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.
  • Level Up: The RPG Training Model

    I grew up playing games. Final Fantasy. Chrono Trigger. Secret of Mana. Dungeons & Dragons. Pokemon. Ultima Online. I spent so much of my formative years immersed in these worlds that they have imprinted themselves into the way that I perceive reality, and that ripple has touched the way...
  • Can’t we all just get along? Pacifism and Jiu-Jitsu

    I teach jiu-jitsu classes. I train MMA fighters. I referee jiu-jitsu matches. I have devoted a writing career to fighting. I even worked the door at a nightclub in Pittsburgh for a brief period to earn some extra money. And I consider myself a practical pacifist. That perplexes many...
  • Your Drills Should Be Uglier

    Your Drills Should Be Uglier

    When Trevor Ragan, motor learning advocate and founder of Championship Basketball School, talks to coaches or athletes about how they train and about how they learn, he often starts with a story about two tigers. One tiger is a zoo tiger. This tiger grew up in an enclosure, fenced...
  • Jiu-Jitsu Math The Part-Time Grappler Equation

    One special aspect of the jiu-jitsu community—and there are several—is that even the newest white belt can interact directly with the biggest names in the sport. Our heroes run welcoming gyms. They travel the world to host open seminars. They compete in tournaments and sit casually in the general...
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