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About Coach John

I am tremendously blessed and proud to be the father of 3 amazing kids and husband of 20+ years to a beautiful and brilliant woman. It is because of their love, support and numerous sacrifices over the years that I have a happy and fulfilling life. They are the motivation and inspiration behind this site and what I hope to accomplish with it.

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 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


As both a student and teacher of BJJ, education is my most important core concept for developing an effective Jiu-jitsu skillset.
The information I provide here is intended to help you shorten your learning curve, enhance your understanding of Jiu-jitsu techniques and concepts, and hopefully develop a fuller appreciation of BJJ.


BJJ is an evolving martial art and today’s technologies offer an abundance of information about it from numerous sources.

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.


Jiu-Jitsu has provided me with a peace of mind that 30+ years of prescriptions and counseling did not.

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


BJJ Concepts

Understanding “Why” is more important than “How”


Analysis and presentation of BJJ techniques


BJJ’s potential positive impact on your life off the mats

From The Blog

New Student Asks Typical Question

New Student Asks Typical Question

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...

Every Student of BJJ Should Watch This Video

Every Student of BJJ Should Watch This Video

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...

Washing Your Gi and Other Hygiene Items

Washing Your Gi and Other Hygiene Items

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...

BJJ – The Best Antidepressant I’ve Ever Taken

BJJ – The Best Antidepressant I’ve Ever Taken

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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