Do for Others and Yourself

Help others bring their dreams to life, but don’t forget to work on yours as well. Unless you are independently wealthy, you probably need a day-job and this most likely means working for someone else. Most of us earn a living this way, by helping to build and grow someone else’s dream. There is nothing…

Learning Self-Defense For Others

The Gracie jiu-jitsu self-defense curriculum is not for you. Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners often talk disparagingly about the Gracie self-defense curriculum. They say things like: “I don’t care about that. I just do BJJ for fun. I can defend myself. I don’t need that stuff.” The people who say things like this are usually capable, fit,…

Rank is a Symbol (Not a Right)

There is more to rank in martial arts than skill (and loyalty) alone. In martial art competition, rank is important as a means of establishing a level playing field. It is also important as a symbol of who is capable of teaching new students and to what degree. Aside from that, I have often thought…