Month: May 2015

Ronda Rousey Quote on Sacrifice

People love the idea of winning an Olympic medal or a world title. But, what few people realize is that pretty much every second leading up to the actual win is uncomfortable, painful, and impossibly daunting both physically and mentally. Most people focus on the wrong thing: they focus on the result, not the process. […]

I wish Brazilian jiu jitsu wasn’t being used the way it is.

Andrew Raynor Sexualization of women in jiu jitsu is nothing new… it’s been covered pretty thoroughly.  Julia Johansen, who writes the Jiu Jiu BJJ blog, addressed Tukano Kimonos’ use of naked women in body paint to advertise their company here. She also discussed the sexy photos of Kyra Gracie in just a gi top. I […]

The Weird Science of Pain and the Brain

Over a year ago, I set out to review Kelly Starrett‘s book Becoming a Supple Leopard and its claims to “improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat stiffness and achy joints, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries.” This is not that review. (Sorry to disappoint.) Starrett came to my attention as the CrossFit coach […]

Gracie Barra blackbelt Cristiano Oliviera pleads on child rape

Andrew Raynor Today Cristiano Oliviera, blackbelt and former head instructor at Gracie Barra Yakima, WA, pled no contest (technically known as an Alford plea) to two charges of rape of a child. Sentencing will take place in July. He faces approximately three years in prison and then deportation. http://www.kimatv.com/news/local/Ex-martial-arts-instructor-enters-Alford-plea-on-child-rape-charges-304657641.html?mobile=y Andrew Raynor

Gui Mendes Retires from Competition

About Ruben I write about my journey through the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I’m currently a faixa marrom (brown belt). Through my writing, I hope to connect with people who may relate to some of my experiences as well as help people by sharing my thoughts on relevant events, techniques, tools, and resources. More […]

Finding Simple Solutions Thanks to Jack Taufer

[embedded content] In this video, we go over two ways to deal with the annoying “1/4 guard,” or whatever you call it when you’re almost in mount but your foot is still stuck. The first method is the rolling back take or twister roll, as made popular by the likes of Eddie Bravo and Ryan […]