BJJ Grips: Reevaluating Your Goals

Competitive BJJ is a sport, which means serious competitors are going to train and prepare like athletes, not just technicians. But remember that Jiu-Jitsu, at its core, is not about who has the superior physical attributes. It wasn’t made to favor the guys (or gals) with the most vice-like BJJ grips.

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How To Measure Your Improvement In BJJ

First, are you training as productively as your can? In particular, are you actively trying to identify and fix mistakes? One of the biggest impediments to one’s growth is to continue to try and force the same techniques, create the same technical holes, or continue to use too much physical energy during rolling.

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How To Experience More “Aha” Moments in Your BJJ Technique

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I mean those moments that go beyond even a deep intellectual understanding of a concept or technique – when your execution of a concept or technique becomes virtually EFFORTLESS.

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BJJ Claustrophobia: The Silent “Killer” in Jiu-Jitsu Training

The truth is, this is a VERY common phenomenon – especially early on in training when you aren’t used to having people on top of you with all their weight and haven’t learned how to control your breathing. In fact, I think more people than not have experienced claustrophobia to some extent.

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How To Improve Your Jiu-Jitsu Game in 2016 – UPDATED!

As I’ve said before, it’s true that to a large extent there may be no substitute for mat time, to infer that this is ALL that matters is simply incorrect because the statement implies that all mat time is equally productive.

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5 Proven Ways To Supercharge Your BJJ Escapes At ANY Age

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Nothing inspires greater confidence and freedom in your Jiu-Jitsu game than your ability to defend and escape.

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A Perspective Check For Long-Term BJJ Success

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The older you get, your begin to realize that over and above every other goal you may have at a given time during your Jiu-Jitsu journey is secondary to the “big one”… to be able to keep doing it.

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Great Insight From A “Hobbyist” Black Belt Instructor

I’ve written a lot about managing expectations in your training and offering perspective on how to reframe frustrations during the learning process to get the most out of the Jiu-Jitsu experience. In this article, my friend and fellow SBG coach, Cane Prevost, approaches this from another angle by breaking down the 5th wall and giving…

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Training With Henry Akins: Jiu-Jitsu Secrets In Plain Sight

That is a priceless amount of firsthand experience and technical knowledge to be sure. But the well runs even deeper than that, and if you really care about the art of Jiu-Jitsu, this is where it gets more important than simply saying “Henry Akins teaches a great seminar.”

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Innovation Through Limitation

One conversation I’ve had many times with students at my academy as well as my online students  subscribers, has to do with working around injuries. In the past in my 40 Plus BJJ series I’ve talked about this on the psychological side as well as giving tips for physical practice (for example, holding wiffle balls…

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