#247 Jiu Jitsu Vibes

It was once explained to me by Saulo Ribeiro that Jiu Jitsu academies are made up of Poodles, Labradors and Pitbulls. The poodle is the person that may have summoned every ounce of courage just to walk inside the academy, while the labrador being the more confident version who plainly enjoys the art, whereas theContinue reading “#247 Jiu Jitsu Vibes”

#246 Jiu Jitsu Flow

During your Jiu Jitsu Journey you will eventually begin to hear the term “flow” being thrown around. Despite it’s many interpretations, Flow can described as constantly searching for “the right way” or “the best way” to do something. In the words of Jigoro Kano “Maximum efficiency and maximum effectiveness”. Flow means searching for the wayContinue reading “#246 Jiu Jitsu Flow”

#245 3-point shooting and Jiu Jitsu

Have you ever marveled over the 3 point shooting of an amazing talent such as Steph Curry? It is a beautiful thing to watch him being guarded by one and occasionally two players before throwing up a seemingly impossible shot only to watch it float right through the net. What you should know is thatContinue reading “#245 3-point shooting and Jiu Jitsu”

#244 BJJ Mood

For those of us who practice BJJ, there is no denying the overwhelming physiological and emotional benefits. Many of us however, simply notice an improvement in mood, a more relaxed state, better sleep and a “runners high” after beginning to regularly attend class. Furthermore, there is an ever growing amount of evidence not only towardsContinue reading “#244 BJJ Mood”

#243 Jiu Jitsu is Simple

There is a saying in Jiu Jitsu, quoted by the legendary Saulo Ribeiro which I believe holds true to this day. It goes “Jiu Jitsu is simple, we make it complicated”. In your quest for improvement you will find this wisdom to benefit you greatly in a complex topic as Jiu Jitsu that spans aContinue reading “#243 Jiu Jitsu is Simple”

#242 What’s stopping your BJJ progress?

For most of us participating in Jiu Jitsu and life, there are things we want to accomplish. Maybe it’s achieving a black belt, winning the world championships or simply feeling confident that you can protect yourself against most aggressors. On a fundamental level, many of us also understand that our goals are largely a productContinue reading “#242 What’s stopping your BJJ progress?”

#241 Getting discouraged in Jiu Jitsu

When you take up a new activity or hobby, your efforts will often, sooner or later, be met with frustration. Understand that this is not uncommon and you are not exceptionally worse than the other students around you who seem to be excelling. What you must learn is the fundamental idea that YOU ARE NEVERContinue reading “#241 Getting discouraged in Jiu Jitsu”

#240 Doing BJJ versus Learning BJJ

Over the course of my 13 years of BJJ experience I have found that there is a clear and profound difference between going to class and absorbing whatever materials are being taught in the lesson AND understanding BJJ as a whole. What most students do at their BJJ schools, is attend class to learn andContinue reading “#240 Doing BJJ versus Learning BJJ”

#239 Beautiful People

Beauty is ever beside us when we stop to look. From a flawlessly timed and well executed submission in the sport of Jiu Jitsu to the people who make it up, we can only hope to allow our senses the opportunity to capture such moments worthy of appreciation. Your everyday mom and pop to yourContinue reading “#239 Beautiful People”

#238 The Ultimate Wrestler

Did you know that every day of your life is spent wrestling? The key difference being that in this match the opponent is you. Your thoughts, your convictions, your feelings and your ego are on the line every day and may the best man win. In order to win any combative event, the fighter mustContinue reading “#238 The Ultimate Wrestler”