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  • 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 Are How You Train

    You are how you train
    By: Emily Kwok

    It’s very common for even the best of us to get locked up when it comes to personal expression. This is true of life in general, but the mats give us the rare opportunity to see where we are literally challenged and liberated.

    At the beginning of our BJJ career, […]

  • 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, […]

  • The Sound of Sweeping

    The Sound of Sweeping
    By: Val Worthington

    Teaching jiu-jitsu is a complex task, and the necessary skills extend beyond the actual exchange of information and assessment of performance, each of which is complex in and of itself. There are interpersonal interactions, which involve making people feel comfortable and welcome. There is logistics, which includes planning a good […]

  • Dedicated, not Obsessed

    Dedicated, not obsessed.
    By: Joe Hannan

    I see Jiu Jitsu everywhere I go, especially in the movements and play of animals. I think about Jiu Jitsu all day, a constant narrative of if he does this, then I do that, running through my head. Sometimes, I mix it up, and the narrative gets switched to, if I […]

  • Remembering David Jacobs

    “Words fail, and the mind reels.” That’s what my mother said the last time my family lost a member. That sentence says it all, and it says not nearly enough. That’s what I’m thinking and feeling now, about David Jacobs.

    The world lost David Jacobs last week. He was a professor, friend, colleague, brother, confidante, attorney, […]

  • The Best of Us – For Casey Van Brookhoven

    The Best of Us – For Casey Van Brookhoven

    ‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard’ – A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

    The shocking and untimely passing of a friend over the holidays has caused me to reflect very deeply on what presence this individual had in my life. It […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Art of Learning the Cross Collar Choke

    The Art of Learning the Cross Collar Choke
    One of the most significant things I’ve learned about BJJ was the cross collar or lapel choke from closed guard. It’s the first submission I learned and on the rare occasion that I’m working with a newly minted white belt, the only submission I teach. The choke itself […]