1. The Eternal Conflict: Gi or NoGi

    While everyone has their preference, the constant question of whether to spend more time training Gi or NoGi will probably never go away. To be honest I personally believe both have a lot to offer and ignoring one will leave a huge hole in your game. That said, there are benefits and disadvantages to both. The following is a summary of a few issues and things to consider w…Read More

  2. How often should I spar and how hard?

    One question I hear often from new students is how often they should spar and how hard the sparring should be. Like many things, the answer depends on your goals and what combat sport you are practicing. As my school, Integrated Martial Arts, puts an equal focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA the following explanations and examples are used. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…Read More

  3. 4 Hacks to make your Jiu Jitsu class more productive

    If you are anything like me, you are constantly looking for ways to make your training time more productive. As an older athlete, I can no longer train every day as life and my limitations get in the way. That said, training smarter is something younger people should also try adopting to get the most out of their lessons. The follow four ‘hacks’ are things you can do t…Read More

  4. 6 things to expect when starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Starting any new sport can be intimidating. Just getting over the fear of going in and signing up for lessons is sometimes too much for many people. The fact is trying something new can be scary, but the payoff can also be huge. Trying Jiu Jitsu for the first time can also be intimidating, but with some patience and work it can also have a ton of benefits. The following ar…Read More

  5. How Brazilian Martial Arts Are Good For the Mind And Body

    Who’s smarter, baseball players or football players? Do you think the average intelligence of a tennis player is greater than that of a professional golfer? If a sport has more action, does that mean it take less brains to play? Answer this question honestly: how much of martial arts do you think is mental, and how much physical? Sometimes we think that the greater the a…Read More

  6. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes Are For Everyone!

      Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most effective martial arts around. It’s predecessor, Jiu Jitsu, was originally developed so that unarmed villagers could defend themselves from the samurai of Japan. Since striking would prove ineffective against the armor of the samurai, practitioners of Jiu Jitsu could use the attacker's energy against them, employing pins, joint l…Read More