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  • Thou Shalt Not Pass-Open Guard Concepts


    Often, this blog discusses more philosophical topics. This months blog is going to be a little more technical in nature, and cover arguably one of the most important positions in Jiu-jitsu.
    In my opinion, the guard is the position which really distinguishes Jiu-jitsu from all other martial arts, even including other grappling based arts. The guard brilliantly gives the person on the bottom of the fight the opportunity to not only survive and defend from a seemingly inferior position, but also provides a platform for a plethora of sweeps and submission attacks. This is one of the primary reasons that a smaller person, skilled in the art of Jiu-jitsu, can effectively control a larger, ....

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  • Embracing Discomfort

    If you've spent any significant amount of time on the mat, you've probably heard the mantra "learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations". While this statement is definitely very true, it is often much easier said than practiced. The reality is, we spend most of our time on the mat, as well as in life, trying to avoid situations that cause us pain and discomfort. Now, you shouldn't be regularly experiencing "pain" in Jiu-jitsu training. Obviously, make sure that you protect yourself and tap in plenty of time to avoid injury. However, if you've spent any time at all sparring in Jiu-jitsu class, you have certainly experienced discomfort. It goes with the territory. We've all had that ....

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  • Women's Self Defense Seminar

    Don't be a victim! Learn basic techniques to effectively defend yourself against a sudden, violent assault. This class, based upon the principles of Gracie Jiu-jitsu ,is designed to give course participants instruction in simple, leverage based techniques that will give you the best opportunity to survive an attack against a larger, stronger assailant. The course will cover a variety of the most common types of situations that you may encounter during an attack, including standing & ground techniques. Class is open to any women ages 16 & up. No prior training or experience is necessary. Class space is limited, so pre-register to reserve your spot! Cost $40 (At the ....

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  • Fighters vs. Martial Artists


    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Fighters vs. Martial Artists
    There are plenty of tough guys out there...and a lot of them are very skilled fighters. However, that doesn't make them "martial artists". There is a difference. It is ultimately up to you which category you fall into. Clearly, in a martial arts class, you will learn how to fight. In fact, Jiu-jitsu is considered to be one of the most effective fighting arts on the planet! And through learning to fight, you may, and likely will, develop a level of "toughness". Constantly dealing with being put under pressure, being put in compromising positions, and learning to still survive and keep going can develop a lot of grit. But ....

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  • The Fighting Strategy of Jiu-jitsu


    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    The Fighting Strategy of Jiu-jitsu
    Jiu-jitsu, as it was originally conceived, is a fighting art. It was designed for combat, and as it evolved through years of trial and error in real fights, developed into one of the most sophisticated and effective forms of fighting the world has ever seen! Most Jiu-jitsu practitioners from my generation got into the art because we witnessed what Royce Gracie did in the early days of the UFC, taking on bigger, stronger, very skilled opponents, and vanquishing them with techniques of the "gentle art" that his family was so paramount in developing. Some of the things that continues to make Jiu-jitsu such a ....

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  • Resolve to Make Your Jiu-jitsu Better!


    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Resolve to Make Your Jiu-jitsu Better!
    Well, here we are...it's a new year! This is the time that we traditionally look back on the past year and resolve to be better. The stereotypical New Years Resolutions, most of which typically don't last more than a couple of weeks. This is a great time to rededicate yourself and really make a commitment to training again! That's a great start, but what can you do to make sure that you actually follow through? Unfortunately, in Jiu-jitsu, the statistics are not in your favor. Those who have spent any significant amount of time on the mat can attest to the many, many people that they have seen come and go over ....

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  • Taking Accountability


    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    Taking Accountability
    One of the biggest transitions that a Jiu-jitsu student will make along their journey is when they take make the step to take ownership and accountability for their own training and progress. This is a huge landmark moment in a student's development, and it generally signals the beginning of a rapid period of growth. And this moment comes sooner along the process for some than it does for others. In the beginning, a new student doesn't even have a concept of what Jiu-jitsu is. They show up for class each day, expecting to be fed new information and do their best to absorb it. They go through the motions, trying to replicate to ....

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  • You Gotta Believe!


    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    You Gotta Believe!
    One of the biggest factors in being successful in Jiu-jitsu is confidence. You have to believe and trust in your Jiu-jitsu! It is amazing how confidence breeds success. As I like to say, if you don't believe in your technique, your opponent certainly isn't going to either. So how do you develop this belief in yourself and your technique? Through failure! Yes, it seems ironic. Because success does breed confidence and confidence builds success. But, only through trial and error can you work out the details necessary to develop your skills, and in turn, your confidence. So, embrace the positions that give you a hard time. ....

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  • Learning Through Failure-The Importance of Sparring


    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Learning Through Failure-The Importance of Sparring
    One of the most fun and exciting aspects of training Jiu-jitsu is live sparring-testing out your techniques in the crucible of live training with a resisting opponent. Live sparring can be very challenging & rewarding, but it can also be intimidating, frustrating, and dangerous. How can we make the best of this crucial aspect of training, and make sure that it is beneficial & not detrimental to our development? Here are a few pitfalls to watch out for. Sparring Too Early
    Sparring is a critical part of training. It is the best way to develop reflex & timing, understand the fail ....

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  • Lose Your Mind and Go with the Flow!


    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Lose Your Mind and Go with the Flow!
    In Jiu-jitsu, we talk a lot about developing flow-the ability to perform our techniques seamlessly, almost automatically, with very little thought or pre-planning. This state can exist in almost any athletic endeavor, where your mind's conscious recognition of performing a certain technique or movement is subsequent to your body actually performing this movement. Sometimes, we refer to it as being "in the zone". The Japanese have a term, "Mushin", which literally means "no mind", but which can be roughly true translated as flow. It is one of the three states of mind described in the 7-5-3 Code™that we are ....

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