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The first few months of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be overwhelming.  Starting to train BJJ is similar to learning to drive.  If you think back to the first time you were ever behind the wheel, there seemed to literally be hundreds of different things to pay attention to and early on, it always seemed like you were missing something.  Similarly, building your knowledge of BJJ is so much more than just performing the steps of a technique in a specific order.  There are so many things that we need to pay attention to in the beginning, until they become...

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Beginner's Mind, BJJ, Chris Haueter, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, mentality, old school, philosophy, white belt, Zen -

In the school of thought known as Zen Buddhism, there is a concept that plays an important role a Zen practitioners worldview, known as "beginner's mind."  Beginner's mind is the notion of always approaching life with fresh eyes, allowing your intuition and curiosity to guide you, as much, if not more than your intellect and analysis.  For Zen practitioners, one of the goals that drives them (although they would hate that phrase) is to truly experience life as it is, without overthinking and letting our minds get in the way.  When we are children, the the Zen philosophy, our minds...

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, black belt, Blue Belt, Brown Belt, Drilling, Jiu Jitsu, Marcelo Garcia, Matheus Diniz, Purple Belt, Training, Training Partners, White Belt -

Training BJJ is not a solitary activity.  Just like it takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes, it takes an academy, an instructor and a lot of training partners over the years to raise a black belt.  One of the most important skills you can set your mind to acquiring is not the berimbolo, but instead the skill of being the best training partner you can be.  Let's take a look at some ways you can achieve this goal!  Train with everyone Being a good training partner means understanding that training is a two way...

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academy, bjj, black belt, Jiu Jitsu, new students, white belt -

It can be argued that the most important promotion that someone can attain in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not the promotion to the coveted black belt, but instead is the promotion someone can give themselves when they trade in their own belt and put on the white belt for the first time.  There are a wide variety of reasons why someone comes to an academy for the first time, from a desire to get in shape, learn some new skills, or build their self confidence, but the reasons, excuses, or even fears that keep someone off the mats can be...

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ankle pick, Bernardo Faria, bjj, Jimmy Pedro, judo, Judo Throws, Takedowns, white belt -

You show up for class like any other day, change into your rashguard and gi and head onto the mats to stretch a bit because you're early.  As you casually stretch out your hamstrings and inner thighs, you overhear your Coach telling another student, "We're gonna work some takedowns tonight.  Gonna start some matches from the feet." Start from the feet?  What in the "Rafa Mendes" is that?  You're only on your first three months of BJJ, so every match or roll you've had has started from the knees.  Or maybe you've been attending class for quite some time and...

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