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Seminar Handouts

I have been teaching seminars since 1987. In that time, I have taught nearly 800 of them in 24 countries! Back in the day, to make a name for myself, and to do something I felt was unique - something no other instructor would do - I wrote and printed handouts (i.e. "mini-booklets") for...

Promotion to Brown Belt by Email

Question: Do I promote people as high as brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through email?   Here’s the short version... • Since I’ve been teaching martial arts, I’ve never promoted anyone by email. • In thirty-three and a half years of teaching, I’ve only promoted one person through an...

Generations

I consider myself to have been very fortunate to have studied with individuals not very far removed from the founders of their respective styles. Here is a short list: Jeet Kune Do • Sijo Bruce Lee • Guro Dan Inosanto • Student/Instructor Roy Harris Kalis Ilustrisimo • Grandmaster Antonio...

Tournament Preparation

So, you're thinking about competing in that upcoming tournament but not sure what you should work on - or how to prepare? Allow me to share a few ideas with you to help you prepare: I. Get your mind in the right place. II. Get into shape. III. Measure your current abilities. IV. Make a plan of...

Functional / Emotional Fitness Private Lesson Example

Below is an example of some functional/emotional fitness private lessons I've taught: POSTURAL DEVELOPMENT (6 steps) 1. I began by showing the students which muscles were too short, too long, and causing them pain/harm (e.g. "kyphosis").2. I taught them how to stretch and lengthen certain...

Be Honest in Your Training

Over the past thirty-eight years, I’ve observed a perse range of attitudes among students attending my Jiu Jitsu classes. Here’s a brief overview of the motivations I've encountered: 1. Learning Enthusiasts: Students who come to class primarily to learn, focusing intently on either absorbing...