• The Dichotomy of Freedom

    “Freedom ain’t free”. A short, simple statement that serves to put on display the idea of irony. Now, the path to freedom will have a different look for many people. There is a key ingredient of sacrifice. This can be a sacrifice of time, which can keep you away...
  • Jiu-Jitsu Geometry

    One of the first phrases you’ll hear when you start training jiu-jitsu is “position before submission”. This principle, which is a helpful rule of thumb, introduces the importance of controlling your opponent before attempting to submit them. However, I believe that there is an even more important phrase, which...
  • Stateside Warriors: How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is Being Used to Manage Post-Traumatic Stress

    Tucked away in a strip mall beneath the Arizona sun is the Universal Kioto Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts Center. Here, active-duty military, veterans, and first responders often train six days a week in the Kioto System of Jiu-Jitsu. This dedicated group of warriors are taking part in the...
  • The Tao of Jiu-Jitsu

    A famous Taoist parable goes something along these lines: One day a farmer’s horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Who’s to say what’s good and who’s to say what’s bad?” the farmer replied. The next morning the...
  • Lost Weight; Gained Life Success: Frankie Orr

    Age:38 Height: 6’2 Starting Weight: 330 Current Weight: 215 Hometown: Sacramento Home Gym: WAZA BJJ Instructor: Derek DiManno Rank: Blue Belt How did you discover jiu-jitsu? I was introduced to jiu-jitsu through my supervisor GK, every time I would see him he would tell me “the hardest thing to...
  • Mind Games: How Memory Works on the Mats

    How to Get Better Faster Many people are drawn to jiu-jitsu because of the challenging mental aspect of the game. Knowing how your brain processes information can help or hurt your learning and performance. This article will give you the tools needed to maximize how much of today’s training...
  • New Year’s Resolutions and Sticking to Them

    This is a very exciting time of the year for me. As an academy owner for six years, the new year resolution always bring new signups and more business. But it is also a very sad time. It’s because 80% of New Year’s resolution fail by February. What should...
  • Dealing With Competition Anxiety

    You hear about a tournament that piques your interest. You train for weeks using the best new methods you can find. You drill more, roll harder, and work on your cardio with supplemental training. You game plan and focus on the task at hand up until the day of...
  • Father Knows Best

    Age: 39 | Height: 5’10” Starting Weight: 285 lbs Current Weight: 210 lbs Hometown: Washington, DC Home Gym: Team Rubao Carioca Instructor: Rubens Rodrigues Rank: Purple Vernon Kirk discovered jiu-jitsu when helping his son investigate a karate school.  At the suggestion of a friend, They checked out jiu-jitsu instead. Since...
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