Women in BJJ

My name is Shelly, I am 32 years old and started training BJJ at Infinity Springfield in July 2017 to help tone up after losing 65kgs. As a nurse working long hours and shift work, I also saw it as a new social outlet. Little did I know when I started that it would help … Continued

The Big 5 to Fastrack Your BJJ

I’ll first start by saying that every person has their own BJJ journey.  For some of us; it may have taken years to get coloured belts and for others; months.  For years I felt like most of my BJJ training was really insignificant; that I could have utilized my time on the mats, online, reading … Continued

Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is good for you?

As the Head Instructor of Infinity Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast); I am constantly asked what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is and what benefits it offers students. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. At Infinity Maroochydore, we focus more heavily on grappling rather than striking. … Continued

I want to improve my Jiu-JItsu? Why not try specializing….

In philosophy there is a proposition called Ockham’s Razor. It focuses on the principle of philosophical parsimony or simplicity. It suggests that the simpler a theory is, the more likely it is to be true. Put another way entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity; so wherever possible we shouldn’t use things or make assumptions about things … Continued

‘People Overestimate What They Can Do in a Single Day…’

‘People overestimate what they can do in a single day and underestimate what they can do in their whole lives’ This phenomena is one of the reasons that we quit things in life prior to fulfilling our potential… ‘I have given my all… I just don’t have the talent, the time, money or opportunity…’ The … Continued

It’s funny listening to the news…

It’s funny listening to the news, reading blogs and peoples news-feeds this past month or two, you would be absolutely convinced that everything in the world revolved around economics. In the EU referendum, American and Australian elections, politicians have focused really on nothing else. This is all they care about, but is there something else? … Continued

Be-careful, people in power sometimes suffer from hubris!

At my son’s parent teacher meeting the other day I was really excited to hear how he was enjoying school. “Kellen is a pleasure to teach, he gets on well with everyone and he contributes regularly in class”, said the teacher, a good start I thought. Then somehow the conversation changed without me (initially) being … Continued

Thoughts on learning BJJ online

Cause its back on the net!  Due to this topic raising its ugly head again on social media. I decided to re-read all the articles published about the Gracie University online. Including the one’s about the students that received their blue belt via the online system. The main reason I thought it might be appropriate … Continued

Kids are Scientists

Just want to share an epiphany I had this morning – Kids are Scientists. Whilst doing the school run I noticed a small group of mum’s trying to organize the kids prior to the teacher arriving for class “Won’t Mrs Darr be so pleased if she arrives and you are all stood outside quietly waiting … Continued

Could have, would have!

I want you all just to think for a moment, how many times have your said to yourself could have, would have, should have? How many of you own some kind of get better quickly thing that you got sold in order to achieve our goals? (I know I have). For me it’s a lose … Continued

Teaching is all about the performance

One of cricket’s greatest commentators, Richie Benaud, once said that as a commentator you shouldn’t speak unless you can add something to the picture to the screen. Teaching is all about the performance. I believe that being a good instructor is just like being a good commentator – it is no good having the best … Continued

Why is it the culture to mock white belts in BJJ?

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Something that I am a little confused about is why do we mock BJJ white belts or any beginners for being BJJ white belts/beginners and not knowing things? I mean surely by very definition starting an educational journey in any field means that you don’t know much about it… hence … Continued

To be good at Jiu-Jitsu you must always question  

I believe that one of the major reasons for the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu is the fact that Brazilians in general love nothing better than to question and swim against the tide. They are generally anti–establishment in nature, and this, I think, is why the Gracie challenge was so popular then, and still is so popular … Continued

When I was born I couldn’t walk

When I was born I couldn’t walk. None of us can and none of us make plans on how to walk and yet we still manage to get there. It is very rare in Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts to have things work out for us in the way we plan them or dream them, but … Continued

Is telling the truth always the way to go?

Something I have been pondering just recently is the pointless way as coaches that we constantly focus on things that just don’t matter with people especially children. When we as teachers pass on information to others we tend to focus primarily on the things that they are doing wrong or could do better now obviously we … Continued

They’re running their own race

Having recently been involved in another big grading day at Infinity Martial Arts it was apparent to me that we can learn so much from our children as they’re running their own race. As grown ups we see the world through our eyes, so at first glance you can often think that child A is … Continued

Don’t switch off, everything is important.

Over the years one of the things that has confused me most about students when they come to class is the way they approach different parts of the class. Students can tend to lose focus in certain parts of class and it’s important that they don’t switch off, everything is important. Beginners (First 6 months) tend … Continued

A thought for those starting their BJJ journey next year

A though for those starting their BJJ journey – A competitor’s BJJ journey is long and tough. Those on the journey will be moulded by their experiences, remember you are the books you read and the people you associate with. This is why the right start is so important. There are many things to consider … Continued

Why Anderson Silva’s return is a good thing?  

This week see’s Anderson Silva returning to action. He is of one of MMA’s best, as well as being a hero to many of the public who just watch sport for entertainment. He is also a hero to the thousands of athlete’s out there that are struggling right now hoping to be him one day. The … Continued

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