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Monday, July 20, 2015


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Great open and honest article. Gives a great insight into the issues that some people have to cope with. One of the great things about BJJ is the desire to train can help us push through many barriers. Helping us improve not only our BJJ but ourselves in the process. Appreciate you sharing this with us.

Daniel S. Goldberg


Thank you so much for the kind words! They are appreciated.

jen stewart

Great post. Thanks for talking about a subject that isn't easy to open up about. I have found that jiu jitsu has taught me coping skills for anxiety attacks off of the mat.


Remember everyone has their own reasons for learning BJJ or any art form. Many women turned to it so they would never again be a victim. Things have changed and women are learning as athletes to participate. I'm glad the popularity has allowed many places to offer women's classes. I seldom would see another female and when they did come they rarely returned. There are Pro's and con's for rolling only with men but I am less likely to panic with just ladies.


Thank you for this article. I too suffer from panic disorder and social anxiety. I have a stressful time forcing my self to go and I appreciated when you wrote that you always go back; whether next class or next week. Right now I can only force myself to go 2 times a week and I feel guilty because I feel I should be training more. I hope to be able to make it more times a week as you did. Thanks again for the informative article


Thank you for expressing yourself. I have been dealing with anxiousness on the mats for the last 6 months. I think part of it is my endurance is terrible after not being able to practice bjj for 4 years due to an injury. Even then i had jiu jitsu on my mind. I have dome some crazy things in my life in the past that would give most people panick attacks and i was fine. All that changed about 7 years ago when i had a month long panick atyack that completely debilatated me. Mind you i have never experiences this before. Once i finally made it to the Doctor, he informed me that my panick attacks were actually hypoxia from a bad bout of bronchitis that i knew nothing about for many months and my sleep apnea. I wasn't getting enough oxygen in to my body. Once i received my treatment i was better but the fear of panick attacks have never left me. It' like PTSD i guess. It rears its ugly head when i am confined in small places where i can not freely leave "never had that" when its too hot and i feel like i cant breathe or loosing my energy and being smashed in side control and mount. I start to feel the precursors of the attacks and immediately distance myself from the triggers and work on deep breathing. Although the attacks have not been full fledged since that month long hellish experience, i still get the uneasy feeling in my gut, sweaty hands, tight chest, shortness of breathe and cold sweats.These last two weeks have been the worst for me and i cant seem to stop these feelings. It's frustrating because i have been eating very healthy, dri king a half to a full gallon of water a day and working on my conditioning outside of bjj for the last 3 months.I wish this feeling would go away especially since i am on the berge of promotion. I seem to do fine when i am in control of the sparring "most of the time i am" but when i am not "especially, against the coach" i start to get anxious. I am thinking of seeing a shrink but i dont know how much that would do and i dont want to take any pills so i am trying to figure this one out. Thanks again for the essay, it was very well written.


We had a new kid (about 15) this morning join our session. I rolled very lightly with him to show him what it's like. I could see he was upset after a few minutes and had tears in his eyes. The coach and I talked to him. He said he felt anxiety and panicky. We calmed him down and had him breath slowly. We encouraged him not to give up and come back. Your article helps me to understand what he experienced.

Martin Buuri Kaburia

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