Guiding the First Timers in BJJ

People try jiu-jitsu for all kinds of reasons. People also quit jiu-jitsu for all kinds of reasons. For those of us that are already committed, our job is to help the first timers see why they shouldn’t quit. As we gain experience in jiu-jitsu, we see that the things that we worried about at first […]

Jiu-Jitsu Happiness

Finding happiness in jiu-jitsu is something we can cultivate over time based on recognizing patterns that are both negative and positive. Research into the science of Happiness gives us a template to improve our outlook on our jiu-jitsu.

Self-defense is a State of Mind

I was walking down the street by myself and I noticed someone look at me as they were walking towards me. The guy abruptly turned around and in about ten steps he made a comment to a second guy. The second guy made eye contact and the first thing that came to mind is to […]

Solving Jiu-Jitsu Puzzles

Solving Jiu-Jitsu Puzzles

The jiu-jitsu challenge is to rapidly identify, classify, prioritize, and solve an evolving set of positional puzzles. How we approach these puzzles helps us solve any situation we encounter.

Insight and Understanding

To have insight in jiu-jitsu is to have adaptable knowledge of details. To understand jiu-jitsu is to have adaptable and comprehensive application of insight.

How can we apply insight and understanding to build our jiu-jitsu?

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Perfecting Jiu-Jitsu in the Academy

As we train, we are perfecting both our jiu-jitsu as well as our partners jiu-jitsu. Regardless of your motivations, selfish or altruistic, the fastest path to perfecting your jiu-jitsu is to elevate everyone around you.

Halfway There

Yes, getting my BJJ black belt is really “halfway there”. Four years ago, I wrote that as a purple belt I was halfway to halfway there. Purple marked the midpoint of getting to the coveted black belt. On an intellectual level, I was correct, but it was not a great leap of logic to listen […]

Progress in Jiu-Jitsu

Elements of Progress Good progress in jiu-jitsu is obtained by a combination working on your knowledge, dedication, and performance. When I am evaluating the progress of my students (as well as my own progress), these three metrics are what I use to determine how much progress is being made. Knowledge Mastery is defined by details […]