Why do Jiu Jitsu competitors transition to MMA?

I first wrote about this topic in a guest post I did last year, The Next Great American Champion, but it’s still very relevant today. It’s not easy to make it in Jiu Jitsu. But it’s definitely getting easier. When I was coming up the ranks. I never thought that I would be doing Jiu Jitsu as a career. It was just a hobby that I was really passionate about. However, I still went to school and worked while I

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Promoting a great training environment

The environment of an academy can make or break it. I’ve thought a lot about this topic. Both as an instructor and as a student. And my hypothesis is that academies with a great training environment tend to do better financially and in competitions. It’s hard to explain what makes for a great training environment. However, I do know that no matter how good your academy is there will always be someone that gets rubbed the wrong way. You can’t

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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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