What is a good mindset for competing in Jiu Jitsu?

Competing is tough. It’s not easy. I think I’ve done everything from being self-deprecating to being like, man, I can do it. I think it’s tough preparing yourself before your matches. I’ve touched on knowledge gaps before in previous posts but it’s always great to touch on this topic since there are new students joining Jiu Jitsu academies all over the world every day. The best preparation in my opinion is to make sure that you understand your positions as well as you can. Th

The progression of suckage

Jiu jitsu is hard and you will suck for a long time. There I said it 😆. I’m serious, Jiu Jitsu is a hard art form to pick up. Because it has lots of weird movements that will take your body time to adjust too as well as just the over all skill set you will need to become proficient in before you can even have an idea of what you’re doing. In the beginning, you can kind of brute force your way through training. But that’s a quick way to getting injured or burning out. I like

Always assume that your opponent will be bigger, faster, and stronger than you

This is the old school way of thought in Jiu Jitsu that gets overlooked a lot now a days. And I think it’s both good and bad. Old school Jiu Jitsu, at least in America, was always centered around usefulness in a fight. Especially during a time when everyone thought that karate black belts needed to register their hands as deadly weapons and that the dim mak or death touch was real. —So what better way to promote Jiu Jitsu than to have it work in a fight?— Which is exactly wha

Why it’s a great idea to compete at least once in your life

Competing is scary. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or your 250th time. That’s because your competition rises with your skill. You could be the best white belt competitor in the world. Get your blue belt and immediately get demolished. And that’s an important part of competition. It’s a humbling experience that really shows you what you’re made of. It doesn’t really matter how well you do. But how you react under pressure. Are you able to perform your techniques aga

Never apologize for losing

You should never apologize for losing because you didn’t do anything wrong. After every major tournament or even small tournament I always see competitors make this long post about how they are sorry for letting all their friends and training partners down because they didn’t medal in a tournament. And I used to feel the same exact way but after you compete for a few years you begin to realize that no one really cares if you lose. In fact, they often will forget your losses e

Why You Should Develop Your Guard Game Around Submissions

Developing a good guard game is no easy task. The guard is the foundational position in Jiu Jitsu. It’s what sets us apart from the other grappling arts. You get points in a tournament for sweeping from your guard. As well as your opponent — if they manage to pass your guard. So it’s a very important position. While there are no shortages of guard techniques online with resources like YouTube and other online training sites gaining in popularity. Putting it all together is th

Thoughts before a competition

Just finished competing at the first major tournament of the year. The IBJJF European Championship. My results didn’t go the way I wanted them too. But as I often tell my readers. We can learn a lot from our tournament experience. We can’t control what happens on the day of the competition. No one can. But we can control our actions and thoughts leading up to our event and what we do after the competition. For this post, I decided to focus primarily on what goes on in the min

White Belt Mindset

My friend Sam has written a lot about the beginner mindset. If you have the time I definitely recommend reading up on this topic. I bring this up because in a lot of my post I talk about the white belt mindset. In fact they are one and the same. Having this mindset has helped me so much during my travels. Especially during my current stay in Japan. Not only am I a beginner in wrestling. But I’m also a beginner in Japanese. It’s a very humbling experience. Sometimes it gets ha