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Ryan Fiorenzi

The 5 Factors In Who Wins A Match

A  few black belt friends of mine talk very highly of conditioning.  When they talk about getting better, they often talk about getting in better shape.  In this post I am respectfully disagreeing with them!

Interview With BJJ Legends Magazine: Machado Stories

BJJ Legends: Thanks for meeting with us. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Ryan: I am a black belt under Rigan and Roger Machado and I started training Jiu-Jitsu in 1994, just after the UFCs began. Before that I had been training Kung Fu for 7 years, earning a black sash. I opened my […]

Is Becoming A Champion MMA Fighter the Pinnacle Of Martial Arts Achievement?

The Good I have mixed feelings about mixed martial arts (MMA).  One one hand, it keeps the martial arts honest.  Before Royce Gracie fought in the first UFC, most martial artists would tell you that their system was the best.  If you opened up Black Belt magazine, every month there would be one article that […]

The Highest Purpose of the Martial Arts

I train in the martial arts for many reasons.  It keeps me in shape, I improve my ability to defend myself, it is mental chess, it builds my confidence, I make friends, it is fun, and it’s my livelihood. No Mind: Mushin But there is a deeper reason why I practice martial arts.  There is […]

Should BJJ Be An Olympic Sport?

The CBJJ and IBJJF (the 2 largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organizations) have made it their goal to get Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into the Olympics.  They stand to make a lot of money if this happens, and I don’t have a problem with that.  Is this a good or a bad thing?

Miyamoto Musashi and Seijuro Sensei

Miyamoto Musashi is said to be the greatest swordsman in the history of Japan.  He is the author of “The Book of 5 Rings,” a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

How to Meditate (2 techniques)

When you sit to meditate, you can use several different poses.  You can sit on a chair with your back away from the back of the seat.  You can sit in a kneeling position, with your shins on the floor (called “seiza” in Japanese).  You can sit with your legs crossed.  For the flexible, you can […]

Can Martial Arts Training Make You More Peaceful?

” There is nothing so gentle as real strength.  The man who is at peace with himself is less likely to war with others.” Years ago I heard an instructor that I was training under give a sales presentation to a single mother for her son and her to train in martial arts.  My instructor […]

One Secret to Increasing Your Defense 100%

John Machado told me to not be a master of kamikaze escapes.  Don’t let your arm get caught and accomplish a daring escape.  Remember that BJJ is not a sport- it is a form of self defense.  A joint lock on the street would not be done slow with control as the joint reached it’s […]

Mas Oyama

Mas Oyama (1923-1994): founder of Kyokushin karate, is one of the toughest martial artist of all time. “Karate, properly viewed, is a way of perfecting character.” Oyama, was born Yong-I Choi, on July 27, 1923, in the tiny village of Wa-Ryongri Yong-chi Myonchul Na Do, in Southern Korea. His family, considered aristocrats, belonged to the […]