#252 Make BJJ Your Own

One of the most interesting things about Jiu Jitsu is the way that beyond the fundamentals one must know (front shoulder rolls, back shoulder rolls, break falls, hip escapes, etc) every individual must discover for themselves, their own unique style. As a thought experiment for a beginner practitioner, ask yourself what you want to beContinue reading “#252 Make BJJ Your Own”

#251 In Jiu Jitsu We Trust

As a Jiu Jitsu instructor, it is common to receive visits from combat athletes versed in other disciplines such as wrestling and judo. What almost never fails to occur during sparring, is an immediate attack from the Jiu Jitsu-newcomer with a great degree of power and strength. Against an intermediate level of Jiu Jitsu fundamentals,Continue reading “#251 In Jiu Jitsu We Trust”

#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”

#237 Jiu Jitsu the day

Sometimes we wake up energized and ready to attack the day while others we tend to lag behind. So too in Jiu Jitsu do we have days where we feel like our 20 year old version walloping every partner that comes before us along with days where we regret stepping foot in the dojo. Understand,Continue reading “#237 Jiu Jitsu the day”

#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”

#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”