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The Many Hats Of The Martial Arts Coach

When I think about the many hats we can wind up wearing as an owner of a martial arts school it can be quite overwhelming.  When you first open an Academy you know you're in for a long and bumpy road, but from my own experience I can honestly say…


Gi Or No-Gi? Why Not Both?

Often a Jiu-Jitsu Academy will be known as one that trains primarily in the gi (the traditional uniform) or no-gi (without the traditional uniform).  Whilst we at Flow Martial Arts have always offered both gi and no-gi classes, I'm sure if you were to ask one of our students what…


Consistency Is Key

A student asked me yesterday, 'If I train Jiu-Jitsu 3 times a week will I improve?'  My response was something along the lines of, 'As a newcomer 3 times a week is a great start for steady improvement, twice is good for gradual improvement, and once, well once is better than…


A Little Shake Up….

This October gone my lovely wife and I set off for Bali for a little R&R, and that rest and relaxation was definitely needed.  But I can only rest for so long, and after a week of doing not much at all I was ready to get back into some…


White Belt Jiu Jitsu – When Should I Start Competing?

We all start Jiu-Jitsu for different reasons; some start to get fit, some start to lose weight, some start to learn self defence, some start to meet new people, the list goes on-and-on.  And regardless of why you initially start, there is likely going to be some point along your…


Culture Breeds Culture

A former coach of mine once said to me with regards to martial arts gyms, 'Culture breeds culture'.  So what does that mean?  Well here's my 2 cents worth.... I had really enjoyed the environment of that gym, and the people who made it up, and this had become the…


A Day In The Bay

Last Sunday (30/08/2015) myself and 5 of our students were fortunate to attend  a fundraiser held by Extreme MMA in Byron Bay.  The fundraiser had been called to raise money to help send Extreme MMA's head BJJ/MMA Coach Daniel Almeida over to the Masters World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in California.…


It’s More Than Just The Training – Friendships And Jiu-Jitsu

I felt compelled to write this post after a recent trip my wife and I took to Shellharbour, which is South of Sydney.  Back in 2012 we had lived there for a brief 6 month stint, and I was fortunate to make some good friends at the local gym of…


Surf & Jiu-Jitsu – What It Is For Me

There has long been an association between surfing and Jiu-Jitsu, a somewhat shared history and lifestyle.  The BJJ HEROES website provides a nice read on the rise of this relationship and its current state (http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-news/surf-and-jiu-jitsu).  But I am not here to write on the history or current state or surfing…


The Ageing Martial Artist

Well I never thought I'd be writing a blog post on the ageing martial artist, and even more so writing it from my own experiences.  I was a late starter in the martial arts.  Having dabbled in them as a teenager, it wasn't until I was 23 that I got into martial…


10 Reasons Why I Love To Cross Train In Jiu Jitsu

I have trained at many different Academies in my short time in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, both as a member and a visitor, and I'd have to say this has been one of the most important tools in my development as a BJJ practitioner up to this point.  In saying this I firmly…


They Say Jiu Jitsu Changes Lives….

The say Jiu-Jitsu changes lives.  If you're in the Jiu-Jitsu community or around the martial arts community, you've likely heard this being thrown around.  Heck, we even have it here on our website front page.  Of recent I have heard Marcelo Garcia, of whom some consider to be the greatest…


I’m Not A Risk Taker

I've never been a risk taker.  Whether a result of nature or nurture, I'm thinking a little of both, I've always been very calculated in my movements. After high school my father was suggesting I take up a trade.  Tradies were making a good living at the time and this…


Why Did You Start Jiu Jitsu?

We all start training in Jiu-Jitsu for some reason or another.  The most common reasons I hear by potential adult students walking into our gym are to learn self defence, to learn how to fight, and to get fit and strong.  If I think back to why I started Jiu-Jitsu…


Walk Taller

You see it all the time, martial arts schools advertising the benefits of their programs through positive words, things like;  gain confidence, improve self-esteem, develop social skills, discipline for your child, bullyproof your child, improve your fitness, etc.  And in providing my obviously bias opinion, I believe such promises are…


Provoke The Stoke

The very nature of Jiu-Jitsu as a combat sport sees a lot of rivalry attached to it; whether it be between clubs, teams, individual competitors, and sometimes even between teammates.  And of course this is no surprise with the underlying premise of Jiu-Jitsu being to defend one's self from an…


Make The Most Of What You’ve Got

As a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner it is absolutely necessary that you make the most of what you've got.  You have no other choice really. After sitting around the mats after a tough midday training session last week, a couple of the guys got talking.  Just the usual mat chat; how the…


Too Much Of A Good Thing

I am a huge proponent of Jiu-Jitsu competition.  I do not think it's the be-all-and-end-all, but I do think the benefits for one's Jiu-Jitsu and character development are undeniable.  We do not expect it of our students at Flow Martial Arts.  We would never push them to do something they…


BJJ Competition – The Draw Of The Rush

My first experience with martial arts competition was in amateur Muay Thai Kickboxing.  The decision to fight was a spur of the moment decision, an impulsive decision made on the spot when my then trainer had someone pull out of a fight for the upcoming weekend and they needed a fill-in.…


10 Struggles Of The New Jiu Jitsu White Belt

Starting anything new can be daunting at first, and this is even more pronounced when that something is a fight sport like Jiu-Jitsu.  Just walking through the door can be a struggle in itself.  It's a new environment, an environment really like no other.  Everyone is wearing these strange uniforms,…


Stay True

So this past weekend we were fortunate to accompany our first Flow Martial Arts Comp Team to the South Pacific Championships here in Queensland.  This was a milestone moment for our Academy.  Whilst myself, Professor Paulo, and our student Yasmine had been competing under Flow for the past 7 months,…


The Best Surfer Out There Is The One Having The Most Fun

Famous Hawaiian surfer, swimmer, and waterman, Duke Kahanamoku is quoted in saying, 'The Best Surfer Out There Is The One Having The Most Fun.' Now this is a quote you'd likely expect from someone who wasn't too good at surfing, a way of justifying their position.  A way of saying,…


Jiu Jitsu And Keeping Up With The Joneses

Today I am struggling to write this blog.  I have been thinking of a subject matter to write on for near 30 minutes.  Usually I will see something during my time at the Academy or in viewing social media that will trigger a blog topic for that week, I will…


Everyone Was A White Belt Once

Remember back to the first time you walked into a Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  How was this experience for you?  Were you nervous?  Were you intimidated?  Did you have any idea of what you were walking into?  Did you even know what Jiu-Jitsu is?  Did you feel like a fish out of…

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