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”

Starting a Jiujitsu Business & Website

Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it. HEAVYWEIGHTBJJ.COM started in 2015. I spent countless hours in the early morning and late at night thinking through my life-long lessons in strength training and Jiujitsu training to build out content for the website and develop my first training program, the DRILLSKILL Jiujitsu Player workout manual. Also, Poolesville SelfContinue reading “Starting a Jiujitsu Business & Website”

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”

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”