Training Intensity

There’s a time and place for everything Time to paint a picture with the time machine.In my late 20’s and throughout my 30’s I focused on doing a TON of weight training.The “Iron bug” bit me before the “jiu-jitsu bug” had!I had to have the moon and stars align like the Ultimate Warrior in order…

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, arm…

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 you…

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”…

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 giant…

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,…

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 of…

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 get…

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 opponent…