The KeepItPlayful Movement

“Be prepared that you might tap and that defeat is nothing compared to what you have coming if you do not embrace the KeepItPlayful movement.”
-KeepItPlayful

The term KeepItPlayful has taken on a life of its own, with people asking me what it means, what it has to do with Jiu Jitsu and how or if they can use it in their Jiu Jitsu game? You name it I’ve been asked and the truth is KeepItPlayful is not just a phrase it is a movement. I decided the best way to breakdown what it means would be to conduct an interview with this ‘movement’ and let it speak for itself.

Ryron: So, KeepItPlayful, how are you going to revolutionize my jiu-jitsu game?

KeepItPlayful: Have you ever felt like your jiu-jitsu lacks the flow of movement that is necessary to build proper reflexes and understanding?

Ryron: Yes, what does this have to do with the KeepItPlayful movement?

KeepItPlayful: It is the movement dedicated to movement.

Ryron: Huh? What do you mean?

KeepItPlayful: Movement through all the positions and situations that happen in jiu-jitsu sparring. Once the flow starts not only do you learn more but you Jiu-jitsu heads are able to escape everyday life, this is what keeps you coming back to the mat.

Ryron: Don’t people already move through all the positions?

KeepItPlayful: Yes and no, Most people don’t want to move unless it is moving into a position of attack and safe from the attack of others.

Ryron: Okay, so why move into any positions other than a position of attack?

KeepItPlayful: To build familiarity with all positions, of course!

Ryron: Understood. So tell me more about the movement.

KeepItPlayful: The first thing necessary for movement to happen is you have to embrace the KeepItPlayful attitude. Starting with the belief that winning is not the most important thing and losing is not the worst.  More important than both is doing everything possible to keep you on the mat for as long as possible.  This sounds easier than it is…

Grand Master Helio Gracie with Ryron and Rener

Grand Master Helio Gracie with Ryron and Rener

Ryron: Isn’t the reason for sparring to battle your partner and see who can win, to see who is better? Isn’t that what makes winning more desirable than losing?

KeepItPlayful: Yes, you do want to fight to win. What you do not want is for winning to be so important that you defeat yourself. One of the ways I see one defeating them self is that your mind makes winning out to be the most important thing and this causes you to advance and attack blindly leading to your own defeat.  This small defeat is part of the most serious defeat, which depends on your ability to KeepItPlayful in another way. What I am talking about has to do with the next part of the movement. So for now play the game to win but be prepared that you might tap and that defeat is nothing compared to what you have coming if you do not embrace the KeepItPlayful movement.

Ryron: What else does it mean to KeepItPlayful, the second part of the movement?

KeepItPlayful: The first thing to discuss is how a big part of jiu-jitsu practice today is about avoiding inferior positions and if you happen to find yourself in one you do everything within your power to escape. Why do we fight so hard to avoid and escape inferior positions in practice?

Ryron: So we don’t lose.

KeepItPlayful : Good! The main reason is simple, people seem to believe that if you are in an inferior position you must be inferior to your training partner and someone who is inferior is the loser. So you are correct, the ego does not want to lose.  Why is that position established as inferior in the first place? In competition, points are scored against you and you are more open to submissions and/or strikes.  So basically, you fight so hard because you are in a position which you have very little knowledge leaving you vulnerable to defeat. This leaves you uncomfortable and fearful of being the loser. What’s ironic is that 99% of the time you are training in a practice environment and whether your opponent scores, lands a submission or a strike, does not matter because it is just practice.

Ryron: I believe people fight hard because they are preparing for war. Whether that is for fun in the academy, competition or a street fight.

KeepItPlayful: Yes, I know you practice to prepare for battle and there will be a day where the outcome matters. This is exactly why you should KeepItPlayful, because one day the outcome will matter.  We have to look at what we are doing to make sure we are more prepared. The only way you can be more prepared is through more understanding of the position.

I think it is safe to say that with knowledge comes understanding and then comes comfort. You may find yourself in an unknown and uncomfortable position and you feel like you must escape. The dilemma here is that you are in a position that is unknown and the only way for it to be known is to spend time there. When are you going to spend time there if not in practice? You seem to always be in a hurry to remove yourself from the unknown and surprisingly your desire to be somewhere else is what takes you out of the present moment leaving you vulnerable to points, submissions and strikes, the exact reasons you wanted to get out of that inferior position in the first place. What is interesting is it that, what you think you should do is exactly what your opponent needs you to do to be the victor.

