• You Will Fail

    You will fail.
    “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett


    Modern life does not condone failure. To the contrary, society reinforces that it is something to be avoided. If you’re like me, a begrudging member of the Millennial generation, you’ll remember scoreless T-ball games, seasons that ended with trophies […]

  • Grapplers Are People Too

    Grapplers Are People Too

    Grapplers are people too. In the past, I have thought and said this many times, with the emphasis on the last word. For a long time, I felt the need to defend this passion of mine to people who found it violent or distasteful or otherwise something they did not want themselves […]

  • Don’t Be the Smelly Kid: Your Complete Guide to BJJ Hygiene

    Don’t be the smelly kid: Your complete guide to BJJ hygiene
    Posted By: Joe Hannan

    The mats are hot, damp, sweaty places, making them fertile petri dishes for a host of nasty bacteria and fungi. One of the more common mat bugs you’ll encounter is staphylococcus aureus. Staph is everywhere — even on healthy, clean people. However, […]

  • Behind the Steel Door

    Behind the steel door.

    As I made the half-hour drive to Performance Jiu Jitsu in Fairlawn, N.J., I wondered why I ever let Joe, my coworker, talk me into this. I parked and looked down at my phone, hoping there would be a message from him — a sturdy blue belt with a poet’s mind, a […]

  • Always the Beginner

    Always the beginner.
    I was months away from becoming a married man when I first put on a gi and fumbled to tie the belt in the summer of 2015. It was two sizes too big and fit me like a garbage bag. To make matters worse, I was wearing running shorts that made me look […]

  • Blogging and the Art of Jiu Jitsu

    Why blog now?

    I’ve spent over 16 years of my life entangled in some aspect of BJJ. I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into when I started, and I dare say that I still don’t know what I’m doing day to day. Diving into this art gave me a vehicle to explore, play and internalize […]

  • Luke Kiesielewski

    Though he towers over most of us at 6’2″, you will never find Luke Kisielewski without a gentle smile and a warm hello. He’s been an endearing and humble fixture on our mats for the better part of 2 years, but up until recently, he would have described himself as painfully shy and quiet. In […]