Here’s how the book Ninja, Clan of Death got me started on my martial arts journey. And how a crayon-written black mail note failed to get me into Judo class. And which teachers have been my biggest influences. And how I finally transitioned into the grappling arts. (more…)
I like going to seminars, but I find it frustrating when I can’t remember everything that the instructor taught. The way I think of it, the seminar costs a certain amount of money and the instructor covered a certain number of techniques. (more…)
By: Donald F. Walter, Jr.
Part 3: A Defense of Mixed Martial Arts
By: Donald F. Walter, Jr.
Part 2: An Overview of the Conflict between the States’ Police Power and Personal Liberties
By guest author Donald F. Walter, Jr.
Part 1: A Brief History of MMA
I post a lot of articles on this site, but I also have no problem ‘stealing’ good material from other people (provided I can get their permission, of course)!
I recently added a new article to the Grapplearts library (more…)
A large part of jiu-jitsu is using your weight to immobilize your opponent; “crushing the bug” as it is sometimes referred to. When done properly, the application of your body weight from the top position can be enough to submit your opponent by making it impossible for him to breath. (more…)
One of the worst organized MMA shows I ever saw was a small local show, back in 1996. Before I talk about that particular show though, I have to set the stage: UFC 9 had just happened. (more…)
One of my favorite expressions is that “jiu-jitsu is a game of inches”. Sometimes a whole match can be decided by the battle to move your hand one inch forward. (more…)
Acquiring new skill sets and polishing your existing skills is the very essence of training. When everything is working properly and you’re surfing up the learning curve it is an exhilarating process. (more…)
Grappling is problem solving, and part of improving in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is maintaining enough awareness during sparring to figure out precisely what your problems are.
Let me explain… (more…)
Last weekend I had the pleasure of learning from Dan Inosanto at a seminar. As he often does, he stressed the importance of adapting techniques to make them work for you, regardless of whether those techniques are Filipino stick disarms, Jun Fan kickboxing or BJJ submissions. (more…)
Stephan’s note: The following tip is courtesy of Roy Dean, who is a black belt in BJJ under Roy Harris, as well as a third degree black belt in Seibukan Jujutsu. Today he shares with us a refreshingly different perspective from the ‘thug-jitsu’ that has become the norm at many schools. (more…)
Several years ago I found myself waiting for a Jean Jacques Machado seminar to start: I was sitting on the mat, watching people train, and chatting with a friend. Jean Jacques, the jiu-jitsu superstar, strolled over to us and told me something that I think about almost every time I train. (more…)
Physical attributes are things like balance, neck strength, limb length, explosiveness, leg flexibility, and percent body fat. Your physical attributes are the foundation of what you can do with your body, and are influenced by genetics, training, age and injuries. (more…)
I have to share this footage of one of my instructors, Dan Inosanto, doing some BJJ sparring.
This incredible man is now in his 70′s, and I hope I learn to move that smoothly some day… (more…)
Over the last few years there has been an explosion of great blogs devoted to jiu-jitsu, submission grappling and MMA…
Now obviously these things change all the time, and any list is bound to be incomplete. Nevertheless I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs-de-jour with you today in this list: (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: I would like to own a grappling dummy but all the ones I have looked at are very expensive. Do you have any suggestions?
A: There are many commercially available throwing and grappling dummies available on the market (more…)
At first I thought that this particular question was going to be simple. Someone, let’s call him ‘Bob’, wrote me about extreme claustrophobia when trapped in a bad position:
“I am hoping that you can help me with problems of extreme claustrophobia while grappling. (more…)