Common Ground

common ground

With the 2016 presidential election out of the way. I think now more than ever the Jiu Jitsu community needs to come together. This past year I’ve witnessed friends and training partners bickering, fighting, and name calling. I’m sure that a lot of friendships were damaged on and off the mats. In Jiu Jitsu we aren’t strangers to dealing with politics. It’s everywhere around us. There’s politics in belt graduations. Who gets promoted versus those that are held back longer.

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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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