The Arctic, Jiu-Jitsu, and Perspective

What do backpacking in the Alaskan Arctic and jiu-jitsu have in common? They both can serve as a lesson on proper perspective, but only if you want them to. It’s a fact of life that things that are worth doing are often not going to be easy. Sometimes during those endeavors, you’ll encounter situations where […]

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 […]