Getting Through the Blue and Purple Belt Growing Pains

Photo credit to Mike Calimbas. At the end of “Advice for Newbie White Belts and Anxious Blue Belts” I promised a follow-up for higher belts. Here's my advice for you blues and purples who want to keep making progress...
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Advice for Newbie White Belts and Anxious Blue Belts

Advice for White Belts You took the plunge and started jiu-jitsu! Everything is new and wonderful and strange and confusing. Looking back on it, my time as a white belt was probably the most fun. That’s when you’re e...
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The Black Belt Secret to Jiu-Jitsu Excuses

After a tough round of sparring, when nothing goes right and you feel embarrassed and discouraged, it’s tempting to make excuses: “They were bigger and just squashed me.” “They were stronger and just muscled me arou...
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Are you playing to win or just not lose?

Are you playing to win or just not lose?
Many years ago, I trained with a grappler whose plan seemed to be stalling in every position (and I mean every position), turtling up at all costs. He kept his arms glued to his side and his head tucked down at all t...
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