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April 27, 2020

Your temple is a place where nothing else matters. You go to this place to escape; stress isn’t allowed here. No matter what, you’re not allowed to bring whatever is bothering you into your temple.

April 20, 2020

I’ve met so many awesome people and learned so much from all the instructors during these Drop INs:  The Paraestra in Okinawa, Round 1 in Manila, and Luta Livre in Saigon.  I grab my bag and make my way down the street. The rain has lightened up, but you can still f...

April 13, 2020

Mate, once I was out of my jacket, I beat the fuck out of him. I had never been in a real fight before. I was almost shocked that training for six months had done something. He never bullied me again.”

April 6, 2020

I check out of the first place, jump on my taxi motorcycle and head to my next destination. When my taxi driver drops me off, I have an instant flash back of my first trip to Koh Son Road in Bangkok. “Marijuana? Cocaine?” They whisper to me at every corner. Wasted fo...

March 30, 2020

The rain gets heavier and the wind starts to blow harder. A mom with a family of three on a motorbike creates an A-frame wave in the middle of the street.

March 26, 2020

The practice of Jiu jitsu relies on us coming together to train. All the other benefits that stem from the practice of Jiu jitsu come from this implied idea of community. Now however, the community that we rely on to practice our shared lifestyle is threatened by the v...

March 23, 2020

While my friends speed through baiting traps and tossing them out into the water, my eyes get lost in the morning sun rising above the mountains. I think back to each Drop In, and all the great people I have met.

March 16, 2020

Rolling with everyone is super fun. The first thing I notice is how everyone flowed from one position to the next. I transition into an omoplata on one purple belt, and he instantly starts defending my triangle transition setup. Jerry’s instruction to always flow is cl...

March 12, 2020

If you are not getting the results you want by going in one direction, then turn the wheel and go in a different direction. This is something that my Jiu Jitsu coach (one of the greatest people I have known in my life) often tells me when I am trying a certain move and...

March 9, 2020

He says to me that everyone is about to play a game that’s a mix of rugby and grappling. There will be two teams, and you score by placing the ball over the line. You are allowed to tackle the opposing player with the ball and grapple with the opposing team during the...

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