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The Irish Open and How Competition Improves You

A few reflections on the last weekend’s tournament.

Mon, 17 June, 2024
How We Teach Jiu Jitsu To Beginners

A long time back, like when I started coaching as a mid twenties know-it-all, I was obsessed with what to teach. I would get DVDs and , oh no, VHS tapes of jiu Jitsu and wrestling.

Mon, 10 June, 2024
New Course: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Foundations for Beginners

A 20 class, flexible Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginner course designed with the total novice in mind. Using the most modern training techniques blended with the fundamentals of BJJ

Tue, 04 June, 2024
Remember Why You Started

When you get into Jiu Jitsu it can be easy to get derailed, so remember why you started and what it's given you.

Tue, 04 June, 2024
Kyuzo has a new Euro Champ!

Padraig Mannion took home gold from the European Masters in Barcelona.

Tue, 21 May, 2024
Have a White Belt Mentality

When you're training Jiu Jitsu, you should always be open to new ways of doing things, even if you think you already know it!

Mon, 13 May, 2024
How to Spar Properly in Jiu Jitsu

Watch out for the 2 great evils in sparring- False Positives and False Negatives!

Tue, 07 May, 2024
The WHOOSH Effect in Jiu Jitsu

Progress, though never linear, does follow a certain pattern in Jiu Jitsu, and there's a certain effect that happens to everyone...

Mon, 29 April, 2024
Is Your Fitness Holding You Back in Jiu Jitsu?

It's not as simple as "hitting the gym"...

Mon, 22 April, 2024
Why You've GOT To Learn Jiu Jitsu

A quick story about my first introduction to REAL Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mon, 15 April, 2024
Developing Your Own Style of Jiu Jitsu

Everyone develops their own style of Jiu Jitsu, it's one of the best things about learning our martial art.

Mon, 08 April, 2024
Follow The Path To Black Belt

As a beginner in Jiu Jitsu, it can be difficult to imagine yourself as a Black Belt. But you will be, one day.

Tue, 02 April, 2024
What Every BJJ Beginner Should Know

A not-entirely-comprehensive list of techniques and positions that every Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginner Should Know...

Tue, 02 April, 2024
Avoid Common Jiu Jitsu Injuries

Well, some of them anyway. Here's a few tips to keep you on the mat and reduce soreness.

Mon, 25 March, 2024
The Sport vs Street Argument in Jiu Jitsu

"That wouldn't work in a real fight man" is something you might have to put up with a bit in Jiu Jitsu.

Tue, 19 March, 2024
Getting Tired in Training? Avoid These Pitfalls!

"Fatigue makes cowards of us all"

Mon, 11 March, 2024
Success is Personal

While some are chasing championships, your own personal goals are what defines success...

Mon, 04 March, 2024
Using Jiu Jitsu to Gain Self-Mastery

We've known this for a few thousand years- physical challenge builds strength and courage.

Mon, 26 February, 2024
Build Discipline with Jiu Jitsu

Discipline is as trainable as any other skill.

Mon, 19 February, 2024
Having Faith in Your Training

You can draw from too many sources when learning Jiu Jitsu

Mon, 12 February, 2024
Training Mental Toughness for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Becoming "tougher" is just a matter of practice over time, and it can help your Jiu Jitsu a lot.

Tue, 06 February, 2024
How to Spar Jiu Jitsu Properly [VIDEO]

You need to learn how to spar to expand your training pool and become more technical!

Mon, 29 January, 2024
3 Pieces of Advice for the Jiu Jitsu Beginner

Advice for your first few weeks of Jiu Jitsu, from a Black Belt who talks to beginners!

Mon, 22 January, 2024
How to Train Jiu Jitsu Properly

You should be able to train with everyone, regardless of their size or skill.

Mon, 15 January, 2024
When You Hit a Jiu Jitsu Plateau

What to do when you feel like you're just not improving any more.

