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
Access to the current legends of BJJ is one of the things that keeps our sport it legit and pure, and is key to why the BJJ community is so special.
It's been difficult for me to learn to release my ego from the BJJ learning process. I love the opportunity to learn a new skill at this stage in my life.
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.
I’ve found that training BJJ with intent and purpose allows me to train much BJJ more efficiently, more safely, and more often.