Do Nerves Affect Your Competition Performance? You’re Not Alone

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Just about everyone deals with feeling nervous before a bit competition, but those nerves affect different people in different ways. Some competitors thrive on...

Sometimes You Have To Grow Into Your New Belt… And That’s...

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We recently received this question from one of our readers: “After being a white belt for so long is it normal to kind of almost...

You May Have Trained For A Competition, But Are You Packed...

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The day is here. You've trained hard for months, you have your pump-up music, and you're ready to dominate everyone in your division. You...

How The Teachings Of Stoicism Can Make You A Better Grappler

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not a gentle art. This misnomer is unavoidable in grappling --- white belts and black belts alike repeat the rhetoric like...

October Is Anti-Bullying Month; How Can You Incorporate This Into Your...

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Jiu-jitsu is a great sport for kids because it helps them gain confidence, make friends, and is an excellent deterrent against bullying. According to...

Hey, Coaches — Your Former Students Aren’t Bad People Just Because...

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For as much as people (including me) like to preach about how "jiu-jitsu is for everyone" and how tight-knit our community is, there is...

“Am I Getting Any Better?”

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This last week at the BJJ class, a few experienced blue belts brought up the topic of improvement. More specifically, how can you tell...

The Top 5 Excuses People Make Not To Try Jiu-Jitsu

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Very often when I talk to people about trying jiu-jitsu, they come up with some sort of excuse or rationale for why they can’t...

Dating And Training: How To Make It Work

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Jiu-jitsu, either for better or worse, isn’t an easy sport to learn. When you add dating into the mix, you could have the makings...

Getting Promoted Doesn’t Give You Superpowers, So Give Yourself Permission To...

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As much as we may feel like tying our jiu-jitsu belt is akin to putting on a superhero costume, the unfortunate reality is that standing...