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April 23, 2018

Making the decision to train mixed martial arts for self defense can feel exciting and also overwhelming. If you are wondering what you will experience on your first day of training you’re not alone. Fortunately, while the material may change our way of teaching it rem...

January 17, 2018

Most people who practice jiu-jitsu hit a crossroads at some point where they don’t feel the same motivation.  For me, set in last year about mid-June. I had a minor medical issue, which required that I stay off the mats for about three weeks. When three weeks ended, I...

December 18, 2017

The holiday season is upon us. For many people, too, the close of the year is when they think about getting back in shape or what they can do in the New Year to achieve goals and meet resolutions.

As a result, many people start searching for gyms and consider martial ar...

March 1, 2017

Review any beginner’s BJJ syllabus and you’ll find a certain set of moves and submissions that any newcomer should be able to pick up quickly. These lists can be misleading; a good collar choke requires far more subtle details than you would think, and ample practice.


February 3, 2017

I remember my first few months of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu well.  I approached every roll with a simple approach: I was going to try to win. In almost every instance, I didn’t win. It was discouraging and humbling and on many occasions I contemplated quitting.

I’m fortunate...

February 24, 2016

In all functional martial arts there are no beginner or advanced techniques. There are only fundamentals and their variations. Some variations maybe more difficult or have a higher or lower probability of success. But I’m not writing about technique.

What I’m going to s...

January 28, 2016

At SBG NorCal one of our proudest accomplishments is how  we provide families with quality time. This is just a small sample from a Saturday morning at the gym. Parents working out doing Boxing  BootCamp or MMA while their children hone their jiu jitsu skills; everyone...

January 3, 2016

In the spring of 2010, I walked in a Chinese New Year parade with a heavy backpack. At the end I felt tired but otherwise o.k. When I woke up the next morning it was a different story: my entire lower back was in excruciating pain. I got on BART and tried to find a com...

January 8, 2014

While it is possible to get better at martial arts by just sparring it is not the way to get better fast. To get good fast you need to be able to drill correctly. I’m going to write about “how” to drill correctly in a future blog, for now I want to write about the “why...

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