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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!

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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?