Promotions and Broken Gym Math

For as joyous of an occasion a promotion should be, many of us can walk away from one with mixed emotions. 
Marshal Carper
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Survival Guide: Rolling with the Brand New Student

What's the best approach to rolling with new students? Marshal shares his experience.
Marshal Carper
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Reload at last checkpoint

What is the key to learning from your jiu-jitsu mistakes? Think like a video game and learn to reload your last save in the most productive way possible.
Marshal Carper
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The Danger of Gurus

How much should you trust the advice of your instructor? In his new article, Marshal writes about the temptation to guru-fy jiu-jitsu coaches and how to stay grounded.
Marshal Carper
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Embracing the Crazy Jiu-Jitsu Professor Lifestyle

In his newest blog, Marshal talks about how every long-time jiu-jiteiro is doomed to face crazy professor syndrome.
Marshal Carper
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Big Panda Swinging

I started my BJJ career at 190 pounds, and I put weight on over the years, moving from middle heavy, to heavy, to super heavy, and now back down to middle heavy. I have always been on the big side of the room when it ...
Nelson Puentes
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My Cup Runneth Over

Do you wear a cup? Marshal used to until one tragic day…
Marshal Carper
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Challenging the Traditional Logic on Teaching

When I was first learning how to teach, certain “best practices” were common knowledge. These were the “right” ways to be a good teacher, run a good class, and design a good curriculum. You see these in the teaching g...
Matt Kirtley
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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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