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The Deeper Aspects of BJJ

There is a lot more to be gained from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu than getting a better position or submission. Martial artists of every art say that their art is only 10% physical (or even less). BJJ is no different!

What’s Wrong With BJJ

I have to say that the Gracies have made a huge contribution to my life.  I love Jiu-Jitsu.  It is one of the most amazing martial arts I have ever encountered, that I am still challenged and mystified by.  I am very thankful to them. They have helped make me a more complete martial artist and […]

Erik Paulson

Erik Paulson is an amazing person and martial artist.  He was training with Rorion in 1986,  a World Shooto Champion, Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Dan Inosanto, and Rigan Machado Black Belt.  He is an mma coach for Josh Barnett and Brock Lesnar. For anyone who has been in Jiu-Jitsu for more than a few […]

The Gauntlet / Belt Whipping Ceremony

The BJJ Gauntlet / Belt Whipping Ceremony For those of you who don’t know, there is a tradition in some bjj schools where students that get their next belt will get whipped in the back by all the other students. I’m not a fan of this tradition and we don’t do it at my school.  […]

100 Things You Should Do Before Reaching Black Belt

This is a Gracie Magazine post with some good advice, some bad advice (my opinion), and some hilarious advice. My favorites are #’s 29, 33. 43, 61, and 81.  Enjoy 🙂 Feel free to comment below your favorites. http://www.graciemag.com/en/2010/08/100-things-you-should-do-before-reaching-black-belt/

How To Keep Improving Your BJJ

I have noticed over several years of teaching that some students progress faster than others.  This can be a blessing or a curse… some of the students that progress very fast get used to the exhilaration of learning fast and inevitable, the learning curve slows down.  When this happens, they often lose interest and stop […]

Two Wolves

I find BJJ to be lacking in deeper philosophy that you will find in other martial arts.  Many refer to BJJ as a sport rather than an art. Here is one of my favorite stories. There is a story of a Native American grandfather talking to his grandson. He explained that we all have two […]

What To Do When You Get Tapped By A Lower Rank

What To Do When You Get Tapped By A Lower Rank First of all, do not do any of the following: tell the person who just tapped you that you’re injured. explain that you weren’t going 100%. roll again and start coaching them to let them know that you weren’t going 100% the whole time. […]

How A Black Belt Can Hurt You

Having a belt system in any martial art has several purposes.  One is that students know who to trust as far as who to learn from.  Belt color will let you know to trust the darker colored belts and to take advice from white belts with a grain of salt.  There are white belts in […]

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 […]

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.