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BJJ: Reflections on 5 years in Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ: Reflections on 5 years in Jiu-Jitsu

This summer I hit my 5-year BJJ anniversary. Hitting five years into something is a lot different than a 1-year anniversary, in that there is more to reflect on. Things I am proud of: 1. My coach believes in me. He had enough faith in me that he let me start teaching beginners! How cool […]

BJJ: Advice for a Panicked but Excited Beginner

BJJ: Advice for a Panicked but Excited Beginner

Dear Jiu Jiu, I just started doing BJJ. Basically, I don’t know anything about anything, and I’m wondering if I made the right choice as far as a school goes. I don’t know anyone here on a personal level that can give me advice and honest opinions about starting BJJ. I don’t want to ask […]

BJJ: One Up-manship

BJJ: One Up-manship

Sylvie from 8limbs.us, my favorite non-BJJ blogger, wrote a great article called Brain Science: Why Sparring Gets Out of Control – Neurology and Muay Thai. The article is about mis-perception of contact strength. The idea is that we underestimate how much force and strength we are actually using, and when we attempt to match the […]

BJJ: THE Best Reason to do Jiu Jitsu

BJJ: THE Best Reason to do Jiu Jitsu

Have you ever heard people judge someone for doing BJJ for “the wrong reasons” or heard “that’s not why you should do BJJ?” Here is the absolute BEST reason to do jiu jitsu – the one that trumps them all. This is not specific to jiu jitsu – it’s about ANY healthy endeavor in life […]

BJJ articles worth reading: Maldonado & Schultz Acquitted – what happened

BJJ articles worth reading: Maldonado & Schultz Acquitted – what happened

Maldonado and Schultz Acquitted in New Year’s Eve Rape Case: What Happened Here? Warning: Rape triggers Thank you Reddit, for pointing me to this article. It is all about the Maldonado and Schultz case. Most of my information on this had been through Georgette, and this was another take on it, also rounding up info from […]

BJJ Competition: Should I compete later due to Reasons?

BJJ Competition: Should I compete later due to Reasons?

This guest post is from DirtyRancher, my favorite poster on Jiu Jitsu Forums. He’s part “Old Man,” part brown belt, part competitor, all awesome. He has rock solid competition advice. With his permission, I put together a series of some of his best competition advice, starting with “I’m Afraid I’ll Get Hurt.” These were responses to specific questions, so […]

BJJ Competition: I’m afraid I’ll get hurt

BJJ Competition: I’m afraid I’ll get hurt

This guest post is from DirtyRancher, my favorite poster on Jiu Jitsu Forums. He’s part “Old Man,” part brown belt, part competitor, all awesome. He has rock solid competition advice. With his permission, I’ve put together a series of some of his best competition advice. This one is from “Is Competition for Everyone?“   I love competing, […]

BJJ and Gender: It MAY be all in your head

BJJ and Gender: It MAY be all in your head

Punchy title that is slightly misleading, CHECK! Note: Please consider your feelings validated. Regardless of what you’ve experienced or not experienced thus far in jiu jitsu, your FEELINGS are valid and important. What I want to discuss right now is that the source of those feelings may or may not be due to external reasons, […]