Jiu-jitsu and Physical Attributes

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…)

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…)

Teacherless Training

A reader writes:

Q: “I would like to hear you address grappling with no formal teacher or school. What are the benefits/downsides to this? What should we be careful to avoid? This is the situation I am in now, I get to practice with some good guys but have actually never had formal training. (more…)

When I was a young man I was approached by a friend with an unusual proposition. Would I be interested, he asked, in training from 6 to 7 am? He was so busy with work and family obligations that he simply had no other open time slots in his schedule. (more…)

In my recent sparring sessions with the gi I’ve been having great success with a technique I learned on the internet. Actually to be a little more precise, I learned a critical detail about a technique I already knew on the internet, and this has made all the difference to successfully applying this technique. (more…)

Beware the Belt Chaser

When people start new activities they like the reassurance of being able to know how they are progressing in that activity. In the martial arts, including most grappling arts, this is typically done by awarding stripes, belts, and other measures of rank. (more…)