Monthly Archives: March 2012

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What’s the Deal with the Belts: Part 1

Belts are not only synonymous with martial arts in general, but also a driving force for participation in systems like Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, and even Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  But the whole thing is a little strange, right?  Western culture doesn’t wear … Continue reading

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Excuse the Excuses, I’m Lazy

I came across a very cool video today during a Youtube-scrawl (trademark).  Below is a link to that video—a Brazilian news story about a BJJ program for blind kids.  The subtitles are in English so it’s pretty work place friendly … Continue reading

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You Might be a Grappler

There are lots of reasons that people fall in love with Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Some get hooked on the exercise, others the adrenaline rush during competition.  Personally, I train because it’s fun.  I have lots of other smaller reasons, but the … Continue reading

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5 Reasons that Gracie Barra Knoxville Excels

There are not a lot of jiu-jitsu schools in the South; a sad truth that I became all too familiar with during my youth.  I grew up in central Mississippi and went to college near Jackson, Tennessee.  Brazilian jiu-jitsu has … Continue reading

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10 Second Rule

Most people, especially skinny little guys like me, end up in Brazilian jiu-jitsu because of its world renowned self-defense prowess.  People all over the globe took notice when they saw Royce Gracie demolish guys twice his size without ever throwing … Continue reading