Is failing an option?

A common question in the martial arts scene is of course, can/should students be failed at graduations/belt promotions, if they are not up to the correct level? How should that be handled? I have never failed anyone! Every semester ends with a graduation for the adult class, where we sparr, show some techniques under pressure, […]

Ground game for self-defense?

Some people question the idea of studying fighting on the ground, for self-defense purposes. The reasons can be different, like “it’s always better to stay on your feet”, or “bjj is too competitive, it doesn’t work on the street”, etc. My view is quite clear: In a chaotic situation, it’s very easy to fall, but […]