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I’ve recently started learning BJJ with some friends at their garage. I am by far the slowest student. We’re following a DVD series with very clear & thorough breakdowns of techniques. (more…)
Want to learn how to master a technique? Of course you do!
There’s a really cool concept called “The Four Stages of Learning” that’ll help you understand how people learn skills, concepts and techniques. (more…)
Fair warning: what I’m talking about today has absolutely nothing to do with martial arts training. But – in keeping with a previous theme – it has everything to do with deliberately facing self-imposed challenges, whatever they may be. (more…)
This may sound a bit weird coming from a guy who runs a grappling site, but I want you to ask yourself a question: why on earth are you spending hours and hours rolling around on the ground with men wearing spandex and/or pajamas? (more…)
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“Do you think there’s much benefit to video taping myself in sparring sessions and then watching them later to try and pin point bad/good techniques, or stuff I need to work on? (more…)
Today, at the gym, a young grappler asked me a question he’d obviously been wondering about for a long time.”How long did it take until you had grappling all figured out?” (more…)
Once upon a time I had an MRI.
For those of you who’ve never had this diagnostic procedure, you start by lying down on a narrow board. Then they slide you into a narrow hole within a gigantic donut-shaped machine. (more…)
I used to think that if I just learned enough ways to pass the guard, mastered enough submissions, memorized enough pin escapes, pick up enough guard sweeps, received enough tactics and just had enough techniques at my fingertips, then… someday… I would master the art of grappling.
“Everything you ever wanted to know about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition but were afraid to ask!”
That’s a strong statement, but it’s almost even true. In my latest podcast I talk extensively with David Meyer, author of Training for Competition: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Submission Grappling. (more…)
Some people look at grappling as a giant grab-bag of techniques. They may learn hundreds of techniques, but there’s no rhyme, reason or organizing framework to guide what they learn or work on next. (more…)
One of the best, and worst, things about grappling is that the feedback is quick, direct and brutally honest.
Take ANY technique – be it an armbar, a guard pass or a pin escape – it’s easy to find out if you’re doing it right: (more…)
Getting stuck in traffic is a fact of life when you live in a big city, and usually it’s a giant waste of time. For the last couple of years, though, I’ve been using a secret weapon that makes my time in the car much more enjoyable – downloadable podcasts. (more…)
Well here we are, roughly 5 weeks after New Year’s Eve and resolution-making season. Have you made progress on your goals? If not, then here is a harsh but great quote by Merlin Mann on getting your ass in gear: (more…)
Some people are natural born competitors. Like Mickey Rourke’s character in “The Wrestler” they love the limelight, the roar of the crowd and putting it all on the line…
… and the rest of us tend to have more of a love-hate relationship with competition. (more…)
Today my BJJ sparring was a battle for survival.
Maybe you think it’s because I sparred with a bunch of high-level black belts… Sorry to disappoint you, but that’s wasn’t the case at all. In fact, I was barely holding my own against blue belts with only a couple of years experience. And they were all lighter than me. (more…)
I remember seeing a small magic show at a local library when I was about 10 years old. At the time I thought that the magician had a pretty good act, but I had no idea that I was also about to learn a valuable jiu-jitsu lesson. (more…)
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…)
In previous newsletters we’ve discussed what a grappling arms race is, and how in that situation you can use video self analysis to get an advantage over your training partners.
Today I want to briefly touch on one of MY secret weapons in the everlasting arms race in the dojo. That method is focused partner training. (more…)
In the last newsletter we talked about what an arms race is, and how it can drive BJJ technique to higher levels. I also promised I would reveal a couple of secrets used by my training partners and I in our continuous struggles to get even the slightest advantage over the other person. (more…)
Is there someone at your club that you are always battling against? One week you kick his butt, and the following week it’s payback time? Back and forth, week after week? If you do, then consider yourself lucky. (more…)
I don’t remember too much from my first BJJ tournament other than that the place was packed, that there were lots of huge guys strutting around like they owned the place, and that I was nervous as hell. (more…)