Bus Bench, Park Bench I used to kill myself training as hard as I could as often as I could. I thought if I was going to be a black belt, I had to put the time in and I had to train with a high intensity. It was really hard on my body and Read More

When it comes time to think about training to the advanced level in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it’s important to set your expectations correctly and be aware of some of the challenges that lie ahead. There is an initial honeymoon phase with training where your progress is linear and very exciting. You attend a lesson, you leave Read More

Repetition One of the stories I find myself telling our beginner students about is when I was a new student, I would get annoyed when a technique would repeat. It could be a throw or a submission hold like an armbar and I’d think, “Why is my instructor teaching me this? I already learned how Read More

I was shooting the breeze with Coach Ryan after classes this weekend and we were doing a little reminiscing about our individual training and our time teaching at the dojo. I hope as I continue to write, I’ll build up to how the dojo was started, and some of the early days of the school. Read More

One of the things we are talking about in classes is setting the goal of becoming an advanced martial artist. To be advanced in our youth program that is a belt rank of yellow/black, and in our adult program the first advanced belt is the purple belt. In either case, it is a 4-5 year Read More