The Red Shield as a Brand

A picture is worth a thousand words… This quote that is most attributed to publisher Frederick Barnard is very appropriate for our discussion of the Red Shield and all it symbolizes. Within the international martial arts community our Red Shield has come to symbolize one of the most recognized and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and martial …

Swept Off Your Feet: Transitioning from Striking to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Fighting is communication through the act of combat.  There are as many different types of martial arts as there are languages in the world.  Learning a new martial art is a lot like learning to speak a new language.  Accommodating to a new martial art style like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be difficult and frustrating.  Here are a couple …

The ABC’s of Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu can be overwhelming to a newcomer. There is so much to know and be mindful of when training.  Hopefully simplifying things to the ABC’s can help newcomers. “A” is for Armbar The Armbar (aka armlock) is a common submission in Jiu-Jitsu.  Straitening an opponent’s arm to create a hyperextension at the elbow joint and/or …

5 New Years Resolutions Jiu-Jitsu Students Should Make

2020 is upon us. People often make resolutions.  For Jiu-Jitsu students we’d recommend not making a general resolution like “get better at Jiu-Jitsu.”  After all, you’re going to want to do that anyway.  Here are some more specific resolutions that will help improve your Jiu-Jitsu game. Train more often If you’ve made it a couple …