6 Years at Black Belt

Matt hit the six year milestone as a black belt this year. What has changed over that time?
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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...
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Finger, Wrist, and Elbow Self-Care for Grip Fighters and Keyboard Warriors

They tell me jiu-jitsu is the gentle art, but the jiu-jiteiros I talk to are always complaining about something hurting. Perhaps the most common problems are grip-related issues, like jammed fingers, pinchy wrists, an...
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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...
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Where to Begin Your Mobility Training?

When starting a mobility program, you can quickly get overwhelmed figuring out where to start and what to do. No ready-made routine will work for everyone, but we can lay out what goals are common to almost everyone, ...
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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...
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Doh! How Mistakes Define Your Jiu-Jitsu

In the latest blog post, Matt lays out how you can gauge your progress through BJJ based on one key factor: MISTAKES. Give it a ready today!
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Starting a Daily Mobility Practice: Controlled Articular Rotations [Part 3]

You can start improving the joint mobility today without any special gizmos or crazy poses. In his latest blog post, Matt breaks down Controlled Articular Rotations and why you should be doing them every damn day.
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Myth Busting Stretching [Part 2]

Matt separates truth from fiction in the latest post in his on-going series on mobility training for BJJ athletes. Read it today and enlighten yourself.
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Laying the Groundwork for a Mobility Practice [Part 1]

Are flexibility and mobility the same thing? When and how should you stretch for BJJ? In this first post in a new series on mobility training for BJJ, Matt answer these questions and clears up common confusions about...
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Accelerate Your Learning by Turning Drills into Games

Matt is back this week with how you can improve your drilling practice using the research on motor learning and the value of games.
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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.
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