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About Coach John
I am also one of the many millions of people in this country that live with depression.
To the best of my recollection, depression has been a part of my life for nearly 4 decades. This also serves as a driving force for me to build this blog into something of substance and my desire to use it as an effective tool to help people with whatever struggles they may be experiencing.
During the day I work as a technical professional at Eastern Michigan University. For 3 to 4 evenings per week, I am also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and coach at URSA Academy in Ann Arbor, MI. I enjoy both of these roles very much as they allow me to work with students of various ages and backgrounds that are looking to accomplish very similar things – improving their lives through education, experience, and hard work.
What they seek also represents what I intend to be the main message and underlying theme for BlogJitsu.com. I hope to educate, entertain, inspire, and empower my readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.
Thank you sincerely for visiting and I encourage you to reach out to me regarding my content or anything you might have questions about.
Coach John’s focus
This site will curate my experiences with the best of what’s available from a host of world-class BJJ practitioners in order to provide very diverse and comprehensive ideas about Jiu-jitsu.
It is my sincere desire to expose others around the world to the physical and mental benefits I’ve realized in the hopes that it inspires them to improve their own well-being.
Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Martial Arts come in a wide variety of formats, but I believe they were not all created equal.
Body & Mind
Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful way to improve physical conditioning, and mental well-being
From The Blog
After a new student's very first Intro BJJ class, he asked my professor "What should I be doing outside of class to help with Jiu-jitsu?". This is a regular and important question that I frequently hear from new students. As Saulo Ribeiro says in his book Jiu-Jitsu...
Ryron and Rener Gracie posted a video back in 2014 that is one of the most insightful and helpful I have ever seen in regards to BJJ. It's almost 30 minutes long but I highly encourage you to watch it when you have the time. I am providing some of my notes below for...
I've heard a lot of discussions regarding "How and how often should I wash my gi?". Personally, I've never looked at it any differently than any other clothing I would wear during exercise. If it gets sweaty or dirty...wash it! If I wear a gi for any type of training...
I’ve been fortunate enough to coach Jiu-Jitsu for almost 5 years now and in that time I’ve seen a LOT of people go from their very first class all the way to giving me everything I can handle in the advanced class. It’s an amazing thing to be able to help others...
BJJ - The Best Antidepressant I’ve Ever Taken I’m 49 years old as of the writing of this post. I generally recognize that I’ve been struggling with depression from about age 13, so that works out to about 36 years of experience with this lovely condition. While it is...
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