Promotions and Broken Gym Math

Promotions and Broken Gym Math

Belt promotions are a funny thing. For as joyous of an occasion a promotion should be, many of us can walk away from one with mixed emotions. Yes, we are thrilled that our instructor took the time to recognize the effort and investment we have made in our development, but when we look around at our training partners, we can start to feel as if we didn’t really deserve the promotion. We look at ...
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Survival Guide: Rolling with the Brand New Student

What's the best approach to rolling with new students? Marshal shares his experience.
Marshal Carper
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Reload at last checkpoint

What is the key to learning from your jiu-jitsu mistakes? Think like a video game and learn to reload your last save in the most productive way possible.
Marshal Carper
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The Danger of Gurus

How much should you trust the advice of your instructor? In his new article, Marshal writes about the temptation to guru-fy jiu-jitsu coaches and how to stay grounded.
Marshal Carper
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Embracing the Crazy Jiu-Jitsu Professor Lifestyle

In his newest blog, Marshal talks about how every long-time jiu-jiteiro is doomed to face crazy professor syndrome.
Marshal Carper
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A note to our fans (about big changes)

A note to our fans (about big changes)
We just rebooted our inventory and made a bunch of behind the scenes changes to make things better for Panda Nation.
Nelson Puentes
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Big Panda Swinging

I started my BJJ career at 190 pounds, and I put weight on over the years, moving from middle heavy, to heavy, to super heavy, and now back down to middle heavy. I have always been on the big side of the room when it ...
Nelson Puentes
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My Cup Runneth Over

Do you wear a cup? Marshal used to until one tragic day…
Marshal Carper
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Challenging the Traditional Logic on Teaching

When I was first learning how to teach, certain “best practices” were common knowledge. These were the “right” ways to be a good teacher, run a good class, and design a good curriculum. You see these in the teaching g...
Matt Kirtley
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Evicting Ring Girls (and Other Cage-Side Thoughts)

Sometimes you have to kick a ring girl out of her seat, and other insights from working the corner in MMA fights.
Marshal Carper
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The Four BJJ Archetypes - Which Are You?

Over my years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve come up with a theory of four archetypes for like-minded jiu-jiteiros that I call The Competitor, The Scholar, The Hobbyist, and The Traditionalist. Let me describe these arc...
Matt Kirtley
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Meet the Pandas – Magic On The Mat – Raphaël Levy

Meet the Pandas sheds light on the faces of Panda Nation. Last episode we introduced brown belt medal chaser Pat Hemenway of Pellegrino MMA. Now, we focus on Raphaël Levy of association Aranha: A professional Magic: T...
Daniel Bertina
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