Takemusu and BJJ

What is Takemusu? Takemusu is an Aikido-derived term and concept that was developed by Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba. He referred to this as an aikidoka's spontaneous generation of new techniques in reaction to a variety of situations (my words and interpretation). A further explanation may be from a description of what it isn't. That is,... Read more

Matt Thornton and Rickson Gracie

SBG's Matt Thornton conducted an interview with Rickson Gracie and it was released overnight.  Great interview. Rickson provides his thoughts on training in isolation or 'positional sparring' and connection among other topics.  Well worth th 30+ minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQNCz_hw6vc&w=560&h=315

Systema Training Methods

My first experience with the Russian Martial Art of Systema, or "The System" came in 2006 with senior Systema instructor Martin Wheeler in LA.  At the time he was teaching in a park in Santa Monica, CA with a small group of students.  Martin has an extensive martial arts resume in addition to work in... Read more

Gracie Self Defense and “Aliveness”

The thing that first drew me to training in Gracie or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was its undoubtable effectiveness in unarmed combative situations.  All martial arts have their strengths and weaknesses, but jiu jitsu has continuously proven itself as the most effective martial art when faced with stronger, faster, and more athletic attackers.  However, there can... Read more