Holiday Sale Breakdown (Deals + Freebies)

When sales get this big, we often get a lot of questions. This post aims to simplify your shopping experience.
Nelson Puentes
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Black Belts and Board Games Episode 1: Reaps and Gi vs. No-Gi

Nelson and Matt sit down for a game of Commander and talk about reaping rules and the technical merits of gi and no-gi training.
Nelson Puentes
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The Danger of Gurus

How much should you trust the advice of your instructor? In his new article, Marshal writes about the temptation to guru-fy jiu-jitsu coaches and how to stay grounded.
Marshal Carper
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Embracing the Crazy Jiu-Jitsu Professor Lifestyle

In his newest blog, Marshal talks about how every long-time jiu-jiteiro is doomed to face crazy professor syndrome.
Marshal Carper
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A note to our fans (about big changes)

A note to our fans (about big changes)
We just rebooted our inventory and made a bunch of behind the scenes changes to make things better for Panda Nation.
Nelson Puentes
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Big Panda Swinging

I started my BJJ career at 190 pounds, and I put weight on over the years, moving from middle heavy, to heavy, to super heavy, and now back down to middle heavy. I have always been on the big side of the room when it ...
Nelson Puentes
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My Cup Runneth Over

Do you wear a cup? Marshal used to until one tragic day…
Marshal Carper
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Challenging the Traditional Logic on Teaching

When I was first learning how to teach, certain “best practices” were common knowledge. These were the “right” ways to be a good teacher, run a good class, and design a good curriculum. You see these in the teaching g...
Matt Kirtley
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Evicting Ring Girls (and Other Cage-Side Thoughts)

Sometimes you have to kick a ring girl out of her seat, and other insights from working the corner in MMA fights.
Marshal Carper
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The Four BJJ Archetypes - Which Are You?

Over my years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve come up with a theory of four archetypes for like-minded jiu-jiteiros that I call The Competitor, The Scholar, The Hobbyist, and The Traditionalist. Let me describe these arc...
Matt Kirtley
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Meet the Pandas – Magic On The Mat – Raphaël Levy

Meet the Pandas sheds light on the faces of Panda Nation. Last episode we introduced brown belt medal chaser Pat Hemenway of Pellegrino MMA. Now, we focus on Raphaël Levy of association Aranha: A professional Magic: T...
Daniel Bertina
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Why Lower Belts Make Great Instructors

Did you just show up to class to discover a blue or purple belt covering? Never fear. Here’s why taking classes with blues and purples is good for you and for the team.
Marshal Carper
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