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4 Ways to be More “Coachable”

A “coachable” student automatically has an advantage over the stubborn or lazy student. Here are 3 ways you can be more coachable, and thus more successful at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

  1. Ask Questions. Your instructor, if he or she is any good, wants to answer your questions and help you progress as fast as possible. Do not listen to that voice in your head that says it’s a stupid question- ask the question!
  2. Hear and Listen. To hear is to “perceive with the ear the sound made by someone or something.” To listen is to “give one’s attention to a sound.” A student must truly listen to grasp the concept, technique, or advice being given.
  3. Implement Immediately. Sometimes a student asks a question (“What should I work on?”) and gets a direct answer (“Drill the hip escape from mount 50x before Saturday”), only to procrastinate or worse, disregard the instructions. Before you know it they’re back asking why they keep getting submitted from mount. Do not be lazy.
  4. Trust Your Coach. If you do not have faith in your instructor’s knowledge, 1 of 2 things may be the reason. First, perhaps you have realized that your instructor is not qualified – Find a new instructor. Or maybe you’re a bit arrogant or stubborn and want to do it your way – Listen to the people who’ve accomplished what you want to accomplish (like becoming a BJJ black belt).
Follow these 4 guidelines and you’re off to a good start. Or, correct these areas and watch your skill set improve faster than ever.
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Preparing for the 2017 World Championships

The road to the 2017 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships has already began, and 1 Chester County resident is training hard in Downingtown, PA to reach the top of the podium.

Phil Mento, who works and trains at Paramount BJJ, has won the Boston Open, NAGA, New Breed, PABJJF, and has medaled at the New York Open, Charlotte Open, and more in 2016. This past weekend he added 2 more Gold medals to his collection at the US Grappling Championships in Maryland.

Phil Mento wins the US Grappling purple belt Open division.

Phil is among the very best young up-and-coming purple belts in the US, and is looking to prove himself as one of the best in the world in June 2017. Follow his journey and train alongside him at Paramount BJJ, in Downingtown PA, just minutes from West Chester, Exton, Malvern and Coatesville.

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The “up-kick” is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) technique taught in the Basics classes at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown PA. Check out this fantastic highlight video of the up-kick being utilized in MMA:


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This month at Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in our Intermediate BJJ curriculum we’re focusing on escaping submissions. In this video from multiple-time World Champion Robson Moura, he demonstrates how to get out of the Brabo/Darce choke- a very common choke in both grappling and UFC (MMA or mixed martial arts). Check it out:


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Watch Paramount BJJ blue belt compete against UFC fighter and Matt Serra purple belt Al Iaquinta at the NAGA (2/7/15):


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The next world champion could be somewhere in this video, released by Paramount BJJ, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai academy based out of Downingtown PA- just minutes from West Chester and Exton.


Paramount BJJ offers an Entire Month FREE for new students, call 610-269-1127 to learn more. Students are NOT required to compete, but the above video is a testament to the quality of instruction and training environment at their Downingtown PA facility.

Top 5 Takedowns | BJJ in West Chester PA

Check out this highlight video from Paramount BJJ, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy located in Chester County, PA:


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This Saturday, Metamoris will hold their fifth event. In a format unique to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and grappling competitions, Metamoris uses more of an MMA event format. The card consists of six individual matches, each 20 minutes in length. There are no points and no judges, so the match can only end with a submission or a draw.


Here is the full card:

  • Renzo Gracie vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
  • Keenan Cornelius vs. Yuri Simoes
  • Rory MacDonald vs. Jonathan “JT” Torres
  • Vinny Magalhaes vs Matheus Diniz
  • Garry Tonon vs. Zak Maxwell
  • Secret Match

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How Much Does Winning Matter?

In the book “The Mental Edge,” author Kenneth Baum lists what he calls perception stretchers, short phrases intended to help an individual maintain perspective before and during a competition. One of them is: “Getting better is more important than winning.”

This concept can be very beneficial for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitor who tends to put too much pressure on him or herself before a match. It can also help an individual who takes losses very hard. It’s critical that the athlete enjoys the process- the process of learning and competing, not just winning.

On the other hand, there is no substitute for winning, and nothing boosts confidence like getting your hand raised after a grueling battle on the mats. So is winning ever more important than getting better? If so, when?


While winning at an early age is important, enjoying the process is too.

Here is one suggestion: Decide which tournaments are most important to you- those are the ones where the only thing that matters is winning. For example, the Pan American or World Championships. Smaller tournaments leading up to those are more like scrimmages- of course you’re still trying to win, but you’re working on specific techniques or strategies that may not be your specialty.

As we all know, losing has it’s benefits as well. In fact, some of the greatest fighters of all time lost early on. Legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins lost his very first pro bout, while MMA superstar Anderson Silva lost his third pro fight. Both went on to become multiple time world champions.

If you’re not a competitor, pick days on which your training will be geared towards using your best techniques to win each round, and days where you are working only on your weaknesses. Recreational BJJ practitioners need to accurately evaluate both their strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis just as much as anyone else.

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BJJ & Muay Thai | Chester County PA

Don’t wait another minute, check out Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the awesome BJJ and Muay Thai programs!


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