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 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 made …

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Nov 30

Transitions between Half Guard and Closed Guard

halfguardarmbar

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 is far sleeve/far knee. I recommend the first grip simply because there are more options off of it. For the …

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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

What Could You Do If You No One Could Stop You

The Power Of Challenging Goals

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 of that exercise was to highlight …

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Nov 11

Teaching Self-Defense in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Teaching Self-Defense in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Take a moment and think about how Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is taught. There is generally a logical progression. You start off with drilling technique with no resistance then you drill it with varying amounts of resistance. One of the best examples of that last step is rolling.  When you roll, you go against people with different …

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Nov 05

Another Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Thought Experiment

Another Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Thought Experiment

Imagine this. There are two entirely different individuals. One is extremely athletic with significant experience in sports. The other is out of shape and has never played in any sports seriously before. Now take both of those individuals and introduce them to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at the same time and at the same gym. Inspire in …

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Oct 29

The Characteristics of Success and How to Apply Them

One day, I walked into the library, and something quite unexpected happened.. By chance, my eyes fell upon a book, and it had a word on the cover that stood out to me. You could probably guess which one it was if you take just a moment to look up above. I picked it up, …

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