Marcelo Garcia On the Mat!!!
Sat, 2010-05-15 08:09 — Source: OTM via Gumby
MGInAction.com & OnTheMat.com are proud to host a live chat with Marcelo Garcia
on Saturday, May 15th at 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST (11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PST).
This is your chance to ask champion fighter and trainer Marcelo Garcia about www.MGInAction.com, training tips, and what it takes to be a champion fighter. Regardless of if you are training for fitness or training for the next UFC, you will want to be a part of this live chat. Join us in the www.OnTheMat.com forums at the day and time listed above! Be sure to become a fan of MGInAction.com:Facebook and OnTheMat.com: Facebook.Also follow MGIA: Twitter and OTM: Twitter.
Sat, 2010-05-15 10:55 — beowulf: Cool, I guess I will ask a question here before the start time. In striking arts, such as Boxing and Muay Thai, people can train by themselves with punching bags. Are there any useful training methods for grappling and jiu-jitsu that people can do when they on their own?
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:18 — Marcelo Garcia: I believe there are some exercises you can do on the mat--some gymnastica natural exercises can really help you when you don't have anyone to train with. The warm ups at my school are specific exercises designed to help my students' Jiu Jitsu.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:22 — Spoon: Marcelo, I was wondering how you deal with the pressure of competition. Is there any specific way you alleviate the stress associated with competing? Thanks.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:27 — Marcelo Garcia: I just like to try to train as much as I can before the tournament. And during the tournament I gotta feel like I'm at my gym. Every day I train as hard as I can. Every day I practice with as much intensity and focus as possible--that way tournament pressure feels natural. When you know you have given your best, there is nothing to worry about.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:26 — charliechoke: Marcelo & Josh, How did you two come together for mginaction? How do you make a connection between chess and the art of hand to hand combat grappling?
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:38 — Marcelo Garcia: We've been friends for a while now--since the beginnnig of 2007. As for making connections, that is evolving every day with fierce conversations! On and off the mats.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:23 — mfd146: Hey Marcelo, It's Steve "the fireman" from Iowa... How are you buddy? Do you do any other forms of training such as weight lifting, cardio, or plyos? And what does your diet consist of?
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:33 — Marcelo Garcia: Hi Steve! I just like to do a good warmup--crossfit, gymnastica natural movements as part of the warm up during class. And the diet just depends on making weight before competition. I truly believe that to become great at Jiu Jitsu you just have to do Jiu Jitsu as much as you can. If you can choose between Jiu Jitsu training and weights, always choose Jiu Jitsu.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:32 — Sheena Lee: Marcelo, Do you have any suggestions on what women should focus on when training jiu-jitsu for self-defense? Also, what are some tips for women who train mostly with much bigger, stronger, and technical men?
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:36 — Marcelo Garcia: JJ is most technical way to defend yourself against a bigger and stronger opponent. I believe the techniques of my arsenal can be used against someone bigger than you. In fact that is one of my main principles--to only use techniques that will work against any body type. For example I don't use the kimura or head and arm chokes becasue I much bigger guy could resist. So even against a small opponent I will not use them because that would slow down my growth.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:24 — Bevois: Hi Marcelo, in your opinion, which takedowns do you prefer or find more effective in the following sports: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts?
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:37 — Marcelo Garcia: I realize wrestling combines really well with gi, no gi and mma. Most of my takedowns involve, arm drags, singles, and doubles.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:38 — BeanTownBrawler: A lot of people say "Train Jiu Jitsu" but there are so many different meanings to that. For instance, there are standard classes, there are times for drilling flows with a training partner, other days for positional drills. Whats the best way to break that up in a way that will keep me at optimal performance?
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:43 — Marcelo Garcia: You gotta try to take a little piece from all the components you just mentioned. Sometimes I let my opponent move to maximize my time in transitions. Other times I go straight for the finish when I feel a big challenge. Sometimes if I feel someone doesn't want to give the back, I'll fight very hard to make him make a mistake and give the back. Sometimes I might just train my squeeze for a session. Other times I'll work on my grips. My whole life I have learned how to make my own training by creating little challenges no matter who I am rolling with. This is very important.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:41 — mfd146: Marcelo, when visiting your academy I found that some of your warm ups and drills are a workout in themselves, and I enjoy them a lot. Have you ever thought about putting out a book on nothing but drills? Or is there some way to put them in to MGinaction.com?
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:46 — Marcelo Garcia: Yes! Actually we are planning to start posting footage of my warmups on www.mginaction.com. I'm opening up all elements of my game on the program, so please come check it out!
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:47 — mfd146: You know I'll be there!
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:48 — Marcelo Garcia: A main idea of my warm ups is to help people stretch their bodies and minds so that they can spontaneously do things while rolling that they would not have thought of before.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:47 — drake woodson: Hey Marcelo I've been doing jiu jitsu for about two months. I wanted to ask you about Randori when do you think it would be a good time to start rolling? And also do you think knowing at least two attacks and two escapes from each position would be a good base before randori? Thanks -Drake.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:51 — Marcelo Garcia: At my school in NY I get beginners started with specific training. For example I'll have them spend a whole class working on holding and escaping side control. Usually I have 3 people rotating together so no one gets too tired to learn. By focusing on small parts of the game one at a time, beginners can incrementally build their game.
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:53 — mfd146: I watch MGinaction all the time and have noticed the clinch gear shorts. They look great by the way. When will the store be up and running? I'm in need of some new shorts and t-shirts!!
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:58 — Marcelo Garcia: Our online store will be up on www.mginaction.com on Monday!!
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:59 — Marcelo Garcia: I love those clinch gear shorts by the way! I received a pair after Abu Dhabi 2005 and since then they have become one of my favorites.
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:05 — mfd146: If those shorts are available at your store I'll be getting a pair Monday!!! Say hi to Tati and good luck at the worlds!!!!!!! I'll be at the Academy in July or August...Thanks for your time -Steve
Sat, 2010-05-15 11:55
— Deanna: what are your thoughts on training kids. some think your style of fighting is too dangerous for kids to know. some think kids shouldn't learn things like chokes and arm bars. do you think its ok for kids to learn this stuff and what age is the right age.
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:06
— Marcelo Garcia: We are actually starting our youth program in NY in September. We have a big youth program in Florida and never had a problem. It is very important to teach the children about much more than jiu jitsu. If they learn a technique they also have to be taught how to be responsible for it. There must always be enough teachers on the mats so that each child is monitored closely and they only learn what they are ready to learn. Conceptual learning is critical for students. Go to www.theartoflearningproject.org to get a sense for Josh's take on this and how we will be building our nyc youth program.
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:02 — BeanTownBrawler: I'd love to see you in the cage against some of these MMA fighters. Will we ever see you back in MMA?
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:10 — Marcelo Garcia: I trained a year at American Top Team after my first fight and during that time my fights in Japan kept getting postponed. It was so brutal on my body and so frustrating and I realzed that in order to do what I love most which is Jiu Jitsu I would have to stop MMA.
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:09 — fm90211: Do you think its smarter when your competing for go for submissions or points?
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:13 — Marcelo Garcia: Both. Whatever he gives first. And then always look to finish the match. Then rest for the next fight
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:01 — beowulf: Marcelo, I also had a question about top control. What are some tips that will help you control your opponent from the top position, which will prevent them from putting you back in their guard? Is there a drill or technique that can help improve hip pressure and staying tight, especially when you are on top in side control?
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:18 — Marcelo Garcia: You gotta try to use your whole body to control somebody. Your weight, your arms, your legs, the tips of your toes. Sometime you don't have your arms to establish somebody, but you have your knees to control their stomach. Sometimes you just have to balance your weight without grips. Sometimes I try to put all of my weight on the part of his body that is moving. This is important.
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:25
— Scotty: Just wanted to say HI!! How is the new school and NYC? I understand you have our good friend Paul there teaching!?! Paul and i lived in brazil together for years. I never saw anyone get as good as him so fast. NYC is lucky to have him! Cant wait to get out there and train. Abraco! -Scotty
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:32
— Marcelo Garcia: Hey Scotty! The school in NY is great! We've been having fun with Paul--he always tries to surprise me with a trust fall! We are thrilled to have him with us and the students all love him! Our new school schedule is at www.marcelogarciajj.com I look forward to seeing you at Mundials Scotty!
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:34
yes for sure! see you there! and in NYC soon!
Sat, 2010-05-15 12:35 — Marcelo Garcia: Thanks Everybody!! I hope you have more of an understanding of my Jiu Jitsu and my way of thinking. You are all welcome to come by my school in NYC anytime and train with me--I am always on the mats. I'd also like to give all of you a 2 week free pass to my online academy www.mginaction.com. If you put in the promo code MG14 you can have 14 days unlimited access to daily instructionals and rolling sessions from my NYC academy. See you soon!