In the classroom, we encourage all students to embrace the notion of maximum output. It’s the only real way to derive maximum benefit from the lessons. But a word of warning: don’t make the mistake of thinking that maximum output must always be physical output. It could be output of focus, of attention, of respect. … [Read more…]

Podcast Episode 22: Rock Steady (w/Anthony “Q-Unique” Quiles)

Anthony “Q-Unique” Quiles is the perfect guest to start off the podcast for 2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he’s a member of New York’s legendary breakdancing group the Rock Steady Crew and co-founder of the iconic underground hip-hop group the Arsonists. He’s traveled the world as frontman for his own rock groups StillWell (with … [Read more…]

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…]

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…]