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Let’s face it, doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can take a toll on your body and can leave you super tight over time. The reason why you feel tightness most of the time is because of Myofascial tissue bunching up. Essentially this tissue is a fibrous connective tissue that helps support your muscles and bones. When it bunches up it causes tightness the we feel, so we must release it. The best explanation I have heard to explain this tissue is that it’s like having a t-shirt sleeve being pulled down which inhibits your arm from moving up easily. However, when you release the sleeve – or in our case the Myofascial tissue – it releases the tension and allows for full range of motion. Learn more here. Here are three tools I have used for years now to help relieve tightness and improve my range of motion.

1. The Tennis Ball


I use the my tennis ball specifically to release the tension in my feet. Roll your feet out 30-60 seconds every day and you will not only feel looser but your hamstring flexibility will increase. If you don’t believe me, test your flexibility before and after rolling out your feet. That’s what I thought.




Lately I have been on the job search. Thus, I have been updating my resume, creating cover letters, etc. During this time it’s given me a chance to reflect on my past work experience, extracurricular history, etc. and I’ve realized that the last four years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has made a substantial impact on my life in many ways, even professionally. In this post I want to show you that BJJ is not only an amazing life enhancing martial art but also a career boosting activity. Below are the reasons I think recruiters should pay extra attention to practitioners of BJJ.


Nothing is more humbling than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The mats are a place where egos are crushed and reality is faced every day. The humble culture of BJJ is a result of this and it is one of the most prevalent traits of the art. Being humble translates directly into the workplace and is extremely beneficial when working on a team.


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Having a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club at your university or place of employment can totally rock. Not only does it give you more practice time, but it allows you to meet people and share the awesomeness of the art. A little over two years ago one of my training partners and I started a BJJ club at our school – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh – and it has been extremely rewarding.  In the two years we have learned a lot of lessons and I wanted to share some great tips to anyone who wants to do something similar at their school!


Finding a place to train sometimes isn’t as easy as it seems. In my experience snagging a wrestling oriented room is optimal, but when difficulties reserving the room come up, things can get dicey. Make sure to locate and reserve a room as your first priority. It actually took my partner and I over six months to tap into the wrestling room and in the meantime we had to use one inch thick Karate mats which wasn’t fun.




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Properly taking care of your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi is essential to training. The gi is a big piece of the puzzle of BJJ and washing, shrinking, as well as caring for your gi is important. Let’s face it, if you don’t keep proper hygiene, you won’t be training very long. I have always been a little skeptical at people’s opinions and blog posts for these gi care topics so I wanted to create a solid step by step guide for each of these processes based off what I have had work for me, my dad, and other training partners.

When you first buy your gi

It’s pretty important to wash your gi before it’s first use (especially if it’s colored) to set the dye in the fabric. Here are the steps:

  1. Remove from packaging
  2. Punch into washer
  3. Add 1 cup of vinegar
  4. Wash with cold water
  5. Hang to dry



A lot of people try to find good family activities and my argument is that martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is one of the best activities for families out there! The picture above is my dad and I doing a little Xguard at the Grand Canyon. Yes, people did look at us weird, but I think this image paints the picture of a few of my main points about why you should make BJJ a family activity. Don’t worry, I didn’t sweep him off the edge!

Creates a pathway for communication

One thing I have noticed since I got my dad into BJJ is that it has increased our common ground and created a pathway for better communication. I currently live 2,000 miles away from my parents and I probably have the best communication with them of all time. I also specifically have more communication with my Dad and a lot of it is because of BJJ. If you think about it, the sport has a lot of facets and is super intricate. Its the ultimate conversational topic because not only is it fun, but there’s unlimited aspects of it to chat about with someone else who is enthusiastic about the subject. I think having someone else in your family to communicate about something you are passionate about can have a positive impact on that relationship… (more…)

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Why you should compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments are getting much more popular, and are popping up everywhere from small local tournaments to large regional championships. I personally think that tournaments are a great experience and everyone should compete for a lot of beneficial reasons. The key to tournaments isn’t only to focus on the outcome of how you perform but rather to grow and develop as a fighter on the journey of preparing for the tournament. These are my three reasons why you should register and compete within the next month.



3 Reasons You Should Go to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminars

I have only been to a few seminars since I started training in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This was because I had never really grasped the importance of them until recently. Last weekend I had the opportunity to be part of a seminar with the legendary Rickson Gracie and it was a life changing experience. After reflecting on how mind opening and amazing the seminar was, I think I finally understand the importance of seminars. These are my three reasons why you need to embrace every seminar opportunity you can get.