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.
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 […]
Women as Instructors
By: Val Worthington
In recent years, I have started to think about what I call Women’s Jiu-Jitsu 2.0. The 1.0 version was just getting women on the mat. Just getting them to believe they deserved to take up space and learn and avail themselves of all that jiu-jitsu has to offer. The community still […]
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 […]
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 […]