How to Crosstrain

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Cross training is good! I encourage everyone¬†to visit other gyms. We all benefit from the sharing of information, and grow a sense of community. When we do this, a few things are important to keep in mind. Call or message before your first visit, and be clean. Most places are cool, some are not. A […]

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Vocabulary 1: Positions

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What do all these terms mean? I often have new practitioners ask about our terminology in class. In addition to new movements, ideas, goals, and fears; a multitude of new terms comes at us in rapid succession. Today, we are looking at the positions. You may find yourself on either side of every position. Everyone […]

What Does Blue Belt Mean?

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The first adult promotion in BJJ. All promotions take a long time, and understanding the requirements can be confusing. People often question if I have a curriculum to follow, or what to do next. While nobody encourages belt chasing, having a clear direction makes the journey more enjoyable. Every black belt promotes a little bit […]

Do you teach MMA?

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The answer is both yes and no. I get asked about MMA a lot. There are two basic groups who ask. The first is the regular student, who has a job that would frown on the black eyes and constant injury associated with fighting. On the other hand, we have a growing number that wants […]

How do I get started?

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The first time we walk into an unfamiliar place with new people, understanding the routine helps us to feel comfortable in our new setting. Most schools follow a basic structure that can be divided into three parts. The warm ups, the lesson, and rolling (live sparring). Walking in the door. Before the first class, it’s […]

Kids and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Upon deciding to open classes for children to compliment our adult program, some questions naturally arose. Will the focus be on competition? How about self defense? Do you do a bully proof program? Can you teach discipline? We have the same structure as the adult class. Our time frame is shorter, and the pace is […]

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense

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Does BJJ work? I get a surprising number of questions about the practicality of BJJ in self defense. It’s pretty obvious that the origins of BJJ are rooted in self defense. In fact, a certain family made it famous by challenging every other martial art in both tournaments and individual matches. There is no reason […]

Should I get in shape before starting?

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Being in average shape is a fine place to begin. You will likely be exhausted during your first class, regardless of shape. It takes some practice to learn how to breathe during warm ups, and most people panic during their first roll. The first time an unfamiliar situation is encountered, breathing tends to go crazy […]

What does belt promotion entail?

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You will have to invest some time. Every belt promotion takes years to achieve, and is not guaranteed. The belts in order are white, blue, purple, brown, black. Here, I don’t give stripes or require formal testing. In any school with a good lineage, a blue belt represents years of hard work, and purple on […]