Grade History to Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt: The Story of Dave

Last Sunday, one of my best friends was promoted to black belt. I was the one to tie the belt around his waist (you can see that here). Dave and I have been friends for over 15 years. He is the first kid I met when I...
Nelson Puentes
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Bobby Fischer Jiu-Jitsu

With Tobey Maguire doing the podcast rounds for his new movie Pawn Sacrifice, Bobby Fischer is reentering the public conversation. Well, maybe not the general public conversation. Chess isn’t the sexy Cold War sport...
Marshal Carper
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A Year Away From Competing

I have been competing for a long time. I actually signed up for my first tournament before I started training. Yes, you read that correctly. That, in itself, is a story worth reading if you haven’t heard it yet alre...
Nelson Puentes
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The Turkey Roll: Another Reason We’re Excited for This Thanksgiving

I have been running a turkey roll since my first teaching gig as a purple belt—all the way back in 2011. The original school I taught at was a whopping 3 blocks from my parents’ house. Talk about an easy commute, so ...
Nelson Puentes
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Polaris Adventures with Reilly Bodycomb and Nelson Holmes

I have a confession: I was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes growing up. I told my Mom that I wanted to be a detective when I grew up, and I trotted around the house with a magnifying glass looking for mysteries to solv...
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Registration Fees and Hurricanes

I have spent countless hours packed in a car with my friends Dave, Andrew, Greg, and Will. We drove to seminars, tournaments, and open mats. These trips forged our friendship and were the start of more than a few adv...
Nelson Puentes
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Adventures in MMA

Adventures in MMA
I cleaned out my garage last week, and while that was an adventure in itself, I happened to stumble across an old pair of MMA gloves. Talk about memories. Wow. Just about 6 years ago—in 2009—I had my one and only MM...
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From Humble Beginnings

From Humble Beginnings
I started Inverted Gear in 2012. I never thought in my wildest dreams Inverted Gear would be as successful as it is today. I am still amazed that I can travel to remote places and find people wearing our gis or sc...
Nelson Puentes
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu goals that do not involve becoming a world champion

Becoming a black belt world champion may be the loftiest goal one can shoot for in our sport. However, this goal is not for everyone. If this is your current goal, I don’t want to shoot down your dream. This article ...
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Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Becoming OSS (Open Source Software)?

Have you heard about open source software? Its core promise is that its source code is freely available to anyone to use or modify. Let’s think about Brazilian jiu-jitsu as software. As I write this article, there is...
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How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Changed My Life

It has been eight years since the time I took my first Brazilian jiu-jitsu class. Deciding to train Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and sticking to it, has been one of the most fascinating and life-changing experiences of my li...
Nelson Puentes
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What I learned my first year as a Black Belt.

It's been a year since I was promoted to Black Belt by Fabio Clemente and Kevin Sheridan. As cliche as it sounds I’ve learn more in the last year than I did in years prior to the big promotion. I moved to the North P...
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