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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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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Developing your guard to the next level

Playing guard for a beginning student isn’t easy. In fact, starting a new activity or study comes with a lot of trial and error. In Jiu Jitsu, that means a lot of tapping. From Giving feedback: Getting feedback from training partners and instructors is an important aspect in the life of a martial artist. Feedback is how we correct holes in our games. Feedback is how we help our training partners get better. Feedback keeps us honest and humble. I

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