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Sharing the BJJ Mats with MMA Fighters: Good, Bad or Ugly?

By |October 22nd, 2016|Lifestyle, Starting BJJ|

I am not talking MMA hacks or hobbyists. I am talking MMA fighters that are well rounded and serious about their trade. Most people will attend class and do their best to blend in. The MMA fighter, on the other hand, brings a different skill set and attitude to a BJJ class. This fighter wants to [...]

Leg Locks: To Reap or Not to Reap?

By |May 5th, 2016|Starting BJJ|

When I first started BJJ, leg locks were considered taboo and even worse, a cheap submission that didn't warrant much respect in victory.  Now, they are a staple submission for gi and no-gi competitors. It was not too long ago that reaping was legal and I consider myself fortunate to have seen this transition.  So [...]

BJJ Has No Off-Season

By |October 3rd, 2015|Lifestyle, Starting BJJ|

Summer is gone and before we know it, baseball season will be wrapping up.  As autumn begins, so does hockey and football season, which leads me to think, there isn’t a BJJ season. Sports like soccer, hockey, football, rugby, have a season. Once the season is done, the player's body is able to recover and [...]

Starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

By |April 30th, 2015|Starting BJJ|

Just starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or thinking about it? Here are 5 mistakes to avoid as you start your BJJ journey. 1. Rolling too much too soon.  Different BJJ clubs might have rules that guide the amount of time you spar. Keep in mind, BJJ is full of new movements that are foreign to even the [...]