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Article on the Term “Goon” in BJJ

This is a thing? Really?

Grappler’s Planet has an article about a term that I guess is making its way through the BJJ community- “goon” or “gooning” to refer to someone who uses strength rather than technique on the mats.

….So, if it’s a white belt can we call them a Goonie and demand they do the Truffle Shuffle?


Anyway, my thought on the matter is that you are always going to have someone that uses strength, and more often than not it has something to do with pride: maybe they have previous experience, or think they are in some movie montage where they should be beating everyone with just a few classes and a highlight reel to show how hard they worked…. Or something to that nature.

The key here, as is also stated in the article, is first and foremost not to be a goon, but also to focus on your technique- one of the nice things about jiu jitsu is that skill will inevitably beat strength. This “goon” will eventually realize that and have a fork in the path of their jiu jitsu career, in which they will have to decide what path they choose to follow: continue with strength and attempting to overpower others, or to change their ways and really learn jiu jitsu and the techniques that are offered.

So, check out the article and have a great day everyone!



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Article on Overtraining in Martial Arts

It’s a hard pill to swallow, admitting that you are potentially overtraining. You want to keep pushing, to keep going and to keep improving, but if you’re are consistently pushing at that pace all the time, then there’s a very real chance that you are doing more harm to yourself then good.

Check out Stephen Kesting’s article on the subject, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Why it’s Ok to Get Fancy Now and Again

Gracie Barra has an article on how it’s good to do “fancy” techniques now and again.

Check it out– preferably with the song “Fancy” playing in your head- or in the background:

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BJJ and Rolling: More Space, Less Room

One of our white belts said that phrase to me last night, and I have to agree with her: it seems like the more space you have on the mat to train, it feels like there is actually less room to train than if you were on a packed mat.

Personally, I think it has to do with the level of awareness with training pairs: when the room is packed, each pair understands how crucial space can be on the mat, and are particularly aware of just how close they are to someone else. When there are less people on the mat however, that awareness is lowered or dulled, and then the next thing you know three groups of people all barreling towards each other in a perfect storm of feet, hands and heads.

I’m sure everyone has experienced this phenomenon-  have any funny stories to share due to it? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Starting in BJJ: White Belts are Like Puppies


Sorry guys, in my mind you guys are like puppies: brand new, limited body orientation and spatial awareness, extra wriggly. And also, prone to make mistakes.

I think a lot of white belts are hard on themselves when they start jiu jitsu, particularly when they don’t get a certain technique down right away, which I understand: they are developing a passion for the sport, and want to do well in it. But just as you can’t expect a puppy to learn the command “sit” or “roll over” on the first try, it’s hard to expect a white belt to master something in just one class. It take time, patience, and a lot of practice to master these actions.

Still go to class: still drill, still train, still learn- just remember you’re still in your puppy-phase: this is the time to learn and have fun.


That’s all for today, folks- have a great day everyone!


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Science! Study Shows Bullying Affects Mental Health More Than Child Abuse

When it comes to jiu jitsu, we frequently talk about self defense for adults, and helping children protect themselves against bullying in school. In addition to protecting themselves from the physical abuse of bullying, participating in jiu jitsu can offer children the opportunity to develop the confidence, and “mental self defense” to stand up to bullies.

Which, as a recent study written about on IFLScience, can be view more crucial then ever, as bullying appears to have long term effects on children and can affect them more severely than an abusive childhood. Which is pretty messed up, when you think about it.

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Star Wars Day!

May the 4th be with you!

…Whatever, I’m a huge nerd.

Hot Fuzz Deal with It

Anyway, hope you all have a great day of drilling and/or training.

Go get ’em, tiger!

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Article on BJJ, Puzzles and Problems

John Will from Australia wrote a little blurb about how problems are annoying, but puzzles are fun and how we are all essentially problem/puzzle solvers on and off the mat, and I agree with him.

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Top Non-Jiu Jitsu Items to Learn for the Sport…. Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

The author of Toronto No Gi lists 6 non jiu jitsu items you need to learn when starting the sport. Some of them include humility, tenacity, healthy lifestyle, and a few other important items. I’d like to add a few more to the list:


-Doing Your Laundry

-Cooking Skills- or some Fantastic Blender Skills

Any others you would like to add to the list? Let me know- otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!

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Article from GrappleArts on Black Belt Blindness and Other Dangers

Stephen Kesting over on Grapple Arts wrote a really good article on Black Belt Blindness and other Dangers- referring to the tendency for people to revere and almost glorify black belts, and how this is a dangerous practice.

And I agree with him- a black belt signifies mastery in one jiu jitsu, not in life in general. We’re all human, from white belt all the way up to black: we’ve talked about this before, but achieving your black belt does not offer you another other sort of superiority over anyone else.

Check the article out and let me know what you think. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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