Author Archives: Dave

About Dave

Grad student in Ecology, Blue belt in jiu jitsu.

Basics, Advanced Techniques, and the 1 Leg X-Guard

What makes a technique “basic?” Conversely, when does a technique cross the boundary from “fundamental” into being considered “advanced?”  Are “basic” techniques simply labeled as such because of tradition (i.e., Hélio practiced and taught them), while advanced techniques have been … Continue reading

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Cache Valley BJJ is Born

It’s been a long time since my last post on this blog (I feel like every blog post starts off that way).  And since my last post, quite a few things have changed in my jiu jitsu life.  Most notably, … Continue reading

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BJJ Christmas Ideas

Know somebody that trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?  Been wondering what to get for them this holiday season?  Here are a few Christmas gift ideas for your cauliflowered friends: Jiu Jitsu Stocking – I can’t take credit for this one; my … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Moment

Last week after class, my instructor said something that stuck with me.  As I was walking out the door of the academy, he mentioned that he “hasn’t seen me laugh that much during class for a long time” and that … Continue reading

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Getting a Blue Belt

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, your blue belt is only the first belt you’ll receive after white.  Yet in contrast to almost all other traditional martial arts in which you can progress in rank very rapidly, it takes an incredible amount … Continue reading

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