BJJ Training Lows (Low #1 – Training Progression: Seeing Immediate Gains, Then Slow Improvement)

January 21, 2011

OG Starting Over at BJJ After Quitting

November 3, 2010

Paul, I’m a 36 year old OG. I started BJJ back in 2003 and quit a
few times. Well now I want to try again but I keep backing out. I’ve
even driven out to the gym only to turn around and go home. I
suppose I’m worried about looking out of shape and getting hurt. I
think I’ve forgotten all my techniques too. What should I do?

TWG:  This problem isn’t as tough as you think and happens quite
often, OG.

First, you should do is recognize the fact that deep down inside,
you REALLY want to train at BJJ, maybe even become a black belt
someday.  The reason I point that out is to show you that you’re
NOT as big a quitter as you feel.  If you were a “true quitter”,
you wouldn’t still be thinking about going back to the mat or going
as far as driving down to the school, in spite of the fact that you
never stop and go inside the school.

Second, 90 percent of this struggle comes from your poor mental
mindset about who you are or what you think you should be.  It
doesn’t matter that you’re out-of-shape because most of the people
that start training are out-of-shape in the beginning, me included.
You just have to get back in there and let the training get you in
shape.  And as far as forgetting the techniques that you learned
back in the day, no one will know that unless you want to go in and
start telling people that you’ve been training since 2003.  If you
go into the school like you’re a brand new student that’s never
taken a BJJ class before, then there’s no pressure to remember
anything you learned back in the day and you can learn like every
other newbie taking BJJ for the first time.

Finally, as for worrying about getting hurt, you should know since
you’ve been training that bumps and bruises come along with the BJJ
Training.  If you’re really concerned about it, use that concern to
help guide you to the right school to train.  You don’t need to be
at a school with a bunch of up-and-coming MMAers where the risk of
being used as a grappling bag with feet is likely.  Check around
and (if possible) find a school that’s being run by an OG
Instructor (see my website for a list of schools).  If there aren’t
any schools run by an OG in your area, pay attention to the school
that seems to have a good number of OGs in their classes and talk
with a few of them.  That should ease your concern about being hurt
because you’re an OG.

Bottom line:  Do your homework to find the right school for you,
stop thinking about all the bad things that can happen (since most
of it is in your head), and get back on the mat so you can pursue
your dream of being a BJJ Black Belt.

And make sure to let me know once you’ve joined the school and how
the training is going once you’re back on the mat.

I hope this helps and good luck.

MMA vs Boxing – A Valid Comparison or Apples and Oranges

September 2, 2010

OG Representing on the Bus!

March 14, 2010

I know this video has been out for about a month now, but another OG (Leo O’Brien) sent it to me two weeks ago and I thought it was funny and needed to be shared with the OG Nation.  It’s also something we all should be prepared to handle, just in case it happens to us someday.

OG Nation Black Friday Sale!

November 27, 2009

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. NOW it’s time to enjoy Black Friday >>>

Cut and paste the website above into your browser and get some of the best push-and-play products available.

Some items are only $10 bucks!! Unbelievable.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S. Today isn’t the day to procrastinate on taking advantage of these prices because some items are in limited supply.  Do yourself a favor and go to the website NOW before it’s too late!

(new video #2) “Less than 70 Rule” Transition Concept

June 23, 2009

The response from the first video that I sent out on Friday was
amazing! If you liked the “Driving the Head” Technique, then you’re
going to love this one.

The second video is a defensive strategy that I call the “Less than
70 Rule” Transition Concept that works extremely well with “Driving
the Head” and from other defensive positions as well.

Click here to watch the video.

This is super simple to do and will catch your opponent totally off
guard because they will always be playing catch up with you or
wondering why you’re always one step ahead of them.

Trust me, this works like magic and you’ll be able to do it in your
sparring matches in no time without thinking about doing it.

Check it out for yourself.

Click here to watch the video.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

6 Yr Blue Belt Credits OG Clinics For Brown Belt Promotion!

June 12, 2009


Thanks for the OG 4 Life T-shirt and I’m sorry for the late response to you. The 2XL fits nicely and I will send the pics to you for the website.

After purchasing the OG Clinics, I practiced the techniques you taught for 3mos straight (non-stop) and I received my brown belt. That was only after receiving my purple belt 10 months earlier. I was a blue belt for almost 6 years before receiving my purple belt.

 I wish I’d discovered your products (along with Coach Lloyd’s) years ago. Now, I currently have upper belts that want to train with me now because of my new found knowledge and skills you all shared.

I read that you were living here in Atlanta. Well I would love for you to come back and open a school if possible. I would be the first in line along with a lot of others to sign up.

On my page, it shows me proudly showing off the OG 4 Life T-shirt. I couldn’t figure out how to send it you on the website. Thank you is not sufficient enough to show how your products changed my jiu-jitsu life. But I will continue to try to show you that I will never forget what you have done for me by giving my all to your style of jiu-jitsu.

Thank you and may God bless you and yours for what you have done for countless others.

Damon B

 PG: Hey Damon, thanks for all the kind words. It’s good to hear that you’re seeing the success on the mat from the products. The hardest part of being a coach (in my opinion) is getting people to trust your advice and give it a chance before they decide it won’t work. You were open to our style of grappling and not ONLY are you seeing the results, but you’ve got people that want to train with you now! That’s pretty cool. Keep up the good work!

As for me coming back to Atlanta, I don’t think so, champ! They take pretty good care of me and treat me with the kind of respect an OG should get up here in Maryland… except for that Mike Fowler guy and his old jokes! 🙂

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill