Jerry Springer passed away this week at the age of 79. If you’re old enough to remember his show when it was a sort of cultural phenomenon then no summary of the man is really necessary. If you’re too young just know that the Jerry Springer […]
This in regards to the the incident where a Jiu Jitsu student was rolling with their instructor and was paralyzed, and a jury in California awarded the student 46 Million Dollars.  There are a number of news articles on the case now, both in sport media […]
ADCC moves to UFC Fight Pass
Shortly after FloGrappling made the announcement that Gordon Ryan had signed a seven figure fight deal with them, it was announced that UFC Fight Pass has acquired the rights to broadcast the ADCC Championships for the next two years.  While I believe the announcements and timing […]
Gordon Ryan holding a Burritozilla
Two announcements were made recently that are definitely intertwined, but after some thought I decided on two separate articles.  To start with, on January 17 was the announcement that FloSports announced a multi fight, seven figure deal with top ranked submission grappling superstar Gordon Ryan. Firstly, […]
When I first met Marcelo Garcia, I really wanted to not like him.  He had a rivalry with a teammate of mine at the time and (especially in those days) there was always a bit of jockeying among the athletes.  Except three seconds into encountering Marcelo […]
When someone approaches me about starting to train Jiu Jitsu, one of the first things I try to impress on them is the time commitment required.  My strong suggestion is to not even consider signing up unless they can commit to at least two consistent ninety […]
I’m going to attempt to answer the question that school owners secretly dread:  “Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Safe?” The answer is:  “Define what safe means.” That’s a bit of a cop out of course, and it could be followed up by a deflection on how one […]
During a lot of the Question and Answer sessions, private conversations, and previous class time I am often asked about proper mindset.  Now sometimes the question relates to training mode and sometimes the question relates to competition mode, and after some thought I realize that my […]
A favorite exercise of mine is to ask people, particularly people who are deeply involved with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, what exactly is their definition of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The variety of answers astounds me.  The lack of a coherent answer astounds me even more. The better […]
This article on Heroes Head Instructor Gumby’s thoughts on belt promotions originally appeared on Reddit in 2016 and can be viewed here along with commentary Belts are a highly subjective matter at best. Where to the outsider what your ranking is a cut and dry […]