Wednesday, 16 April 2014

How to pose for BJJ pictures

The V
You have a few options available.

Let start with the traditional V for group picture. with the leader in the front. Important to reinforce leadership once more. Just in case, potential students do not know what the belt ranking stands for.

Then you have different individual poses.
The body hug where you wrap your right hand over your left elbow. This pose was used a lot by Helio Gracie and define the self defense aspect where your right hand is free to block a strike.

Next option is the hands on the belt. So you just look like a bad ass.

Also, do not smile. You do not want to come across to friendly just in case someone might want to join your club.

The worst option in my opinion is the crossed arms, just bad for self defense (just in case somebody decide to strike you during a photo session at your dojo!).

To conclude, we have the hang loose sign as well.
The shaka sign, sometimes known as "hang loose", is a gesture often associated with Hawaii and surf culture. It consists of extending the thumb and smallest finger while holding the three middle fingers curled, and gesturing in salutation while presenting the front or back of the hand; the hand may be rotated back and forth for emphasis. The shaka sign was adopted from local Hawaiian culture by visiting surfers in the 1960s, and its use has spread around the world. BJJ guys love using it because it is so cool.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaka_sign


Well, there you have it.

All the hand signs and poses to make you look for BJJ pictures!


Renzo doing the hang loose hand sign

The crossed arms



the body hug

The hands on the belt