Category Archives: Brazilian 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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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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Women and Jiu Jitsu – Part 1

BJJ is a male-dominated sport.  At almost any academy you go to, you’ll find that the vast majority of practitioners are men.  In tournaments, there are usually fewer women’s brackets than men’s, and within each bracket there are usually fewer … Continue reading

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Improvements

In day-to-day life, it’s easy to become complacent when we can choose whether or not to challenge ourselves.  We tend to surround ourselves with people who agree with us, and rarely search for dissenting opinions.  Why should we walk to … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Issue of Time

Last week after Dave made a comment about his lack of time to post on his blog, I mentioned (half jokingly) that I should write a guest post for him.  Dave thought that was an excellent idea! So here I … Continue reading

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