• 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...
  • 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...
  • 2018 Worlds: Buchecha gifts title to injured Lo; Tayane dominates Nathi to win open class; other results

    The 2018 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship wrapped up this Sunday at the Long Beach Pyramid. The black belt finals were the highlight of a thrilling day of Jiu-Jitsu. In the open class division, Tayane Porfírio claimed her second gold medal in two years, once again beating Nathiely de Jesus...
  • 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;...
  • Flow States – Optimizing Your Jiu-jitsu Experience

    The state of optimal mental and physical performance a person experiences when “in the zone” is also known as a “flow state”. Flow states are reached when an athlete or performer has reached a peak state of total immersion and enjoyment with laser focus in a task. In a...
  • Keeping A Jiu-Jitsu Journal

    If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. –Benjamin Franklin   STUCK IN A RUT? Have you ever had goals that you wanted to achieve, but never quite did? Lost motivation for training, competing or staying healthy at times? Ever felt stuck at a certain level or...
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