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September 2019

Rolling in new territory

2019-09-18T15:33:57+00:00

The sport and discipline of Jiu Jitsu has grown internationally. The consequent opening of many academies in cities around the world means that Jiu Jitsu is now a sport that can be practiced almost anywhere. As long as we pack a gi, a rashgaurd, and our belt, we can train all over Rolling in new [...]

Rolling in new territory2019-09-18T15:33:57+00:00

Fear and loathing in jiu jitsu

2019-09-01T11:42:11+00:00

One of the hardest things about jiu jitsu is facing fears that come with the sport. There are different kinds of fears we can have. Beginners might fear being too out of shape to start. Those further along might fear they are not good enough, or the hard training and physical demands of the sport. [...]

Fear and loathing in jiu jitsu2019-09-01T11:42:11+00:00

August 2019

Gentle like a lion killer: How to be gentle in jiu jitsu

2019-08-28T01:30:02+00:00

While no one could deny the effectiveness of Brazilian jiu jitsu, the more subtle aspects of the martial art have not always been promoted. Specifically, why jiu jitsu is referred to as the “arte suave” in Portuguese, or the “gentle art” in English? Some confusion about how jiu jitsu can be considered “gentle” is understandable. Afterall, [...]

Gentle like a lion killer: How to be gentle in jiu jitsu2019-08-28T01:30:02+00:00

July 2019

Rising Phoenix: How injuries help our jiu jitsu

2019-07-30T16:20:44+00:00

As with any intense sport which is practiced regularly, injuries in jiu jitsu can and sometimes do occur. There are ways to minimize the occurrence of injuries, and the human body is able to recover from almost any injury that occurs in training, but injuries are still often looked as a negative part of the [...]

Rising Phoenix: How injuries help our jiu jitsu2019-07-30T16:20:44+00:00

May 2019

The Elements of Coaching Jiu Jitsu-A Student Perspective

2019-05-22T13:54:00+00:00

  While the jiu jitsu student/coaching relationship seems straightforward (payment for instruction), the reality is coaching jiu jitsu is a complex and personal thing. Accordingly, there are some hidden aspects to coaching jiu jitsu that are important but not obvious. Part of this is on purpose, a good coach wants your priority to be your [...]

The Elements of Coaching Jiu Jitsu-A Student Perspective2019-05-22T13:54:00+00:00

April 2019

Little Grasshopper Lessons: How to be more coachable in jiu jitsu

2019-04-25T10:45:10+00:00

When it comes to success in jiu jitsu, the simple truth is that coaching matters. This is the reason why some academies are so successful in producing world champions, and why many head instructors trace their lineage with pictures of their coach and their coach’s coach on the dojo wall. Respect is given as an [...]

Little Grasshopper Lessons: How to be more coachable in jiu jitsu2019-04-25T10:45:10+00:00

March 2019

The Secret Sauce: How competition helps your jiu jitsu game

2019-03-16T13:25:24+00:00

The Secret Sauce: How competition helps your jiu-jitsu game Whether you are new to jiu jitsu or a veteran, one question you will eventually consider is whether to compete. This is a natural question because our development in jiu jitsu is relational. We train not just to get better compared to people who are not [...]

The Secret Sauce: How competition helps your jiu jitsu game2019-03-16T13:25:24+00:00

February 2019

Beyond Excuses: Why white belts really quit (and how not to)

2019-02-13T11:18:53+00:00

Many people who start jiu jitsu quit within the first year. Why do some beginners stick with jiu jitsu while others quit? The common explanations are that jiu jitsu is too hard, takes up too much time, causes injury, or that it is too expensive. To address the real reasons why some white belts quit [...]

Beyond Excuses: Why white belts really quit (and how not to)2019-02-13T11:18:53+00:00

January 2019

How Jiu Jitsu helps children succeed in school and in life

2019-01-31T13:05:42+00:00

  Five tools learned in Jiu Jitsu that will help prepare children and maximize their potential The education children receive in school is as important as what is learned at home. But what can parents do to ensure their child benefits the most in school? While a parent cannot always be physically present, it is possible to give a child [...]

How Jiu Jitsu helps children succeed in school and in life2019-01-31T13:05:42+00:00

October 2018

A few words from the Winner of the Kodokan YYC Combat Athlete Transformation Challenge

2018-10-04T16:26:47+00:00

Participating in this fitness challenge, I was able to lose 30lbs in 3 months. It was more due to desperation, rather than inspiration, which made me want to join the contest and lose the weight. My increased weight was dramatically affecting my health, work, and lifestyle. I was suffering from chronic allergies, high blood pressure [...]

A few words from the Winner of the Kodokan YYC Combat Athlete Transformation Challenge2018-10-04T16:26:47+00:00