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No Such Thing As Old School Jiu-Jitsu

There’s a contemporary statement made of late where people refer to old school jiu-jitsu as a way of distinguishing it from the modern interpretation of the sport. In the modern vernacular, strategies such as berimbolo, 50/50 guard, and the rise in lower body attacks (i.e., ankle locks, knee bars etc) have ushered in the era of what is defined as new school jiu-jitsu. While there is no single answer to the reason for this direction in the ground game, part of it stems from rule changes in competition. For those......

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Even The Best Among Us are Struggling: And It’s Okay!

We don't want our ‘hero's' to show vulnerability, because it amplifies our own. It's uncomfortable to know, that even those who we perceive as the best among us, still have daily struggles too. It’s compounded even further, when media, and the content creators, constantly blast unending motivational successes towards us — even though, we are struggling, each of us, to achieve even what seems like a slither of what our hero’s exclaim they have. The thing that I have noticed on many of these motivational style videos, especially interviews, is......

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Will This Work in a Fight? It Depends!

Not a week goes by that I don’t receive a personal message on Facebook from someone in the world wanting some advice on improving their game. When I reply that it’s difficult for me to give a definitive answer, I get the sense that the person on the other side feels disappointed. In a world consumed by factory martial arts, with neatly packaged answers to every single possible interpersonal violent encounter, I am not surprised by this reaction.

Two Types of Questions

These questions usually come in two......

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Success Isn’t What You Have Been Told It Is!

I feel there is just way to much time these days spent focusing on other people’s versions of success. We look to the ‘successes’ of other people, often displayed in all its unashamed glory on social media, and we desperately want to see the same in our own lives. Rather than motivating us however, it often makes us feel inadequate. Rather than feeling empowered to do the same we often are left feeling disempowered. Everything is displayed as perfect, yet we know that each of us is imperfect. How can......

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