Find a Reality-Check Friend: How to Avoid the Trap of Believing Our Own Hype

There is a scene in the underrated film Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping in which beleaguered former boy bander and current solo star Conner4Real starts to question the motives of the people around him. He worries ...
Valerie Worthington
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Building a Healthy Jiu-Jitsu Team

In many sports, the idea of a team is a clean-cut concept of shared success and responsibility. If you are on a soccer team, every player has to work together to win a game. That means communication, support, an...
Marshal Carper
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6 Years at Black Belt

Matt hit the six year milestone as a black belt this year. What has changed over that time?
Matt Kirtley
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How to Guest Instruct

As you climb the ranks of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your chances of having to fill in for an instructor go up as well. Under the best circumstances, your temporary upgrade from student to teacher will be shared with you...
Marshal Carper
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Prescience and OODA Loops: Navigating the Chaos of Grappling

In the sci-fi masterpiece Dune, the protagonist Paul Atreides gains the power of prescience, the supernatural ability to see the future. In his prescience, he does not see a single vision of one future, but many poten...
Matt Kirtley
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How to be a Better BJJ Student

New for the Panda Nation blog: Marshal explores the process of learning how to learn jiu-jitsu to accelerate your progress.
Aaron Rubin
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On the Problem of Sexual Harassment and Coercion in BJJ: Five Ways to Be Part of the Solution

This is a difficult topic, but for our sport to grow, we need to keep working to make our communities healthier and safer. Val has more.
Valerie Worthington
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When Your Wife Asks You to Quit BJJ

What happened when Marshal’s wife asked him to quit jiu-jitsu? Quite the story.
Marshal Carper
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What to Do When Your Progress Stalls Out

As you advance in your study of jiu-jitsu, you can expect to hit a slump in those middle belts. Life as a white belt is tough in many ways, since you’re on the receiving end of so many beatings, but the path forward i...
Matt Kirtley
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A Guide to Opponent Analysis

How do you analyze an opponent’s game as you enter fight camp? Marshal breaks down his process (with a real-life example) in this post.
Marshal Carper
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Catching the Snitch Hidden in Crystal Lake

In his new blog post, Marshal talks about how a technique you learned five years ago can suddenly become relevant today.
Marshal Carper
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What to Do When Someone Passes Out

With summer heating up and us all playing a sport where we try to choke each other unconscious for fun, it makes sense to know how to make sure our training partners are OK when they pass out. Matt wrote this guide t...
Matt Kirtley
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