The Importance of Jiu Jitsu Testing

Jiu Jitsu testing is important for a lot of reasons, but the most obvious is this: It forces you to practice more.  Unless you’re a masochist, or love public humiliation, committing to testing forces you to practice more, so you don’t embarrass yourself on test day. Test prep forces you to learn new techniques and… Read more »

Family Jiu-Jitsu

Family Jiu-Jitsu. Being a in a family of four it is not always easy to find activities that are fun for the entire family. My oldest child is 8 and my youngest is 6. They are both active, but going for a bike ride, jog or hike with a 6 year old is not really… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu: Go With The Flow And Use Less Muscle

Go With The Flow If you’ve ever put on a gi and set foot on a mat, I guarantee that you’ve heard your coach tell you to stop using so much muscle and flow more. I’ve been rolling for five and a half years, and I still hear some variation on this phrase all the… Read more »

9 Fight Tactics to Develop Winning Competitors

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Fight tactics are used by Martial Art competitors. It gives them a focus and overall strategy they need to win the fight. It does not matter whether you practice Muay Thai, MMA or Boxing; understanding these tactics are what will make you successful. Although these tactics are an essential key in developing winning competitors, the… Read more »

Take the Back the Ultimate Jiu Jitsu Strategy

Brazilian Jiu jitsu is fun game of strategy. You need to be fluid, relaxed and be able to respond with in a fraction of a second. Your responses are not always set for the immediate submission. Sometimes you are setting up a move that is two, three or four moves ahead. Having the skill set… Read more »

Tai Chi-ing Around Portland

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  Tai Chi-ing Around Portland. One thing that I hear over and over again is how easily people get bored with their workout routine. With swimming you chase walls, and running you pound into the same pavement. Aerobics classes can burn you out, with lifting weights you’re chained to a stuffy gym.   Tai Chi-ing… Read more »

The Ultimate Detox: Qigong

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The Ultimate detox. It seems like there is always some new fad over how to “Lose Five Pounds Fast!” or “Get Clear Skin with this Juice Cleanse Diet!” Over and over, so-called miracle regimens and pills promise to give you something that you have to work for: good health. The human body is so incredibly… Read more »

Do You Use YouTube to Learn Martial Arts?

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Do you use YouTube to Learn Martial Arts? YouTube is the third largest used website on the planet. People go there for entertainment, education and just to kill time. Should you use YouTube to learn martial arts? YouTube is good for somethings in regards to your martial arts training. YouTube to Learn Martial Arts? 1- It… Read more »

The Importance of Loyalty in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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I would like to share some thoughts on Loyalty in the martial arts. Brazilian Jiu jitsu is built around respect, discipline and loyalty. Unfortunately all too often both instructors and students lose track of this and the value of the art is diminished. Understanding the importance of Loyalty in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a incredible… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu for Beginners Survival Guide

  Jiu Jitsu is a complex art of skill and strength. At first it can seem so overwhelming that we want to give up. Our goals to be strong and fit, or to know how to fight just don’t seem worth it. It doesn’t have to be this way. You see most of the energy… Read more »