Always assume that your opponent will be bigger, faster, and stronger than you

This is the old school way of thought in Jiu Jitsu that gets overlooked a lot now a days.  And I think it’s both good and bad.  Old school Jiu Jitsu, at least in America, was always centered around usefulness in a fight.  Especially during a time when everyone thought that karate black belts needed to register their hands as deadly weapons and that the dim mak or death touch was real.  —So what better way to promote Jiu Jitsu

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What to do if no one wants to roll with you?

training as a big guy

This is a problem that affects mostly bigger students. It’s hard sometimes putting bigger students with smaller students because the weight difference does effect the training.  It doesn’t even matter if there is a difference in skill level.  Just having a big size difference will put off some training partners. Because they might be afraid that they will get hurt.  I know that’s the case with me. When I was younger my instructors would often pair me up with the

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Drilling technique to warm up

the best way to warm up

There is a big debate among instructors and students alike as to what is the best way to warm up.  Even at the academy that I teach at there is no consensus.  I’m not going to hit all the points in this post but only to state my opinion. The best way to warm up is to start slowly with drills to move the body and then slowly ramp up from there to positional sparring. Little by little increasing the

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