Sep 09

Aiming to be in a Constant State of Evolution

Updated: August 22, 2014 There is a wealth of knowledge out there.  The difficulty lies in finding what’s relevant to you. What I want to do here is help you out in that process to some degree. This is my personal reading list. It includes books I’ve read, the book I’m reading, and books that …

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Aug 28

How to Apply Think and Grow Rich Concepts to BJJ

How to Apply Think and Grow Rich Concepts to BJJ

Think and Grow Rich was highly recommended to me. So I read once, I read it twice, and then I read several chapters over again. Now I’m going to take those 13 concepts of success and apply them to BJJ. First, let’s start off by listing the thirteen principles: Desire Faith Auto-Suggestion Specialized Knowledge Imagination Organized …

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Mar 18

An Ever Growing List of Meaningful Quotes That You Can Apply

Meaningful Quotes

Updated: May 31, 2014 I want to share something on the motivation side of things. It’s simply a compilation of various incredibly meaningful quotes that I was exposed to as a result of being a member of Evolve Academy. I am only pulling these quotes from the Evolve newsletters. It will be updated over time. If you’re …

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Jul 27

3 Concepts to Focus on When Passing Half Guard

In a few weeks, I’m going to be teaching a seminar at Ground Control on passing half guard, so I am in the process of planning and organizing the class structure. My ideal process is always to start with the concepts and then teach techniques that demonstrate how those concepts can be exploited. As I …

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Dec 21

Debate on What Defines an Advanced Technique

Recently, on the site’s Facebook page, I had the opportunity to have a philosophical debate with Josh Vogel about Jiu-jitsu. The topic focused on how basic and advanced techniques are defined and if such a dividing line exists at all. With Josh’s consent, I’ve included that debate here verbatim with some white space added for …

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Dec 15

Structuring a Curriculum for Competitors Versus the General Public

I just liked the pic.

Right now, I’m working on a large project, and some of my teammates are assisting by sending me any random jiu-jitsu questions that they can think of. This post was inspired by one of those questions because I received one that just didn’t fit my project at all, but it was fascinating on its own …

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Nov 02

I Don’t Consider This a Radical Change in Focus

Updated: November 4, 2013 Several days ago, I had an idea. It was simple yet fascinating, and when I mulled it over, it just kept making more and more sense. That’s why I decided to share it, but something went wrong when I sat down to write it out. Yeah, everything started out great, and …

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Sep 08

The Frank Cucci Seminar at Evolve Academy


Recently, my gym expanded to a new location, and one of the events to celebrate the occasion was a seminar by Frank Cucci. He came up to support my coach, Mike Moses, because they have a long history. He’s also one of Mike’s original instructors. I want share with you a lesson I learned from …

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Sep 01

It’s Not That Hard to Do The Right Thing


At my job, I had an opportunity to speak to the owner of the company, and the best thing I took away from that conversation was a philosophy. I’ll share it with you because it’s quite simple, and I understood right away why the company made an effort to instill it at the cultural level. …

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Jun 11

What Are The True Basics of the Half Guard?


Think about that question for a moment because there is room for debate. Right this minute, you can look around and you’ll find many different examples of how the position should be played. Like with almost everything in Jiu-jitsu, half guard is an expression of a person’s own unique insight and focus. So often there …

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Apr 07

Focus on the Seeds that You Plant


Recently, something significant happened in my life that will require me to make certain adjustments. It was unexpected and undesired, but I’ve been able to take a step back and really analyze the situation. I realized that there were specific choices that I made that heavily influenced the outcome. So I’ve decided to take the …

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Feb 01

Troubleshooting the Half Guard I

One of my ongoing projects is related to half guard, and today I want to look at one of the questions that I’ve received as a result of that project.  The question was: My Half Guard question is about the cross face. I have gotten very comfortable with being able to control the bicep of …

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Jan 09

What Are Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Gyms Really Selling


One thing that I really enjoy is taking ideas from diverse sources and applying them to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  If you read enough posts here, you probably already noticed that trend. This post will be another example of that because I was recently exposed to a very interesting concept about business. It’s all about a simple …

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Jan 03

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment III

After I finished that last post on training acceleration, I couldn’t wait to apply the idea. The first opportunity I had to do so was a No-Gi Advanced class I taught at Crazy 88. Beforehand, I decided that I was going to give them one of the most developed tools in my arsenal. It was …

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Jan 02

Training Acceleration: A Different Way to Think about the Learning Process

Training Acceleration: A Different Way to think about the Learning Process

I just had a revelation, and I want to share it with you. Others have probably had it as well, but I want to outline it in a way that can be clearly understood and applied. Let’s start off with a question. What are the components of an effective technique? As you think about that …

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Dec 22

Crowdsourced: Half Guard Pass Counter Options

Given a very specific situation, this is a series of counter options based on the progression of a technique. Before you watch it, you should check out the original half guard pass. After that, look at the counters and study them. Do you perceive any issues or vulnerabilities? If you do, highlight them. It’s not …

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Dec 17

A Quick and Simple Mount Escape Counter

There was a question on Sherdog about what to do when your opponent turns tries to elbow escape mount. In that situation, I have a little simple thing that I do, and I’ve had a lot of success with it. So I tried to explain it there, but I felt that it wouldn’t be easy …

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Dec 16

Alternative Triangle Finish from Mount

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m in the process of analyzing the way I teach, and I’m making an effort to improve the process and delivery. So I give you these unedited videos because I like to kill two birds with one stone. I have some good knowledge to share, and I …

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Dec 16

Can Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Instruction be Crowdsourced


Today, I had an awesome idea, and I want to share it before it slips away. Before I explain though, let’s start off with a question. What if you could crowdsource Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instruction? If you’ve never heard that term before, it can be summed up as simply the distribution of tasks to an undefined …

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Dec 14

The Problem with Most BJJ Instructionals


You look around and you will see many BJJ instructionals put out by renowned Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners. Often, they have high production values and they’re filled with content. Most of the content is even great. However, there’s generally a focus on quantity over depth and enjoyment. This has led to hours and hours of content, …

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Dec 05

Are You Willing to Look Like a Fool

Are You Willing to Look Like a Fool

That’s a question that you should ask yourself if you’re serious about mastering anything But who wants to look like a fool? We all want to look good. We want to impress. It’s hard to let go of vanity. It’s also hard to let go of habits that you’ve already formed. There’s a parable highlighted …

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Dec 04

What Lies Just Beyond the Horizon

South Africa

Take a moment and look at this picture. Do you see how the sun’s light just breaks through the clouds? Or maybe the contrast between light and shadow reflected off of hundreds upon hundreds of hills? Perhaps you even see something that I simply can’t. That’s quite likely actually. The key thing is that you …

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Dec 02

A Conceptual Blueprint for Preparing to Teach


If you teach or you want to teach, you have to do more than just regurgitate information. The best instructors create experiences that are rarely forgotten. You might’ve even had such experiences yourself, especially if you’ve been training for a good amount of time. It’s in those moments when you pay absolute attention because you …

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Nov 30

Transitions between Half Guard and Closed Guard

Hey, I decided to share some more unedited technique. There are actually three in the video, but they’re all interconnected. Half Guard Transition to Closed Guard Details: There are two different grip combinations that you can use for this transition. The one I showed is cross collar/far sleeve. The other one that you can use …

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Nov 28

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment II

Recently, I taught a class at Evolve Academy. I had a simple vision. I wanted to create a focused lesson that reinforced the technique in different ways. What we’re going to do here is go back and try to highlight what was good and bad about that approach. Class Structure Free Form Drilling – 10 …

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Nov 22

Informal Technique: Triangle Entry from Half Guard

Some time ago, I put a little informal technical lesson on video and shared it only with those who have signed up for the BJJ Canvas Newsletter. Generally, I prefer to do that over posting technique, but I’m making an exception here. Half Guard Triangle Entry The technique is a transition from half guard into …

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Nov 16

How Dare You Associate Emoticons with Training

How Dare You Associate Emoticons with Training

I don’t like using emoticons. It’s simply because it doesn’t feel natural. The reason that it doesn’t feel natural is because I haven’t done it enough. It’s quite the little paradox. Something isn’t done because it doesn’t feel right, but it doesn’t feel right because it isn’t done. The same kind of dynamic can be …

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Nov 13

The Power of Challenging Goals

The Power Of Challenging Goals

Right away, stop whatever you’re doing. Take a moment to think about just one thing that you can do now that you never imagined yourself capable of years ago. I’m sure that you can probably think of at least one. It’s even quite probable that you can think of far more than that. The point …

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