Tag Archives: Training

Why train?

In the martial arts, we have a tendency to valorize long-term dedication to training.  It is true that getting really good at the martial arts (or anything else) takes a lot of time and hard work.  I’ve been studying the … Continue reading

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Sparring options

Sparring, rolling, randori – whatever you want to call it, it’s a lynchpin of BJJ training. No matter how many repetitions you perform of a technique, you haven’t mastered it until you can execute it in a free-form setting against … Continue reading

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Regressing, Stagnating, or Progressing?

I came across an interesting blog post the other day where the author talks about the risk of regressing in one’s jiu-jitsu skills despite regular practice. Probably lots of us have felt at one time or another like we are … Continue reading

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Reaching a Milestone

I reached a major milestone in my training yesterday – being promoted to brown belt in BJJ. I’ve been practicing the martial arts in various forms for over 30 years. I hold black belt ranking in a couple of arts … Continue reading

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Using Strength

Back in my days training Bujinkan Taijutsu we were taught never to use physical strength. Pure technique, we were told, could overcome any disadvantage in size or strength. Using strength would not make our techniques any more effective and would … Continue reading

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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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