Evicting Ring Girls (and Other Cage-Side Thoughts)

Sometimes you have to kick a ring girl out of her seat, and other insights from working the corner in MMA fights.
Marshal Carper
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The Four BJJ Archetypes - Which Are You?

Over my years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve come up with a theory of four archetypes for like-minded jiu-jiteiros that I call The Competitor, The Scholar, The Hobbyist, and The Traditionalist. Let me describe these arc...
Matt Kirtley
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Why Lower Belts Make Great Instructors

Did you just show up to class to discover a blue or purple belt covering? Never fear. Here’s why taking classes with blues and purples is good for you and for the team.
Marshal Carper
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How to Return to BJJ After a Long Break

Sometimes life gets in the way of BJJ. Accidents and injuries will knock you out of training. When you are sidelined with an injury, illness, or even a blessing like a new baby or a job promotion, it’s easy to go stir...
Matt Kirtley
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Me vs. White Belt Me

In his latest article, Marshal reflects on how his perspective on jiu-jitsu has changed in the 10+ years since he first stepped on to the mat.
Marshal Carper
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A Jiu-Jiteiro’s Guide to Surviving the Workday

Most of us spend our days sitting in front of screens, whether that’s at work desks or our couches, and this takes a toll on our bodies we often fail to take seriously. Sitting all day may seem “low stress” since it i...
Matt Kirtley
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What to Do with “I will never use this” Techniques

Ever learn a move in class and think to yourself, “I will never use this”? In Marshal’s new blog, he talks about why these techniques are important and what surprising results often come from them.
Marshal Carper
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5 Sources of Bad Jiu-Jitsu Habits

Are you building good or bad jiu-jitsu habits? Marshal’s new article breaks down the 5 most common sources of bad technical habits in BJJ so that you can break them.
Marshal Carper
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Stop Falling for “One Weird Trick” - 7 Good Habits to Build Instead

We all want to discover the “secret” to quick gains. That’s why we buy DVDs, go to seminars, and get private lessons. That’s how fitness companies sell us workout gizmos and dietary supplements. And if we’re being hon...
Matt Kirtley
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The Best Approach to an All-Levels Class

In his newest blog post, Marshal talks about the challenges of being in an all-levels class and how you can get the most out of one, whether you are a beginner or advanced student.
Marshal Carper
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The Strange Challenge of Jiu-Jitsu Confidence

Jiu-jitsu confidence can be fragile and complicated. Marshal’s new blog post dives into the process of building an effective jiu-jitsu mindset.
Marshal Carper
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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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