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The Spirit of Jiu-Jitsu

I first stumbled upon Nic Gregoriades & his Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood while browsing videos online. Nic happens to be Roger Gracie’s first Black Belt which he received in 4.5 years. Pretty outstanding accomplishment actually.

What resonated most with me besides Nic’s knowledge and technique was his outlook and philosophy on Jiu-Jitsu. For a glimpse into his outlook just check out his video The Spirit of Jiu-Jitsu below.

I suggest you take a moments and watch it all the way through, it fires me up to go train and I’m sure it will have the same effect on you.

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BJJ Training…Reps…Reps…Reps.

The quality of your BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) is directly related to the quality of your movement.

The quality of your movement is directly related to the quality of your training.

How do you improve the quality of your BJJ Training?

Practice. Deep practice. I always tell my BJJ athletes…“The best swimmers are always in the pool.” 

Strength and Conditioning for BJJ is very important but it can not replace your BJJ training on the mat…with a partner and sound solid repetitions.

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Romance. Precision. Play.

How can these 3 terms help you learn and become a better BJJ player, martial artist or fighter? Let’s explore, but first let’s start off with a nice little quote from Karl Jung.

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

(This article originally appeared at Fight Camp Conditioning.)

For us, this is our bodies and our arts.

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The Best BJJ Exercises ?

What are the best BJJ exercises? Are some exercises better for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player than others? As I get older I’m starting to think there is. And my own training and the training of my athletes is starting to reflect this also.

I first learned the term “Self-Limiting Exercise” from a very well known Physical Therapist Gray Cook. Since my initial introduction to that term I’ve heard Gray talk about self-limiting exercise many times.

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Hip Mobility Flows for BJJ

Another wonderful movement demonstration by friend and BJJ Black Belt Dewey Nielsen.

The 90/90:

This is an interesting position. There is so much to unlock from here. It is a seated position that offers an endless amount of transitional movements.

It is a stretch in some movement practices such as yoga but that’s about where it ends. Martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Systema take the exploration much much deeper.

The 90/90 is one of the most efficient ways to get up off of the floor, unloaded or extremely loaded.

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About Jason C. Brown
Hi, I'm Jason C. Brown. I'm a coach and athlete obsessed with human movement, martial arts and walking the path of mastery. I help BJJ players move better, play better and enjoy their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu more.
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