Posts Tagged ‘BJJ’

Woman uses Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to defend against a knife-wielding attacker!

Check out this recent security cam footage of a woman using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense basics against an attacker with a knife! This incident occurred last month in Brazil, and it demonstrates the unpredictability and unglamorous nature of how self-defense scenarios occur. The video is interspersed with footage of a detailed breakdown of the situation by […]

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“Getting good” at jiu-jitsu: The unglamorous truth!

I started my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in 2003, the same year that Quentin Tarantino’s movie Kill Bill came out. I was a lot younger then. Martial arts action movies and fighting video games held way more motivational influence over me than they do now. I saw them mainly as entertainment, but now and then, I’d […]

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The Importance of Struggling, Winning, Losing, and Learning in Martial Arts

Recently, a Facebook friend of mine jokingly shared this National Post article entitled “Dodgeball isn’t just problematic, it’s an unethical tool of ‘oppression’” by Joseph Brean. The basic gist of Brean’s article is that competition is “unhelpful to the development of kind and gentle children,” and that the struggles of victory and defeat are not […]

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Your jiu-jitsu: Swiss watch, or Rube Goldberg machine?

Whether in a movie or a cartoon of some sort, you’ve probably seen a Rube Goldberg machine without knowing its Wikipedia definition, which is: “a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion.” A picture is worth a thousand words, so check out this guy’s hat on the right. […]

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Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – a recipe for success!

In my last blog entry, I discussed the art of teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to young children, although I really only dealt with the tip of the iceberg. Yes, there’s a balance between discipline and play, and achieving it is critical to keep children coming back for more than one class. Discipline for the sake of […]

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Why EVERY Police Officer Should Be A Good Martial Artist

Ask any martial artist worth his or her salt, and they’ll tell you that it’s imperative for police officers to learn and regularly practice a solid martial art. This isn’t due to bias and preference; it’s due to the simple nature of what happens when a suspect resists arrest and, quite simply, puts you in […]

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Making Sharp Techniques Sharper: 12/5 Tournament Results

Last Saturday, I coached my teammate Rubin Pushpangathan at The Good Fight’s Winter BJJ Open submissions-only tournament. He took 2nd place in white belt gi – a division I love to watch due to its elimination of avant-garde leg-lock games that are typically used to stall. Anyway, with two submission wins, a grueling back-and-forth in […]

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The Difference (Or Lack of Difference) Between Tournament and Academy Jiu-Jitsu – A Breakdown of Two NJU Competitors During Last Saturday’s NAGA Tournament

The 16th century Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi was the Dan Gable of his day. I’d wager that he was history’s best sports psychologist as well. He relentlessly studied the parallels and symbiotic relationship between martial arts, politics, the arts, and day-to-day life. He’s also the originator of the often-reiterated “Today is victory over yourself of […]

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 101, 9/6/15

Today, we had a solid turnout of 20 students on the mat! We continued our theme-of-the-week (guillotine escape to Von Flue choke, and headlock-escapes from standing), but we also mixed things up a bit. It’s wise to keep your self-defense basics sharp, so we did a few drills in which our training partners were at […]

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 101, 9/3/15

Tonight, we had a great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 101 class in which we drilled some self-defense headlock escapes based on your opponent’s positioning. Remember that it’s essential to have backup escapes; after all, there’s no one escape that’ll enable you to escape everything! Always obey the philosophy of “Right time, right technique, right opponent.” We also […]

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