The Fastest Way to BJJ Black Belt

belt-ranksEvery student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has the desire to get a black belt.  The truth is the highest drop out rate is from blue to purple.  I can attest to that.  I’m struggling right now toward my purple belt.  The longer you take the harder it is to achieve it.  So many things can get in the way.  Of the black belts I know 6 years was the fastest and 12 years the longest.  BJJ is truly a life long pursuit of skill, excellence, and enjoyment of the sport.  But why does it take so long?  Roger Gracie’s first black belt Nicolas Gregoriades claims his book The Black Belt Blue Print will help you maximize you BJJ training and get it in 4 years.  That sounded a bit fantastical to me but with Roger Gracie, Roy Dean, Braulio Estima, and Eddie Bravo endorsing the book its really hard to dismiss it as a day dream.  This last year saw my return to BJJ.  I am in a stall right now.  The book is less than a hours private lesson.  I have got to make it over the hump and to my next level of achievement.  I will get the book and give it a try.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

Pedro Sauer Online Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training


I got an e-mail the other day inviting me to renew my membership with the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association (PSBJJA).  They are touting a new online training regimen.  As an incentive to get me back they are… Continue reading

Lung Capacity and Breathing Training Mask for BJJ


In June 2012 I wrote a post entitled “Increasing Your Lung Capacity and Breathing for Better BJJ”  I talked about Freediving

Thank You Mark Johnson – BJJ Instructor and Mentor


I have been training at West Side for 2+ years now.  BJJ has always been there for me because Mark Johnson has kept… Continue reading

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Simple Body Mechanics – Hips 1

Cross Choke from Mount – Pedro Sauer

The other day in class we were working on a cross choke from mount.  The exact technique is shown in this video by Pedro Saurer.  We were working from a position in between what Roger Gracie is showing in the below video and what… Continue reading

How Do You Toughen Skin to Stop Getting Skinned Toes


I skinned by toes at Jiu-Jitsu last night.  The picture says it all.  How do I toughen up the skin to stop it from happening?  I got a smaller one on my other foot a month ago.  I did not… Continue reading | 1 Comment

The West Side Band of Brothers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

West Side Tue Class 14-MAY-2013 (1)

The Triangle Choke and Agile Development

I am a software developer.  We use SCRUM as our agile development methodology.  I hope I have not lost your interest already.  A Retrospective meeting is used to look back on our last period of work and think over what went well and what we could improve on.  I realized the agile development process can be applied to more then software development last week after Brazilian… Continue reading

Back On The Mat and Removing The Cobwebs

Last night was the first night back to BJJ after a 2 year sabbatical.  It was great.  I felt like turning in my blue belt for a white again though.  My technique was rusty but in some ways it was like ridding a bike.  The old moves and feelings came flooding back.  I am hoping to be in the swing of things again in a few months time.  I remember… Continue reading

Save Me A Choke, I Missed You BJJ!

On April 5th, 2011 I posted “Training at Home When You Have No Other Choice”.  I had to announce I was taking a leave from BJJ.  My family needed me and money was a issue.  But times have changed and my wife has given me the green light.  I’m going back!  Yahoooooooo!  Save me a choke or arm-bar, guys!  I will be back in class the first Tuesday… Continue reading