Wisdom Is Transcendent

Jiu-jitsu is often on my mind, but it is just one aspect of my life. When I read, I prefer philosophy over fantasy, political over fiction. As I read, I naturally test and apply concepts to areas not necessarily intended by the text. The Bible, Marcus Aurelius, Augustine, Hayek, the Art of War. . . […]

Levels Of Frustration

I’ve been on both sides of this guide. Level 10: Coach looks like he’s sleeping. Your attacks aren’t even close. Level 9: Coach moves his hands. He knows what you are thinking. This is still going to end badly. Level 8: Coach actually defends a submission attempt. You apparently have some idea of what you […]

A SimpleBJJ Christmas

Everything is an excuse to have jiu-jitsu involved. First up, Brown Belt On The Shelf             Then, we have The Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all ‘cross the mat Not a student was tapping, not even to naps; The heavy bags hung beside the mats with […]

Class 2015-11-24: Stack Pass Counter

Nobody likes having a stack pass done to them, but as with anything else, there’s a way to counter and turn the tables. You can prevent the stack pass from progressing and you can get in a good position for multiple attacks.

How To Get Submissions or Find Escapes

Every fundamentals student wants to learn how to submit people, or how to escape from submissions. After all, submissions end the fight, match, or sparring. You are also told that you should be a submission oriented grappler. At every turn, we are introduced to classes and technique videos that revolve around submissions and escapes from […]

Jitsallica – Done

I can’t remember anything Can’t tell if this is true or dream I know inside I failed my team This terrible silence stops me Now the black belt is through with me I’m waking up, I can now see I should have tapped, it’s clear to me Nothing is real but pain now Take my […]

Ball Rolling

I’ve spent the last couple weeks sparring with only one hand because my left hand is injured. It’s presented a lot of frustration, but it also made me think a lot. It’s also been a while since I made up a game for the adults. Chocolate, meet peanut butter. So, for tonight’s fundamentals class, I […]

Jitsallica – Master of White Belts

Tonight I handed out my first stripe promotion, and it was to my wife. To celebrate, I’ll release another Jitsallica tune. Master of White Belts ———————- End of your mat play, crawling slow away I’m your source of self-improvement Veins that pump with fear, you’re trying is so clear Leading on your lifes’ construction Try […]