Jiu Jitsu

Why We Must Train BJJ Consistently

With Matakas BJJ opening next month, I have been purposefully training less so as to let my body rest for the many training sessions to come. Though my joints feel refreshed, I noticed that after a long training session of tight guard passing, I had brush burns all over my face. The body adapts, and […]

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How BJJ Teaches Kids To Delay Gratification

There is an experiment known as “The Marshmallow Test,” in which children are seated at a table with a marshmallow in front of them and are told that if they can wait ten minutes to eat it, they can have two instead. Studies have shown that those who are able to wait the allotted time […]

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Jiu Jitsu and Persistence

While discussing my athletic career, my mom reminds me, proudly, “You always won the Mom Awards.” I never won most valuable player, I was most improved. Never most outstanding, but hardest working. As a young boy with a simple philosophy, I did not value these awards. I valued objective success, not the effort which made […]

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What The Dragons of Mythology and Garry Tonon Taught Me About Jiu Jitsu

I have recently found much value in my study of Mythology. Myths are more than stories, they are windows into the collective unconscious, revealing the archetypes we inherit and act out, often with our complete unawareness of doing so. The study of myths is the study of ourselves. A common motif is the dragon, the […]

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3 Reasons Your Child Can Benefit From Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is more than a martial art with which to defend yourself; Jiu Jitsu is a tool with which to mold yourself.  The training of our character must rise in proportion to the comforts of our daily environment. The heavy cognitive and physical demand of Jiu Jitsu forces our students to grow in myriad […]

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What is Jiu Jitsu?

I was at a wedding this past weekend and so many friends offered a similar sentiment, “Congrats on your new Jiu Jitsu school! … but what’s Jiu Jitsu?” Below is a quick description of what Jiu Jitsu is, why it’s valuable, and why you should seriously consider trying it yourself. What Jiu Jitsu Is Jiu […]

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Our Logo: An Explanation

I felt an explanation of our logo was necessary. Traditionally, Jiu Jitsu schools use an apex predator to symbolize their strength in the dominance hierarchy, a perfect representation of Jiu Jitsu’s superiority relative to the effectiveness of other martial arts. As apt as this symbolism may be, I didn’t feel it best served our purposes. […]

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Our Tagline: Why We Chose It and Why It Matters

Our tagline is “Where we pursue individual goals as a collective.” I wanted to briefly discuss why we chose it, what it means, and why it is so important to the health of the community. Jiu Jitsu seems to be the most challenging martial art, both physically and mentally, to learn and practice. It also […]

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MBJJ Welcome Letter

Dearest Friends, After a long and arduous process of almosts and not quites, we have signed a lease! The future home of Matakas Jiu Jitsu will be 2043 Rt. 130 in Burlington, NJ, where we will start classes by summer’s end. I have been training under Professor Ricardo Almeida, UFC veteran and Jiu Jitsu World […]

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How Jiu Jitsu Taught Me To Read

The most efficient way to learn Jiu Jitsu seems to be to focus on concepts rather than techniques. Techniques are the vehicles through which the concepts manifest themselves. To understand a technique is finite. To understand a concept is a superpower. I have always found this to be the case in my study of Jiu […]

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Why I Wrote “On Jiu Jitsu”

Friends, I wrote “On Jiu Jitsu” because the most worthwhile growth which the training of Jiu Jitsu provides is often the hardest to articulate. Our technical skill is tracked by our rank, our health is measured by our waistline, but we have no readily available metric with which to quantify the development of our character. […]

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Five Ways Stephen King Can Improve Your Jiu Jitsu

This week I read On Writing by Stephen King. The premier instruction manual for the aspiring writer, King shares his thoughts on what constitutes good writing. Pithy and illuminating, King teaches the fundamentals of mastery which hold true for Jiu Jitsu. The following is derived from the first section of the book titled, “C.V.” (Curriculum […]

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The Implicit Impetus of Jiu Jitsu

In the martial arts community there exists a tacit truth which goes unspoken because it is so socially repulsive. Way, way down, deep in our core, we enjoy the feeling of being able to physically subdue another human. Academies across the globe consist of members from all walks of life with equally different goals. Martial […]

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The Instructor-Student Relationship

I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach Jiu Jitsu. She is an art of great complexity, both physically and cognitively, whose mastery eludes the practitioner in perpetuity. I understand Jiu Jitsu more than any other area of human study, and thus it has become the metaphor through which I seek to understand much […]

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One of the Many Ways Jiu Jitsu Has Taught Me Humility

One of the prerequisites to becoming highly skilled in Jiu Jitsu is that you must first lose extensively. We must fail over and over again until having learned from those failures we grow beyond them. If you are fortunate enough to be in a room which constantly reminds you of your shortcomings, you will inevitably […]

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