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Ryan Fiorenzi

Criteria for Rank in BJJ

This is a really touchy subject.  I have seen adults act like children when it comes to getting promoted in BJJ! What creates some of this frustration is that most schools do not have a clear set of requirements for advancement.   I understand why students can get frustrated. It took my 11 years to […]

Gichin Funakoshi

  Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), the founder of modern Karate-Do. Note from Ryan Fiorenzi:  The life of Gichin Funakoshi is not as dramatic as Mas Oyamas.  But it is helpful to study the lives of masters such as his, to understand that not all martial artists fight.  Our role models are a huge influence on our […]

The Meaning of the Bow

In my opinion, bowing is the most important technique in all of the martial arts.  In this post I will explain what the different types of bows are why the bow is so important.

Abundance and Scarcity in BJJ

My early years in Jiu-Jitsu were rough in many ways!  One of my negative experiences was learning a different way to do a guard pass.  One day I was doing the pass where you slide one arm in between their legs and you leave one arm in between their legs.  I had learned this pass […]

World Champions Leo Viera and BJ Penn Rolling

I like this video for two reasons. The first is how BJ Penn defends his guard being passed.  Notice how he always keeps some kind of barrier up to prevent the pass, and how he keeps moving his hips.  And the way he uses his legs is really interesting! The second is how relaxed both […]

How To Not Quit Jiu-Jitsu (part 2)

continued from part 1… I have been training martial arts since 1987.  It is not a long time, but one of the things I am most proud of is that I have never quit.  The only time I have taken off was due to injury.  One thing I can honestly say is that at least […]

How To Not Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (part 1)

The Challenge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the hardest martial arts to learn.  But it is also one of the most rewarding.  There is something really honest about having to tap, and if you don’t,  something will break, or you’ll go to sleep.  But it can be hard to take.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank (part 2) by Guest Columnist Eric Smith

continued from part 1… Expectations and Entitlement Paying tuition or a testing fee does not entitle anyone to a promotion. Chuck Norris flunked his first black belt exam. He didn’t complain or quit, he just made corrections without complaining and continued to train smarter and harder. Where we think we are at skill wise and […]

Why Meditate?

Meditation is one of the most powerful tools for improving your martial arts abilities and your life.  Here’s how it will help your Jiu-Jitsu:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank (part 1) by Guest Columnist Eric Smith

“This belt only covers two inches of my butt, I have to cover the rest.”  -Royce Gracie “There are no shortcuts on a path worth traveling.”  -Unknown The thoughts below come from several sources and are not all original thoughts of mine but rather information and a perspective that guide me through my training. Therefore […]