It doesn’t get easier, you just adapt

Adapting to your training A big problem that newer students have when they transition from a beginner focused class to an all levels class with more rolling is that it gets a lot harder for them. Which is perfectly natural. Jiu jitsu is so unlike other sports in its movement on the ground. That’s why there is this large tutorial phase. Where you have to learn (in most academy’s) all the basic movements like forward rolls, backwards rolls, shrimping, break falling, etc and the

Level up with Positional Sparring

Positional sparring or specific training is probably where I spend the bulk of my time training. When you first start out. Any amount of rolling will help you get better. You will get stronger, faster, leaner, and tougher. But after a certain point. Simply rolling alone won’t help you improve. One thing I’ve noticed with the students that I teach and many higher belts is that they often only rely on their A game. That means they only roll with their best techniques or only re

How many days per week should you train?

When I first began training I wasn’t quite old enough to drive. So I had to rely on my local public transportation (my city was not very commuter friendly) and rides from family and friends to get to training. At most, I was able to train up to two times during the week and maybe a Saturday class on weekends if I was lucky. I maintained this schedule up until I reached blue belt. Which happened to coincide with getting a car. Now, I could train once everyday as well as a week

Shark Tank Training Method

Shark tank training is one of my favorite forms of rolling. I’m sure you’ve heard of it although it may go by different names at your academy. I want to delve a little bit deeper into the specifics of my own training because it’s something that I get asked about a lot. I just want to start off by saying that this type of training isn’t just for competitors. It’s great for all level of students and an easy way to organize rolling. Shark tank training usually involves groups of