JiuJitsu Journey: Michael Whalon

Michael Whalon is a Blue Belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu under Eric Dino Lineage (Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Garcie -> Carlos Gracie Jr -> Ryan Gracie -> Mario Yokoyama -> Roberto Yokoyama -> Eric Dino -> Michael Whalon) He is an active competitor and is also an active duty member of the United States Marine Corps.Continue reading “JiuJitsu Journey: Michael Whalon”

5 “Simple” Steps towards Success

Keep It Simple I am a simple man. I love my family and my friends. I love my JiuJitsu. I love Strength Training. I love Protein & I love Coffee. I could survive on these things alone. It’s all I need. Let me break it down to my reality. In “Why Do You JiuJitsu?” I talkedContinue reading “5 “Simple” Steps towards Success”

Why Do You “JiuJitsu”?

3 Ingredients to Steamroll Towards Success You hear the stories from people all the time if you are already involved with JiuJitsu.  It’s described as “life changing” by many. But…..why? If I could boil it all down, it’s about 3 primary things for me: 1) It’s about being curious about Human Potential, 2) the discipline to chase Self-Mastery and 3) the drive to questContinue reading “Why Do You “JiuJitsu”?”

3 Tips to Sharpen Your Skills

Practice Makes Habits Rolling is one of the most exciting forms learning in the academy. It accelerates your ability to learn.  How? All of the stimulus involved with the dynamics of JiuJitsu come to bear whether you train for Self-Defense, or for Sport. One of the many vast benefits of JiuJitsu is the ability to developContinue reading “3 Tips to Sharpen Your Skills”

JiuJitsu Journey: Artie Grubba

Artie Grubba has been training in the grappling arts for many years, across various disciplines.  He holds a Purple belt under Paul Sharp (Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Rigan Machado > Chris Haueter > Paul Sharp > Artie Grubba). He is an active competitor in JiuJitsu, Judo, and Combat Sambo. Artie’s philosophy isContinue reading “JiuJitsu Journey: Artie Grubba”

4 Overlooked Ways to Build a Strong Trunk

If you’ve followed my writing before, you are well aware that I am a fan of full-body workouts using compound, multi-joint lifts, to boost strength, and using drills for athletes, strongmen/women, and combat athletes to express that strength we are building and provide a sturdy platform to push onto your opponents in your grappling endeavors. TrainingContinue reading “4 Overlooked Ways to Build a Strong Trunk”

10 High-Percentage Self-Defense Techniques: Back to School edition

Evaluating the Confrontation Dealing with confrontations is a highly debatable topic and a lengthy discussion because most confrontational scenarios are dynamic and can change rapidly. To keep things simple I decided to evaluate a specific scenario: What are common risks and challenges of kids going back to school or going away to school for theContinue reading “10 High-Percentage Self-Defense Techniques: Back to School edition”

JiuJitsu Journey: Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown is a Black Belt under Master Mike Moses of Evolve Academy. (Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Helio Gracie -> Rickson Gracie -> Pedro Sauer -> Mike Moses) He started training just over 8 years ago and has made an amazing transformation in his life in more than one way NotContinue reading “JiuJitsu Journey: Kenneth Brown”

Strength Training 201: 3 Tools to SMASH Through Strength Barriers

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) With progressive overload, plateauing is inevitable. You can not continue to add weight to a bar, forever, to infinity. Strength is a skill.  Your body can adapt and become more technically efficient at lifting and handling weights using proper mechanics. Coaxing additional strength gains doesn’t happen as a result ofContinue reading “Strength Training 201: 3 Tools to SMASH Through Strength Barriers”