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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…


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…

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