The Right Approach to Earning Your Blue Belt

For many white belts, earning a blue belt can seem like the ultimate prize, but it can also be the source of so much anxiety. This guide will show you the right way to approach setting goals around belt ranks.
Matt Kirtley
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Meet the Pandas – The Panda from Paris – Claire-France Thévenon

In Meet the Pandas we explore what drives the many members of the Panda Nation. In the previous episode we introduced Javier Palomo: walking encyclopedia of the grappling arts, host of the Grapper Union Podcast and co...
Daniel Bertina
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Jiu-Jitsu Strategy: The Persistent Threat Concept

Marshal’s new blog discusses the strategic concept of establishing a persistent threat in every position. Learn more in his new blog!
Marshal Carper
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Ten Exercises for Guard Players

Upgrade the power of your guard with these 10 exercises from Panda Nation’s Alexander Sterner.
Alex Sterner
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The Unimportance of Competition

Marshal has a competition-neutral stance with his students, leaving it up to them to decide if competition is a path they want to take. In this article, he breaks down that philosophy, its benefits, and its challenges.
Marshal Carper
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Concept-Based Learning in BJJ

Learning to see the concepts behind techniques accelerates your learning by leaps and bounds. In his latest blog post, Matt talks about how to shift into this concept-based mindset.
Matt Kirtley
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The Revenge of the Plateau, Episode 75

The dreaded training plateau. Marshal talks about this longest plateau ever and how he beat it.
Marshal Carper
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Smaller Circles

When my mom tells me the story of my time in kindergarten, first there’s the mandatory prelude of the battle to get me into the building. As soon as we parked, I would turn into a spider monkey and get a hold of anyth...
Nelson Puentes
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Why I Am Better Than You

In his newest article, Marshal writes about why his jiu-jitsu is better than yours (and what you can do to improve).
Marshal Carper
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Dad-Level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

My life has gone through a lot of changes in the last few months, becoming a dad being the biggest one. Looking back at the amount of hours I have spent on the mat this year, it is a fraction of years prior. I have be...
Nelson Puentes
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The White Belt Struggle: How to Push Through It

Are you struggling as a white belt? The good news is you’re not alone and you’re not unique in your challenges. In this article, I’m going to lay out many of the struggles white belts experience, including ones that g...
Matt Kirtley
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My White Belt Wonder Years

Marshal recounts his awkward years as a white belt, putting the journey toward proficiency in perspective.
Marshal Carper
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