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Understanding ‘Bluebeltitis’

One reason why some people become derailed along the way in their Martial Arts training is due to a condition known as ‘Blue-belt-itis’. This condition was first explained to me by my former training partner Simon Hayes who is probably the only person to be a multiple black belt in BJJ, Judo & Tae-kwon-do and […]

Advice for BJJ White Belts

White belt is the make or break stage in your Martial Arts journey. BJJ has a very high drop off rate and the majority of people who begin training don’t make it past the three month mark. There are a variety of reasons for this but quite commonly students quit because they feel they are […]

Long term athlete development and learning progression in combat sports

The old way of doing things in combat sports especially the striking arts of boxing and Muay Thai has been to skip, hit bags, hit pads, hit people, and do a few hundred push ups and sit-ups. They’ve done it for centuries so it must be best practice? Not necessarily. Too much open ended training […]

My Jiu Jitsu class format

I began teaching jiu jitsu full time eight years ago and I’ve been experimenting with various methods of running classes ever since. Tweaking the formats to see what works best. I have trained at a lot of different BJJ academies across the world and I have tried to implement the best ideas I’ve come across […]