Ryron: You mentioned the ego, why is that? And do you not have an ego yourself?

KeepItPlayful: Yes, I do have one and thanks to my ego I KeepItPlayful.  I use my ego in a way that is helping me stay on the mat longer and learn faster. What I am doing is investing a little time everyday to survival strategies. My ego is dedicated to allowing everyone that I spar with to achieve the most advantageous positions, thanks to my ego, I pull mount. Sometimes after I do this I think, “nobody can hold me down” and that is my ego talking. Believe it or not my brother, KeepItReal, sometimes chokes me out and my ego says “Dang!” One would think that after doing this enough one would feel inferior when in a supposed inferior position. Or one could be confident that the understanding of survival is  gradually growing and soon enough will far out weigh their opponents offense.

Ryron: Are you suggesting that most of the Jiu-jitsu community is losing touch with what Jiu-jitsu is all about? Possibly losing touch with the principle of survival?

KeepItPlayful: Losing touch insinuates that they had the principle understood at some point or at least have been exposed to it.  The principle of survival is synonymous with Jiu jitsu and yet many instructors gear more to teaching how to avoid and quickly escape from inferior positions, not because they do not want to teach you how to survive but rather they do not know any other way to teach. Somewhere along the way from the Grandmasters Carlos and Helio Gracie to our instructors, someone did not carry the torch of teaching survival. The instructors lack the knowledge making it impossible for them to teach you survival.

Ryron: This feels a little disrespectful.

KeepItPlayful: Disrespect is the last thing on my mind.  I don’t know who taught you and what you have picked up. Maybe your coach has taught you just how important survival is and you are ready for the day you will be tested. Even if your coach has not taught you survival, it does not make them a bad coach, they simply lacked exposure.

Ryron: How will we know if we are being taught survival?

KeepItPlayful: Simply ask yourself, how often has your coach/instructor explained to you the importance to preparing for the day when escape is not an option and your only option will be survival?

Ryron: That is a good question. What about an offense that is so solid that it keeps your opponent on the run? This would also insure your survival.

KeepItPlayful: Correct, this is a good strategy that will work for a while. If you can guarantee this strategy being effective against everyone on the planet for the rest of your jiu-jitsu career I would say dedicate all your time to training that strategy. Since nobody can guarantee that, you have to train survival also, that is if you plan on staying on the mat through black belt and beyond. If you are learning Jiu-jitsu without learning how to survive, you are not learning Jiu-jitsu!

Wear a KeepItPlayful patch as a reminder to create movement.

Wear a KeepItPlayful patch as a reminder to create movement.

Ryron: Okay, so for those of us that want to join the KeepItPlayful movement and learn survival, what do we do?

KeepItPlayful: I thought you’d never ask! The next part of the movement is the KeepItPlayful roll. Next time you are rolling or sparring, whether you are the more advanced student or not, allow yourself to end up in the position you find most uncomfortable. To KeepItPlayful when sparring is to bring comfort and understanding to positions through awareness. This is a strategy for anyone who would like to be comfortable where most are uncomfortable.

Use your training partner to help you learn.  Observe yourself being defeated. Tell yourself that you are allowing your training partner to show you their favorite techniques, take mental notes. Fight the urge to escape and not be tapped out but instead invite the inferior position and the submission.
If you are the more experienced person, you have someone that you can use to practice your escapes, transitions, submission counters and submission transitions and many other things for when you go against someone more advanced. Trust me, you are going to wish you had more practice in whatever situation you find yourself. Since you have a partner that you should be able to get into any position, remember to be helpful and allow your partner to practice also.  You are more experienced so you have to want to help them, and by help I mean help keep them on the mat, do not destroy their egos, allow movement.

As the newer person, get ready to be under full attack. Chances are your training partner is out to show their superiority, and this is great! Put observing and learning what they are attempting over trying not to lose. Do not attempt to overwhelm and defeat them, for two reasons. First, they are better than you. Second, use the opportunity to allow them to show what they like, their strategy.  Remember, the only reason you keep losing is because you are being out-smarted and surprised. If you observe them long enough you will see everything coming, the sooner you can see, the sooner you can use techniques to start defending. (Read Sparring with Black belts blog)

Ryron: Invite the submission and let yourself tap?

