Strength Training 101: Only The Strong Survive

If you are a competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) athlete or practitioner, you’ve probably realized that, technique being equal, the difference between winning and losing, or surviving, can often come down to who is the STRONGER athlete. Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) Lift progressively heavier weights or achieve more reps with your best weight to getContinue reading “Strength Training 101: Only The Strong Survive”

4 Tools to Build a Strong Neck

Block of Granite You have, will, and always will be getting your head and neck area targeted if you’re in a combat or contact sport.  Contact sports such as lacrosse, rugby, or football also feature violent clashes of the human body.  In BJJ and submission grappling, you literally get your neck squeezed by your opponentContinue reading “4 Tools to Build a Strong Neck”

7 Highly Effective Habits for Jiu-Jitsu NEWBs

“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless – like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Be like water my friend.”– Bruce Lee   Drinking From a Fire Hose You’ve probably heardContinue reading “7 Highly Effective Habits for Jiu-Jitsu NEWBs”

10 Ways Jiu-Jitsu Will Change Your Life

There goes my hero Do you want to make a significant impact on your life that you can’t even imagine is possible? Do you want to make that same impact on the lives of those around you? Do you believe in…this? Of course you do! If you’ve already started training, you’re already well aware ofContinue reading “10 Ways Jiu-Jitsu Will Change Your Life”

5 Ways to Overcome Training Obstacles

What’s Inside? Human potential.  We’re all born with it. Untapped. What are our limits? What is the extent of our capabilities? Where are the boundaries? Do we really know? Do they exist or are the artificial?  We’ve been testing it since the beginning of time.  To some, we are only scratching the surface. If you listenContinue reading “5 Ways to Overcome Training Obstacles”

DRILLSKILL: The Secret Weapon

NOW AVAILABLE for purchase in the STORE In Multi-Purpose Training, I discussed how workout programs are essentially puzzle pieces that you must assemble together while anchoring the whole program to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The movements you add to your program should have purpose. The main goal of your workouts should be to get carry-over performance on theContinue reading “DRILLSKILL: The Secret Weapon”

6 Techniques to Improve Your Roll

WARNING:  If you are considered a minor, please obtain parents permission before reading this article. ——— What Would Shakespeare Do? To bake or not to bake? Is that the question? And I’m not referring to cookies and cupcakes either (only brownies). There is a subculture of brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) practitioners that believe that the useContinue reading “6 Techniques to Improve Your Roll”

3 Techniques to Become Harder To Submit

Are you a Tool? Ever wake up in the morning feeling great? I mean like Tony the Tiger GRRRRRRRREAT?! (And it’s not because you ate sugary cereal) All cylinders firing, all systems go. Your mood is up, your day is going smooth. You eat well all day in anticipation for some good rolling. You can’tContinue reading “3 Techniques to Become Harder To Submit”

Multi-Purpose Training

In 3 Tools to Improve Your Training Program, I covered the concept of “anchoring” your training to your primary focus area (i.e., BJJ) and making your program puzzle pieces fit together to help you achieve your most important goals.  One concept I didn’t discuss was the actual exercise selection for your workouts. One thing I makeContinue reading “Multi-Purpose Training”