White Belt Mindset Revisited

My friend Sam has written a lot about the beginner mindset. If you have the time I definitely recommend reading up on this topic at musttriumph.com. This is the first resource that I direct many of my beginning students too. Especially, if they have a lot of questions and want to delve deeper into understanding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and a lifestyle philosophy. Maintaining the mindset of a white belt (or that of a beginner) has helped

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Impressionable students

I think as higher belts we seldom think about the influence that we have on the younger generation of students under us. Last week after training, one of our instructors initiated a raw garlic eating contest. While garlic is known to be one of the healthiest foods in the world, eating a raw garlic clove right after an intense Jiu Jitsu class is a good way to make yourself gag (and we all know the smell will stick with you

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Why do people tend to quit at blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

I’ve talked a little bit about this topic on Quora and even made a video on YouTube about the high attrition rate of blue belt students in their practice. Video link: But I think it’s worth examining again. Especially for a lot of my readers that are not familiar this fact. Most practitioners will not progress to blue belt and even less move on from blue belt. Jiu Jitsu is not easy Jiu Jitsu is not an easy art or

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