5 Common Mistakes People Make At Grappling Competitions

5 Common Mistakes People Make At Grappling Competitions

Every time I referee at a grappling competition, I see certain behavioral patterns among competitors.  These are things I know I have done, and sometimes still do, and some of these behaviors are mistakes.  I’ve identified 5 things competitors do that are counter...
How To Beat Opponents Who Are Better Grapplers Than You

How To Beat Opponents Who Are Better Grapplers Than You

A very common issue that arises in competition is when a lesser competitor faces a superior competitor.  More often than not matches in competition are mismatched, otherwise there would never be a winner. One thing I learned in the middle of my blue belt is that I am...
Are All Jiu Jitsu Techniques Created Equal?

Are All Jiu Jitsu Techniques Created Equal?

In a recent conversation with a blue belt, I heard something that got me thinking…  My blue belt friend had been rolling with an higher belt (purple or brown) and caught him with a “mercy” lock (the technique Vagner Rocha hit on Marcin Held at Kasai) and the upper...
The 4 Main Types of Jiu Jitsu Academies

The 4 Main Types of Jiu Jitsu Academies

There are a few different kinds of atmospheres that are available in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world.  Each comes with its own benefits and drawbacks.   Here are the main ones that I’ve seen: Sportive BJJ academy:  The sportive BJJ academy is one of the most popular...
4 Reasons to Cross Train

4 Reasons to Cross Train

The jiu-jitsu world is small, so small in fact that we very often see bitter rivals share the mats with each other in order to exchange data and “cross train”.  Some instructors discourage their students from cross training as a result of an antiquated concept of...