• Faces of Princeton Brazilian Jiu JItsu Part I

    Faces of Princeton Brazilian Jiu JItsu Part I

    In June, Josh Smith (PBJJ purple belt) took photos of some students before both a kids class and an adult class. We then asked the participants to answer a series of questions about their experience with BJJ. Over the course of a few blog posts we will be […]

  • Surfing for BJJ’s ‘Soft Zone’

    By: Joe Hannan

    Jiu Jitsu attracts an inordinate amount of surfers and surf culture, right down to grappling in board shorts and rash guards. Anyone who has done both is likely quick to identify the parallels. I stumbled across this one while talking to one of Princeton BJJ’s founders and master instructors, Art Keintz.

    Prior to class, […]

  • How to Find Happiness in Jiu Jitsu

    By: Joe Hannan

    Last week, I wrote about the pitfalls of seeking validation in jiu jitsu, something which I am guilty of doing. Looking back, I offered a critique without any alternatives. Hopefully this post will serve that purpose.

    Eradicating validation-seeking behavior on the mats is accomplished when the grappler realizes that Jiu Jitsu is a process […]

  • Validation in BJJ: Improving, Not Proving Yourself

    By: Joe Hannan
    You are good enough and you belong here. Let’s start with that. Let it sink in.
    Starting Jiu Jitsu, for many, is the most difficult part of the journey. Continuing past blue belt seems to be almost as difficult, given the number of grapplers who turn into faces on milk cartons once they earn […]

  • Becoming the Conscious Competitor: Master’s Seniors Worlds 2018

    By: Emily Kwok

     

    “The fact of the matter is that there will be nothing learned from any challenge in which we don’t try our hardest. Growth comes at the point of resistance. We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities.” – Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning

     

    Fully […]

  • Preparing for Competition: What is Enough?

    Preparing for Competition: What is enough?
    By: Emily Kwok

     
    ‘Don’t live down to expectation. Go out there and do something remarkable.’ – Wendy Wesserstein
    I’m well into my training camp for Master’s Seniors Worlds and many people have asked, ‘How is your training going?’.

    Great question. Loaded question. Where do I begin…

    Competition is not new to me, so in […]

  • Paying Attention to Pain

    Paying Attention to Pain
    By: Joe Hannan

    I fell off of my partner’s back instead of rolling. The drop seoi nage didn’t proceed as planned, with my 175 pounds falling at the rate of gravity and my shoulder absorbing the impact. I could feel the ball-and-socket joint were my bicep plugs into my shoulder slide inward and […]

  • Showing Up

    Showing Up
    By: Joe Hannan

    2018 began with goals for my martial arts life, one of which was to compete three times. With the second behind me and the third at some undetermined point in the future, I’m a bit unmoored and dejected. The physical and metaphorical hunger lit a fire in me that I hadn’t felt […]

  • Jiu Jitsu’s Worst Enemy

    Jiu Jitsu’s Worst Enemy
    By: Joe Hannan

    There is something out there that has claimed the careers of more promising grapplers than anything else. It will sideline some longer than a torn ligament. Maybe worse, it will keep others locked in the same patterns, never to develop even though they’re always training.

    Lucky for us, that force has […]

  • Returning to Competition: Finding My Heart Again

    Returning to Competition: Finding my heart again
    By: Emily Kwok

    I recently made the decision and announcement that I would compete at this year’s IBJJF Master’s Seniors Worlds.

    It’s been 6 years since I have competed and in the typical timeframe that a purple belt is born, I opened a school, birthed 2 children, concentrated on building […]