The article that appeared on Jiu Jitsu Times recently about some loon who gave himself a brown belt really struck a chord with me. But not for the reasons you might have guessed. Yes, awarding yourself a belt is inexcusable. It devalues the art and is an insult to all of us who earned […]
As a parent of 3 kids (ages 11,7 and 4) it can often be tricky to find something that we all enjoy doing together. The eldest is on the cusp of thinking he’s pretty grown up (most days), and the youngest has only just started school. One boy, 2 girls, and again you can run […]
What is ‘Flow’ in a Jiu Jitsu Context? Flow: To move continuously in a current or stream. The phrase ‘flow rolling’ often gets a bad rap in the grappling world. You know the feeling you go to slap and bump hands and your partner says, “You mind if we just flow?” You’re probably thinking, “Flow? […]
As recently as 10 years ago, elite-level jiu jitsu instruction used to be hard to find outside capitals, but now established academies and pedigreed black belts can be found in most medium-sized metropoles. Here’s a list of our top 10 cities in which to combine your next vacation with some good rolling.
A young brown belt catches my gaze and tilts his chin up at me. “You wanna roll?” This kid is hungry. I recognise the arrogance of youth in his face. It’s like seeing myself from ten years ago. It’s been a long week and the last match took almost all I had left. Everything hurts […]