Find Your Way Back to the Familiar

If you are stuck in a position you do not know how to get out of, find your way back to a position you do know how to get out of and escape from there. I received a call from one of my lead technicians the other day with a question about how to remove…

Start By Not Losing

“If they can’t submit you, they will start to respect you.” —Anonymous For a long time, I was one of the only white belts at a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) school full of blue, purple, and brown belts, as well as the black belt who owned the school. Every roll was hard and I was getting…

Cutting Through Closed Guard

Accepting even an expert’s opinion as fact, without testing and retesting it in different contexts, can be detrimental to growth and progress. When I first started cross-training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), I accepted the opinion that closed guard is better than open guard for self defense. It seemed logical. There is more postural control in…

Be The Partner You Want And Need

The fastest way to improve in martial arts is to have great training partners, but the best way to have great training partners is to first become one yourself. In martial arts, paired drilling, the concentrated practicing of specific, often isolated, skills with another person, is an irreplaceable component of any well-rounded training regimen. However,…

Grappling With Your Hopes And Fears

If you want to know more about yourself, your fears, and your ego, grapple. Grappling is a form of self-expression, under pressure and against resistance. As a person’s skills develop in any grappling art, his or her personality begins to come through in the way that he or she trains. This is especially true in…