Monthly Archives: July 2013

Greater than the sum of the parts

If you’ve had the opportunity to train with a variety of BJJ instructors, you’ve probably noticed that they teach the same techniques a little differently than each other. One teacher might introduce technique A, while another might start you off … Continue reading

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Surviving the Marathon

On the one hand, I’m 49 years old with a desk job and several nagging old injuries. Things don’t heal as fast as they used to, and I was never any kind of remarkable physical specimen to begin with. On … Continue reading

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Pattern Recognition

When playing chess, I spend a lot of time trying to predict my opponents possible moves. I assume he is going to make the best possible move, so if I move A, then he’s going to move B, if I … Continue reading

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Review: Gracie University Online

A few years ago, Ryron and Rener Gracie created GracieUniversity.com. The idea is that students can set up a trining space in their garage, find a training partner, and progress through the ranks of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training exclusively through Rener … Continue reading

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Teaching or Natural Selection?

Over the years I’ve visited a lot of BJJ schools. One of the most common methods of structuring a class seems to go like this: Warm-ups Demonstrate and drill one or two random techniques Free-rolling/grappling for the rest of the … Continue reading

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