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Who are you competitive with?

Who are you competitive with?

While at my alter-ego day job the other day and also in the break room playing ping pong with a coworker, he remarked he thought most black belts were super competitive. Now my coworker certainly has an authoritative opinion on this as he’s a black belt in Jiu Jitsu along with a few other styles. He’s also competitive at ping pong. I disagreed saying, while I’m not yet a black belt, I don’t believe most are … Read entire article »

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Be a Shark

There was an attack in Jiu-Jitsu class recently where the opponent throws a left hand, step-through roundhouse punch. The defense involved blocking, stepping in, and sweeping the opponent’s leg resulting in going to the ground. This isn’t surprising at all as I’m there to learn how to do this type of counter-defense. What I noticed though was the difference between this and Kenpo. Kenpo beginners learn to create distance and counterattack with ranged strikes (like kicks or punches). Jiu-Jitsu focused on moving the attack to the ground. So I’ve pondered when do you stand up with your opponent and when do you initiate taking the fight to the ground. Certainly some external circumstances will dictate various answers. Multiple opponents would almost guarantee you don’t initiate taking the fight to the ground. … Read entire article »

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Satisfied? Not hardly.

The other day my Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Mr. Bosquez, was telling me the story of a recent advanced class where he had to “humble” a few of the students. No one had anything hurt except their pride, which is what he was setting out to accomplish. He said those students had shown signs in recent classes of being satisfied with where they were in the Art. I saw where he was going, but wanted to play … Read entire article »

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A Humbled, Kenpo Snob

Ok, I’ll admit it. For most of my life I’ve been a Kenpo karate snob. In my eyes, Kenpo was better than all the other martial arts because (my perception) it had an answer for every situation. But through exposure to others arts and a profound statement from Mr. Damian Wilson, I’ve come to realize otherwise. While I still love Kenpo, I believe cross training in some other arts has tremendous benefits. Mr. Wilson said … Read entire article »

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