Several months ago I had the distinct honor of tearing my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). It is an essential tendon that is in the center of all of our knees. The ACL helps with all daily movement. I was training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu one evening when I got caught in a straight ankle lock and my knee popped. I tapped immediately and yelped in pain. It wasn’t immediately clear to me the severity of the injury. But over the next several practices it became clear that my knee had suffered an intense injury and match by match I was losing confidence in the joint.
The name of the article could also be something like ‘Zeroing out all the other tasks in your life so you can focus on Family and Jiu Jitsu’.
Once you hit a certain age there will always be something competing for your Jiu Jitsu time. For some of us, instead of parenting you may have obstacles like competing hobbies, work or socializing. There can often be distractions that take us away from important tasks.
Steve Maxwell is the modern day American guru on fitness, an NCAA div 1 wrestler, Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt (Under Relson Gracie) and one of the original investors in the UFC. His accolades go on and on. In this interview Steve chats candidly about a series of topics ranging from self discipline, outer and inner self, forgetting the past and the collective.
The Tatami Estilo 5.0 gi was released in April 2015. It is a pearl weave competition level gi. The Estilo was designed for the high level competitors. They are easy to order over the internet and worn by many. In this article we are going to put the Tatami Estilo 5.0 under the microscope and test its worthiness.
There is something special about the Jiu Jitsu fighter that treats their gi with respect. This type of athlete comes to their school with the gi folded up and the belt wrapped around. I think this level of preparation shows that this fighter is thinking about Jiu Jitsu on and off the mat. Most importantly, this is a show of respect for the art, the school and oneself. This show of discipline made me think of some other things we should be doing as a community.
I was having a drink with my neighbor when he told me his 9 year old son was getting bullied. He asked which was the best martial art for kids. Over the years I have been asked this question many times by family, friends and coworkers. It made me think about which martial arts are best for kids to learn. My knee jerk response is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but I know that other martial arts have their virtues. I’ll elaborate: