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Tips for Older Jiu Jitsu Practitioners

Tips for Older Jiu Jitsu Practitioners

Training as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner at an older age comes with a unique set of challenges. However, these challenges can be mediated through the following tips, which will help you continue to improve at Jiu Jitsu even when you are no longer in your 20s....
Jiu-Jitsu and Suffering

Jiu-Jitsu and Suffering

Jiu-Jitsu is the way of the warrior, and every warrior must endure a path of suffering. To be clear, suffering is not a burden, but more a blessing. As a general rule, many view hardship, pain, and failure as negative stressors on their lives. When you learn to view...
Injury & Recovery As An Athlete

Injury & Recovery As An Athlete

Athletes make up a group of elite people in the world, who are often in the best physical shape of their lives. From MMA fighters to soccer players, the skill and perseverance needed to compete is bountiful. This said, a major pitfall of athleticism is prone to...
Being a Professional Athlete: Dedication is an Understatement

Being a Professional Athlete: Dedication is an Understatement

Across the globe, individuals have made a vow to compete at the highest level of their preferred sport. For some, it was a natural fit to choose this path. On the other hand, quite a few professional athletes had to work diligently to achieve the goal. From amateurs to the major leagues, being a professional in any capacity takes much more than dedication.

The Mental Health Benefits of Practicing BJJ

The Mental Health Benefits of Practicing BJJ

The benefits of partaking in a mixed martial arts are endless. In one of my first blogs, I mentioned how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu impacts the way a practitioner thinks. Not only does our BJJ training impact our thought process, it also positively manipulates our mental health. While our physical well-being is always improved through sports, it is easy to forget how much our mental capacity is put to work as well.

BJJ Belt Ranking Breakdown: Part 4

BJJ Belt Ranking Breakdown: Part 4

If you’ve been following this blog series, you likely have a decent understanding of how tedious it can be to work one’s way up the BJJ ranking system. The hours of training, maintaining health, and mental capacity it all takes can be overwhelming for many. If you’ve ever had the chance to meet a black belt, they will probably tell you receiving said belt was one of the greatest accomplishments of their life. Through dedication and persistence many achieve the goal of obtaining a black belt.

BJJ Belt Ranking Breakdown: Part 3

BJJ Belt Ranking Breakdown: Part 3

The belt ranking system in BJJ varies in many aspect from other well-known mixed martial arts. As you advance in BJJ, you are expected to adapt your mindset as well as your technique. Once you pass your purple belt, some of the real challenges begin and expectations are set high. The brown belt comes next and is one of the final steps in rounding out your BJJ accomplishments. Here are some things to expect when you advance to a brown belt.