Nov 03

An Ever Growing Reading List for Jiu-jitsu Enthusiasts

The best thing you can do to speed up your growth in our art is to think about jiu-jitsu outside of class. You have to embrace the responsibility for your own development. That means studying new technique, thinking about new possibilities, and learning more about intricacies on your own. This is a list of the …

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Nov 02

Books That Can Inspire You To Develop Leadership


  The idea of natural born leadership is a fallacy. It is a skill like any other, and it can be developed. The benefit of becoming a leader in any form is that you increase your ability to be a positive influence. That’s why it is a topic worthy of study. For books on other …

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Nov 02

What Alexandre Paiva Can Teach Us About Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

When we started Jiu-jitsu, many of us knew nothing. The only arts that are similar are wrestling and judo, but everyone doesn’t have that background. Without that, we’re left with watching MMA or Army Combatives as common conduits of grappling knowledge. What about the person who has none of that? What if they just happened to …

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Oct 31

Books About Mindset and How You Can Improve Yours

How you view the world influences the choices you make. That’s your mindset. It’s how you interpret everything that happens around you. It’s something that you can change though, and mindset is often more important than skillset. I separated all these books out from my full reading list, and each of them focus on the …

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Oct 30

The Five Commandments of the Underhook Half Guard

In Jiu-jitsu, there is a hierarchy of positions and everything is interconnected. It all forms a complex web with many different paths to any destination. Within that system of multiple possibilities, there is the half guard. It is unique. Half is the one position where you can get anywhere else within one or two steps. No …

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Oct 29

Books That Delve into History to Offer Insight and Wisdom

It is said that experience is the best teacher, but do you really have to touch a flame to know that it burns? Isn’t it better to learn from the experience of others and avoid that pain altogether. That illustrates the benefit of learning from history, and that’s the reason why I’m willing to recommend …

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