Joy And Difficulty For A Sustainable Practice

“I think the most important thing is to have fun. Everyone wants to progress, to get better, but, if you have fun, you will never quit… you will always do it. Eventually, everyone gets better. If you have fun, you will keep showing up.“— Caio Terra, 12x Jiu-Jitsu World Champion In whatever we do, we…

Moving Through Our Egos in Jiu-Jitsu

Life is expressed through motion and our jiu-jitsu should reflect that. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the best time to attack or sweep is when our opponent is moving to escape or pass and the best time to escape or pass is when our opponent is trying to attack or sweep. Movement creates opportunities. The goal of…

Grapping With (Not Against) Our Opponent

If we want to experience the joy and flow of a mutually beneficial relationship, it is imperative that we allow others to be themselves, but not to the point where it shuts down our ability to also be ourselves. There are many benefits, both physical and psychological, that come from sportive grappling, especially in a…

The Good Days Don’t Count

If our goals are shallow, most likely our commitment will be as well. Starting martial arts can be scary. Walking through the door for the first time is a huge step. Once we get started, however, staying can be even more difficult. When our initial motivation wears off, once we reach some short term goal…

John Danaher on the Importance of Training in a Gi for Beginners in BJJ

Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor John Danaher on teaching BJJ to beginners (excerpted and transcribed from the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Matt Serra and Jim Norton, episode 40): “I would run all beginner’s classes in a gi. Let’s break down what changes when you put a gi on and you take one off. Really, only a few…