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2021-08-10 13:00
Well, this is about BJJ and osteoarthritis, if we want to get specific. To provide some context, let’s start back at (sort of) the beginning: My right hip has been bothering me… Read More
2021-07-14 12:25
I would write something about how I’m shocked and appalled that I haven’t posted anything here since March, but admittedly my posting has been pretty sporadic for a while now. I… Read More
Happy Friday! Dog Edition
2021-01-29 13:21
Happy Friday everyone! If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that a lot of my stories have revolved around dogs- and one dog in particular, our adopted mutt that we named J… Read More
2021-01-27 13:43
I was talking with a former teammate about bjj gyms, and we touched on the topic of aesthetic in gyms and how it can potentially appeal to different students/audiences. Just like the in… Read More
2021-01-12 13:24
A few weeks ago John Danaher posted a long, but interesting take on instagram regarding rolling or sparring when you’re tired: “Tell yourself – I’m exhausted –… Read More
2020-12-31 13:58
Here’s hoping that all the things that need to happen in 2021, do so quickly so we can back to training and a somewhat normal existence. I hope you all have happy and safe New Year… Read More
2020-12-30 12:52
So, you may have heard that Diego Sanchez set up and is currently promoting his Only Fans account… If you are not sure what Only Fans is, it’s like an alternative to Patreon- co… Read More
2020-12-24 13:13
Is anyone else totally unprepared like I am? Yes? Oh good. This year has certainly went sideways for all of us in one way or another: while I still think things are going to be sort of&h&hell…Read More
2020-12-22 12:00
Again, I was looking around at questions people were asking on the internet, and this is one that happened to pop up. It’s a totally valid question: just starting out you may not feel… Read More
2020-12-15 13:56
Recently on social media someone made a comment that they had yet to find a gym where they truly felt welcome. That’s absolutely unfortunate, but it does bring to light something that… Read More
2020-12-14 14:20
It’s a valid question: we’ve seen or heard about a lot of schools shutting down due to Covid restrictions, so it’s a concern and fear for a lot of people. Some may see this… Read More
Happy Friday! & France Edition
2020-12-11 15:13
Happy Friday everyone! So I learned something interesting recently that I would like to pass along: I signed up a few years ago, and even took one of the DNA tests. It&rsquo&hell…Read More
2020-12-09 14:20
I was recently looking at a tool that tells you what people are asking about on the internet, and this is one of the questions that came up. Well, in short yes, but it depends on a coupl… Read More
2020-12-08 13:23
I think I have talked about this a couple of times now, but I would argue that if you put two people in front of me: one that was naturally athletic and one that was not, I would say the non… Read More
2020-11-17 14:39
Well, here in Philadelphia we had a good run of relaxed restrictions when it came to gatherings, going to the gym, etc. Unfortunately due to a stark climb in cases over the past few weeks, s… Read More
2020-07-09 12:15
So in our little corner of the world (by that meaning Philadelphia County), gyms are still not allowed to open. More western parts of the state have begun to reopen, including allowing jiu j… Read More
2020-05-21 12:25
Well, it’s been a wild couple of weeks, I can tell you that much. Everyday there still seems to be something new we’re learning about this virus, cities are opening early, only t… Read More
2020-03-23 13:19
It’s a strange time to be alive, to be sure. As the number of confirmed cases continue to climb, many jiu jitsu academies have closed their doors in the past few weeks in order to… Read More
2020-03-11 13:49
It’s been a wild couple of weeks, to be sure- the coronavirus COVID-19 has sent a lot of people in a tizzy. It’s understandably a tricky situation: it’s a flu-like virus th… Read More
2020-02-19 17:06
My teammates and I were recently wondering about this in outside of class: what leads to the emotional closeness that you experience with teammates? I know I mentioned previously that having… Read More
Galentine’s Day Event This Past Weekend!
2020-02-17 15:22
Yes, I know technically the 13th is actually Galentine’s Day, but we decided to commandeer the following weekend to invite some ladies around the city to stop by our academy, learn a l… Read More
2020-02-14 15:10
Happy Friday, and Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! May you get all the snuggles- both struggle snuggles and the regular, non-struggle kind- that you deserve. And even if you’re no… Read More
2020-02-13 16:00
We talk all the time about how teammates are crucial to our development in jiu jitsu- while maybe not considered as important, friendships also pretty important when it comes to jiu jitsu. T… Read More
2020-01-27 16:06
Life and particularly jiu jitsu, are really all about showing up. It sounds silly though, right? Just physically taking your body from one space into another, and (preferably) remaining ment… Read More
2020-01-20 16:26
It’s been a struggle since the dawn of time- how much time to drill vs how much time for sparring aka rolling. Ask a newer belt and they will tell you roll, roll, roll: less time drill… Read More
Happy Friday! Man, What A Week
2020-01-17 15:03
Happy Friday everyone! You know those weeks where each day feels like a lifetime? That’s been the last week or so for me: all good stuff, but just…. a lot. of stuff. How&rsquo&hell…Read More
2020-01-02 15:32
Whether you think they are silly or not, resolutions for the year are still a thing: although if the attendance at the gym this morning is any indication, I think people are waiting to start… Read More
Happy Holidays!