KeepItPlayful: Absolutely! If there are people out there still able to surprise you and tap you then I suggest you invite the submission once in a while. When sparring, instead of exploding to avoid a submission leave yourself a little available and observe the steps that your training partner takes to achieve the desired choke, armlock, etc, go as far as letting yourself be tapped out. Take the information they gave you and make a small move to defend the next time. What you are doing is building familiarity with positions and submissions, being a scientist!  How many times do you think you have to allow and/or observe a submission happen to you before you can defend it with some technique and little to no explosiveness?

Ryron: Depending on the opponent, not too many times.  I see how someone can show you their game fairly quickly, isn’t this a little risky?

KeepItPlayful: Exactly!  The risk in not taking this approach is doing what most people do. Over time the techniques and natural ability allow you to avoid inferior positions and submissions, it proves to be successful. You are doing very well at your school and advance through the belt system like everyone else.  You reach purple, brown or maybe even black belt and one day you come across someone on the mat that stifles your natural ability and technique. For the first time in years you have not only been put in an inferior position but you are stuck and forced to survive. This is why today you can encounter black belts that react like white belts when matched up against other black belts.  Why we see black belts getting tapped out with some of the most fundamental techniques or failing to escape a position multiple times. I can almost guarantee they did not invite the position and/or submission when they were beginners. The interesting part is, there is a good chance their opponent did not either. You can hang out in inferior positions against your will with no awareness or you can invite inferior positions and bring awareness with you.  The same way the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are not seen for years, the choice to KeepItPlayful might not give fruit for some time.

Ryron: You spoke earlier about a how a submission is a small defeat compared to what we have coming if we do not embrace the KeepItPlayful movement.

KeepItPlayful: Exactly, This makes getting tapped out look like Disneyland. Fortunately for you, if both the KeepItPlayful attitude and roll are being practiced then you are set up to avoid this defeat.

Ryron: What is this greatest defeat, losing belief in the art?

KeepItPlayful: Even worse than losing belief in the art is losing belief in yourself. When you start your jiu-jitsu journey you are addicted to the process of being given a problem and then taught a solution.  You are not concerned with being defeated because you expect it.  The uncertainty of how and when you are going to be defeated is actually exciting.  Very quickly problems become situations and before you know it you are able to apply much of what you are learning successfully in sparring. You go from being able to defeat 1 or 2 of your training partners to most of them. Then finally you are one of the top jiu-jitsu heads on your mat or in your town, most likely a purple, brown or black belt.

Ryron: Seems like the perfect journey.

KeepItPlayful: Almost perfect, anywhere from blue belt to black belt you can feel like you are one of the best on the mat. You feel this way because you are probably not being defeated anymore. This does not mean you are done being tapped out forever. Before you know it there will be some new student who will out shine you on the mat, someone younger, faster, stronger, or maybe just better. Remember the reason you always return to the mat?  The escape, escape from life’s stresses. Now every time you step on the mat you will feel stress when you see that new student. This happening does not mean you are no good, it just means jiu-jitsu is amazing. If you are truly in pursuit of perfection, this is the best thing that can happen to you because being defeated only makes you stronger.

Ryron: This is natural but it is not easy to swallow. Because they went from losing all the time to reaching a point where they did not lose for years, they are vulnerable. I feel that once someone tastes only submissions for years and then all of a sudden they start getting eaten alive it makes sense why they would hang up their gi and start to lose belief in themselves.

KeepItPlayful: This is exactly why it is so important to KeepItPlayful! From the day you start sparring I suggest you KeepItPlayful at least 50% off the time. We KeepItPlayful today because we never know when we will be overwhelmed with technique, power, speed or strength. When the day comes that you meet someone who would have normally eaten you alive you will actually be more likely to weather the storm. Someone might dominate you or even tap you, but they are going to have to work harder than usual. Remember the KeepItPlayful attitude, losing is not the worst thing that can happen to you, but this takes preparation.

Ryron: Why only 50% of the time?

KeepItPlayful: 50% is a minimum, you should dedicate some time to telling yourself that you are not going to allow a submission or a guard pass. The next day you go back to allowing lots of movement. If you feel that you would like to dedicate more time to KeepItPlayful that is only more beneficial.

Ryron: Are there some people that may never need to adopt the KeepItPlayful movement?

KeepItPlayful: Absolutely, people everyday make the decision to do the complete opposite of KeepItPlayful.  The question that I always ask is, how much do you enjoy jiu-jitsu and for how many more years would you like to enjoy it? To answer your original question, what is the KeepItPlayful movement? The movement is dedicated to those who choose to create movement on the mat. Everything from escaping or allowing an escape to attacking or allowing an attack, we cannot afford not to be moving.  Foresight to see how learning survival will help in competition and street but it may also be the key ingredient to keeping you on the mat and avoiding the greatest defeat. If there is one thing we can all agree on is that we want to stay on the mat for as long as possible. Movement without awareness is wasted movement. What this means is you cannot afford to move and not be aware of what is happening. When you KeepItPlayful you have an awareness of what is happening and have an appreciation for jiu-jitsu whether it is being effective for or against you. This appreciation is very important so you do not beat yourself up when the day comes that you start getting defeated again.

Because everything happens for you, not to you.

Because everything happens for you, not to you.

Ryron: Correct me if I am wrong, you do not need an instructor to teach you the most valuable understanding of Jiu-jitsu, survival, all you need is to become a scientist. If you know Jiu-jitsu you know who the greatest scientist of all times is. That would be my grandfather, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. When he was in his 80’s and 90’s I remember times where he would ask people who were 100 lbs heavier and 50/60 years younger to attack him and he would neutralize their offense with ease, this was how he trained himself. One thing I know is that his whole life, but especially as he got older, catching a submission was the least of his worries. Victory for my grandfather was survival, and because he dedicated so much to survival it allowed him to achieve the greatest victory, stepping on the mat everyday of his life.

KeepItPlayful: Having an instructor helps but it is not necessary. As for your grandfather, he did not neutralize his opponents’ offense with ease; it took a lifetime of Keeping it Playful.

Thanks for the interview and the KeepItPlayful t-shirt!

Thanks for the interview and the KeepItPlayful t-shirt!

Want to join the KeepItPlayful movement?

Next time you step on the mat, make your number one priority movement. Anyone who would like a free KeepItPlayful gi patch (Limit 1 per person) please send a prepaid/stamped envelope to:

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57 Responses to The KeepItPlayful Movement

  1. gjj4life says:

    I do this frequently.. It really pisses the higher belts levels off, but that’s cuz they can’t tap me anymore. People don’t like what they don’t understand.. We don’t even think anymore we just react because its a habit.. Thanks for this bro.

  2. scottyd4gjj says:

    Amazing Bro!!!! Thanks for opening my eyes to the “Keep it playful” mindset!!! I used to be and do everything you just talked about!!! Thanks bro, see you in January!!!

  3. Jose Aguirre says:

    Over the years I’ve had the privilege of interviewing many boxers. Prospects, contenders and World Champions. Not one of them has ever given me answers on how to prepare to win by being defeated. Many said they would die before they lose. Only after the defeat would they say “I’ll learn from this loss and be better next time. JiuJitsu and the KeepItPlayful movement is a whole different thing altogether. It has given me the ability to put myself in positions, while still being comfortable, that bring fear & panic to others. It has taught me to be aware of the positions and situations I let myself get into. It allows me to take with me secrets from my training partners in secret, as most of the times they don’t know that I am doing so. The KeepItPlayful movement has taught my ego how to just be a word and not a feeling. My ego used to make my nostrils flare and my chest puff out but that didn’t feel playful so I’m happy that this movement came along when it did. Also, I never in my life thought that I would consider myself a scientist so when my son says he wants to be a doctor or a fireman I tell him that he can be anything he wants but that he will also be a scientist. Thanks for The Movement that allows movement when movement is allowed.

  4. deafgrappler says:

    very interest story!

  5. jason park says:

    to gjj4life: i also find sometimes that opponents get frustrated, especially higher belts. In the beginning, they take it as almost offensive, but i feel eventually they see that it’s a system of carefully planned techniques that’s stopping them. Thank you Gracie University! Thank you Ryron! Everyday I’m reminded of what it must have been like to have learned under Helio Gracie.

  6. “KeepItPlayful: The first thing necessary for movement to happen is you have to embrace the KeepItPlayful attitude. Starting with the belief that winning is not the most important thing and losing is not the worst. More important than both is doing everything possible to keep you on the mat for as long as possible.”

