How Belt Promotions Work

First, I need to emphasize the importance of the process, not the outcome.  Belts will come as long as you keep showing up, work on your techniques, and be a good training partner. With that being said,  there are a few criteria that help us determine when a student is ready or getting close to […]

BJJ Gym Culture

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BJJ Gym Culture is one of the most important factors to consider when looking for a new gym. For those of you who haven’t quite committed to walking into a new BJJ gym, the anticipated culture may have you running in a different direction: what dudes are training there?? Brock Lesner and his bros, or the […]

Jiujitsu for women in Kalamazoo – Brazilian Jiujitsu is for Women too

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“Why would I want to roll around with a bunch of sweaty people?” If you’re anything like me – I questioned the appeal of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before I started training. My husband is obsessed with BJJ, but I struggled to see how it would benefit me. One day, I decided to join him on […]

A Dog’s Guide to the Perfect Training Partner

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The great American novelist Mark Twain once said “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” Many people inherently love dogs, and I find it difficult to trust those who don’t. Their loyalty and enthusiasm know no bounds, and their ability to love unconditionally is inspiring. Apart from all […]

The Best Way to Win is to Lose… a Lot!!!

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The best way to win is to lose a lot! I know, it seems crazy right? What are you going to say next James, the best way forwards is to walk backwards? No-Gi is actually MORE fun than Gi? Amir isn’t secretly a panda walking around in a human disguise? Well of course not, all […]