• Are You a BJJ Control Freak or a Fatalist?

    By: Joe Hannan

    At its core, jiu jitsu is about imposing your will on another human. Your goal is to gain an advantageous position and put them in some type of submission hold. This can have some interesting psychological implications.

    A work project has me thinking a lot about the psychological concept of locus of control. Generally […]

  • Lessons from Matheus Diniz

    By: Joe Hannan

     

    When Matheus Diniz walks into a room, you start thinking he was assembled by an elite team of scientists in some grappling cyborg laboratory. The man was built to lock limbs, compress arteries and apply leverage.

    Then Diniz smiles, and what you once thought was a cybernetic organism becomes a playful, gentle world-destroyer […]

  • Hybrid Kickboxing’s Rite of Passage

     

    By: Joe Hannan

    The people who train at Princeton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are my violent family. I think fondly of them as they hyperextend my limbs, suffocate me in sweat-soaked fabric and bring me to the brink of unconsciousness from restricted blood flow. All families fight, we’re just much more up front about it.
    I assure you […]

  • 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 […]