The Panda Workweek

The other day someone asked me what I did before Inverted Gear. This caught me by surprise, it’s been a while since I thought about the time before all my energy was devoted to selling uniforms with a silly upside-dow...
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Tips for a Kickass Comeback

Time off the mats does not need to be time wasted. Nelson tells the story of how a few surprises (like the early arrival of his son) took him out of training for 3 months, but he found a way to make the most of it. G...
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Grape by Grape

As a rambunctious kid running around the family farm in Chile, little Nelson learned a lesson about patience from his grandfather that's just as true today. Read the story in the latest blog post today.
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Pole Vaulting and BJJ

The key to success in pole vaulting is the same as in BJJ: give it your best try, then get up and try again. In his latest blog post, Nelson shares a story from his days in track and field that stuck with him all the...
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The End of My No-Surgery Streak (and Why I’m Thankful)

So... I have had an interesting two weeks.
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Remember when… And moving forward

In his latest blog post, Nelson reflects on the pros and cons of being a full-time competitor and how it shaped the growth of Inverted Gear and his life in general. Give it a read today.
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4 Years at Black Belt: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Nelson reflects on his fourth year as a BJJ black belt in his latest blog post. Read it now to see how a black belt keeps developing their game.
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Why My Son May Not Do BJJ

Hillary and I are expecting our first child. Right after being asked if we are having a boy or girl, (it’s a boy), we get asked when he is going to start training. I have been thinking about this a lot. I have been ar...
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Building a Bigger Engine for BJJ

I often hear high level practitioners recommend against conditioning outside of BJJ, that the only thing you should be doing to improve your cardio for jiu-jitsu is more jiu-jitsu. While there is some truth to this if...
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Crossing the Bridge of ADHD and Dyslexia

When I was young, my family—my father, mother, sister, and me—immigrated from Chile to the United States. My family wanted better education opportunities for my sister and I, and they felt that moving to the U.S. woul...
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Leave Your Brakes on the Porch

Once upon a time, Nelson coasted halfway down the biggest hill in the neighborhood before remembering that his bike had no brakes.
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The Kevin Sheridan Saga

In his latest blog post, Nelson talks about meeting and working with one of his longtime BJJ and business mentors: Kevin Sheridan.
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