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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 12 Rules For White Belt Life

    12 RULES FOR WHITE BELT LIFE
    An Antidote For BJJ Chaos
    By: Joe Hannan
    Most grapplers with some experience likely have their own set of rules for survival as a white belt. These are mine, codified on the receiving end of the shoulder of justice and other less-than-desirable positions. May they serve you well.

    1. Admit You Know Nothing. Anyone looking […]

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Compete

    What To Expect When You’re Expecting to Compete
    By: Joe Hannan

    Competition is a an experience every grappler should have. It crystallizes the form and function of BJJ as a martial art more than any number of rolls or lessons ever could. Perhaps just as important, if not more so, is preparation for competition.

    I write this from […]

  • Redefining a Good Roll

    Redefining a Good Roll
    By: Joe Hannan

    I am a spaz — an uncoordinated tangled jumble of lanky limbs that don’t listen to my brain. They have a knack for finding soft, vulnerable places on my training partners, even though my brain does all it can to prevent it. It’s pretty easy to pick me out of […]

  • Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

    Getting Comfortable with Discomfort
    By: Joe Hannan

    It’s enough to make some panic: the first time a much larger partner has you in mount, their chest driving into your face. You cock your head to the side and gasp for air like you’re doing your 12th lap in an olympic pool. You can’t maintain your cool. You […]

  • You Will Alienate Some

    You will alienate some.

    By: Joe Hannan

    Your dedication might alienate those closest to you. Some people will never appreciate Jiu Jitsu. They’re probably not reading this post. But should someone close to you need convincing that your newfound practice is worthwhile, this entry is a good place to start.

    Family, friends and significant others, for the most part, […]

  • Countering BJJ Frustration with Stoicism

    Countering BJJ Frustration with Stoicism.
    Bye: Joe Hannan

    I let my sweaty head fall with a thud against the ocean blue mats that lined the walls of Performance Jiu Jitsu. I don’t remember the roll, but I’m sure it had been savage and swift, with multiple tapouts and lots of flailing around. I might have even let […]