So as I’m sure you all know, there are people out there on the internet who by all appearances have the sole intent of riling other people up on the internet- trolls, if you will.
We all collectively hate them, and now according to a study, really the best advice on getting them to stop (or at least curb their behavior) is to stop acknowledging them, as their behavior really is just to create a social reward, and gratify some pleasure center in their troll-y brains, knowing that they got under your skin.
Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!
Hey everyone, Attack the Back has an article on 9 of the best women in BJJ.
Check it out and have a great day!
I’m not one to point fingers, but Ralek Gracie needs to learn to quit when he’s ahead.
Jiu Jitsu Times has an article about how Ralek provided a snippy comment in response to someone suggesting that Metamoris was using entry fees (I’m assuming from the Metamoris Challenger tournament) to pay their previously unpaid fighters.
To be fair, he did offer a more diplomatic response afterwards. But I really think he needs to write down what he’s thinking, step away from the computer for a minute and take a walk around the block, take another look and then hit send. Just sayin’.
Anyway, check out the article and have a great day everyone!
The author of BJJ Online wrote about why he has been training for so long, which you are more than welcome to check out.
For the “lifers” out there, why do you continue to keep training? For me, personally it’s a way for me to be active, mentally engaged, and a great stress relief (interacting with me during a stressful time when I haven’t been training for one reason or another= not a good time for anyone involved. Unless you find someone ranting like Lewis Black funny, then you’ll have a blast!). It’s also about the friendships that are developed, and really at the end of the day it would feel weird at this point to not train or go to class.
Check out the article and let me know why you keep going to class and training- otherwise, have a great day everyone!
I read an article this morning about how an instructor is offering a black belt if they spend $150,000 and spend approximately 3-5 years to get their black belt. The author states the offer is serious, and will accept 4 people for every 3 year term.
My question is this: as a black belt, there is so much more than just attending classes, as excellent as I’m sure they are. But there are experiences that you have in each belt which help you grow and mature, all of them necessary not only to progress in rank but also to relate to others who go through the same struggle- the fumbling through white and blue, the honing of your technique through purple and brown, the wins and defeats that you experience through tournaments, the hours upon hours (upon hours) of drills, positional training and the like. All of those things take time: 8 to 10 years seems like forever, but really at the end of it, it feels like the blink of an eye.
How can you decide the price for those sorts of experiences? The person may be physically ready for a black belt, but what about emotionally if they don’t have the time to grow and mature at each belt? To be clear I’m not putting down the author- I’m really just curious, and would be particularly interested in knowing how the student emotionally handles going through the ranks at such a pace.
Just some thoughts for the morning- have a great day everyone!
Happy Monday everyone! Stephen Kesting has a little article on his thoughts for quickly getting into shape for a tournament, which I’ll be sure to look into.
Not that I’m really out of shape, but I’m not really in shape either…. I’m in a weird sort of limbo at the moment.
Anyway, check it out and have a great day!
Hey everyone- Grappler’s Planet has an article on whether the warm up for class is the most hated part of a BJJ class. Personally, not my favorite part of the class but certainly not the most hated. It’s sort of just in the middle- I guess I just consider it as one of those necessary parts to the class: the bjj class equivalent of brushing your teeth.
Anyway, check it out and have a great day everyone!
Hey Everyone, BJJ Heroes has an interesting article on how rules of different tournaments effects the jiu jitsu that is played in them.
Check it out, and have a great day everyone!
Anyone else see the video of AJ Agazarm getting kicked by Vagner Rocha? According to Jiu Jitsu Times, this and some very unsportsman-like conduct prompted Agazarm to comment that Rocha should turn in his black belt.
Check out the article, and please feel free to be baffled as I am right now as to how someone feels it’s appropriate to kick their fellow competitor in the back. I don’t care how disappointed you are in a match or how much you dislike an opponent- that’s just uncalled for.
Anyway, have a great day everyone!
Hey Everyone, black belt Stephen Kesting has an article on Napoleon and being ready for anything in BJJ. It’s a good article, and as a descendant of someone who served in Napoleon’s army, I feel (sort of) compelled to share the article with all of you.
Check it out, and have a great day everyone!