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Smart Thinking or Poor Sportsmanship? Legend has it that while backstage at UFC 1, Rorion Gracie was explaining the tournament format to the fighters one last time. Someone asked him if they were permitted to bite each other. Rorion spread his arms magnanimously and said, "Gentlemen! We're not animals." In jiu-jitsu,...
Preach it, John!
Years ago, before I trained in BJJ, I was an avid UFC fan. I used to religiously watch "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show in it's first few seasons. In one episode Tito Ortiz was coaching a fighter during a match. He kept screaming "UNDERHOOKS!!" again and again. It was pretty...
BJJ-competition-gi-spazzy-white-belt
If you’ve ever rolled with a brand-new athletic guy in BJJ, you likely had the ‘spazzy white belt’ experience.  People of all belt levels, in particular, more experienced white belts and blue belts, often complain about ‘spazzy white belts.’  New BJJ people who use a lot of strength and...
The Small Person's Jiu Jitsu starter kit
Jiu-Jitsu started as a small man's game. If you've been training for more than a day, you've probably had about a dozen people tell you jiu-jitsu was made by smaller people, for smaller people. If you happen to be smaller yourself, you might feel some pressure. You're expected to be...
bjj toe hold
If you keep up with the BJJ metagame, you know that BJJ leg locks are ‘in’ and here to stay.  Particularly in no gi BJJ, leg locks are a prominent technique in both points rules, submission only, and MMA.  Originally, leglocks were frowned upon in mainstream BJJ competition.  However,...
Here's the 5 Reasons Why You're Going To Be Painfully Stuck At BJJ White Belt
So, you’ve tried BJJ and you’re sold on it.  Regardless of whatever sparked you to start training, you are likely wondering what it takes to learn and level up in BJJ to earn your blue belt.   Most people aren’t training to be stuck at a BJJ white belt forever. Nevertheless,...
bjj-ringworm
There's a certain satisfaction you get from a hard night of training. Maybe you got tapped out a bunch of times, or maybe you ran through people. Either way, you did it. You took part in something that 90% of the population is unwilling or unable to do. Something like that...
quitting-bjj
If you have trained BJJ for any length of time, you are probably familiar with the fact that people quit BJJ constantly.  There are many reasons for people quitting BJJ.  Realistically, all of us grapplers will face one or several of the hurdles that cause many to fall off...
injury in bjj
Injuries in BJJ are a fact of training. Whether you get injured in your first month or make it to blue belt without any major damage, you will inevitably face a serious injury if you pursue BJJ for the long haul. In fact, you would be hard pressed to...
Rickson Gracie and Henry Akins
By Professor Henry Akins The training is all in your mind! For a long time in my training, like most people, I always thought I had to train with the best and the toughest guys to improve and get better.  Then one day after talking with Rickson I realized my...