#192 The Jiu Jitsu move nobody knows…

Ever since I can remember, in my past-decade of experience doing Jiu Jitsu, I have always met those who scoured the Jiu Jitsu ether searching for “secret moves” than their opponent didn’t know. I must admit, as a white and blue belt, I too fell victim to this thinking. The thinking that the more tricksContinue reading “#192 The Jiu Jitsu move nobody knows…”

#190 Your Bjj school is full of egotists…

As students, we all develop a natural fondness for our senseis. It is expected. However, not all teachers’ intentions are in the interest of the school and the students. Unfortunately this can discourage many students from sticking to a journey that is actually right for them, if they only had a different academy with instructorsContinue reading “#190 Your Bjj school is full of egotists…”

#189 Are you efficient or effective?

Early on in my career as a strength and conditioning coach, there was something I became quickly aware of despite my lack of knowledge or education in the field. It was something I came across perhaps flipping through Zatsiorsky’s work and soon after by my own two eyes. It was the contrast between those typesContinue reading “#189 Are you efficient or effective?”

#188 Pressure makes BJJ diamonds

Martial Artists understand that there cannot be growth without struggle. This is an inescapable feature of being human. Harsh conditions make a man hard in the mind and body, too much comfort makes him soft and weak. Luckily for all, there is a safe and friendly environment that invites all to develop themselves in thisContinue reading “#188 Pressure makes BJJ diamonds”

#187 I want my kid to learn BJJ but I’m afraid of them…

Many parents are well intentioned when it comes to their kids. Sometimes however, their desire to please them can work against their favor. Lets imagine two sets of parents who both carry a considerable amount of care for their child yet go about it in entirely different ways. One parent, loves their child so muchContinue reading “#187 I want my kid to learn BJJ but I’m afraid of them…”

#186 Getting beat up versus making progress in BJJ

In BJJ there is an idea, met with wide agreement, that if you have tough training partners to beat you up, you will surely get better at Jiu Jitsu. It sounds good on the surface but fails to pass standard reasoning. Legendary Strength Coach Dan John once told me at a workshop “anyone can makeContinue reading “#186 Getting beat up versus making progress in BJJ”

#182 Stop wasting your time doing “cardio” for Jiu Jitsu

Let’s face it, we’ve all encountered a student who takes up running or biking to improve their “cardio” for Jiu Jitsu. Clearly they seek an improvement in their Jiu Jitsu performance and understandably so as Jiu Jitsu has intense physical requirements from strength, power, flexibility to endurance. While there are some benefits to raising one’sContinue reading “#182 Stop wasting your time doing “cardio” for Jiu Jitsu”

#181 Is strength necessary for Jiu Jitsu?

Due to the technical nature of Jiu Jitsu and it’s proven effectiveness against a stronger opponent, there is an idea often circulated that strength is not needed for Jiu Jitsu. This of course couldn’t be farther from the truth. A characteristic of physical strength is the ability to hold a position in an isometric fashion.Continue reading “#181 Is strength necessary for Jiu Jitsu?”

#179 Jiu Jitsu is not for “big men” but big hearts and brains…

How I love this art which never ceases to rip the ego from the heart of small men hiding behind a large muscles and a mean scowl. Those who walk around the gym with their chests puffed high as their egos themselves. In their case ignorance certainly is bliss. Ignorance of the frightening ease withContinue reading “#179 Jiu Jitsu is not for “big men” but big hearts and brains…”

#177 Martial Artists

We are those who dare to see things differently. Martial Arts is the perfect balance of beauty and grace alongside pragmatism and ruthlessness. Such harmony is not seen in nature, it is nature. Like a beautiful ocean that in the next moment is a devastating tsunami, so too is the way of life itself. WeContinue reading “#177 Martial Artists”