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The Curious Nature of Success in Martial Arts & Life!

Life is tough, unpredictable, and will kick you between the legs when you are not looking. Life is, at its heart imperfect, just like a roll in jiu-jitsu, just like sparring. But we want everything to be perfect. We want, seek, for the perfect roll, the perfect round of sparring, the perfect life. Perfection, we have been told, offers the key to happiness. 
But, in my experience imperfection gets a bad rap. Straight lines, perfect shapes, and order, is what we have been told is beautiful and good.......

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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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Why You Are Addicted to Jiu-Jitsu!

No, it’s not just because you learn new techniques. No, it’s not just because of the physical challenge. No, it’s not just because of being able to submit someone bigger and stronger than you. While all of these are in a sense true and important reasons to train, the reason you are so addicted to Jiu-Jitsu is because you are fully there. I have spent almost 6 years working on my PhD in Mindful-Leadership. My inspiration for my research began after reading a paper by Professor Donna Ladkin, entitled, Leading Beautifully: How......

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6 Ways to Roll for Ever!

I have written previously about the severe degeneration I am dealing with in the vertebrae in my neck. I am often in pain, and if it wasn’t for a superb Chiropractor, I doubt I would be able to get through most weeks. This last week after rolling, I felt a tingle in my muscles surrounding my scapular. I have had it before, and normally indicates the onset of a muscle spasm. I didn’t think much about it, until the next morning, when I was unable to turn the key in my......

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