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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Friday, and Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

May you get all the snuggles- both struggle snuggles and the regular, non-struggle kind- that you deserve.

And even if you’re not into Valentine’s Day (no judgement here), have a great weekend!

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Inclusion in BJJ: Getting Everyone Involved in Class

While preferably we would like everyone to follow along and do the things we tell them to in class, students sometimes are just physically unable. They are injured, sick, or have some other issue that makes them incapable of participating in class.

It’s tricky, making sure that someone is still able to be engaged and feel included in class. We had a little bit of an accidental genius solution last night: we had a teammate who was unable to take some judo takedowns, and so she became our “photographer” for the night, taking a ton (and I mean, like, A TON) of shots of us tossing each other around- it was a lot of fun and a great way to keep someone involved, without having them do something that they would feel uncomfortable engaging in.


It’s something that instructors can and should be mindful of when it comes to students who may not be able to participate, and for students who maybe are unable, it may be a good idea to offer a suggestion on what can be done in lieu of a technique. Sometimes your teacher is not entirely sure what you are capable of doing at the time, so it’s helpful to offer an alternative.

Just something I wanted to share with you all: have a great day everyone!

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The Side Effects of Intentional Drilling in BJJ

We’ve talked before about drilling to hone your skills, and being intentional with your movement- there’s a fun side effect of drilling that we haven’t really talked about- and that’s becoming familiar with your own idiosyncrasies and ways of moving your body in order to complete the technique.

At first we focus so much on the basis when learning a move, or even learning to drill a technique- we make sure we’re hitting all the key pieces, the milestones that define the technique we are looking to execute, and then we even start to look for ways that we can refine that technique to be faster, more efficient.

But in analysis of our own techniques, sometimes we also pick up the quirky little things we do when performing a move: I noticed last night I do a little hop when doing a specific takedown- it was probably born out of trying to avoid tripping over the other person when they hit the ground, but it’s still just one of those funny little things that you don’t think about until you’ve done that one specific thing over, and over, and over again.

Just one of those funny little things I noticed and thought I would share- are there any funny things you notice when you perform certain techniques? Let me know, otherwise have a great day everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu and Showing Up

Life and particularly jiu jitsu, are really all about showing up.

It sounds silly though, right? Just physically taking your body from one space into another, and (preferably) remaining mentally present really does exponentially increase your chances of advancing in jiu jitsu. A lot of that has to do with what you say vs what you do.

People say they want to do things all the time- they want to quit smoking, get more healthy, lose those last 5 pounds, compete, get their next belt, be held more accountable. But more often than not their actions don’t reflect their words. They eat an entire pizza, don’t up their activity, they skip class, become unresponsive when you try to follow through and hold them accountable to their goals.

By showing up, you’re putting your money where your mouth is. You said that you wanted to get better and you’re doing the work. Showing up means that others can count on you as a training partner, and someone that will share the experience with them. Showing up means that you are putting in an effort, and people respond to that. It’s frustrating to teach someone who mentally didn’t show up, and impossible to teach someone who doesn’t physically show up.

It’s one of those deceptively simple things- how do you get better at jiu jitsu? Show up. How do you improve your technique? Show up. How do you improve your relationships with your teammates and coach?

Show. Up.

Of course there are exceptions to every rule and there are more nuances to some situations, but really the first step to all of it is showing up.

Just some thoughts I wanted to share with you all. Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Holidays!


Merry Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Happy Hanukkah, and for any other holidays that may be going on that I am possibly forgetting, may you all have a happy and wonderful holiday with your favorite people!




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Sensei Instagram

It used to be Sensei Youtube, now there’s a new guy in town….Sensei Instagram.

It’s understandable: people want to share their knowledge or just share what they are working on (which I’ve totally done on my own instagram account, so trust me, there’s no high horse that I’m talking down from ).  While I imagine youtube videos of techniques are still quite popular, there is an appeal to just getting down to the shortened, basically nitty gritty of a technique in the shorten format of an instagram clip.

I go back and forth on whether or not it’s a good idea. On the one hand, I don’t think it’s really the place for a newer belt to learn techniques. While a student can do a good deal of self correction, there really is no substitute for learning fundamentals in person and having someone give you pointers on the things you don’t see that are missing in your technique. On the other, for the more advanced jiu jitsu player it’s a great sampling of other techniques out there, and even for the less advanced player it’s a lovely way to continued to be inspired.

I just become a little concerned at the idea of someone ignoring their mastery of the basics in order to go for the fancy stuff, essentially. It’s like the Bruce Lee quote “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Chasing after the new and shiny is fun, to be sure, but it will not help you if you do not- at the very least- have a firm understanding and a level of mastery in the basics. So in short, I would say allow yourself to be inspired, try things out from instagram, but treat those techniques more like a dessert than your main meal.

Just something to consider- have a great day everyone!



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Happy Thanksgiving!

For those in the US, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

And for those outside of the US, or just not celebrating, have a wonderful Thursday!

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Happy Veterans Day


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November 11, 2019 · 10:15 am

Happy Halloween!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!

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Happy Friday! Motivation Edition

Happy Friday everyone! I took this off of facebook, and I’m not sure who needs to hear this, but remember:


Have a great weekend everyone!

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