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First Black Belt Competition

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I haven’t competed in awhile and was wondering how my skills are in comparison to other outside the academy since I got my black belt.  Then on the Insta’s (that what kids call it right?), Five Grappling came up and were offering free registration for black belts.  I told one of the other black belts to go for it and he then convinced me to do it too.  Figured why not, the worst case is I lose and didn’t pay a thing. So here was the play by play. First match I was faking takedowns then eventually went for another…

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Work On Striking To Get Better Jiu Jitsu?

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I know this sounds weird, but wanted to share how training in boxing or Muay Thai can improve your game.  It improved mine! The reason I know it was kickboxing was because that was the only change.  There was no increase in mat time or weight training workout. After about 4 months of training kickboxing, I noticed my Jiu Jitsu game is stronger.  Cardio improved.  Strength improved.  Explosive movements were easier. Technique was sharper. I believe two important physical improvements resulted from kickboxing:  explosiveness and cardio. It’s kind of easy in Jiu-Jitsu to play slow or more methodical.  You can…

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