    Another great post Ryron. Keeping it playful has helped me in more ways than one. I put my ego in check, and I stopped trying to win at all costs, avoiding bad positions, and submissions. The first things I realized is that I actually started to have more fun, and learned more about myself that way. Not having to stress about winning and losing, and that being caught in submissions, even by lower belts, and keeping in mind that I want to have fun, just like a child :) It really has helped my submission defense, insted of avoiding it all together. But most of all I conserve more energy and able to roll longer. Of course I do attack, and go for dominant positions, but I keepitplayful on top too, allowing escapes to keep flowing and seeing what they are going to surprise me with. Thanks for the great playful mindset. I’m loving it. See you on the mat.

  7. Geoff Warner says:

    Great post Ryron.

    “You seem to always be in a hurry to remove yourself from the unknown and surprisingly your desire to be somewhere else is what takes you out of the present moment leaving you vulnerable to points, submissions and strikes, the exact reasons you wanted to get out of that inferior position in the first place. What is interesting is it that, what you think you should do is exactly what your opponent needs you to do to be the victor.”

    These principals can be applied to our day to day living as well – it’s almost the same as when we always want to be right about things in life. If we are present in the moment we can observe and learn without feeling the need to be right all the time.

    Really enjoying the KeepItPlayful blog.

  8. Jose Aguirre says:

    Thanks again for a great informative article.

  9. Vini Ramos says:

    You have no idea how helpful you have been to me. Thanks Ryron!
    :)

  10. phaedrus2010 says:

    Great dialogue between Ryron and KeepItPlayful…on par with the classic dialogues of Plato. Definitely teaches us that Jiu-Jitsu, like civilization itself, is not possible without the play-spirit!

  11. jeffwassom says:

    “More important than both is doing everything possible to keep you on the mat for as long as possible.”

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Ryron. =)

  12. JWB says:

    “Blessed he that expects nothing for he shall enjoy everything.” Saint Francis of Assisi

  13. patrick says:

    I understand why this is so hard for some people to do……….you have to own 100% of yourself , to give some of yourself away.

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  15. Alex Gerrits says:

    Cool, I like the survival mindset. My first book on bjj was “BJJ University” and I like how he split the belts. So as a white belt I mainly focused on survival and became decent at it. Now as a blue belt I’m focusing on escapes. So I let people pass my guard and work my escapes. Plus it seems easier when you’re out of shape to work on your back and let the others work hard. I’m always one of the last one on the mat when we roll. Survival allows you to roll much longer than the kids who go all out and do 3 rolls max.
    My new motto is “Tap a thousand times, then tap ten thousand times”.
    I’m hoping to visit your academy in February and add some street survival to my arsenal.
    P.S. I seem to be in a minority but I really enjoyed Ryron Metamoris match.

  16. Warren H says:

    I found myself keeping it playful for years now ever since I turned 30 and started a family.
    Knowing that it only takes a fraction if a second to injure oneself enough to put yourself off the mat or worse out of work. So after 12 years I find it is much more enjoyable to survive today so I can play/work tomorrow. I have been practicing keep it playful for a long time, I once asked Royce at a seminar if my
    strategy of putting myself in bad positions to see if I have could escape or atleast survive was a worthwhile practice, Royce said most definitely.

    Keep it playful…keep them guessing what your going to do next.

  17. Since I talked to Ryron at the Gracie Worlds in San Jose I started really trying to understand this philosophy and it has improved my jiu jitsu 10 fold. It was good seeing Ryron this past weekend at the nationals and spending a few moments talking about “keep it playful” Thanks for telling me about your blog on this subject, very Insightful.

    Steve Hordinski
    Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Colorado

  18. Shihan Ramos says:

    “Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely- lay your life before him!!” ― Bruce Lee

  19. Adi 3000 says:

    Ryron, I have a question about keeping it playful.

    Sometimes when sparring, particularly with big guys, I’ll get stuck in a position for minutes because my technique isn’t good enough to improve my position but it is good enough to prevent it getting worse. Is it playful to just be surviving or am I better not stalling and letting them move through to another position which they will regard as better to keep the flow?

    Similarly, my skills are often good enough to maintain a position but not to find the submission. I worry that holding onto a position because I can’t finish it may be the opposite of keeping it playful.

