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Jiu Jitsu – Do The “Basics” Need Altered?


The thing about jiu jitsu is that it is calming. It is a no-holds-barred way of simultaneously ridding yourself of stress and angst while perfecting an art – an art and journey that never stops – not until you die. You could say that the most desirable part of jiu jitsu is learning submissions, but…

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My Sun Crawls


My Sun Crawls The lights from our makeshift runway were pieces of shit, pure and simple, and by “runway” I mean a rare piece of paved road in northern Pakistan that itself was barely above the quality of tightly packed sand.  The day was two weeks before my 25th birthday, January 9, 2002.  The desert…

Pressure in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Pressure…not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when making a list of “Things I Enjoy Being Under”. Pressure is essential in Brazilian Jiu Jistu. At the time of this writing I’m a mid-level blue belt and am just learning about pressure. Actually, I take that back – I’ve always been taught pressure, but…