The Point System in BJJ

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I just spent four hours at a rules seminar. How else would you rather spend a Saturday, right? We can practice and learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, that’s a lifetime study in itself. But how do we keep track of who’s winning in real time? The points are easy enough to get after some practice, but […]

Do You Have a Friend Who Should Train?

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Yes, you probably do. But convincing them is not always easy. I was a hard sell myself. My coworkers had found a place in the late 90s, and enthusiastically told me I needed to train. But it was eight years later that I finally gave in. Why did it take me so long? I understood […]

Can Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Help With Anger?

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Anger can seem like a great problem solver at first. People tend to operate in patterns. Our emotional state is interwoven into those patterns. When we take on a difficult task, frustration can easily give way to anger. A sudden burst of energy and focus may actually help accomplish a simple objective. But, we can […]

Journaling 2.0

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Do you journal your Jiu Jitsu? Writing to yourself is low pressure, because you are the only one who has to understand it. Proper grammar is only necessary to convey information to others. Explaining Bjj to yourself can still take time and effort to get the hang of. In Taking Notes we briefly discussed a few options […]

Train For Sustainability

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The human body is fragile. We learn this very quickly in Jiu Jitsu. The biggest and strongest people in the gym feel the same pain as everyone else when caught in a tight submission. I have to say a lot of obvious things here, but some people honestly don’t know. We have to preserve both […]

Think Three Steps Ahead: A Blueprint

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often compared to chess. But why? The best players can see several moves ahead. You will get a general sense of direction early. But high level competitors seem to read your mind. Let’s look at three methods for growing this type of understanding. Begin with losing. Yup. Losing. You will find […]

Jiu Jitsu People Are Exceptional

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What makes a group exceptional? I purposely spend the majority of my time around Jiu Jitsu people. My reason for this is simple. They are a constant source of positive energy. What about them is so different from average? New faces are always welcome. In most environments, people are drawn to similarities. Because of social […]

What does it take to get to purple belt?

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Purple belt is the first elite belt. Every instructor has different standards, but nobody worth his salt just hands out a purple belt. I can only speak for myself on this matter, so here is what I look for. You have discovered your training pattern. By this time, you have established that you will probably […]

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 […]