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.