  20. vinir4mos says:

    Thanks for choosing my video Ryron!!! Can´t wait to be with you guys!!!! I’m so happy!!! :)

  21. Jose Aguirre says:

    Though my video was not chosen I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story, setbacks and accomplishments alike, to the world. If one person is intrigued to try jiu-jitsu because of it then I actually did win.

  22. Cody says:

    Please keep up the writing and your thoughts. It’s like crack to bjj nerds ryron. Thanks!

  23. Eiki the Icelander says:

    “Be prepared that you might tap and that defeat is nothing compared to what you have coming if you do not embrace the KeepItPlayful movement.”

    RIGHT ON! From a routinely injured competitor type and then stumbling into this wonferful blog, I am now able to train very frequently with full efficiency AND maximum enjoyment, all thanks to Mr.Playful !

    Now, just by stepping on the mat, I win!
    Looking forward to another KIP post :)

  24. I have been keeping it playful in a big way. When I roll, I am looking for every opportunity to give up my back. I give it up when mounted, in side control, in someone’s open guard, knee on belly and wherever I can. I am mastering how to give up my back. Then, I am trying to defend and use the Saulo’s scoop escape to gain the side control or if I get rolled over to my side, I have been giving up my arm to practice my arm bar escapes. Everytime I tap out, I learn a little more. When rolling, I am laughing inside to the opponents reactions to taking my back so easy and how hard they are working/struggling to submit me. I envision jiu jitsu as like a cat playing with a ball of yarn. Prof. Ryron, you have inspired me to new playful ways of jiu jitsu thinking! You have even inpsired my approach towards Aikido training!

  25. There are a small number Jiu jitsu clubs on the east coast of Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Most are run by Brown or Purple belts and they are sport Jiu Jitsu. I have checked them all out and there wasn’t one that I was interested in. None offer street self defence, there were no members around my age of 40 and the main one charges $122.00 a month to join? The local Judo clubs charge $65.00 a month and have high level black belts? Supply and demand I guess? There was also not much playfulness in the Jiu Jitsu clubs. My first night at one of the clubs there was a sparring match at the end between two blue belts and one of them had his knee popped out right in front of me with some sort of knee bar. The attacking blue belt was very remorseful at the damage he had inflicted but it was obvious the main goal was only winning. I thought to myself, is this what is going to happen to me? I am not as flexible as I was in my 20′s and I have to work to support a family and could not afford an injury like that. Another obstacle I encountered was there wasn’t much in the realm of programs to ease new and unfit members into the art. Lots of Ego and UFC type fighters though. I have wanted to join Gracie Jiu Jitsu since 1993 but I could never realize my goal. It was too much risk for me to leave Canada, drop everything and move to California after high school. I am missing the adventure spirit that Master Rorion had I guess? The development Gracie University finally gave me a huge hope I could find someone in my area to work on a GJJ Blue Belt. I contacted everyone in my area registered with the Gracie University for a training partner but there has been no response? Back to waiting and hoping. Thank you Ryron for spreading the water from the true source. There were/are many wells waiting to be filled. The Keep it playful philosophy is something that I whole heartily agree with. I wish you and your family the best in all your endeavors.

    • It is true that you will have a hard time finding some guys to train with a playful simple self defense mentality. Give it a little time and before you know it you will have some great training partners just keep looking. Glad you are on Gracie university!

  26. Berni says:

    how can I get hold of a KeepItPlayful patch?

    • Berni says:

      I was not done reading the article by the time I posted this but then I saw the answer laid at the end. The academy I train at has always embraced a KeepItPlayful mindset and it has enriched our BJJ tremendously. Would it be possible to receive more than one patch so I could spread it to some of the other members? Either way, you will be receiving an envelope from me, I am excited to add the patch to my gi to remind myself as well as others to KeepItPlayful

    • check out the bottom of the post. The keepitplayful movement

  27. Nick W. says:

    I really enjoyed this read. I come from a Kenpo Karate backgrouhnd (black belt)nd i am fairly new to GJJ/BJJ. Having been use to point sparring and watching the match with Andre, i realized that while i competed, i too was keeping it playful. I always found it interesting how fast ppl can tire themselves out in a matter of minutes while trying to obtain a few points. I would love a patch. Any cost?

  28. Keepitplayful!!!! says:

    Is it possible to get a patch even if I am not from US?

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