Jiu Jitsu

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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The new My Mastery has been released!

Dear Readers, As we have done with my previous books, we wanted to give you a peak inside my newest book, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu. Keeping in theme with the original My Mastery, this is a book more about success in life than success in sport. Using the endeavor of skill acquisition […]

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The Real Reason to Earn a Black Belt

I have been given the rare opportunity to teach Jiu Jitsu for a living. This is a privilege that I wake up everyday grateful for, and a responsibility that I hold dearly. I understand how rare it is to be employed through a labor you genuinely love, and one which can be used as a […]

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Why I Train Jiu Jitsu

In the past few days I have been asked numerous times why I train Jiu Jitsu. My inquirers expect answers involving arm bars and berimbolos. In truth, these are the farthest from reasons why I practice this beautiful art. I train because it makes every area of my life better, and it makes me better […]

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Humanity & Sport: The Common Ground of Jiu Jitsu

I have been blessed to be a member of an incredible team at RABJJ for the past six years. Jiu Jitsu has given me more in terms of self-worth and relationships than I had ever hoped. My only response now is to try to pay these benefits forward to my students and teammates. Jiu Jitsu […]

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Ten Important Life Lessons from Martial Arts

I have been incredibly fortunate to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the best in the world for the last half decade. The past five years or so have been the most enjoyable and growth filled of my life. I have met great friends, brilliant teachers and have been afforded the opportunity to be part of […]

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