jiu jitsu

  • Streetwear and Jiu-Jitsu – A Short Dissertation

    Streetwear and the hype surrounding it is a fairly recent phenomenon that has been amplified through the proliferation of social media and 24/7 access to celebrities and news cycles. Fashion is highly disposable and pieces are acquired for an Instagram flex rather than long term utility which can give...
  • 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...
  • Love & Jiu-Jitsu

    Valentine’s Day. That special time of the year where people make an attempt to make special acknowledgments to their mate to show them how much they value their love towards one another. It is a commonly accepted notion that jiu-jitsu in some fashion is a “brother/sisterhood”. It is not...
  • Anatomy 101 for the Jiu Jitsu Athlete

    Master the art of jiu-jitsu and you have mastered the science of anatomy. Understanding how the body moves and knowing what positions make us strong, and our opponents weak, is what jiu-jitsu is all about. Equally important is to know our anatomy and understand the components of the musculoskeletal...
  • 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;...
  • Zebra Athletics: Zebra Warm Up Mat

    I’m sure you’ve heard of Zebra Mats before. They’re one of the largest manufacturers of training mats and can be found in several academies. Zebra has developed a portable mat that is useful for several on-the-go situations. This portable mat rolled up measures 24” x 6” x 6” and...
  • How To Get a BJJ Sponsorship

    Sponsorship by a major brand might seem to be the pinnacle of BJJ lifestyle achievements. Sponsored athletes get a ton of free gear, appear in magazine advertising and videos, and all sorts of cool publicity, and some even get paid to travel the world and compete. Trying to earn...
  • Five Keys for Becoming a Jiu-Jitsu Giant Killer

    Many of us got into BJJ after watching the early UFC events, seeing Royce Gracie run through his opponents with grappling skills the world hadn’t seen before. Anyone who’s seen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and done their homework is familiar with the notion that the art was created for a smaller,...
  • Tito Ortiz Gives a Farewell to MMA Jiu-Jitsu Style

    Bellator 170, the Fabulous Forum, Los Angeles CA set the scene for the final appearance of UFC hall of famer and MMA legend Tito Ortiz.  In a main event that pitted two competitors with a shared history on the wrestling mats, it was jiu-jitsu that shared the spotlight and sent...
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