What your child learns from their role models

With Blonde hair and cheeky grin, my children resembled me from day one (lack of hair I think). But it wasn’t until they were 2 years old that I truly started to think I was looking into a mirror. I would say things and play around the house with my boys and often be greeted … Continued

Women in Jiu-Jitsu

I started thinking the other day about who women in jiu-jitsu want to train with? My first thought was that they want to train with other women, and then I thought that they probably want to train with lighter men or younger men but the simple truth is that they are the same as all … Continued

Will the Brazilian’s domination ever end?

Another Worlds goes by with out a non Brazilian getting to stand on the top of a podium. In fact the Brazilian’s domination started at the very first Worlds held in 1996 and since then there has only been 4 non – Brazilian winners in the Adult Black belt male division. Joao Roque Bj Penn Robert … Continued

Why Trial and error is important in Jiu-Jitsu.

Whenever anybody learns something new in Jiu-Jitsu or anywhere else for that matter, whether it be a concept or a drill/specific technique etc. they take on board the information and understand it to a point. In order to have a firm understanding, trial and error is very important. At this early stage it is easy … Continued

Why schools must celebrate good Defence

I have come to realise that there is a very common mistake repeating itself over and over again in schools around the world. We continually high-five, back slap and celebrate the submission in a role. This creates extreme competition, which once an athlete’s skills have developed is probably a good thing on the whole but … Continued

Please don’t be embarrassed, it’s normal.

First of all I would just like to establish something that any of us parents or teachers will know all to well, children often have four seasons in one day which is nothing to be embarrassed about, it’s normal. This can sometimes be very frustrating for us as adults or teachers, because they are so … Continued

Why Labelling Things Is Stupid

Why Labelling Things Is Stupid? Gracie Jiu Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu jitsu? Self Defence or Sport? Helio Gracie or Carlos Gracie Jnr? For a while now there has been an ongoing debate about many things in Jiu-Jitsu. FAQ include, who is responsible for creating the art? (History everybody loves History), Is Bjj for Self defence … Continued

Well done Germany! Be careful who you congratulate.

Recently I have been thinking a lot about why we seem to live our lives concentrating on the highlight reel moments and Germany is a great example of this. We watch the try, the goal being scored over and over again. We watch fighter highlight reels way more than we watch their fights. We seem … Continued

Paying the Price

In Jiu Jitsu I am constantly asked questions by students that basically relate to improving their Jiu JItsu at a faster rate. My answer is always YOU MUST PAY THE PRICE. Examples are: How can I stop people passing my guard? How do I get fitter? How do I get stronger? How can I make … Continued

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