Some Differences Between Training at a Big Name Academy vs.a Local Academy

Some Differences Between Training at a Big Name Academy vs.a Local Academy

Picking a jiu-jitsu academy is difficult. Almost every city offers a whole range of schools. Do you want to train under a legend and roll with a fleet of world champions? Or do you prefer a more intimate school where you can eat at Chipotle with your head instructor?  Recently, my wife and I moved from Atlanta, GA - where I received my blue and purple belts from Sam Joseph at Buckhead Jiu-Jitsu...
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How to Boost Your BJJ Learning Ability

Jiu-Jitsu is the ideal martial art for learning addicts. It’s a game that alluringly combines skill and luck. I’ve heard many compare it to chess. But to borrow an idea from Annie Duke’s book, Thinking in Bets, jiu-ji...
Joseph Hannan
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Coming to Terms with Being a BJJ Nomad

In nearly a decade of practicing jiu-jitsu, I have been a member of at least seven different academies. I have never received more than one promotion from the same instructor. 
Corey Stockton
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The Excitement of Training With New Partners

It’s completely obvious and understandable why some people would forgo training currently. I honestly expected a few less partners than previous times. However, something which I didn’t expect was an influx of new fac...
Nick C
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Lessons from Breaking an Arm

The process of breaking my arm and then coming back to jiu-jitsu taught me some life lessons. Here are three...
Tom Wortman
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Making Small Adjustments Can Amplify Your Progress

Over time, the accumulative small adjustments you’ve made can become the connective tissue of your jiu-jitsu game. They are the details you recognize in every scenario that give you a little bit more pressure, a sligh...
Corey Stockton
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Every Moment is The Moment

 Every moment in a match is the moment. It’s the moment that drives you closer to winning -- including the moments where everything seems to be going wrong, where all hope seems to be lost. This is when we must look w...
Joseph Hannan
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Three Ways to Keep Motivated When Forced from Jiu-Jitsu for an Extended Time

There are times when we are forced away from Jiu-Jitsu for an extended period. Maybe we needed more balance in our lives. Maybe a major injury snuck up on us. Or maybe you are stuck in a once in a lifetime (we hope) p...
Tom Wortman
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The Value of a Gameday Gi

While it may seem inconsequential, the gi you choose to wear can dramatically impact your confidence and focus going into competition. In my experience, the best approach is to pick a single kimono and dedicate it as ...
Corey Stockton
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Why I Feel Like A Whitebelt Again, And That’s A Good Thing

As many of us hopefully get ready to return to training with some of the restrictions of COVID-19 loosening, I am getting anxious. These mixed emotions remind me of how I felt when I began my jiu-jitsu journey. Whethe...
Nick C
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When Can We Train Again? The Path Back to the Mats

For most martial artists, this is the new normal: Grappler’s have transitioned to striking, solo drills, strength and conditioning work. We tend to be resilient and we deal with the situation at hand as it presents it...
Joseph Hannan
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How I’m Using Jiu-Jitsu Strategies to Become a Better Guitarist

With at least a month of free time stuck indoors, I’ve decided this time to pick a single concept, and to practice it the way I’ve practiced so many jiu-jitsu techniques.
Corey Stockton
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