Updates on Aesopian.com are slower than ever, but as I keep saying in these posts, I’m actually busy as ever — just on Inverted Gear’s Blog instead!
My one big original blog post on Aesopian.com for 2018 was the solemn Confronting the Problem of Sexual Harassment and Coercion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Valerie Worthington wrote a follow-up to it you can read here (also on the Inverted Gear blog): On the Problem of Sexual Harassment and Coercion in BJJ: Five Ways to Be Part of the Solution
Here is what else I’ve written since my last check-in:
Progressing Up the Belts
- The White Belt Struggle: How to Push Through It
- The Right Approach to Earning Your Blue Belt
- What to Do When Your Progress Stalls Out
- Doh! How Mistakes Define Your Jiu-Jitsu
Concepts and Principles of BJJ
- The Fundamental Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Prescience and OODA Loops: Navigating the Chaos of Grappling
- Breaking Down Techniques: Reverse Engineering in BJJ
- Concept-Based Learning in BJJ
- Where to Begin Your Mobility Training?
- Finger, Wrist, and Elbow Self-Care for Grip Fighters and Keyboard Warriors
The rest of my joint mobility articles in this series are available through my Functional Range Conditioning FAQ.
How to Guides
And lastly, a piece that doesn’t fit into these categories is 6 Years at Black Belt, a personal piece about what’s new in my recent years.
Offline, I have created several booklets for my students, including one for a workshop on goal setting, gameplan building, and concept-based learning, and another with our school’s blue belt requirements and a checklist of the knowledge and techniques my beginners curriculum is built around. Those may make it online eventually, but for now you need to come train with me if you want copies!
Thanks as always for reading! Drop me a message if you’ve got any questions I can help you with!