Gracie Jiu Jitsu · Injuries · Pedagogy · Yoga

When to “Tap” in Yoga

VIEWER ALERT: I’m about to yammer on about the relationship between yoga and jiu jitsu, as I sometimes do. But hey, what did you expect? They’re two subjects I spend far too much time thinking about. One resemblance between yoga and jiu jitsu is that both involve exploring the outer limits of your body’s range… Continue reading When to “Tap” in Yoga

Fitness · Gracie Jiu Jitsu · Martial Arts · Training

Ten Lousy Jiu Jitsu Partners You’ll Eventually Roll With

1. The Flailer.┬áHonestly, you’re not sure if he’s rolling with you, or just executing a very poorly choreographed break-dancing routine. This is a person, male or female, who is very new to jiu jitsu, and who has decided that the best defense is MOVING ALL THEIR LIMBS VERY RAPIDLY in any direction they can. Sometimes… Continue reading Ten Lousy Jiu Jitsu Partners You’ll Eventually Roll With

Gracie Jiu Jitsu · Martial Arts · Shadow-Narratives

Let’s Have More (Play) Aggression

I’m not the first person to note that modern American culture, more so than many other world cultures, has no framework of meaning in place to deal with the realities of violence and aggression. Certainly, violent acts happen every day, but only a small minority among the military, law enforcement, and criminals actually have a… Continue reading Let’s Have More (Play) Aggression

Awareness · Gracie Jiu Jitsu · Martial Arts · Training

Jiu Jitsu: You Are How You Roll

One of the beautiful things about Gracie Jiu Jitsu is its endlessly customizable nature. As a martial art, jiu jitsu is at the opposite end of the spectrum from doing set forms or┬ákata– although you may learn a technique like an armbar in its ideal, textbook form, in practice you will never execute it in… Continue reading Jiu Jitsu: You Are How You Roll