More Than Just Fighting

After last weeks post Death of the Gauntlet, I was really surprised by the outpouring of responses both for and against the gauntlet and many other traditions like it. It’s really telling how polarizing this issue has been within the Jiu Jitsu community. So I felt this topic merited more discussion. In my previous post, I laid out my thoughts on walking the gauntlet and how it can be used as a way of building strong bonds between training partners

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Death of the Gauntlet

Walking the gauntlet and many of its derivatives have been long standing traditions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In my academy, every belt graduation leading up to black belt was always followed up by the entire class lining up shoulder to shoulder. Forming two long lines and quickly untying their belts so that they could brandish them as if they were a weapon, like a sword or a baseball bat. Ready to welcome new graduates to the next level. It’s pretty

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Can you make it in Jiu Jitsu?

I know many athletes pursuing Jiu Jitsu as their career all over the world and the general consensus is that making it in Jiu Jitsu full-time is hard. Even if you’ve made a name for yourself and established yourself as a skilled competitor and instructor. It’s still hard. As much as I like writing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and will continue to. It’s still a business at the end of the day and many athletes will

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