Managing Space (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Sometimes the best input is silence and the best proximity is distance. There are more people than ever who want to tell us how to feel, what to believe, and how to act, but there are very few who are actually concerned with how we feel, what we believe, and what we want to do…

Grappling Is Measured In Irimi

“Whoever controls the center, wins.” —Ellis Amdur Grappling is essentially a negotiation for space, space that one person is attempting to occupy to the detriment of the other. Takedowns, throws, pins, strangles, and joint-locks, are really all variants of taking space so that we are in control of it and our opponent is not. In…

Distance for Self-Protection

Some of us need to protect ourselves from other people’s problems and personalities, and that’s okay. There are certain people who are empathetic to the point that they find it difficult to maintain boundaries between other people’s emotions and their own. They feel other people’s problems as if they are theirs as well. Depending on…