This is a great short film about catch wrestling. From the intro: "The first thing you learn at wrestling is how to lose. And you have to accept it. If you can't lose, you're no good at wrestling. You never ever lose your temper. For if you've lost your temper, everything is gone. You just go to pieces. You have to be very calm, you have to think what you're doing...you have to learn how to lose." Indeed you do. That's one of the great things about all of the grappling arts. They teach both how to handle the inevitability of adversity and defeat. That said, this is well worth the 7 minutes!
Jits Magazine just posted some helpful videos (see here) about how to use foam rollers to work out kinks and trigger points in your upper back and neck (which is not always easy to do). For those of you, like me, who have back or neck problems, perhaps these exercises could help!
My good friends over at Cageside MMA are running a special on Toro rash guards and shorts. The whole Cageside crew are devoted enthusiasts of grappling and MMA. Plus, their prices and customer service can't be beat. So, you should check out their shop from time to time! If you go in person to their shop in Durham (NC), you can even grab some training at Triangle Jiu Jitsu (a Royce Gracie gym)--which shares warehouse space with Cageside. It's a great place to train and to shop!
Greetings and welcome to The Grumpy Grappler! My name is Thomas Nadelhoffer. By day, I am an academic philosopher (see here for details). The rest of the time, I am a full-time grappling nerd. I received my purple belt from Grand Master Relson Gracie. More recently, I trained under Scott Devine (a 3rd degree black belt and the first person to go from white belt to black belt under Relson). These days, I am on the path of the Ronin (at least for the time being). As someone who grew up in a wrestling family—my dad was a coach when I was a kid and my younger brother still coaches today in the DC area—I have always had a love for the grappling arts. But it wasn’t until much later in life that I started learning about the various forms of submission grappling that have become my current passion (and occasional obsession). This blog is a way of sharing my own personal grappling journey with the good people of the interwebs! I also have some guest bloggers who will hopefully be adding some interesting content and perspectives from time to time.