My Apology

I have to apologize, but not in the way you are probably thinking. I’m referring to the lesser known definition of apology, which is to make a rational defense of a position, also known as apologia. I am a firm believer that if you are going to have an opinion on something, from jiu-jitsu to […]

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. . . […]

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 […]

A Year With Henry Akins

I wrote last year about the impact that a week of training with Henry Akins made on me. Since then, I have been to several more of his seminars and I will be doing another week-long session with him in Costa Rica in a few months. Over the last year I have used elements of […]

Sometimes We Just Suck

I recently went on vacation, and like most of my vacations, I took a gi with me so I could get some training in. I was going on a backpacking trip in Alaska and I was able to attend a noon class at Gracie Barra Alaska both before and after my trip out of Anchorage. […]

What I Like About You

When I look at you, all I see is muscle, bone, and brain. I don’t see gender, I don’t see race, I don’t see your morals, vices, or sins. You have strengths to maximize and weaknesses to minimize. If you practice jiu-jitsu, you are awesome to me. If you want to learn from me, I’ll […]

Submitted Over Submitting

It’s possible to learn more by being submitted than by being the submitter. This may seem counter-intuitive to fundamentals students, since so much time is spent learning how to submit people and it is the final goal of jiu-jitsu. It’s natural to assume that repping out submissions against resisting opponents is the best way to […]