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Jiu-jitsu for Law Enforcement: Important Considerations for Choosing Where To Train


I am consistently bewildered by the number of local martial arts instructors who claim to teach self-defense for law enforcement but in truth have zero concept of not only the ways in which the law applies to self-defense but also

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Advice To Make Your BJJ White Belt Years More Enjoyable


White belt is a time in your jiu-jitsu life that consists of incredible excitement and wonder. Each class brings with it the awe of a new technique or the solution to a frustrating problem. The mind of a white belt

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I Can’t Make It To Class As Often As I Would Like To. What Can I Do Away From The Academy To Improve My BJJ?

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This is a very common question that Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners ask of me. Very few people can train all day every day; mostly in part because responsibilities of work and family usually start to monopolize our time for leisure activities

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4 Truths To Jiu-jitsu As A Self Defense


Recently we have been working with groups of students at the University of Scranton teaching then jiu-jitsu for self defense. Call me partial but I firmly believe that Gracie jiu-jitsu is the most effective and complete form of self defense.

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Patience Is Key To BJJ Progression


‘Have patience with all things, but, first of all yourself.’ Those are the words of Saint Francis de Sales, whom surely wasn’t a jiu-jitsu practitioner but clearly understood the importance of patience. Patience is among the key attributes anyone needs

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Ask The Right Questions To Better Your BJJ!

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Recently I wrote a blog in which I stated, ‘it is your job to get the answers you need.” The statement is obviously meant to encourage you as a student of jiu-jitsu to ask questions. I remember in the earliest

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Create Adversity In You BJJ Training


At Gracie NEPA, we don’t train jiu-jitsu because it is easy; we train jiu-jitsu because it is hard. Training that is difficult, and truthfully at times extremely unpleasant, makes us better people. The challenges we impose upon ourselves in our

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Train Jiu-jitsu, Stay Healthy


Training Gracie Jiu-jitsu is good for your body, mind, and soul. The striking and grappling aspects of Brazilian jiu-jitsu offer huge benefits of keeping you in shape physically and balancing out stress from everyday life. Recently I read an article

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Oh Crap! I Suck At…

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Quite often Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners will become panicked when they realize that an area of their jiu-jitsu skill set is lagging behind.  Whether it is lapel chokes or armlocks, triangles or sweeps, takedowns or berimbolo; a bjj aficionado can become

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Pain Is Relative


When you first start Brazilian jiu-jitsu it is quite common to feel as if you have been hit by a bus! The warm-ups are hard, techniques can seem complicated, during sparring you can’t breathe, you are getting crushed into the

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