September Catch-Up Part 1

Whilst I love writing articles for my readers sometimes other people say things just a little bit better than me! Or at least are better placed to say them! So here’s my round-up of the blog, stories and articles you might have missed of the last couple of weeks or I just think you might find useful!


The uncomfortable similarities between domestic abuse and toxic gym environments – Roll the Same – A tough but essential read looking at coercive control in sports including BJJ. I wish I hadn’t seen or experienced any of the examples mentioned but it is unfortunately still part of BJJ and sport more generally.

How to improve your mental game for Brazilian jiu jitsu – Brown Belt Life – Look at the mental aspects of preparing of competition, training and rolling in general.

Design your Jiu-Jitsu – Francesco de Nola – An article exploring how designing thinking methods might be applicable to your BJJ and progression.

Navigating unspoken rules in BJJ – Girls in Gi’s – An article explaining four of the unbroken rules within BJJ

The Biggest Upsets In BJJ History – Jits Magazine – An article looking at some of the biggest upsets in BJJ competition.

BJJ Tribes – Have done a couple of blogs look at the financial side of the sport both from the perspective of an instructors earnings but also how much it costs to train. Rather than list them separately I thought it would be quicker to cover them together.

Unplugging With Bjj – BT Economy – An article about how the CEO of Electronic Arts uses BJJ to unwind.

Are these exercises f*cking up your hips…..and back? – Mesh – Look at key S&C exercises from a BJJ perspective.

S&C Considerations for Grappling Sports – Nitman Performance – A free download aimed at grapplers wanting to develop their own S&C plan / training.

How Rules Change Jiu-Jitsu 2.0 -BJJ Heroes – 5 years ago BJJ Heroes wrote a piece regarding the effects each jiu-jitsu ruleset caused to the dynamics of a grappling match, using the data gathered from 4 very different rulesets.

Covid Related News (so you can skip it if  you want to)

Grappling Pods: Jiu Jitsu’s Answer To The Pandemic? – Grappling Insider – Explore if pods are the answer to training as we live with covid-19.

Judo clubs fear 30% to 50% fewer members – Time24 – This is about Judo but I’ve shared it as it may equally apply to BJJ moving forward.

Technical Takeaway

Jits Magazine recently did an article on the history of the triangle choke so it made sense to share a video showing some nice details for those shorter grapplers –

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