Marshal D. Carper

Marshal D. Carper is a purple belt under Sonny Achille. In addition to owning Artechoke Media, Marshal is the author of books like The Cauliflower Chronicles and Marcelo Garcia’s Advanced Jiu-Jitsu Techniques. His latest project, WhiteBeltProblems.com, a free open-source resource devoted to making BJJ more accessible for beginners.
  • No Cavemen Allowed: The Danger of Instincts

    Whenever I introduce a new student to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I gently temper expectations. I try to explain that jiu-jitsu is a long journey. I talk about how the learning curve may feel impossibly steep and I let them know that the nature of experimentation is that they will fail;...
  • Gender Roles in Jiu-Jitsu Valerie Worthington Talks Gender and Respect in Jiu-Jitsu

    For many years I believed that jiu-jitsu was a force for good. I believed that jiu-jitsu had changed my life and I believed that the jiu-jitsu community was an open, welcoming place that accepted people from all walks of life. Recently, I learned I was wrong about all of...
  • Hug A White Belt.

    Why Newbies are the Most Important People in the Sport When a new student steps onto the mat for the first time with a sparkling white belt tied incorrectly around his waist, he’s at zero. He has no technical knowledge. No mat sense. No fighting experience. And no real...
  • Find Your Nemesis

    In Guy Ritchie’s 2000 film Snatch, a gangster named Brick Top offers up his definition of nemesis. He says that nemesis means “a righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.” Even though I loved the film, I never quite understood that part. It wasn’t until I started...
  • CONCEPTS IN JIU-JITSU – Passing

    YOUR GUARD PASS STARTS FROM YOUR BACK WHEN I TEACH JIU-JITSU CLASSES IN PITTSBURGH, THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS I GET USUALLY REVOLVE AROUND GUARD PASSING. WHAT GUARD PASS IS THE BEST? Which ones should I learn? Why isn’t this pass working? And on and on. The frustration is understandable. Passing the guard...
  • The Guard: Essential Vocabulary

    The guard is arguably what made jiu-jitsu famous. To the untrained eye, the bottom man is in great danger, but armed with an understanding of the guard, he has the tools to reverse the position or to end the fight right then and there. Royce Gracie put this revelation...
  • Refocus Your Focus

    How much time do you spend on the mat a week? How many of these minutes were focused, deliberate minutes of training? No, really. If you take a 60-minute class, how much time do you spend in the bathroom? How much time do you spend talking instead of drilling?...
  • Excuse Me: I Need To Go Train

    When I was a blue belt, I ran a small University jiu-jitsu club. One fall, we pooled our club budget with our personal funds to fly Matt Kirtley, an Eduardo de Lima black belt and writer behind the long-running Aesopian.com blog, from Florida to Pennsylvania to host a seminar....
  • Polaris Pro 2 Breakdown: A Night of Dream Match-Ups

    In the world of exhibition grappling, Polaris is carving out a niche in the sport that events like Metamoris and FIVE Grappling will find difficult to emulate. Based in the United Kingdom, the very existence of Polaris serves an often-overlooked grappling market: Europe. With most major events taking place...
.
.