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Canada Shines At 2018 JJIF World Championships in Sweden

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Tao of BJJ, Uncategorised|

What a pleasure it was to join Team Canada this weekend as assistant coach while they competed in the JJIF world championships in Malmo, Sweden. Two of my students earned their spot on the team, including some of the best competitive Jiu-Jitsu athletes in Canada: Estefan Joseph of Lin Martial Arts in Markham Alison Tremblay and [...]

#9 Loss Transmutation

By | March 29th, 2018|Categories: Tao of BJJ|

Renown psychologist Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success describes a way of thinking observed to be a hidden factor in success and happiness: the growth mindset. “Individuals may not necessarily be aware of their own mindset, but . . . it is especially evident in their reaction to failure. Fixed-mindset individuals dread failure because it is a [...]

#8 Adaptability: Flow With The Go

By | March 29th, 2018|Categories: Tao of BJJ|

Jiu-jitsu is unimaginably empowering. You learn techniques that allow you to completely dominate a larger person or easily escape what looks like a desperate position. As you gain confidence in a technique you may be tempted to “insist.” Go to use it, it doesn’t work, you try to force it. This is a waste of energy. [...]

#7 Fight, Flight, or Third Option Thinking 

By | March 29th, 2018|Categories: Tao of BJJ|

Typically, we are taught that there are two responses to conflict: fight or flight. The Art of War teaches us that there is a third option: planning ahead. For defending oneself, training jiu-jitsu is that third option. Finding oneself in a physical confrontation would surely trigger a panic response in most people, causing them to either freeze or run [...]

#6 Growth Hacking: Theory vs Practice

By | March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Tao of BJJ|

Secrets are powerful, but how do you know they are real? You cannot take it for granted; you must test it yourself. Many grappling arts contain the same techniques as BJJ. Japanese jiu-jitsu, for example, may contain many of the same techniques but trains them very differently. As with so many traditional martial arts, Japanese jiu-jitsu [...]

#5 Secrets and the Importance of Mentorship

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tao of BJJ|

You can have unity and still not know what to do. What makes jiu-jitsu so empowering is that is shows you techniques and strategies for making the impossible easy. What’s most scary for the untrained person when facing a bigger, faster, stronger opponent is not knowing what to do. All of jiu-jitsu is based on one [...]

#1 Positioning

By | March 15th, 2018|Categories: Tao of BJJ|

Jiu-jitsu is known for enabling the smaller person to overcome the bigger person. How? What’s the secret? Positioning. From a good position, things are easy, from a bad one they are difficult. A big person you stand in front of is far more dangerous than one you stand behind. The classic example from [...]