The Wise Grappler QofTD:

November 4, 2010

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

The Wise Grappler QOTD

October 10, 2010

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

Henry C. Link

OG Commits to Competing in 50 BJJ Tournaments by Age 50!

July 10, 2010

Two months ago, I heard from another OG who told me about a
challenge that his instructor (Alvis Solis) decided to take on at
age 46 because he was a little “bored” and wanted to do something
momentous on his push to age 50.

Alvis decided that he would compete in 50 grappling competitions by
the time he turned 50.

That’s almost one tournament a month for the next four years!

And once I heard about this self-imposed challenge, I knew I had to
talk to Alvis about it and find out a little about it and him.

So, when I heard that he was coming out to TLI for the Mendes
Brothers BJJ Camp that we had out here a few weeks ago, I made sure
to get him on video talking about the challenge.

You can check out quick interview video here at:

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)
P.S.  Remember to check out Alvis’ training blog over to keep track
of his “50 by 50” Journey (including his Super Fight today at the
Houston Grand Prix Championships against BJJ Black Belt Renan
Chavez) at

Here’s a pretty cool video that I thought you would enjoy.

December 9, 2009

It’s a video that I received from OG Nicolai Holt (aka TheRealGeeza)
from the United Kingdom (UK) about an OG competing in a grappling
tourney against some young guns.

And before you start saying “what’s the big deal” about an OG
competing against some young guns in a tourney, I gotta let you in
on a little surprise…

Frank ONLY has one leg!

And once I saw the video, I figured there were a few training and
mindset tips that could be pulled from Frank’s performance.

I also liked the way Frank kept working from the bottom and made
that young gun earn that match.

Check it out and feel free to tell me what you thought about it.

No need to thank me, OG!  I’m just doing my job! 🙂

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S.  If anyone knows how to get in contact with this OG, please
send me his email address or give him mine so I can do an interview
with him.

UFC 105 Forces OG Nation to Make a Tough Decision!

November 14, 2009

Whenever there’s a UFC Event, it’s usually pretty easy for me to pick who to cheer for… I usually pick the OG!

Well, that’s going to change in UFC 105 because the main event on this fight card has created a MAJOR dilemma for me and most of the OG Nation.  And I don’t mind saying that I’m struggling with who to cheer for in this one.


It’s because two of the biggest and baddest OGs from the OG Nation, Randy Couture and Brandon Vera, are squaring off in the main event.

Of course, you know that, right?  But what you don’t know is why it’s a struggle for me.

Here’s why:  Randy Couture was an OG when being an OG wasn’t cool.  Randy was out there getting it done when haters were laughing at every combat athlete over 35 out there trying to get it done, but just came up short.  Randy was the main OG that endured those haters tossing the H2O (he’s too old) Bombs his way every chance they got, proving them wrong more times than they were right.

Randy made it cool to be an OG!

And last but not least, Randy was also the first inductee into The Wise Grappler Hall of Fame (

As for Brandon Vera, that’s my friend, teammate, and brother.  I’ve Been training with and known Brandon for a long time.  Brandon was calling me “Master Paul” and “MP” out of respect long after his skills has surpassed mine and before 99 percent of the people reading this had ever heard of me or The Wise Grappler.

And when I was still competing (like in this picture here with Brandon at a GQ Event back in the day:,

Brandon was the guy that took time out during a visit to give me 30-minute private lesson on how to hit the perfect double leg without getting my head caught in the guillotine. 

And because of who these OGs are, they’re gonna go out there and lay it all on the line… with one OG emerging from the battle victorious and one in defeat.

The only question that remains now is… which one will it be since they both can’t win and you’re used to rooting for both of them.

NOW do you see my dilemma?

Regardless of which one I pick (and I have but will keep quiet so that no one can say I was wrong), it’s going to be one heckuva fight from these two OGs for the entire world to see and I wish them both the best of luck!


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Happy Veteran’s Day!

November 14, 2009

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

                               – George Orwell


– Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

Happy 234th Birthday – US Marine Corps!

November 14, 2009

First things first, in case you didn’t know, the US Marine Corps was born 234 years ago today (10 Nov) in a place called Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA.

Needless to say, today serves as a second birthday for all Marines (past and present) and a time that we honor and reflect back on “our time in the Corps”

And as I looked back on my time today, I started thinking about how on earth I became a marine.

It was 1982 and I was a young punk getting ready to graduate high school in Washington, DC with no clear direction as to where I wanted to go in life.  I’d thought about college, but there wasn’t enough money in the family to send me and my grades at the time clearly weren’t college material.

As luck would have it, I started thinking about the military since it seemed like the best thing for someone not going to college, but still needed to get out of their neighborhood and the bad stuff going on in it.

I’d like to say that I joined the Marine Corps because of some deeper reason than I liked the uniform, but that’s why I joined.  I wanted the dress blue uniform.

So, after talking to a recruiter and taking the test, I was all set to enlist.

Suddenly, I got scared at the last moment and changed my mind.  All those stories about how tough boot camp would be and how I wasn’t “tough enough” to be a marine from my friends and adults around the neighborhood got to me.  I figured they knew something that I didn’t know about me at the time and if they said I was “too soft” to be a marine, they must’ve been right.

To make a long story short, I called the recruiter and told him that I changed my mind. when he asked if I was scared and what I was going to do after high school, I didn’t answer him.  He knew I was scared and that made me feel even worse.

Then one day, I was walking home from school and saw a crowd standing around looking at something on the ground.  and when I went over to see what they were looking at, I realized that it was a body laying on the ground with a coat over the face.

I didn’t know what happened or who the person was that got killed, but it was a wake up call for me. I realized at that moment that I needed to get the hell out of DC anyway possible.

Bottom line, I called the Marine Recruiter as soon as I got home.  A week later, I was enlisted and the rest is history.

Even now as I’m re-calling the details of that story, I can’t help but notice how:

– I lacked self-confidence
– Allowed people to tell me what I could or couldn’t do
– Almost ran away from what turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life based on fear
– Fought through the fear and negativity around me and achieved my goal of being a marine.
– Got that dress blue uniform  (

So, if you know a “Jarhead” (and you ALL know at least one), wish them a Happy Belated Birthday!

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)