I Keep Seeing Jiu-Jitsu or The Seat Belt Knot

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I have been irrevocably changed for the good by BJJ.  I find it funny how even when I’m not actively practicing everything seems to come back to BJJ principles.

My 5 year old was bored on our drive and to cure her boredom she decided to provide her father with a chance to think about Jiu-Jitsu and solve a puzzle at the same time.  As you can see from the picture she pulled the seat belt out tied it in a nice knot and then let it snap back.  Before you say, “oh I could undo that in a moment” let me tell you it took my wife and I a good 15 minutes of combined effort to get this undone.  Without going into to much detail I discovered that the outer strap was holding the inner from losing.  My wife discovered that once the inner was loosened it had to be worked through the whole knot to get the knot moved down were the tension would let it be undone.

This made me think of the intricacies of a roll.  One technique can hide your true intent to submit with another.  It also made me think how simple a technique can look but have may hidden tweaks to it make all the difference.  And last but not lest picking a technique apart like I did this knot gives you a intimate knowledge of its working in the end.  If I wanted to create a knot that would be harder to undo I know now how.  The same applies to a technique.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

My Wife Does Jiu-Jitsu and I Hate It

I keep an eye on different terms and expressions used to find my site.  The other day I got one that had me in stitches.  It was “My wife does Jiu-Jitsu and I hate it”.  My first thought was “how in the world did he find my site with that” followed by “I’ll bet its because he’s tired of being choked out when he won’t do the dishes” and you never hear “My husband does ballet and I hate it”.  In no time my imagination was running wild with all kinds of hilarious anecdotes.  Later after I had a good laugh I decided it must be because she is gone a lot, he feels intimidated, or he doesn’t think she should be rolling with strange men.  Smaller schools only have mixed classes and sometimes there may only be one brave woman in a class.  Whatever the case I hope he sees this and lets us know why.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

West Side Results from The Northwest Submission Challenge

“In April, West Side Took a small delegation of grapplers to Boise, Idaho to compete in a grappling tournament there.  West Side took Third over all and represented our school very well.” – Mark Johnson

Mens Nogi Beginner 130-150lbs:

3rd – Steven Hagler – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Beginner 220+

1st – Jeremy Shufelt – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Intermediate Absolute:

1st – Jeff Moore – West Side BJJ

3rd – Joe Brooks – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Intermediate 130-150lbs:

1st – Blake Fluhart – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Intermediate 151-165lbs:

1st – Carl Sims – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Intermediate 166-180lbs:

1st – David Iles – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Intermediate 181-195lbs:

1st – Jeff Moore – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Advanced Absolute:

1st – Damon Morgan – West Side BJJ

3rd – Richard Cesana – West Side BJJ

Mens Nogi Advanced 140-170lbs:

2nd – Richard Cesana – West Side BJJ

3rd – Damon Morgan – West Side BJJ

Mens White Belt Absolute:

3rd – Jeremy Shufelt – West Side BJJ

Mens White Belt over 220lbs:

3rd – Jermey Shufelt – West Side BJJ

Mens Blue Belt 130-150lbs:

2nd – Justin Eyre – West Side BJJ

Mens BJJ Advanced Absolute:

2nd – Damon Morgan – West Side BJJ

Mens BJJ Advanced 170-190lbs:

1st – Damon Morgan – West Side BJJ

3rd – Chris Anderson – West Side BJJ

Kids Nogi Beginner Light:

3rd – Cole Watterson – West Side BJJ

Teen Gi 121-140lbs:

2nd – Kelly Jones – West Side BJJ

Teen Gi over 161lbs:

2nd – London Bateman – West Side BJJ

Adult Team:
3rd – West Side BJJ  

Full Time Father Part Time Grappler

Liam Wandi of Part-Time Grappler has the correct title for my life.  My boy has arrived.  He weights 9lb and was 20.5 inches.  My wife and I are exhausted.  This is the 4th child in the family but each time I seem to forget all we went through with the last.   You can’t tell your wife you’re “tapping out” when its your turn to change the dirty diaper either.  It feels like a roll that will never end and its only been a few days.

So far I’m full-time-father.  There isn’t any time for grappling or classes.  I know it will all return to normal eventually but its hard to wait.  I’ll enjoy in the future BJJ with my daughters and sons.  I know eventually we will all become one big grappling family but for now its dirty diapers, burping, and feeding sessions.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu