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TFS#102: The Timeless Guard, Finger Restoration, & The Cost of Goals

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” — Walt Disney

I write a lot.

But I write more than I talk.

And I enjoy writing about the things I experience.

Whether it’s in the form of technical teaching, narrative writing, or simply tweeting a thought, writing is a unique way for me to provide you with value.

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It’s one of the best things you can do for a hard working community.

Which makes me wonder, would you be interested in joining a community board where you could exchange ideas and share discussions with dedicated black belts and other BJJ peers?

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Now on to today’s topic…


Closed Guard Reality

How is your Closed Guard?


Are you confident you can control and manipulate your opponent from there?

What if they start to posture up?

Regardless if you’re a newbie or a grizzled vet, a strong Closed Guard is an extremely valuable guard.

It helps you control people of all sizes and slows the pace of the match.

Where good technique shines a bit more over strength.

Don’t let Closed Guard be your weakest link.

Your own chain of attacks might be different.

But I always find it useful to watch someone else’s chain to see how I can improve my own.

If you’re interested in learning how to deal with someone standing up in your Closed Guard reply with “standing” to this email.


Finger Restoration

Did Jiu-Jitsu mess up your fingers?

Constantly going through rolls of finger tape?

I’m going to start incorporating these myself since I’m a heavy keyboard user and want to avoid arthritis.


Resources You’ll Love

👉 Use your water bottle to improve your Jiu-Jitsu. (link)

👉 Avoid injuries and build practical Jiu-Jitsu strength with just one exercise. (link)

🥋 Here’s a deep dive analysis of Roger Gracie’s Closed Guard. (link)

🥋 If you want to take it to another level, here’s a sweep and Triangle threat from X Guard. (link)

🥋 If you refer subscribers, I’ll feature you in this section! (link)

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The Cost of Pursuing Your Goal

“Jiu-Jitsu taught me discipline!”

Anytime I read that sentence, it makes me think about what the person meant by that statement.

In what ways do you feel more “disciplined?” How has it helped you off the mats? Is consistency and resiliency enough to define discipline?

And the underlying quality in discipline is a level of selfishness.

There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a reminder of opportunity costs.

When I was in my early 20s, I was obsessed with competing in Muay Thai.

I scheduled my life to optimize the number of workouts per day, planned meals, stuck to a sleep schedule, and constantly passed on social events.

I was determined to compete and get the most out of my experience.

Did I struggle with regrets? At that stage in my life, yes.

…But more on that another day.

Just don’t forget that if you choose to dedicate your time to one pursuit, you’re giving up an opportunity for something else.

And there’s nothing wrong with it, just don’t hang onto regrets.

See you on the mats,


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