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  (http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=Agyka&m=1ZavM5NrlvBDQD&b=.D0TKL9HFaKThKTkvYD90A)

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)

The “Missing Piece” to Your Grappling Puzzle

November 7, 2009

Last week, I was talking to a student after BJJ class. We were discussing various training topics before I started talking about the “Hammer and Nail” Principle that all grapplers need to learn and
accept for mat success.

And while we were talking about the H&NP, the student (who we’ll call Jim) started talking about his own challenges in that area and how he admitted to the fact that he thought all that “mindset stuff” for surviving tough mat situations was a bunch of crap.

Jim’s opinion was based on his own mat experiences, where he was getting twisted up on the mat like a pretzel and unable to stop it.

Then one day, Jim said that during a match, he just made up in his mind that he was NOT going to beaten to a pulp or be finished by his partner on that day.

And to Jim’s total amazement… his partner DID NOT finish him during their match!

If you could’ve seen Jim’s face while he was telling me the story, you could tell that he was happy and shocked at the outcome because he didn’t think it could be that easy.

“Yes”, I said, “it can be that easy because your body will do EXACTLY what your mind tells it to do and when to do it. If your mind says fight, your body will fight! And if your minds says quit, your body will quit!”

I then told him that if he could think back to some of those matches in the past where he was being beaten to a pulp, he would be able to see that the “missing piece” to his grappling was that his mind had accepted the reality of losing and told his body to give up fighting.

Immediately, Jim recognized that’s exactly what happened to him.

And as we continue our talk, I realized that he was on the right track, but needed some more “OG insight” on the topic.

That’s when I handed him a copy of my “OG Mental Mindset Package” off the shelf in my office and told him this was the “missing piece” to his grappling puzzle.

What about you? Are you taking countless “mat thrashings” on a regular basis because you’re mind is telling your body to “give up and quit” during matches?

If the answer is yes, don’t hesitate and go NOW by sprinting over to http://www.OGMentalMindset.com to find the “missing piece” to your grappling puzzle.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Check this out (AMAZING story!)

October 20, 2009

Here’s a pretty cool story that I stumbled across by accident when
a young OG, Tom DeBlass (Ocean County BJJ), was talking about how
a couple of his OG students inspired him by the commitment they
displayed to their grappling training in spite of the adversity
that would hinder most students half their age.

And since I love hearing and passing on any story about an OG
fighting against adversity to “get ‘er done!”, I asked him to see
if they were willing to share their stories with the OG Nation.
Kenny Balcerski was the first to take me up on my offer.  Enjoy!


I put this together on inspiration as per your post on Facebook
with Paul Greenhill. It is a conglomeration of my core beliefs,
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu aptitude and feelings regarding training at
age 46 plus. I would only hope that it can inspire many more
students to start training with us.

It is no secret why students my age are spending more and more
time on the mats training. Jiu-Jitsu presents an endless amount
of applications and challenges which make it most appealing to
the older athlete.

State Champion in High School, All American in College; I have to
accept the fact that my body has limitations at almost 47 years
young. No matter how well I eat, sleep and train at this point,
it is inevitable that I have met the point of diminishing returns
when it comes to speed and agility.

However, I believe Jiu-Jitsu requires a lot of thinking and
technique, similar to a chess match, and may be one of the only
sports that allows an athlete past his physical prime to still
improve his skill with age.

One of the greatest days in my life was when I walked through the
door at Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Forked River NJ). I
decided to enroll at the Academy after I shattered an ankle
racing motocross. The surgeon that put my leg back together was
firm in the premise that I would never be the same.

Fortunately for me, Professor Tom DeBlass convinced me that I
could still reach a high level of skill regardless of my age and
injury by training at his Academy.

I never imagined just how much Jiu-Jitsu would change my life!

Initially, I struggled, as do most beginners. I used too much
strength, fatigued almost immediately, and felt trapped and
panicky when mounted. But within the year I was able to slow my
game down, focus on skill and enjoy the benefits of this great

I have found that being older may be an advantage in Jiu-Jitsu: I
don’t have many social or financial distractions since I have
already graduated college, I’m married with children, and have
owned a successful business for over 24 years. I have sculpted
good nutrition, hydration, strength, cardio, flexibility, rest
and recovery into my daily life. I have years of athletic and
practical experiences that can be applied to everyday training.

Jiu-Jitsu has given me a greater understanding of core beliefs,
pain and suffering. It has chiseled my integrity into being a
better father, friend and teammate. It has taught me that every
time I put my mind and body to the test it defines my capacity to

A few weeks ago, I tore my biceps out of my elbow training for a
non-Jiu-Jitsu related event, and needed immediate surgery. I
would miss the Pan Ams and what might have been a few months

I returned to the mats with a brace two weeks after surgery. My
family and teammates asked me why I came back to train so soon.
My answer has been I will only have an opportunity to train with
one arm for a short period until I recover fully.

Happiness is finding our innermost strengths by testing our
skills in every situation. This is a lesson I would never have
learned without my Professor, Instructors, fellow teammates and
everyone I train with at the academy.

Kenny Balcerski, Blue Belt

TWG:   Kenny, thank you for sharing your story with me and the OG
Nation.  I can see why Tom is proud and inspired to have you as a
student and it does my heart good to hear how you’re dealing with
your adversity in such a positive way.  Your commitment and “grit
tough” attitude is something that grapplers of all ages should
see and strive to achieve each day they walk on the mat.  It’s
truly a pleasure to have you as a member of the OG Nation!

Also, make sure to go to www.OlskoolGrapluh.com and pick out an
“OG T-shirt” so that I can get one in the mail to you this week.
Take care of that arm and keep up the good work!

