Committing Sincerely Without Overcommitting

One of the things that grappling teaches us is that people can sense a dishonest setup and, if we are to make actual progress toward our goal, our approach has to be sincere. When setting up a throw, a pin, or a submission, we must be prepared that our initial attack may be countered and…

Find Your Dynamic Center

One of the common themes among all grappling arts is a focus on stability as a fundamental principle. Whether called base, root, center, balance, or even frame or posture by some people, stability is an integral component of any grappling-based martial art. Whatever name we use for the concept, what we are talking about is…

Do The Positive Opposite

What if we just focused on doing the positive opposite of the things that bother us? As we move through our lives, it is easy to get caught up in negativity. It is easy to find ourselves focusing on the situations, circumstances, behaviors, and people that we do not like. If the things that bother…

Three Pillars for Practice

Tradition gives us roots into the past, innovation keeps us reaching into the future, and etiquette gives us a way to behave in the present. There are three pillars to any worthwhile practice, martial or otherwise. It must have roots that tie it deeply to some real human need, desire, or problem. In addition, it…

Reasons for Starting & Continuing (Martial Arts)

“I often recommend to people, even if they never have the opportunity, hopefully never have the opportunity to use kickboxing or Brazilian jiu jitsu or some martial art outside of a practice environment that they should train because the way they will carry themselves through the world — male, female, it doesn’t matter; age doesn’t…