New: BBJJ X Dojoprints T-Shirt!

One of our favorite maxims, now hand-printed by martial artists at the print dojo in Brooklyn, NY on an ultra soft unisex Tee. The folks at DojoPrints will do their best to get these out as quickly as possible, but please allow for up to 7 business days to ship (depending on the intensity of randori that … [Read more…]

The Language of Gratitude

My teacher will often put before me very strong challenges, questions or statements which address my own weakest areas. When this happens, I don’t oppose those messages but try very diligently to work them out for myself, to find we how those points apply for my life. That’s why I have a teacher. So during … [Read more…]

New Podcast: Episode 21

“YOUR PARTNER BECOMES A MIRROR” When we find ourselves in a place of great physical and emotional weakness, with our backs against the wall, can our training actually revive us? Our guest this week argues that it can…and it has. This episode delves deeply into a personal story of addiction and recovery, and how the … [Read more…]

“Gimme Gimme Gimme”

Students who step onto the mat in dojos around the world are often asked to bring an attendance card with them. This practice is more than just a way of keeping track of who is in class. It is also an exercise in discipline, and a metaphor to reinforce the roles we each play in … [Read more…]

New Podcast: Episode 20

SAFE AND SOUND When we run self-defense classes at our schools, they’re not just about “survival strategies”. They’re about success. And the best expression of that is when people are empowered enough to *proactively* take control of their safety. Of course it’s important to know tactics and techniques. But in many cases, an ounce of … [Read more…]

New Podcast: Episode 19

TRANS/FORMATION Transformation is at the heart of many martial arts “success stories”: practitioners go from bitter to compassionate, from reactive to proactive, from an unhealthy to a balanced lifestyle. Even the origin myths – those legends passed down over decades or even centuries – tell stories of powerful, personal change through martial arts practice. Today’s … [Read more…]

New Podcast: Episode 18

So we’re in a bookstore and we come across a kind of weird, modern self-helpy kind of book, and lo and behold it has a bunch of advice about Jiu-Jitsu in it. Not technical advice but guidance and opinions around choosing a place to train, the right philosophy, and on and on. It takes the … [Read more…]

New Podcast: Episode 17

In this episode we dig into the relationship between freedom and discipline in the martial arts. Although many of us look for more freedom through our training and practice, how we get to it is a big question. Constraints – inside the classroom and inside our heads – determine a lot about how far we can … [Read more…]

The Gauntlet

To my generation, Fabio Gurgel was considered one of the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners ever, a real pioneer in the early days of Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. Some of you might even know who he is :). A few weeks back, he wrote a long post on Facebook about how he felt that his biggest mistake as a teacher was using … [Read more…]