Threat Escalation Response Framework

Words Matter The term “Self-Defense” is used to generally describe the tools and techniques that we should use to defend ourselves against acts of aggression, whether they are verbal, physical, or life-threatening. However, word choice matters. Let me illustrate. The words “defend” and “secure” are similar, yet different.  Read these definitions and see if youContinue reading “Threat Escalation Response Framework”

Triple Down on Your Strengths

The “A” Game I am a fan of doing what you are good at. We hear a lot of advice on working on our weaknesses, particularly as it pertains to Strength Training and Jiujitsu. I agree with those concepts too – but you need a game-plan to implement this.With JiuJitsu, you need to develop your “A-Game”Continue reading “Triple Down on Your Strengths”

The Skill Life-Cycle

If you’re a software engineer or architect, this may vibe with you. The Skill Life Cycle can be viewed much like the life-cycle of a software product. Following elements of the traditional waterfall and the agile development approaches to software engineering, you can compartmentalize the basic framework for deploying new capabilities to your training and competitiveContinue reading “The Skill Life-Cycle”

5 Steps to Learn Any Technique

The Hamster Wheel We spend a lot of time on the mats training our technique. Most of us spend an appreciable amount of time training off the mats trying to get stronger, faster, more explosive, more flexible and more mobile. However, many of us don’t put the same energy into our out of gym endeavorsContinue reading “5 Steps to Learn Any Technique”

JiuJitsu Journey: Julian Gabbard

Julian Gabbard is a Brown Belt under Mike Moses of Evolve Academy. (Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Pedro Sauer > Mike Moses). He has been training for 10 years.  He actively balances work, studying for law school, being a husband, a father to four kids, training upContinue reading “JiuJitsu Journey: Julian Gabbard”

Hard Work Profile: James C. Hawkins

“Everything they said I couldn’t do, it became my goal to do.” “It takes more skill to NOT hit somebody.” “What people fear is the unknown and what they don’t know or don’t understand”. These are words to live by. As my coffee was brewing, I sat on the couch for a few minutes andContinue reading “Hard Work Profile: James C. Hawkins”

DIY Balance Board & Muscle Roller

One of the best ways to get your “Mat Legs” is through balance drills. Your equilibrium and staying on your feet in combat sports (really, any sport), requires you to have basic faculties of maintaining balance. You’ve also undoubtedly sought the foam roller at your academy, or maybe you even spent money on the giantContinue reading “DIY Balance Board & Muscle Roller”

3 Resistance Band Drills For Grappling

I’ve used resistance bands for training for over a dozen years. The right bands can add a lot of value to your training program. They are a very affordable alternative when compared to a complete weight set, durable, portable, and versatile. You can perform nearly every exercise with bands that you can perform in the gym,Continue reading “3 Resistance Band Drills For Grappling”

Hard Work Profile: Tom Brady

Love him or hate him you can not deny him. He is arguably the greatest Quarterback of all time in the National Football League (NFL) After having faced a 4-game suspension for “deflate gate” the prior year, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl LI comeback, which is one of the mostContinue reading “Hard Work Profile: Tom Brady”

Strength Training 201: Overload Lifts

I’ve been a fan of Overload movements for a long time. Why? I’ve always referred to it as building the infrastructure. Think of any successful endeavor and you start with having a solid foundation. This applies to athletic endeavors, planning projects, or learning, really, anything. In JiuJitsu and strength training, once you begin to putContinue reading “Strength Training 201: Overload Lifts”