Self Evaluation: How to Figure Out Your Strengths and Weaknesses in Jiu-Jitsu

Evaluating yourself and figuring out what to work on in jiu-jitsu (or in anything, for that matter), can be difficult. The sport is so multifaceted that the number of guards,…

The Dangers of Nationalism Within Martial Arts

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community run feverishly through the Lloyd Irvin saga. While this situation is undoubtedly a polarizing topic, that has brought out…

Beginning Strength Program for the BJJ Athlete

I have spent years and years attempting to figure out which program will result in the greatest returns.  Trying to find the magical repetition schemes, rest periods, and movement selections…

Daniel Gracie’s Newly Opened Academy

As I opened the door to Daniel Gracie’s academy, an alarm system sounded – I thought I had entered the wrong place at first, but after glancing down the stairwell…

The Guy Who Became Chris Niles

  I knew Chris Niles before I knew Chris Niles. I was busy in my life as a call center manager overseeing thousands of those annoying telemarketing calls each and…