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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]