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Jiu Jitsu and Meditation

Since the 1960s, eastern teachings have gained favor in the west, with their proponents advocating meditation as a tool for…

by Chris Matakas

Jiu Jitsu Trains Life Skills: Problem Solving

I have always tried to understand things on the simplest level of abstraction. I believe Jiu Jitsu is best learned…

by Chris Matakas

Our Goal for This Academy: Community

I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach Jiu Jitsu for a living. To best use such an opportunity,…

by Chris Matakas

The Real Benefit of Jiu Jitsu: Simplicity

My growth as a human being has been directly proportional to my progress as a martial artist. My academic and…

by Chris Matakas

The Top 3 Reasons You Should Try Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is a martial art designed to give us the tools to defend ourselves against a larger aggressor. It…

by Chris Matakas

On Why Adults Should Learn Self-Defense

Much of the western world is governed by a Christian ethic which encourages the proper treatment of our neighbor. Nearly…

by Chris Matakas

Why We Should Train at a Slower Pace: Continued

In part 1 of this 2 part series, we discussed how performing the bulk of our training at an intensity…

by Chris Matakas

3 Reasons You Should Train at a Lower Intensity

I have been reevaluating the way I train in an effort to maximize health, wellness and skill acquisition. With my…

by Chris Matakas

On the Need for Necessity

A 37 year old friend told me he’s in the best shape of his life becauseĀ he has to be. AtĀ 31,…

by Chris Matakas

On Points, Going Inverted, and Longevity in Training

The realization that I will be training Jiu Jitsu for the next 40-50 years has me reevaluating my practice. I…

by Chris Matakas

Begin With The End In Mind

This week’s blogs are grounded in lessons derived from reading that have applied directly to my practice of Jiu Jitsu….

by Chris Matakas
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