Personality shifts and changes and clashes in BJJ

Do you “shift gears” when you train? In his new blog post, Marshal writes about how his goals and responsibilities for a training session change his approach.
Marshal Carper
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Get More Gains Out of Open Mat

I’m going to make a bold assumption: You want to get better at BJJ. (I must be a mind reader.) Open mat can be a secret weapon in your training if you use it right. These tips will help make sure you do.
Matt Kirtley
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What I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know about Jiu-Jitsu

Val has put a lot of miles on her jiu-jitsu wheels, and here are some unexpected lessons she has learned along the way.
Valerie Worthington
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Learning BJJ in Layers

In his newest blog post, Marshal argues that teaching white belts is kind of like teaching a child not to color on the walls.
Marshal Carper
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Crossing the Bridge of ADHD and Dyslexia

When I was young, my family—my father, mother, sister, and me—immigrated from Chile to the United States. My family wanted better education opportunities for my sister and I, and they felt that moving to the U.S. woul...
Nelson Puentes
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How to Wash, Dry, and Shrink (or Not Shrink) Your Gis

So you've got a fancy new gi and you want to do everything you can to keep it looking good and fitting right for a long time. Here's your guide to washing, drying, and shrinking (or not shrinking) your gis. Do I need...
Matt Kirtley
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Eight Reasons Being a Woman in BJJ Is Awesome

Thanks to people like Val, more women are finding and enjoying jiu-jitsu, and Val has 8 reasons for why that’s awesome for women on mats around the world.
Valerie Worthington
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Don’t Harsh My Vibe

My professional life straddles Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and perhaps the more traditional career of working in marketing. As a result of both of these things, I’ve been inside of dozens of gyms and dozens of businesses. In...
Marshal Carper
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How to: Tie Your BJJ Belt (Now with the Power of GIFs!)

Who knew belt tying was such a hot button topic? I shot this picture for 10 Things to Stop Doing at BJJ (A Picture Guide): And boy was I surprised by the rage it drew. "If belt rank doesn't matter, it shouldn't matt...
Matt Kirtley
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Make the Right Turns Right-er-er-er

Building a game plan is like building your own Mario Kart track. This makes sense to Marshal so read his blog post to hear him explain.
Marshal Carper
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Don't Sabotage Yourself

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a tough sport, both physically and mentally, and it’s hard enough without working against yourself. Here are four ways I see jiu-jiteiros self-sabotage: Psyching yourself out As a beginner, you...
Matt Kirtley
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How to Eliminate Politics: Focus on Doing Good

Could more opportunities to do good with jiu-jitsu bust-up the strength of BJJ politics?
Marshal Carper
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