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 […]
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.
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
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.
What is perfect jiu-jitsu, and if it exists in some form, how do we recognize it and get closer to it?
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?
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Discomfort, both giving and receiving, is a fundamental characteristic of jiu-jitsu. It is part of what builds mental and physical toughness for both sport and self-defense applications. When you are receiving discomfort, it means some aspect of your defense failed and you have to deal with discomfort while rebuilding your defense and escape options. When […]