BJJ Is The “Vegetables”

I have this conversation at least once a week.

It starts with someone asking me which class they should take….. BJJ, or Muay Thai?

I say “Depends on your goals”.

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Life Gets In The Way

This post was sent to us from a long time student and brown belt Nick Collins. He’s in the uber-typical boat of being madly in love with BJJ, while having to juggle it with spouse, child, job, and other grown up stuff. He talks about the the way he keeps all the plates spinning. Check it out.

Those who know me know that my attendance at the gym is not spectacular.  Those who don’t know me, you don’t know me because my attendance at the gym is not spectacular. Over the past 6 years that I’ve been a student at The Academy (six years?!?), my attendance has been spotty at best.  Even early on before the wife, house, and child, I trained 3 maybe 4 times a week.  But as life’s responsibilities added up and I moved further north, my training time took even more of a beating.  I still managed to earn my purple belt, and then I bailed.  I was in a major training “valley” (see Jay’s post on peaks and valleys) and instead of reassessing my training and goals, I pulled the chute and left the gym for a year.  I’ve been back for a few months now and I am paying the price for my time off.  Leaving for a year was a bad choice, but this post isn’t about that.  It’s about coming back and some of the things I’ve been doing to try to accelerate my return from the world of suck.  Grappling is a perishable skill after all. Continue reading “Life Gets In The Way”

To tap or not to tap….

If I had to pick one Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu question that I’ve been asked more than any other it would have to be some version of “How do I escape the armbar”. You could replace armbar with any finish of your choice. My answer is always the same, “Don’t get caught in one”. While it sounds like I’m either making a joke or drastically oversimplifying it is completely true. One of the hardest things to get people to truly understand in BJJ is that they will be alot better in the long run if they put in the time learning how to avoid ending up in a position where a finish is likely. Continue reading “To tap or not to tap….”

Positional Asphyxia


An article out of Houston describing the death of a 24 year-old following an altercation delves into the topic of positional asphyxia and the choke. There’s a short minute video where you can see the victim being held to the ground by another person.  The cause of death is being ruled as “anoxic encephalopathy due to strangulation with chest compression” (i.e., positional asphyxia). Continue reading “Positional Asphyxia”

Inspirational Article From Fellow Easton Black Belt

Article Jay originally posted in 2010:

Jeff Suskin, a fellow Amal Easton Black Belt and good friend, wrote an article that I found truly inspiring. Check it out (-Jay):

“Renzo Gracie is famous for having said “everyone is fighting something” It could be our past, it could be something that is happening today, and often times it is with ourselves. Continue reading “Inspirational Article From Fellow Easton Black Belt”

Women, Self-Defense, and Victim Blaming

There’s a new video making the social media rounds from Gracie Breakdown about women and self-defense.

In the description box for the video reads the following:

It is a man’s responsibility to respect women and their boundaries. But until this day comes, we encourage women to learn self defense; not because it’s their responsibility, but because it’s their reality.

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