Archive for September, 2010

Staying Injury Free For the Long Term. HOW?

I’m looking at my copy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Requirements by Roy Dean.  As I ponder what Mr. Dean is teaching I found myself wondering how he has managed to stay injury free.  When I get to the level of a black belt I don’t want to… Continue reading | 2 Comments

When Are You Too Sick to Practice BJJ?


I’m sick yet again.  It isn’t that bad.  I’ve just got a runny nose and a tiny bit of a sore throat.  I’m not sneezing or coughing.  I went to work today.  I telecommute so it is easier to work when I’m sick.  But where… Continue reading | 12 Comments

Total Unchecked Pride in a Gi That’s Me

A while back I did a post entitled “Where Do You Wear Your Gi?”  I came to the realization I was not ashamed to be seen in public in my gi.  I had confidence in my BJJ.  Yesterday I received this comment on my post:

“You people can make whatever justification that makes you feel better, but this is just you wanting… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Jiu-Jitsu Head Gear Review: Cliff Keen Twister vs Asics Unrestrained

Cliff Keen Twisters


I posted a while ago about “Learning About Cauliflower Ears”.  I got my first visible damage to a ear and it made me paranoid of getting cauliflower ears.  I also have had very sore… Continue reading | 2 Comments

If Only He Had Know Jiu-Jitsu!

I love to see news clips like this.  This guy was trying a Rear Naked Choke.  It is also obvious he didn’t have any BJJ experience.  As you will see in the video he doesn’t get his hooks in or really attempt any takedown.  He doesn’t even get the choke on.  The bank robber gets away.  If you listen to the commentators though you… Continue reading | 2 Comments

BJJ Hip Switch and Leg Pinch Sweep Technique

Hip Switch – Side Control to Mount


Leg Pinch Sweep

I don’t do well at describing.  I tend to stick with visual representations.  Here are two techniques we went over in… Continue reading

High on BJJ

With every low must come a high.  The surprising things is I’ve missed a lot of class due to everything from family to sickness.  I’ve spent time doing solo drills with my Submission Master Grappling Dummy, which has helped, but nothing can be a complete substitute for live submission grappling.  Despite it all I’ve done great when I have made it to class.  I’m… Continue reading | 3 Comments

Control is The Essence of Jiu-Jitsu

A while back I posted "What Do I Want from Jiu-Jitsu, Sport vs Street".  I was concerned that my Jiu-Jitsu was too focused on the sport part of BJJ.  I got into BJJ for the practical street application.  One of the comments to my post was that Jiu-Jitsu is about control.  Your ability to control your opponent applies to… Continue reading | 1 Comment