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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 […]

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 […]

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:

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!