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A Parallel between Life and Jiu Jitsu

The Paradox Of Jiu Jitsu I am always looking for the parallels between life and Jiu Jitsu. There are so…

by Chris Matakas

Efficiency and an Analogy for the Beginning Student

We ran a normal class schedule Halloween night. Since just opening in September, we have no established protocols with which…

by Chris Matakas

Jiu Jitsu and Friendship

I have done my best to articulate the value of Jiu Jitsu as a tool for personal development. I will…

by Chris Matakas

Respect: Bowing to our Latent Potential

Respect is a cornerstone of the martial arts academy. Before every training session, we bow to our partners as a…

by Chris Matakas

Jiu Jitsu, Focus, and our Children’s Success

If you observe a kid’s class at Matakas BJJ, you will hear the word “focus” repeated often. It is a…

by Chris Matakas

Taoism, Aldous Huxley, and Learning Jiu Jitsu

Students often ask, “How do I get better at Jiu Jitsu?” The answer is as true as it is simple:…

by Chris Matakas

For The New White Belts: Safety, Trust, and Understanding

First and foremost, congratulations. When you begin randori (live training), you truly begin your practice of Jiu Jitsu: learning to…

by Chris Matakas

Redefining the Value of Our Training Partners

Your training partners are not your opponents; they are problems to be solved. Navigating human relationships is always difficult, and…

by Chris Matakas

3 Reasons We Need The Community Jiu Jitsu Provides

We can only achieve our highest selves within a community. We need the alternative lenses, the support, and accountability that…

by Chris Matakas

Jiu Jitsu, Education, and a Conceptual Framework

My higher education began the day I started Jiu Jitsu. This is not hyperbole. I graduated university with high marks,…

by Chris Matakas

Injuries: Learning Your Personal Hierarchy

There seems to be no way to avoid injuries in pursuit of becoming a high level Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Though…

by Chris Matakas

Why Couples Should Train Jiu Jitsu

Intimate relationships are a beautiful thing. They require hard work and attention and always give more than you put in….

by Chris Matakas
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