#256 The Greatest Instructor

In Jiu Jitsu, as in life, every practitioner will eventually face the inevitable. Injury. While it is only natural to want to retreat into isolation and “lick your wounds” these are one of the art’s greatest learning experiences that will ultimately define you as a Martial Artist. While the severity of the injury may preventContinue reading “#256 The Greatest Instructor”

#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”

#230 Adapt your Jiu Jitsu

Today I woke up with a nagging shoulder injury. Of course it happened the day before I was scheduled to work with a private group of women in the Palm Springs area. Luckily, and thanks to some CBD roll on and my ever trusted Aleve, by the time I got there it had loosened up.Continue reading “#230 Adapt your Jiu Jitsu”

#229 Just roll with it

It’s the last day of training for the week, everything is feeling great, you are at your best physically, mentally and even feeling motivated. Then, crash!!! You are reminded of your mortality by a snap, crackle pop. As the realization of an injury sets in, negative thoughts begin to fill your mind. This is onlyContinue reading “#229 Just roll with it”

#228 Improving through injuries

In any endeavor, particularly one that involves putting breaking forces on an opponents joints, injuries are an inevitable factor. The implications following a serious injury are fairly obvious but there are a few main distinctions when it comes to the types of injuries you can sustain and how to respond thereafter. The first scenario isContinue reading “#228 Improving through injuries”

#230 Embracing the struggles of BJJ

Regardless of who you are when you begin your Jiu Jitsu journey, one thing is certain. The person who emerges after years of hard training, dedication, blood sweat and tears is undoubtedly your better self, so long as you maintain the mindset of daily improvement. If your goal is to be a gym-hero, smashing everyContinue reading “#230 Embracing the struggles of BJJ”

#227 Your soul on display

Many people believe that BJJ or Jiu Jitsu tournaments are merely about achieving medals and recognition in the sport. While that is true, who doesn’t want to be respected for their efforts, there is something to be said for the reality of fighting and its effects on the human mind. Fewer things will drive aContinue reading “#227 Your soul on display”

#225 BJJ Building Blocks

A couple years ago I was in Texas, Fort Worth learning from a friend who, over the last 20 years as a black belt, had developed a teaching methodology that I was interested in learning. He called this method “The Block” method. What is was, was a way of chaining together a “Start to Finish”Continue reading “#225 BJJ Building Blocks”

#211 Technique and f*** it!

Everyone at some level or another learns that there is a level of technique needed to be proficient in any given discipline. There also comes the time when you need to say fuck it and just “GO!”. As much as there is a need to be precise and calculated, the day will come where itContinue reading “#211 Technique and f*** it!”

#200 Approach BJJ slowly but surely.

As a teacher of the gentle art of BJJ, nothing is more inspiring than meeting a student who from Day 1 is full of desire and passion to master this incredible art that gives one the ability to control and strangle or break limbs of a larger opponent. Unfortunately it is rare that new studentsContinue reading “#200 Approach BJJ slowly but surely.”