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”

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)”

The Dilemma Principle

Early on in our Jiu-Jitsu careers, all of our attacks are linear, in an A to B attack formations. An example would be, Closed Guard to Arm Bar. When we get the submission, things are great. The issue comes when that first attack eventually fails and we feel we have no other contingency plans. ForContinue reading “The Dilemma Principle”

A Decade: Lessons Learned

I recently hit a decade of training Jiu-Jitsu, this accomplishment made me look back at my journey and the many lessons I’ve learned both personally and through others. My hope is that this resonates with some of you. Protect Yourself At All Times This is first as it’s the most important. My first goal inContinue reading “A Decade: Lessons Learned”