Over training is real

Overtraining in Jiu Jitsu is a real serious condition that many instructors and students don’t talk about. I can’t name too many sports...

The basics of the x-guard

The x-guard is a great position. I just posted a video going over the basics of the x-guard on YouTube. Please go check it out and give...

The power of the introductory lesson

An introductory lesson, or intro private for short is probably the greatest marketing tool at the disposal of every martial arts academy....

Promoting a great training environment

The environment of an academy can make or break it. I’ve thought a lot about this topic. Both as an instructor and as a student. And my...

White Belt Mindset Revisited

My friend Sam has written a lot about the beginner mindset. If you have the time I definitely recommend reading up on this topic at...

Impressionable students

I think as higher belts we seldom think about the influence that we have on the younger generation of students under us. Last week after...

Developing your guard to the next level

Playing guard for a beginning student isn’t easy. In fact, starting a new activity or study comes with a lot of trial and error. In Jiu...

Longevity in Jiu Jitsu

Longevity in Jiu Jitsu is something that I think a lot about. I know I’ll be doing Jiu Jitsu for a long time but I also recognize that...

Guard Development

I was watching my friend Jon Thomas teach a class while training at his academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. For those of you who don’t know...

Graduating Students

It’s that time of year when many academies begin their graduation ceremonies. Awarding hard working students and celebrating their...

Giving and Receiving Feedback

During my last post I covered in detail the 7 different learning styles and how you can improve your retention of techniques by focusing...

Remembering Techniques

I recently had a blue belt training partner approach me after class one day. He asked me how was I able to remember all of the moves that...

Common Ground

With the 2016 presidential election out of the way. I think now more than ever the Jiu Jitsu community needs to come together. This past...