Tag Archive: bjj

Oct 06

The Game of Inches in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Competition

I have a little story to tell you. Several months ago, I had the opportunity to be present when Tom Brands gave a talk on the Iowa mindset. There were many gems of wisdom in that speech, and I’m going to focus on one of them today. It’s the idea that the distance between 1st and …

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Oct 05

Lessons Learned When I Was a White Belt IV

Let’s take a little trip. Through the Wormhole A few years ago, Evolve Academy decided to create a fight team for the WKA Nationals. The tryouts were set at a certain date and a certain time, and it was expected to be a really difficult and demanding test. At the time, I had been training …

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Oct 03

Why Thinking about the Critical Point Can Help You

Find the Critical Points in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Recently, I was introduced to the concept of critical points in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Josh Vogel wrote an article where he discussed his thought process on the concept. It made me think. You should check out his article as well because I am going to approach the concept from a slightly different angle. When is the …

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Sep 07

Are You Consumed With the Question of Why

I know I am. I realized early that understanding why a technique works makes it easier to figure out how to make it work for me. So I became a conceptual learner. Another factor in that choice of focus came as a result of a method that my coach, Mike Moses, used to use often …

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Sep 04

Lessons Learned When I Was a White Belt III

Today, I’m going to talk about the lesson I learned the very first day I trained at Evolve Academy. I drove over an hour to get to the gym and I got lost at the end, since it was located off the main road. By some miracle though, I will still early. So I signed …

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Sep 04

Are All Hours Spent Training BJJ of Equal Value

This is a question that I’ve wondered about. Intuitively, I’ve felt that the answer was a clear and emphatic no. The issue was that I only had my own experience to draw from. Now from two different sources within a very small time frame, I’ve been introduced to a concept that has the potential of …

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