The Right Approach to Earning Your Blue Belt

For many white belts, earning a blue belt can seem like the ultimate prize, but it can also be the source of so much anxiety. This guide will show you the right way to approach setting goals around belt ranks.
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Concept-Based Learning in BJJ

Learning to see the concepts behind techniques accelerates your learning by leaps and bounds. In his latest blog post, Matt talks about how to shift into this concept-based mindset.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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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