It’s LIVE, Get It Now – 10 Common Mistakes & Mat Attitudes

August 7, 2009

Finally, the long awaited “10 Common Grappling Mistakes & Mat
Attitudes” Training Course is finally available.

You can get it now at the link below:


This discount will be available for six days because of my 45th
birthday (Sunday, August 9th).

On Tuesday August 10, 2009 at midnight, the discount will be taken away.

This is the world’s first and only complete training resource that
is dedicated to correcting common grappling mistakes and teaching the different mat mindsets a grappler needs to deal with common and unorthodox training situations, in both the training and competitive environments.


Go get your hands on it now!

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

10 Common Grappling Mistakes & Mat Attitude Contest Winners are…

August 5, 2009

I told everyone that wrote a comment on my video blog they would
have a chance to win a free copy of my “10 Common Grappling Mistakes & Mat Attitudes” System.

To see who the winners are and what were the winning blog posts,
please click here

 Congrats to the winners, make sure that you email me your mailing
address so that I can get your training package to you.

And a very special thanks to everyone that submitted a comment, the
insight and kind words were very much appreciated!

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S.  Don’t forget that the 10 Common Grappling Mistakes
& Mat Attitudes” goes live tomorrow at 2pm EST (August 6, 2009) for
a discounted price. Learn how to elevate your mat game to the next
level without having to learn another submission technique!

P.P.S.  For those OGs that joined the list after I sent out the
videos, here are the links:

Video #1 (Resting in the Wrong Position – Part 1)

Video #2 (30 Seconds to Glory)

Video #3 (Lazy Hands and Feet)

 Video #4 (Intimidation Mode)

P.P.P.S. Remember… enjoy the videos and make sure to share them
with your grappling buddies and teammates.

P.P.P.S.  And if you’re NOT on my e-newsletter mailing list for free training tips, go now to http://www.TheWiseGrappler.com and sign up!

BJJ Grappling Video – Intimidation Mode (Watch Now!)

July 30, 2009
The response from the third video I sent out last week about “Lazy Hands and Feet” was fantastic!

Even with the repeated emails that I had to keep sending out because of the technical glitch on my video server and me flirting with the idea of running into traffic because it wasn’t working, we got it all squared away and everything worked out fine.

Thanks for your blog comments you’ve posted after watching the videos and if you haven’t had a chance to see, you can watch it here at http://dwarfurl.com/a57ab

Now, about today’s new video…

This video is the second one from my “10 Mat Attitudes” DVD that discusses what I call Mat Mindset #8 – Intimidation Mode.

For some of you, it might seem unnecessary because you think your school doesn’t have any intimidation going on and I’m creating a
problem out of nothing.

Let me assure you if you plan on training to be a black belt, you WILL encounter training partners that will try to intimidate you before, during, and after matches.

And there will be occasions where telling the instructor that you don’t want to train with a particular student may not be an option.

Bottom line: sometimes, you’re going to have to be able to handle it on the mat yourself!

And if you don’t have the right mindset to take it, you won’t be able to dish it out as needed.

Check it out for yourself and try it in class when needed.


Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S. If you’re on my Facebook Fan Page (http://dwarfurl.com/1b908) or follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/thewisegrappler), you’ve already heard that I’m supposed to be an intellectual dope this week based on my biorhythm chart and this confirms it. I forgot to send two components of my “10 Common Mistakes and Mat Attitudes” DVD Training Resource to the distribution company that should’ve gone out last week. And as much as I’d like to blame it on someone, I can’t because my biorhythm said I was going to be an idiot this week.

So, the “10 Common Mistakes and Mat Attitudes” DVD Training Resource will be released next Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 2pm EST at a great discount. Until then, enjoy the videos, try them in class, and make sure to leave a comment on the blogs.

P.P.S. For those OGs that joined the list after I sent out the first three videos, here are the links:

Video #1 (Resting in the Wrong Position – Part 1) –

Video #2 (30 Seconds to Glory) – http://dwarfurl.com/e29d4

Video #3 (Lazy Hands and Feet) – http://dwarfurl.com/a57ab

Video #4 (Intimidation Mode) – http://dwarfurl.com/c2d06

P.P.P.S. Remember… enjoy the videos and leave a comment on the blog.

(new video #2) Common Grappling Mistakes & Mat Attitudes

July 22, 2009
The response from the first video that I sent out last week about “Resting in the Wrong Positions – Part 1” was great!

Here’s the link just in case you missed it the first time: http://dwarfurl.com/65a3b

And if you liked the mat strategy type of videos that very few (if anybody) produces these days, then you’ll like the video I’m showing today.

The next video is the first from my “10 Mat Attitudes DVD”, a companion DVD to accompany “10 Mat Attitudes” Audio CD /Manual.

Initially, I had created just the audio product, but quickly realized it would be better if I provided a visual component to help everyone understand my coaching points instead of leaving it to your imagination to visualize it’s supposed to be done.

The second video is the first strategy that I call the “30 Seconds to Glory” Concept and it’s a mindset that both competitive and recreational grapplers can use because MANY grappling matches are won or lost in the last 30 seconds.


This is super simple to do and once you start using it, you will notice how easy it becomes to finish your matches strong, whether you’re behind or trying to hold on to a lead.

Check it out for yourself and make sure to try it in class today.


Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S. I’ve got two more videos to send you. So, be on the lookout for those two vids and remember to post a comment on the blog page after you’ve watched the video.


For more grappling training videos and tips like this, go to http://www.TheWiseGrappler.com