How your ego kills your training

Tapping out in the beginning of our jiu jitsu career is what makes us humble. Anyone who makes it to blue belt, the first adult belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has tapped out a lot. They have felt what it’s like to try their hardest and fail over and over again. So naturally, after you start to get a little gym status as a new, respectable blue belt, you might start to coordinate your rolling to avoid certain people and gravitate toward certain others. This is what will inevitably lead to giant gaps in your training. Whereas the student who […]

Why train Gracie Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a System of Self Defense Simply put, Jiu Jitsu is a system of ground fighting that utilizes grappling, joint locks and chokes. Jiu Jitsu is all about solving complex, evolving problems under extreme duress. Through this process, the Jiu Jitsu practitioner develops the skill to handle physical altercations with incredible speed and accuracy. Jiu Jitsu is the Great Equalizer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is famous for it’s claim that the smaller weaker person can defeat the larger stronger opponent. How? Using a mix of strategy, technique and timing, we clinch with our opponent, initiate a takedown, establish […]

I lost 75 lbs in less than a year

Me and my son, Jake I am in the best shape of my life, which is saying a lot considering that I’ve been morbidly obese for the last 15-20 years. I’ve been asked by more than a few people how I made such a transformation. Well, here it is. Depression Before 2014, I was in a bad place, certainly in terms of my health, but also in terms of my career, goals and personal relationships to the people closest to me. In early 2013, I started having pretty consistent thoughts of suicide. Which is odd considering that I was on […]