I entered my first competition as a Blue Belt several months ago having absolutely no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I didn't want to progress through my BJJ journey without having had the experience. It was terrifying and exhilirating at the same time, and I found it to be a surprisingly emotional experience as well.
I tend to travel a lot and from early on in my BJJ training have grown accustomed to visiting and training as a guest in academies other than my own. While I've always strived to be a good guest, the more I've learned about BJJ the more I've tweaked the protocol I follow to ensure … Continue reading How to Train BJJ While Traveling
By approaching every training session with a giving mindset, we can all elevate our teammates and ourselves, and motivate one another. It will also have a profound effect on our approach to life off the mats.
I often hear people ask if they’re too old to begin training a martial art, specifically BJJ past the age of 40. I didn’t begin training BJJ until I was 45.
About two months ago, after nearly three years of training, I received an email from my BJJ academy notifying me that I’d been selected to test for blue belt. I had felt myself evolving as a BJJ practitioner, but the news still came as a complete surprise. It was difficult to get my confidence up … Continue reading Thoughts on Advancing to Blue Belt
As one of the older teammates at my BJJ academy, I consider myself slower and less athletically gifted than many of my fellow students. I see many other students training who are much younger, come from a martial arts background, and/or are simply in a stage in their life where they’re able to train nearly … Continue reading What Role Do You Play On the Team at Your BJJ Academy?
I freely admit that I’m a complete nerd when it comes to studying proper form when strength training. I even go so far as to analyze videos on YouTube and Instagram and critique the form of the posters. I’m sure that this is partly due to a slight case of OCD, but much of it … Continue reading The Importance of Proper Form When Strength Training
Today while in class at my BJJ academy, I discovered a breakthrough past what had been a source of frustration for me for quite some time. I realized that I was finally learning how to learn. When I first began training BJJ and for a long time thereafter, my mind got lost in the details. … Continue reading Learning How to Learn
Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, & Tactics By Andrew ZerlingForewords by Steve Scott and Stephan Kesting I was first exposed to sumo wrestling by attending a tournament in Osaka, Japan several years ago, which inspired me to read more about this art form. It was obvious from watching the matches that there … Continue reading Book Review: Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts
I’ve found training with kettlebells to be one of the most beneficial strength and conditioning workouts for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It enables me to train muscle movements that mimic those used in BJJ, is great for developing strength and mobility, and has excellent cardio benefits. When I first began training with kettlebells, I sought out … Continue reading Book Review: Kettlebell Simple & Sinister, By Pavel Tsatsouline