Struggle, Pain, and Jiu Jitsu OR Why You Might Be Missing Something in Your Life

There’s something fun about fighting everyday. It makes me feel alive. Everyone should learn how to fight. Preferably in a controlled, safe, and friendly environment (although not everyone can). To learn a martial art. If you have a friend who does jiu jitsu, they probably wouldn’t shut up about it when they first started. Telling... Continue Reading →

Arm Bars, Collar Chokes, and Families

Tonight we learned the Duck Under from standing, a Back Take to Cross Collar Choke, Cross Collar Choke to an Arm Bar. My wife is good at cross collar chokes from the back, who knew. A family who pays money to learn how to choke each other, stays together. My wife and her younger brother... Continue Reading →

Your BJJ Journey and Nested Stories

Your jiu jitsu rolling tells the story about your bjj journey so far. What you’ve learned, what you’ve forgotten, what you do instinctively, how you control your mind and body, how you breathe, and how you react under pressure of simulated fighting. Your jiu jitsu journey is a collection of nested stories about what you’ve... Continue Reading →

August is the New Autumn

Is it just me, or is August feeling more and more like September? I mean, yes, we aren't getting the 35C (95F) degree weather heat warnings anymore. It's starting to cool down to a brisk 22C (71F). But it's not just the sudden change in the weather. There's something else in the air. There is... Continue Reading →

What’s Next

I quit booze. I quit weed. I joined jiu jitsu. I got married. I wonder what’s next… Maybe I should find a full time job or a longer lasting part-time/contract role. Maybe I’ll change my career entirely. Maybe I’ll go back to school and learn a trade. Maybe we’ll move to another apartment or another... Continue Reading →

Dreaming Again

I’m dreaming again. Since quitting booze and smoking weed two and a half years ago, I’ve been able to remember my dreams upon waking up. My dreams are a mix of third-person watching other people be characters in an unfamiliar-familiar setting, first person feelings as I do something fun and weird, and also feeling as... Continue Reading →

Stop Following Politics

Become too busy to follow the latest sh*t show. Have enough things going on in your life that you miss the most recent world issue. Distract yourself with activities and hobbies that you love to the point of not knowing what’s going on in the world. If there is something important that you need to... Continue Reading →

BJJ, Life, and The Universe

When starting jiu jitsu your body often goes into fight or flight when you spar. Will you give up or rise to the occasion and find out what you’re made of? A beautiful representation of the rich duality of life and death. Humanity at its finest. And you get to wear a cool Gi too.... Continue Reading →

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