Black Belt: Yr One Lessons

June marks my one year anniversary of being promoted to Black Belt. It has been one hell of a year. While I wasn’t interested in competing, that season may have completely passed for me, what I was focused on what being a better coach and instructor. I took on more of a leadership role atContinue reading “Black Belt: Yr One Lessons”

Mentorship: A Dangerous Mentee

One of the greatest pleasures of advancement into Jiu-Jitsu is being able to guide and mentor others. Some of these relationships are brief while others span the time of a few years or even longer. It’s incredibly rewarding and something that genuinely has to happen at some point, I believe that it’s a form ofContinue reading “Mentorship: A Dangerous Mentee”

Book Review: Worth Defending

I’ve always been a fan of history. I love the facts behind how or why something or someone came to be. In Jiu-Jitsu, there just hasn’t been enough of it so when came across this book I jumped at the opportunity to read it right away. My first book review is “Worth Defending: How GracieContinue reading “Book Review: Worth Defending”

The Maybe Philosophy

How often during training have you felt accomplished or defeated and allowed your mind state to follow suite? Sometimes you admonish or pat yourself on the back depending on how the round is doing. Early on it’s natural and even to be expected to kick yourself. If you’re paying attention, you’ll often hear someone gruntContinue reading “The Maybe Philosophy”

Principles of Mentorship

One of the greatest aspects that we will encounter is the mentorship relationship that comes from Jiu-Jitsu. For myself, it’s been one of the most rewarding and thrilling aspects of my journey as an instructor and coach. While I’m a new Black Belt, approximately seven months in, I’ve been coaching and teaching in some capacityContinue reading “Principles of Mentorship”

Year End Thoughts

2021 had it’s ups and downs. The pandemic still isn’t over, many of us are dealing with inventory issues and inflation is driving us all nuts. As unsure as all of this has been, I’m thankful for the bright spots that I’ve had this past year. In June I was promoted to Black Belt afterContinue reading “Year End Thoughts”

Grips are Currency

The greatest currency in Jiu-Jitsu in my opinion are the use of grips, both offensively and defensively. No matter the position, standing or on the ground, there’s a value given to each and every grip that’s utilized by both participants. As practitioners we sometimes allow our opponents to gain grips without having to work forContinue reading “Grips are Currency”

Politics & Jiu-Jitsu (Repost)

Something that I’ve grown to value and truly cherish about Jiu-Jitsu has been the wide net that Jiu-Jitsu casts. What I mean by that is that it pulls from different economic and racial demographics. Don’t get me wrong, Jiu-Jitsu isn’t cheap, but I have teammates that make it happen, even with the steep price tag.Continue reading “Politics & Jiu-Jitsu (Repost)”

Tips: Live.Die.Repeat. (Repost)

In 2014 the Tom Cruise movie “Edge of Tomorrow” was released. The movie had the tag line of, Live. Die. Repeat. At the time I was either a White or Blue belt under Jeff Baldwin at Rebellion Academy. I remember during a day of training, Jeff was discussing the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu and at someContinue reading “Tips: Live.Die.Repeat. (Repost)”