Exploring the Essence of Mastery: A Dive into Rickson Gracie’s “Breathe”

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Breathe & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu In the world of martial arts, few names evoke as much reverence and admiration as Rickson Gracie. Hailing from the legendary Gracie family, Rickson’s contributions to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and mixed martial arts (MMA) are unparalleled. But beyond his prowess on the mat, Rickson is also known for his deep… Read more »

Applying Sun Tzu’s Art of War to Martial Arts

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In the world of martial arts, victory is not merely achieved through physical prowess alone; it requires a strategic mind capable of navigating the complexities of combat. Just as Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” offers timeless wisdom for military commanders, its principles can be applied to the training and practice of martial arts, guiding… Read more »

The Book of Five Rings – Application in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

“The Book of Five Rings: A Guide to Strategy and Mastery” Applying Concepts to BJJ “The Book of Five Rings” is a classic text on martial arts strategy and philosophy written by the legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi in the 17th century. Musashi, renowned for his unparalleled skill in swordsmanship, distills his wisdom into five… Read more »

The Responsibility Ethic by Adam Kreek – How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ties It Together

Embracing The Responsibility Ethic in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A Path to Personal Growth and Community Building               In the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), there exists a unique blend of physical prowess, mental fortitude, and ethical principles that guide practitioners towards excellence both on and off the mats. The core… Read more »

The Four Agreements and Martial Arts

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Finding Harmony in Martial Arts: In the world of martial arts, there exists a delicate balance between physical prowess and mental discipline. Beyond mastering techniques and perfecting forms, practitioners often seek a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with others. It is within this quest for self-mastery that the wisdom of the Four Agreements finds… Read more »

Summary of “Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss – Martial Arts and Negotiation

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Martial Arts and Negotiation: Finding Common Ground             Negotiation, like martial arts, is an art form that requires discipline, strategy, and a deep understanding of human psychology. Just as a martial artist must master their techniques to overcome their opponent, a skilled negotiator must hone their skills to navigate complex… Read more »

Balancing Life and Martial Arts Training

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We all have busy lives and balancing life and martial arts training requires effective time management skills and maintaining a healthy mindset. Here are some tips and strategies to help you work towards achieving greater balance: Set Clear Goals: Define what you want to achieve in both your personal life and martial arts training. Having… Read more »

Guard Retention Warm Up Drills


  Alternate leg circles Left and right. Bicycles Shrimping Forward shrimps Scooting forward and back (from sit up or 3pt guard) Sit up guard to knee scoot. Shrimp to turtle and sit out. Leg scissors Pendulum and rocking single leg. From back to up on elbow in sit-up guard. Shoulder rolls a- Alternate back roll… Read more »