How to Stop Obsessing Over Promotions

Working hard does not mean you deserve a promotion. High potency of effort in Jiu Jitsu is not the exception. It’s the norm. 
Joseph Hannan
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What to do When You Feel Like Quitting

When you're training jiu-jitsu there will be inevitable setbacks that will make you want to quit. Joe Hannan makes a case for why you should quit, and it's not what you think.
Joseph Hannan
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Exiting the Downward Spiral

Jiu-jitsu is a game of ups and downs, both literally and figuratively. Getting yourself out of a down period is all about mindset and details. You can’t avoid them but having a game plan to tackle them can help get yo...
Nick C
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5 things good training partners always do

Good training partners don’t behave recklessly, like the subject of this story. They train to win, to improve, to grow, but not to injure. There are also some other qualities that I think make for ideal training partn...
Joseph Hannan
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Growing Your Gym’s Community Outside of Class

By building your gym’s culture and group’s camaraderie, you will see your training partners in a new light. Also you will be opening doors for someone who might be more reticent than you. It’s a win-win.
Nick C
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How The Pandemic Can Improve Your BJJ

COVID-19 forced many of us to own our BJJ education. With guided instruction limited by a virus that thrives off of proximity, improving our skills became not just something we outsource, but something we must instiga...
Joseph Hannan
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Why You Need to Edit Your Jiu-Jitsu, And How to Do It

In writing, like in jiu-jitsu, editing is where half of the learning takes place.
Joseph Hannan
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Tripped Up By Training Takedowns

As I progress through my jiu-jitsu journey, the only thing I learn is how little I know. This is a sentiment I’ve noticed nearly everyone grows to adopt. Jiu-jitsu is one of the world’s great, humbling endeavors.
Nick C
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Reasons to be Your Teammates’ Biggest Fan

Jiu-jitsu is a competitive sport. The essence of every roll is to tap or positionally dominate your opponent. Inevitably that breeds a sense of rivalry with your teammates, but it doesn't have to be that way!
Tom Wortman
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Some Differences Between Training at a Big Name Academy vs.a Local Academy

Picking a jiu-jitsu academy is difficult. Almost every city offers a whole range of schools. Do you want to train under a legend and roll with a fleet of world champions? Or do you prefer a more intimate school where ...
Tom Wortman
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How to Boost Your BJJ Learning Ability

Jiu-Jitsu is the ideal martial art for learning addicts. It’s a game that alluringly combines skill and luck. I’ve heard many compare it to chess. But to borrow an idea from Annie Duke’s book, Thinking in Bets, jiu-ji...
Joseph Hannan
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Coming to Terms with Being a BJJ Nomad

In nearly a decade of practicing jiu-jitsu, I have been a member of at least seven different academies. I have never received more than one promotion from the same instructor. 
Corey Stockton
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