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Meet the Pandas – Biomechanical Jiu-Jitsu with Nerd Power – Matt ‘Aesopian’ Kirtley

In this series, we shine light on the many members of the Panda Nation. Last episode we spoke to David Phimsipasom of Maximum Athletics. Now, we focus on black belt Matt ‘Aesopian’ Kirtley: computer wizard, walking BJJ encyclopedia, and unabashed Magic: The Gathering-aficionado. Back when he was a blue belt,...

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The Art of Sideline BJJ

I’ve often heard the advice that in the event of an injury, you should keep going to class anyway. The thinking goes that staying in the routine of regularly attending class is important, and even if you can’t drill or roll, you can still learn from the instruction. It’s nothing...

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Bringing the Greenland Gi to Life

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a few major countries occupy the spotlight. Brazil, of course, tops the list, but the U.S. receives a lot of attention as well. Japan is often in the conversation for obvious reasons, but it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the first two. And recently, we’ve...

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Meet the Pandas – ‘Dive In Head First, Ask Questions Later’- David Phimsipasom

As we continue our series Meet the Pandas, we focus on the many awesome people that make up the Panda Nation. Last episode was devoted to Phil Mento of Paramount BJJ. Now we introduce David Phimsipasom: black belt instructor at Maximum Athletics (Dunellen, NJ), human energizer bunny, tennis pro, and...

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