Polaris Adventures with Reilly Bodycomb and Nelson Holmes

I have a confession: I was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes growing up. I told my Mom that I wanted to be a detective when I grew up, and I trotted around the house with a magnifying glass looking for mysteries to solv...
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Registration Fees and Hurricanes

I have spent countless hours packed in a car with my friends Dave, Andrew, Greg, and Will. We drove to seminars, tournaments, and open mats. These trips forged our friendship and were the start of more than a few adv...
Nelson Puentes
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Adventures in MMA

Adventures in MMA
I cleaned out my garage last week, and while that was an adventure in itself, I happened to stumble across an old pair of MMA gloves. Talk about memories. Wow. Just about 6 years ago—in 2009—I had my one and only MM...
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu goals that do not involve becoming a world champion

Becoming a black belt world champion may be the loftiest goal one can shoot for in our sport. However, this goal is not for everyone. If this is your current goal, I don’t want to shoot down your dream. This article ...
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Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Becoming OSS (Open Source Software)?

Have you heard about open source software? Its core promise is that its source code is freely available to anyone to use or modify. Let’s think about Brazilian jiu-jitsu as software. As I write this article, there is...
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How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Changed My Life

It has been eight years since the time I took my first Brazilian jiu-jitsu class. Deciding to train Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and sticking to it, has been one of the most fascinating and life-changing experiences of my li...
Nelson Puentes
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What I learned my first year as a Black Belt.

It's been a year since I was promoted to Black Belt by Fabio Clemente and Kevin Sheridan. As cliche as it sounds I’ve learn more in the last year than I did in years prior to the big promotion. I moved to the North P...
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How much training does it take to be a champion?

  People in BJJ often find themselves asking how much the best spend training each day.  The answer is obviously very different for different people, but the quick and easy answer is usually a lot.  Most of the best ...
Aaron Rubin
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Embrace the spirit of learning.

  Have you ever picked up a book or watched a documentary and became fascinated with a subject (could be history, human relations, sports, or anything else), and this very same subject was one you studied in school o...
Aaron Rubin
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How to develop willpower and discipline.

Willpower is a vital ingredient in the recipe of success.  No matter what your goals are, you are going to have to have guts to make your dreams a reality.  Willpower is basically just a daily commitment toward your g...
Aaron Rubin
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Breaking through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu plateaus.

  Plateaus are a normal part of development.  No matter what craft you are trying to master it is normal to experience times of rapid growth, times of stand still, or even times where you feel regression of skill.  T...
Aaron Rubin
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Is there an I in team after all? Initiative might just be that hidden I.

  Today I would like to talk about teamwork and how a spirit of unity can create an environment of growth for all of those involved.  Having a great team around you will lift you up, but you don’t have to wait for o...
Aaron Rubin
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