2019-12-24 15:04
Merry Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Happy Hanukkah, and for any other holidays that may be going on that I am possibly forgetting, may you all have a happy and wonderful holiday with your f… Read More
Happy Friday! In The Mountains
2019-12-20 13:30
Happy Friday everyone! I’m up in the Rockies in the holidays, spending time with family: Hopefully you all also have some great plans to spend time with your loved ones. That’s… Read More
2019-12-18 17:50
There have been a lot belt promotions to close out the end of the year, which means there have been a number of belt gauntlets. I know there have been a number of articles and posts in the p… Read More
2019-12-16 15:47
It used to be Sensei Youtube, now there’s a new guy in town….Sensei Instagram. It’s understandable: people want to share their knowledge or just share what they are workin… Read More
2019-12-12 15:16
Last night we had some end-of year promotions for some teammates, and now we have a whole sea of brown belts (including a whole bunch of brown belt ladies) and two new black belts! It&rsquo&hell…Read More
2019-12-03 14:57
It seems to be a thing now, right? Everywhere you turn it feels like someone is promoting CBD oils/tinctures/salves/ointments/you name it to people in the jiu jitsu community. CBD is in the… Read More
2019-11-28 18:27
For those in the US, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! And for those outside of the US, or just not celebrating, have a wonderful Thursday! Read More
Did Someone Say Jiu Jitsu Candles?
2019-11-27 18:07
Sure did! There are some local black belts in my area that are creating and selling candles locally- not that I’m really about promoting the sale of products on this blog, I do enjoy s… Read More
2019-11-25 15:24
Happy Monday! Friday night was a bit special for our academy- we had a couple of students earn some stripes, and another one of our students became a black belt! our teammate Jeanne also hap… Read More
2019-11-20 17:04
So, fun entry in the Chronicles of Katie Losing Things, I couldn’t find the band to my Whoop fitness tracker (you can take the band off and slip the actual tracking part into an arm ba… Read More
2019-11-15 15:25
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been one of those silly weeks where a bunch of little things go wrong (amazon package mix ups, getting to work late, pen exploding in my hands and ink getti… Read More
2019-11-13 16:50
It’s difficult, time consuming, but ultimately rewarding when you really dive deep and learn the fine lines that exist in jiu jitsu. We all start off with the broad strokes- place hand… Read More
2019-11-06 15:39
This is one of those things I think a lot of us know logically, but we don’t know “heart and soul”: it’s not something we understand and utilize on a consistent basis… Read More
2019-11-01 15:13
Happy Friday everyone! Recently I decided that I’ve been been a little too loosey-goosey when it comes to dropping some f-bombs, and so in an effort to curtail that habit, I’m do… Read More
2019-10-30 14:11
Lately I’ve been experiencing pain in and around the base of my thumb, which according to a nurse that trains with us (and the internet, or course), it seems that I have tendonitis in… Read More
2019-10-16 11:57
It seems really easy at first: you sign up for a class, you begin rolling (flailing) around as you try to find your rhythm, and slowly you begin to fall in love with jiu jitsu. And so you sp… Read More
2019-10-11 15:02
Happy Friday! Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and Halloween my favorite holiday- it’s the fun of all the other holidays without the familial pressure of sitting down for dinner or… Read More
2019-10-07 15:09
So during our competition team training yesterday, we went through kind of an interesting exercise: we put eye masks on (like the kind some people sleep with) and trained our preferred taked… Read More
2019-09-30 15:54
Well, that was unexpected. This past weekend a group of some of the top grapplers in the sport came together for the Abu Dhabi Combat Club, or ADCC championships. There were names that most… Read More
2019-09-27 11:49
Happy Friday everyone! In the past while sparring I have a tendency to whistle or hum while training- I like to think it keeps my conscious mind occupied and allows the adaptive unconscious… Read More
2019-09-25 10:16
We just had an in house tournament this past weekend at our gym: it was a good time, a couple of other local schools were invited so people were able to get in a couple of matches with some… Read More
Happy Friday! Failure To Launch
2019-09-06 10:52
Happy Friday everyone! This week was a little weird: I would start to write a blog post and then get caught up in another activity/emergency, and would leave a thought half finished in my dr… Read More
Girls In Gis Event In Philly: Sept 29th!
2019-08-26 10:59
It’s about a month away, but the Girls in Gis organization is coming to Philly, with Valerie Worthington and Angela Vogel. Our gym is doing a team outing that day so I don’t thin… Read More
2019-08-23 15:00
Happy Friday everyone! Things are looking pretty exciting over in Las Vegas for the Master Worlds! Flograppling has been recording the matches and posting updates on Instagram- you should d… Read More
2019-08-21 10:40
Admittedly over the past couple of months I have been mainly teaching classes with more advanced students: we separate our gi classes into people who are super beginner and those who are mor… Read More
Happy Friday! Nate Diaz & UFC 241
2019-08-16 15:49
Happy Friday everyone! Well, just when you thought UFC was getting relatively more tame…. For anyone who didn’t catch it, this is UFC fighter Nate Diaz. Nate and his brother Ni… Read More
2019-08-07 15:04
While there are a number of people who read this blog and don’t do jiu jitsu, there are some, and maybe a few of them have thought about competing in the near future. This is by no mea… Read More
The Dunning Kruger Effect In BJJ
2019-08-05 14:22
I heard about this recently and I think it fits perfectly with the perceived competency in jiu jitsu. The Dunning-Kruger effect, according to our good friend Wikipedia, “is a cog… Read More
Happy Friday! All The Gifs
2019-08-02 14:23
Happy Friday everyone! Figured I would go through the collection of gifs I have saved and share them with you all… and relate them to jiu jitsu (because, duh). Anyway, here we go! So… Read More
Fighting The Right Fight In Jiu Jitsu
2019-08-01 11:00
It happens to all of us at some point: in the puzzle/human chess game that we call jiu jitsu, we sometimes find ourselves trying to execute on something that either just isn’t there, o… Read More
Finding Your Fist In Jiu Jitsu
2019-07-29 14:12
While on vacation I started to read the book Blink, about the adaptive unconscious and basically what every jiu jitsu person works on mastering: the ability to think and make decisions witho… Read More

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