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  • Should You Compete?

    By: Emily Kwok
    “Should I compete?”
    I am asked this question a lot.

    I often respond, I’m not sure if you should, but here’s why I do.

    In the beginning it had more to do with curiosity than anything else. There were so few women in jiu jitsu that I just wanted to know how I would fare against […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Take the Opportunity to Build Your Community

    Take the Opportunity to Build Your Community

    By: Val Worthington

    My partners (Emily Kwok and Hannette Staack) and I run a business called Groundswell Grappling Concepts. In 2009, we started hosting grappling camps for women, because back then, there were few opportunities for women to train together. Those ladies who were committed to improving our jiu-jitsu had […]

  • Pura Vida. Pura Vida Jiu Jitsu.

     
    Pura Vida. Pura Vida Jiu Jitsu.
    (Pure Life. Pure Life Jiu Jitsu)
    By: Emily Kwok

    I recently came back from a glorious vacation in Costa Rica with my family. For a week we lived on the edge of where the jungle meets the ocean; where the guttural sounds of howler monkeys in the trees and the chirps and […]

  • 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 […]