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“To Protect & Serve”

“To Protect & Serve”

The phrase “To Protect & Serve”, is generally associated with Police and more specifically the LAPD, however I feel it should be equally applicable for Jiu Jitsu Instructors and advanced students alike! As a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor it is your job to help your students learn this great art, protect them from themselves and […]

“Breath of Life”

“Breath of Life”

Breath of Life   As a lifelong martial artist, the concept of breathing and breath control has always fascinated me. In the Martial Arts, you are generally taught to breathe into your stomach through your diaphragm. This is done for a couple of reasons, to better control your breathing, focus your mind, restore your energy […]

“Don’t get Mad, Get Better”

“Don’t get Mad, Get Better”

So in class the other night in Jiu Jitsu class, I had a student who was getting visibly frustrated every time he was submitted… The individual is a white belt and was also being submitted by a more experienced white belt who even weighed a little more than him. No big deal right? Yet every […]

“Gracie Jiu Jitsu: Vale Tudo Guard by Steve Maxwell”

“Gracie Jiu Jitsu: Vale Tudo Guard by Steve Maxwell”

We had legendary strength and conditioning coach and Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black belt Steve Maxwell training with us for a few months earlier in the year and he taught some amazing techniques and concepts. With all the focus on modern sporting competition and even Mixed Martial Arts (mma) it is important to understand the root of […]

“5 Benefits of doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”

“5 Benefits of doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”

Jiu jitsu is a martial art from Japan that focuses on grappling. Practitioners use throws and locks to defend themselves in the street, or to defeat an opponent in competition. Studying jiu jitsu provides students with physical and mental benefits. Some of these benefits are common to all martial arts, while others are specific to training in “jits.” Physical […]