do’s and don’ts

  • Getting the Fight to the Ground

    Getting the fight to the ground is the first step to jiu-jitsu practice since the ground is where we can neutralize our opponent’s strength and size advantages.Takedowns, thus, are an essential part of learning jiu-jitsu. The truth is; however, most people are quite uncomfortable with takedowns. Falling hurts, especially...
  • Overcoming Plateaus

    A typical learning curve is characterized by a slow start, rapid acceleration, and finally, the dreaded plateau. At first, most people have difficulty learning a new skill because many of the initial concepts are foreign. In jiu-jitsu, this is akin to learning the names of positions and techniques as...
  • Giving and Receiving Training Advice

    One of the wonderful things about training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is that there is an endless amount of methods and variations for just about every technique. The near infinite ways to train and practice gives rise to multiple perspectives that are never right nor wrong. Throughout our journeys, we will...
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Training through the Holidays: ‘Tis the Season to Stay Moving

    The holidays are a tumultuous time for training jiu-jitsu. This is the time of year where most people completely fall off the self-improvement grid and opt instead for glorious feasts and more rest days than training days. This is not limited to jiu-jitsu practitioners. For everyone, the holidays are...
  • Overcoming Fear of Failure in Jiu-jitsu

    Achievement motivation is the need for an individual to show competency in a skill area. For someone practicing jiu-jitsu, achievement motivation would be a central tenet for the practitioner to behave in a way that leads to effective learning and application of the Gentle Art. Research into the psychology...
  • 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...
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