“My father told me not to think about winning, but to focus on not losing.” This kicked off the BBJJ staff “Q&A” with the legendary Royce Gracie back in January. What happened from there revealed a lot about how that early Jiu-Jitsu mindset could create amazing results that we’ve experienced as practitioners. After all, that was

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Our core philosophy at BBJJ Martial Arts is about fostering growth by providing the supportive, collaborative conditions that allow students at all stages of life to train well for the long haul. But with holidays coming, lots of us are planning to be away from the dojo. So…a quick quiz: Q: What do you do when you

I just recently ran my third NYC Marathon, and once again had an incredible experience. But running this one made me realize something very profound. It wasn’t because it was the hardest or the most grueling of the three. In fact, I think it was the best (if not the easiest) overall. Of course, I

We define black belt in all sorts of ways – commitment, courage, humility, humanity. And across the world you’d be hard-pressed to find two people who agree exactly on what it means. Is it a perfect technique? A demonstration of mental toughness? An ideal of perfection? It is all of those things, but ultimately it cannot

Before I started training in the Martial Arts I had so many questions. “Will I like it…will I be good at it…is it fun…do I want to do it?” But for some reason the first time I typed a search into Google, that’s not what I typed. Instead I wrote, “How much does Jiu-Jitsu cost

A friend of mine, who I haven’t seen in years, contacted me on Facebook. He asked me a question I’ve answered dozens of times as an instructor: “I’m 40…can I really start training at my age?” My unqualified response is – of course – yes. It’s never too late. But there are a few important caveats for anybody

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I’ve always loved being a student. I like learning new things, so being a good student came naturally for me. Plus having a teacher for a mom helped. I got to see all the work she put into her lesson plans; I got to see first hand how much her students meant to her. (In fact,

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Some people train hard, some train smart. Your goal should be to train both hard and smart. Why? This is the best way to insure positive gains both in your life and in your martial arts training. Put another way, this two-pronged approach prepares you for high-performance living. Virtually all aspects of Martial Arts training are

Ever wake up in a bad mood? You may notice that after you get up and get moving, you start to feel a lot better and your mood begins to improve. Have you ever had a class that when you started you really didn’t feel too good? Then after a good warm up, you started