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  • Purple Belt: The Middle of the Journey

    By: Joe Hannan

    One day you wake up and you go to train like you would any other day. You watch your friends get promoted and you clap your hands. You clap your hands more heartily for some more than others — the ones you know and love best. Then, all of a sudden, they’re clapping […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]