Dad-Level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

My life has gone through a lot of changes in the last few months, becoming a dad being the biggest one. Looking back at the amount of hours I have spent on the mat this year, it is a fraction of years prior. I have be...
Nelson Puentes
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The White Belt Struggle: How to Push Through It

Are you struggling as a white belt? The good news is you’re not alone and you’re not unique in your challenges. In this article, I’m going to lay out many of the struggles white belts experience, including ones that g...
Matt Kirtley
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My White Belt Wonder Years

Marshal recounts his awkward years as a white belt, putting the journey toward proficiency in perspective.
Marshal Carper
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Breaking Down Techniques: Reverse Engineering in BJJ

Being able to reverse engineer a technique gives you deeper understanding of it and helps you develop counters. Matt explains how to adopt this critical mindset in his latest blog post.
Matt Kirtley
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Earn Your Black Belt from YouTube in 5 Easy Steps

In this week’s panda blog, Marshal provides a guide for going deep on your own self-instruction and why doing so is good for you and your team.
Marshal Carper
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Fight the Funk: Health and Hygiene for BJJ

Staying clean and healthy is fundamental to a good training experience. This guide will make sure you don't miss mat time due to stinky gear or itchy rashes.
Matt Kirtley
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Drilling with Chaos

In this blog post, Marshal talks about how gradually introducing chaos into your drilling can help you bridge the gap between practicing a move on an unresisting partner and applying it during a live roll.
Marshal Carper
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The Fundamental Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Matt goes back to basic basics in this week's blog post about the bedrock concepts of BJJ. This is a must-read for new white belts.
Matt Kirtley
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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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