but mobilizing them is a safer and often more practical way to loosen them up. I love these knee rocks. Try first with hands on the floor and then progress to hands off the floor. Then arms straight overhead. Try them before Jits and before any S&C work. Enjoy
For someone that has never trained in either BJJ or fitness but wants to begin living a healthier lifestyle, what advice would you give them?
Do you believe that nutrition plays a role in improving performance?
What are some basic strength and conditioning exercises that have the most benefit for BJJ/Jiu-Jitsu?
What are your thoughts on overtraining, and how can someone maximize their recovery times?
Do you believe functional training can help prevent injuries from jiu-jitsu?
What are some of your favourite functional movements/exercises?
What advice would you give for someone that wants to pursue a similar career as you?
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This is regarded as the Double Kettlebell Turkish Get Up. I don’t think it really is because your not getting the same benefits through this movement. It is however really good for developing core and hip strength. It’s great for BJJ because of the functional aspect of the movement. I would try without the weight first and then build the weight up. Give it a go. 😀💪 #kettlebellworkout #doublekettlebell #doublekettlebellturkishgetups #functionalstrength #bjjstrengthandconditioning #bjjstrengthtraining #bjj #bjjlifestlye #kettlebelltraining #kettlebellcoach #coreworkout #coresmoker
Do you have any advice for a practitioner that is prone to injuries? How can they prevent them in the future?
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Hard to talk and relieve pain, hence the odd face expressions. 😂Deadlifts are great but managed to irritate muscle under my bum and this hurts a bit. Nothing a bit of myofascial release won’t sort out. #myofascialrelease #bjj #deadlifts #bjjlifestyle #strengthandconditioning #strengthandconditioningcoach