Time to Get Strong

Schools around the country are cancelling sports seasons all together due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While this sucks, this is an opportunity to get strong. There will be future sports seasons. But even more importantly, you can build strength that will last you your entire life. The skills that accompany strength training are undeniable. SeeContinue reading “Time to Get Strong”

Are You Happy?

Mark Rippetoe has famously said, “Many of us believe that a grown man weighs 200 pounds. He just does. Bigger and stronger is better than being underweight – for your health, your athletic performance in the vast majority of sports, and your longevity, as well as your appearance. I know that many of you will regard thisContinue reading “Are You Happy?”

I’m done rolling with big guys

I’m done rolling with big guys This was the post of someone that was tired of training and getting injured. I came across this frustrated “rant” on reddit (r/bjj). The post was titled “I’m done rolling with bug guys”. Here is an excerpt of the post below: “I can’t catch a break. If I haveContinue reading “I’m done rolling with big guys”

Blue Collar Grips

Do you want to have the strongest grip in your academy?Use the tools of the trade of the blue collar worker. The strongest grips I deal with are skilled laborers that work with their hands – plumbers, mechanics, electricians, construction workers, etc.These folks expend an exceptional amount of effort using their hands, wrists, forearms, armContinue reading “Blue Collar Grips”

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”

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”