5 Tips to Keep You on the Long Road to Black Belt and Beyond

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is frustrating and humbling. I’ve got five pieces of advice if you want to make it a lifelong pursuit. Aim for the top of the mountain, but keep your feet on the trail. The path to black belt takes...
Matt Kirtley
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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me

A secret part of me gets giddy when a new student joins my class because I get to re-tell one of my favorite jokes. When we are working on a submission or some sort of positional control—usually involving a cross fac...
Marshal Carper
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That Uber Micro: Actions Per Minute in BJJ

Chess is typically the default analogy when you discuss strategy (and I’m just as guilty as anyone else). We often hear jiu-jitsu called human chess, but chess has one major shortcoming when you compare it to BJJ: It...
Nelson Puentes
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What Drives Success in BJJ

When looking for what drives success--in BJJ or elsewhere--many traits are important: perseverance, grit, intelligence, talent, determination, and more. But which is most important? Over the years, I’ve come to the ...
Matt Kirtley
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Supplement Your Training with Competition Footage

In the digital age of jiu-jitsu, there is no shortage of training aids. You can supplement your training with private lessons, seminars, YouTube videos, instructional DVDs, books, magazines, podcasts, GIFs, and i...
Marshal Carper
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EZ Rock Your Way to Being a Better Training Partner

When Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock told us back in 1988 that “it takes two to make a thing go right/it takes two to make it outta sight,” they could have been talking about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sure, you can do solitary dr...
Valerie Worthington
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Finding the Right BJJ School for You

If you’re interested in starting BJJ, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will arm you with the knowledge you need to pick the right BJJ school for you. When evaluating BJJ schools, these are the key factors t...
Matt Kirtley
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Are Jiu-Jitsu Concepts Actually Helping You Learn?

A few years ago, jiu-jitsu concepts became all the rage, and for good reason. When YouTube jiu-jitsu hit a critical mass, we had no shortage of individual techniques. We could find hours and hours of footage of our f...
Marshal Carper
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How to Teach for Maximum Knowledge Retention

10th Planet Chicago after 3 hours of crucifix shenanigans. This past weekend I had the adventure of teaching two Mastering the Crucifix seminars in Chicago--a gi seminar at Chicago Martial Arts and a no-gi one at 10t...
Matt Kirtley
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Predictions for Worlds

Worlds has been my favorite tournament to watch for a long time. Since I first saw videos from the Tijuca Tennis Club, to the first time I got to watch the black belt finals live from the Pyramid at Long Beach. There...
Nelson Puentes
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Colosseum Kimuras

I found myself this week, on our way to a BJJ Globetrotters camp in Sardinia.We flew into Rome using a Portuguese airline with a layover in Lisbon, which allowed me to practice my Portuguese… Frango. Vinho tinto. Obr...
Nelson Puentes
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Training Partners Trump All

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a strange sport. On the one hand, it’s a highly individual pursuit. We often talk about how comparing your progress to the progress of others is dangerous because so many variables can lead to ...
Marshal Carper
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