Ricardo Castaneda

  • Do’s and Don’ts Being a Lifelong Practitioner

    To excel in jiu-jitsu is not a short-term endeavor. The Gentle Art requires many years of experience before things start to click and you finally start to understand jiu-jitsu in all of its glory. The adage that a jiu-jitsu practitioner only begins to learn after receiving their black belt...
  • How to Relax for More Effective Jiu-Jitsu

    Being calm and relaxed is one of the most challenging aspects of learning and practicing jiu-jitsu. For the majority of the population, jiu-jitsu is a great way to alleviate the stresses of everyday life, getting good exercise, and learning something new in the process. Another way that some people...
  • The Psychology of Healthier Eating for Jiu-Jitsu

    Implementing Long-Term Changes One Habit at a Time Eating well is important for general health and critical for athletic performance. If you put garbage into your body, you will put garbage out. In jiu-jitsu, eating right can have a significant impact in...
  • The White Belt Curse

    (From December 2016 Issue 51 White Belt Chronicles column) Most jiu-jitsu practitioners can recall their first days of training, falling in love with the art, and expressing the desire to start training as often as possible. For most jiu-jitsu beginners, the intent is to be there frequently, training hard...
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