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An Unexpected Milestone

A few weeks ago I was having fun at a Carlson Gracie Jr. seminar when my instructor pulled me over and informed me that I was being promoted to black belt. This was, to put it mildly, a shock. I … Continue reading

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Recreational Violence 2014

As much as I love BJJ, sometimes I need to stratch out and try something else. Thus is was that last weekend I drove to Dayton for Recrational Violence 2014, an all day series of classes for practitioners of Western … Continue reading

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Road Maps

Occasionally I listen to students of arts such as Tae Kwon Do or Kempo and am struck by comments such as “for my next belt I have to learn 3 new kata and 7 new self-defense techniques.” It strikes me … Continue reading

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Lineage

Hang around in martial arts circles long enough and the subject of lineage will inevitably come up. It’s not always explicitly spelled out, but the traditional concept goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a brilliant, badass … Continue reading

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Video Review – Arm Triangles by Ryan Hall

Over the years I’ve collected and watched hundreds of hours of martial arts instructional videos. As much as I enjoy these videos, I’ve recently gotten out of the habit of collecting them. The problem is that I already have a … Continue reading

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Keep Going

Our friends over at the Valhalla Academy have a tradition known as “birthday rounds.” On their birthday, a student gets to spend the entire class grappling non-stop with fresh partners rotated in regularly to keep the pressure on. Even though … Continue reading

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Understanding context

Discussions on martial arts forums frequently turn into arguments about the nature of “real fights” or “real violence”, as if that nature could be summed up in a sound bite supporting the speaker’s preferred approach to training. Realistically, the topic … Continue reading

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