Mon, 08 January, 2024
The "F*ck It!" Moment

The best decision you'll ever make might just need a little push in the right direction.

Tue, 02 January, 2024
Advice for your Jiu Jitsu New Year's Resolutions

It's that time again, so here's some advice on making your goals stick long term...

Fri, 29 December, 2023
New Black Belts At Kyuzo

There are 2 new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts at Kyuzo.

Mon, 18 December, 2023
The Fighting Pride of the Northside

I had a good weekend, let me tell you...

Mon, 11 December, 2023
Winning and Losing in Jiu Jitsu

We had great wins and difficult losses at the Kids European Championships yesterday. Like any competitive experience, there's a lot to learn from both.

Mon, 04 December, 2023
Jiu Jitsu Imposter Syndrome

It's not uncommon to feel like the "worst blue belt" or the "crappiest black belt". Imposter syndrome is real! But maybe it's not so bad.

Mon, 27 November, 2023
Jiu Jitsu- A sport for the non-athlete

I've seen every body type get on the mat and succeed. Jiu Jitsu is perfect for that.

Mon, 20 November, 2023
Growing up these days is hard

What I think Jiu Jitsu is really good for in growing kids...

Mon, 13 November, 2023
Why Competitive Training Probably Isn't for You

Jiu Jitsu is for everyone, so make sure you remember that you don't have to keep up with others.

Mon, 06 November, 2023
A Few Tuesday Jiu Jitsu Thoughts

Here's various Jiu Jitsu tips and thoughts for this week.

Tue, 31 October, 2023
The Fallacy of "Sporty" Kids

The idea that there are sporty and non-sporty kids deprives kids of the enjoyment of sport and exercise.

Mon, 23 October, 2023
What Rats Tell Us About the Importance of Play

And how it helps us train kids in Jiu Jitsu.

Mon, 23 October, 2023
I was awarded my 3rd Degree Black Belt Yesterday

Thanks to everyone who made the day a special one for me.

Mon, 16 October, 2023
Failing for Success

Why Black Belts are the bankrupted businessmen of the martial arts world.. or something like that.

Mon, 09 October, 2023
The Most Impressive Style of Jiu Jitsu

Forget the fancy moves, simplicity is best.

Mon, 02 October, 2023
Jiu Jitsu is Expensive

So it costs money to do what you love. So what?

Mon, 25 September, 2023
Don't Regret Not Starting Sooner

"I wish I'd started when I was younger..."

Mon, 18 September, 2023
The Perfect Time To Start Jiu Jitsu

Disclaimer- this title is really misleading, but read on anyway...

Wed, 13 September, 2023
How to Know You're Getting Better at Jiu Jitsu

It can be difficult to chart your progress. This article might help.

Wed, 13 September, 2023
Jiu Jitsu Belts and What You Need to Get Them

You might be aiming for your next belt in Jiu Jitsu, but what do you need to do to get one?

Mon, 11 September, 2023
Closed Guard Blueprint for Jiu Jitsu Beginners

A simple list of techniques every beginner should know from one of Jiu Jitsu's most important positions.

Mon, 04 September, 2023
Healthy Obsession

Obsession is not a dirty word.

Mon, 28 August, 2023
Why Not Me?

A small talk I gave to our teenagers class on Saturday after Nathan's big MMA win in New York.

Mon, 21 August, 2023
Have a Good Poker Face

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you can't allow your opponent to see when you're hurting or tired.

Mon, 14 August, 2023
Writing your Book

You start with a page. Lay it down on the table and it’s flat, with no perceptible height. Add the second page, and it still doesn’t look like a stack of paper. You’re probably...

Fri, 11 August, 2023
The F*ck it Moment

We work hard on getting people over those negatives and into the gym for the first time. But ultimately it needs someone to just say F*ck it! Today is the day.

Fri, 11 August, 2023
Mentally Breaking

Some thoughts on mindset

Fri, 11 August, 2023