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Jiu-jitsu: Year One

Jiu-jitsu: Year One

| August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today is my one year anniversary of taking Jiu-jitsu. I started BJJ because I knew I had some physical, technical, and psychological deficiencies to address after taking my first Shivworks ECQC in 2015. I knew I had too many things to tackle in a year, so I prioritized. In 2016 I improved my overall physical […]

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Just Enough Jitsu with Cecil Burch 2017 3×3 Review

Just Enough Jitsu with Cecil Burch 2017 3×3 Review

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Self defense is a multi-discipline, multi-skill endeavor. With so much to learn, and so little time to do so, I really admire and respect blocks like “Just Enough Jitsu” from personal safety coach and Shivworks Cartel member Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives. Here’s my 3×3 review of Cecil’s 2017 Rangemaster block “Just Enough Jitsu.” I discuss the […]

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Six Month Jiu-jitsu Update

Six Month Jiu-jitsu Update

| February 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

I’ve attended beginner Jiu-jitsu classes three days a week for the last six months. The Academy shut down over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I missed a few due to work commitments or other training events. I’d estimate I’ve gone to over 65 classes so far. I am taking Jiu-jitsu from the perspective of a tool-bearer […]

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All Roads Lead to Shivworks

All Roads Lead to Shivworks

| January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

My wife and I put our deposits in for the Shivworks ECQC class being held in Minnesota in June of 2017. That means we’re less than five months away from grunting, sweating, bleeding, stabbing, and shooting alongside 14 other people. And the FiST helmets. Ah, the FiST helmets. I’m also coming off a particularly “carefree” […]

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Jiu-jitsu Update: Two Months

Jiu-jitsu Update: Two Months

| October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today marks my two month Jiu-jitsu anniversary. This is not very noteworthy, except that I’ve been encouraging you and the rest of my peers to get some ground training ever since taking my first Shivworks ECQC class in 2015. As such, I wanted to provide an update and how BJJ is going for a “tools guy.” […]

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This Isn’t Working vs This Won’t Work

This Isn’t Working vs This Won’t Work

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was being choked. I had a slight smile on my face. The scent of Tide, thoughts of teaching my wife this technique, the service I provide by being a crash test dummy. I enjoyed this. : squeeze : : more squeezing : : release : “Keep going,” I encouraged through gritted teeth. I felt my […]

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3×3 Review: Immediate Action Pugilism with Cecil Burch September 2016

3×3 Review: Immediate Action Pugilism with Cecil Burch September 2016

| September 28, 2016 | 3 Comments

  Day 2 of the Immediate Actions Combatives course was Immediate Action Pugilism, a combination class of striking and standup grappling. I’ve been spending more time lately with grappling / Jiu-jitsu, and I definitely felt less comfortable with striking at this point. I’m grateful that we had some private instruction from one of our instructors earlier […]

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3×3 Review: Immediate Action Jiu-jitsu with Cecil Burch September 2016

3×3 Review: Immediate Action Jiu-jitsu with Cecil Burch September 2016

| September 26, 2016 | 1 Comments

Many of us came from a “tool-first” background. Maybe you carried a handgun. Maybe you carried a knife. Or a baton. Or a squirrel. On roids. The reality is that we may focus so hard on these tools — or a combination of tools — that we ignore the most important self-defense tool of them all: […]

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The FNG, Again

The FNG, Again

| August 18, 2016 | 1 Comments

For about two years I knew I had a gap in my self-defense training: fighting on the ground. I attempted to gradually fill this gap with one-off classes like ECQC from Shivworks, or seminar-style training like the classes taught by Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference. Deep down I knew I needed […]

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Things Gun Owners Should Know About Joining a Jiu-jitsu Academy

Things Gun Owners Should Know About Joining a Jiu-jitsu Academy

After my second Shivworks ECQC class, I’ve resolved to get more grappling training. However, I carry a lot of tools, and I wasn’t sure how these would integrate into a Jiu-jitsu academy (or similar). What do I do? What do I say to the owner of the academy? What other things should I know about training […]

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