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Archive for April, 2010

My Jiu-Jitsu T-Shirt Collection

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My school, West Side Jiu-Jitsu, has a new logo.  As you can see hear it rocks.  Of course this means a new T-shirt.  I brought home my new T-shirt and my wife washed it.  This morning I was excited to wear it.  But I ran… Continue reading | 1 Comment

The Book of Five Rings and Jiu-Jitsu

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

I’ve started reading "The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi.&#160… Continue reading | 4 Comments

Donate A Gi and Change a Life

We all love Jiu-Jitsu.  We all know how it has changed our lives for the better.  Of course we want others to have that same chance.  That is why Mark, my instructor at West Side, has started a after school, free-of-charge, Jiu-Jitsu class for high school students.  Most of these students don’t have the cash to pay for classes.  They don’t have the cash to buy a gi.  But they… Continue reading | 7 Comments

North West Submission Challenge – West Side Rocks!

WestSide-2010-NorthWesternI’ve been on a BJJ sabbatical the past week or so.  But now it is time to get with it.  Winter is over and its time to burn off some of that winter fat and get back into the swing of things.  I’ve started… Continue reading | 3 Comments

The use of Steroids in BJJ Competitions

Olympic athletes are tempted by steroids.  They have been caught taking them (Steroids in the Olympic Games).  I think that is the reason they have testing.  What about BJJ athletes?  I’m sure they aren’t any less susceptible.  So when I heard accusations that a lot of guys at the Pan Am looked like they used them, I begin to wonder.  How prevalent is… Continue reading

The 2010 Pan Am Sweep

One of the techniques that was brought back from the 2010 Pan Am was a sweep.  I don’t have a name for it so I’m calling it the 2010 Pan Am Sweep.

2010 Pan Am Sweep Part 1

2010 Pan Am Second Hand

We had a student from West Side go to the 2010 Pan Am in the blue belt division.  I buy the "Best Fight" videos from Budovideos.com each year.  They are always educational.  But they aren’t the same as being there in person.  So it was nice to get to talk to someone who had gone for the first time face to… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Half Guard and Cross Body Escapes

Escape from Half Guard
Escape from Side Control or Cross Body – Inner Arm

Patience Is a Jiu-Jitsu Virtue

Fast food, same day deliver, view on demand, easy access, they are all part of our modern rushed society.  We don’t want to wait for anything.  We get angry if we have to wait in a line to long or if something holds us up.  I’m guilty of it.  I want it when I want it and not a second after.  What’s wrong with that?  If you give a child… Continue reading | 2 Comments