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’ve developed a theory which I hope enables me to be a better training partner and has the added benefit of enhancing my development as a Jiu Jitsu player.
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
Kettlebells enable me to train muscle movements that mimic those used in BJJ. This is great for strength and mobility, and has excellent cardio benefits.