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The Grappler's Diary 2023 - Author's Picks

The Year-End Reflection

Reflecting On Combat Jiu-Jitsu

8 Simple Mantras That Help Me Build Skills Faster

High-Impact Skills For Submission Grapplers (Part 1)

The Right Reasons to Do Things

How to Build a Dangerous Guard

The Eternal Fulfillment of a Risk-Takers Mind

How to Keep Jiu-Jitsu Fun

This Is Why You Don't Get Better

What Each Belt In BJJ Means

5 Hard Lessons Wish I Knew When I At 18

The Blue Belt Survival Guide

Thinking Long-Term

The Smart Way to Fail

Understanding "The New Wrestling"

So You Want to Be a Grappler

12 Rules For Jiu-Jitsu

What Most Intermediate Grapplers Do Wrong

5 Reasons Why You're Not Getting Better

A Day In the Life (2023)

How (and Why) to Get Good at Leg Locks

The Dating Habits of Winners

A Letter From Blue Belt Chris

"No one works as hard as me..."

The Harsh Secrets of "Lifestyle Design"

Atlantic City Sucks

The Big Problem With Traveling the World

10 Things I'll Never Do Again

What I Learned About Life From My Recent Trip to Europe

How to Build "a Winner's Mind"

Jiu-Jitsu Lessons From the 2023 ADCC European Trials

The Not-So-Subtle Art of Kind of Giving a F*ck

5 Fundamental Principles of a Good Closed Guard

A Simple 7-Step Program For Developing Any Skill

15 Essential Health and Fitness Tips For Grapplers Looking to Reach the Next Level

The Biggest Regret of My Early 20s

A Life Lesson That You Can't Learn From Doing Jiu-Jitsu

The Simple Habit That Makes Life Worth Living

"There's no money in Jiu-Jitsu."

10 Little Things I Do When Life Is Out of Control

Why I Moved to Austin

Why You Shouldn't Give Up

Data Driven Jiu-Jitsu 2.5: How I Have Been Training For Competition (for the last 6 months)

Data Driven Jiu-Jitsu 02 - Becoming an Escape Artist

26 Lessons From 26 Years of Life

A funny thing happened this week.

The 5 pillars of success (for me).

Something that feels warm.

On Owning Jiu-Jitsu

Data-Driven Jiu-Jitsu - Goal-Setting & Note-Taking

How I Stay Fit and Healthy Despite Constant Travel

I'm Scared Shitless...

Why It's Awesome to Be an "Underdog"

The Problem With Big Gyms

4 Painful Life Lessons From 4 Months of Traveling the World

I Used to Be an Internationally Ranked Wiffleball Player

Reflecting On My First Match in Almost 3 Months

How Jiu-Jitsu Ruined My Life

The Mid-Year Review: Stories, Goals, Reflections, and More

7 Inspiring Quotes From Mitch Albom That Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks

Is "Chasing Your Dreams" Worth It?

The Rise of Professional Athlete-ism in BJJ (Twitter thread expanded)

3 Lessons On Balance From Someone Who's Getting Better at It

On the Road - Jiu-Jitsu Edition

Getting Beat Up From Coast to Coast

10 Simple Ways to Make Life More Fulfilling — Today

My Car Broke Down In the Middle of Nowhere

Feeling like a... fraud?

When Everything Goes to Sh*t

What A Book About Dying Taught Me About Living

What People Get Wrong About "Challenging Themselves"

How to Become More Resilient

Thinking about simpler times.

Why "Bad Emotions" Are Good For You

You're supposed to be scared.

Why "Balance" Is Stupid

27 Essential Things to Remember As a BJJ White Belt

I'm Becoming a Cowboy (For Now)

10 Corny Cliches About Life That Are Absolutely True

8 Lessons On Personal Growth I Learned From 8 Years of Jiu-Jitsu

On "the hustle".

Why You Need to Suffer to Be Happy

Things you think about while traveling by yourself in places where you don't know anyone.

Why You Can’t Find People Like You

20 Simple Habits That Help Me Stay Focused

The 5 Laws of Gold (Medals)

Why You Become What You Hate

Stop Trying to Be a Tough Guy (or Girl) and Do This Instead

Sometimes You Need to Lose

If You Want to Reach Your Full Potential, Do This Twice Per Year

A Short History of Judo

How to Persist When Others Give Up

What They SAID About Bands

How to Get Strong (Like, For Real)

7 Brief Meditations I Wrote This Month On Learning

Life Isn't a Marathon, It's a Sprint

A Simple Truth About Success That Everyone Always Forgets

A Short History of Catch Wrestling

Why Your Hard Work Doesn't Pay Off

5 Reasons Why I Love That My Partner Also Does BJJ

The Most Important Lesson From My "Useless" Journalism Degree

If You Want to Get Better at Jiu-Jitsu, Open This

How Jiu-Jitsu Athletes Make Money

The Hidden Habit That Exceptional People Use to Get Ahead

Thoughts On Building a High-Quality Training Environment As a Teacher/Instructor

How to Create Your Dream Job In Less Than 2 Years

3 Takeaways From the Submission Only Series Team Tournament

10 "Normal" Habits That Are Proven to Make You Less Intelligent

How to Consume Content - Part 2

5 Technical BJJ Lessons From My Weekend of Training in Austin

How to Get Past a Quarter-Life Crisis

How to Consume Content

If You Want to Build Unshakable Self-Confidence, Quit This Deadly Habit

Easy money is not good money.