The path to mastery is truly one of the lonliest to walk; it demands from you more than most are prepared to ever sacrifice. You will have to labor long and you will have to labor alone, but in the end what you reap will be more than anyone else can measure.

Leg Locks: “Why WOULD you ignore 50% of the body?”

Leg Locks: talked about by most, employed by some and feared (unnecessarily) by many. Leg Locks are definitely the current ‘flavor of the week’ in submission grappling, but why? Leg Locks have been employed for longer than their current climb in popularity, yet there is still some stigma around their use, with many techniques being deemed illegal for competition or even considered ‘too dangerous’ for the training room.

I’d like to explore this topic a little bit for the benefit of you as the reader and hopefully to reflect some different ways of thinking about Leg Locks within Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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Injury and Recovery

One of the unfortunate realities for anyone who trains Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, or any other sports for that matter, is injury.

Even if you are a safe, conscientious practitioner, the likelihood of accidental injury increases alongside time spent training. The severity of an injury will dictate the amount of time needed to recover, as well as the kind of physical requirements needed for sufficient recovery before returning to the mat. In this post I will look at a few things that you should be looking to do on the path to recovery in the unfortunate event of injury. Continue reading

Wanting to get better at Brazilian Jiu-jitsu quicker? Play more guard.

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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is unique among most other forms of grappling arts because of its emphasis on and variety of techniques whilst on your back and- more specifically- from bottom positions often referred to as ‘ the guard’.

However, most people starting out in the sport tend to reject this in favor of what they believe to be more dominant” top positions. In this article I will discuss how this is not often the case and how you can improve faster by playing more guard.

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Black Belt is not the goal.

I think there is probably a time in anyone’s life journeys where they’ve said: “Damn, I wish I could just fast forward to when I’m X.”

I don’t think that Jiu-jitsu is any different. Many a practitioner has hoped for a quick(er) promotion or felt frustrated at stalling or slow progress. But I think something that is worth explicitly saying is this: Black Belt is not the goal. It’s only a part of it. I want to explore this and explain why we should be looking at more expansive goals for ourselves.  Continue reading

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Anarchy: the Ultimate Open Source Education for the modern world.

As a philosopher, there are not a lot of things that I feel as genuinely optimistic about as I do with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At its core, the art empowers all of its practitioners with the ability to learn, defend themselves and (arguably the most important factor) promotes critical thinking. In a lot of ways, I see learning BJJ as an action that is not only empowering, but also very closely aligned with some crucial Anarchistic Philosophical principals.

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Beating the Sedentary Lifestyle: Starting out Small

Continuing on the theme from yesterday’s post; Beating the Sedentary Lifestyle: The Modern Day Killer, we will continue looking at ways to overcome the sedentary lifestyle.

Not everyone is suddenly going to be able to say “Damn, you’re right! I need to get out and exercise every day!” That’s how fads start and it’s only a superficial fix. If you go from nothing to everything, it will likely be too much and you will either get injured or burn out and give up. You have to build it up by starting out small.  Continue reading

Beating the Sedentary Lifestyle: The Modern day Killer

I’m of the belief that one of the biggest killers today (at least within the developed world) is not a specific disease or illness, but is instead the kind of lifestyle lead by the majority of people; The Sedentary Lifestyle¹. 

More so than many pre-existing medical conditions, illness or external factors; our lifestyle plays a large- if not the largest- role in dictating our health and well being. Many of us grow up learning to manage our time & money, relationships etc., but very few of us take the time to learn to manage our own lifestyle and well being. Today, more so than ever before, technology enables us to live in a way that allows us to be stationary for more and more time during our waking day. Continue reading

Thoughts on Reality & Hard Work

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“There is no substitute for hard work” 

For some, the concept of hard work & the perceived discomfort it will bring (and the perceived ‘lack’ of results that follow) is just not worth the effort. I think we live in a time, now more so than ever before, where people want instant gratification; so many people see results but do not anticipate the hard work it requires to get there and become quick to make excuses once they realize they are not willing to invest the time and effort required. 

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