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How To Prepare for a BJJ Tournament if Competing Terrifies You

How To Prepare for a BJJ Tournament if Competing Terrifies You

I try to find comfort in the fact that many sports legends fear the sport they’re actually good at (not to imply that I’m any good). Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend, used to throw up before every single game. So does Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin. Yet they still...
“Charity” Shouldn’t Have to Mean “Cheap”

“Charity” Shouldn’t Have to Mean “Cheap”

Photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash I speak in metaphors a lot. My wife hates it. But bear with me, please. Let’s say you love basketball. You’re 6’ 7” with some semblance of coordination (that’d be cool, wouldn’t it?). Maybe you played in high school and even played a...
The Grappling for Good Tour is Coming!

The Grappling for Good Tour is Coming!

On the surface, BJJ is a martial art. But at its core, BJJ is much more. We bump fists before we berimbolo, learn as we lasso sweep, and forge friendships as we foot lock. Tap Cancer Out was born as a way to show the world that jiu-jitsu is more than just fighting –...
How to Raise $700 in a Single Day of Fundraising

How to Raise $700 in a Single Day of Fundraising

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not great at asking people for things. Whether it’s asking my wife for more of the covers or asking friends to donate to my online fundraising efforts, it’s always a bit awkward. I’d almost prefer to do (or try) everything myself than...
23 Days In – A New Black Belt’s Journey

23 Days In – A New Black Belt’s Journey

How competing as a new black belt taught me more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu than I’ve ever learned before (author Vin Canabarro on right vs JT Satava, left) When people set off on their journey in BJJ, many have a single goal in mind: getting their black belt. So what...