Author Archives: KeepItPlayful

About KeepItPlayful

I keep it playful for a living.

Stay On The Mat

Treat each sparring session as an opportunity to practice techniques that will one day prove to be useful.  The most important battle of your life is the battle with yourself to stay on the mat forever.  Adopt a training philosophy … Continue reading

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It’s so real it requires play.

Before I started saying “Keepitplayful” I would always say “KeepItReal.” It was something I heard on the radio and liked. Before long I was saying it on the mat and I noticed that students interpreted that as “go for real” … Continue reading

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Roll With Me , Not Against Me

I am very thankful for my family and friends. Something I have been extremely grateful for over the past year is great training partners.  Most of us have training partners that we gravitate towards because of how enjoyable the roll is … Continue reading

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Why You Will Quit Jiu-Jitsu

If I ask 100 students, “How long would you like to train jiu-jitsu?” The majority will answer, “Forever.” If we ask 100 black belts, “What percentage of white and blue belt students on any given mat, will be training jiu-jitsu … Continue reading

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The Only Thing Worse Than Tapping.

When I was growing up, I remember my grandfather telling me, “I’d rather you make a mistake and get submitted, than roll so hard that you can’t continue.” What I took from this was that I was to never defeat … Continue reading

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What is this KeepItPlayful Movement all about ?

When I say “keepitplayful” it is often misunderstood. Here is some insight into the movement…  When it comes time to spar, I believe that we naturally fight for the dominate position and the submission. And at all costs avoiding inferior … Continue reading

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Watch and Learn

A while back I was sparring with Rener and I remember being in danger of a choke. His attack was relentless. I tried every technique that I knew, but the choke kept getting deeper and deeper.  Seeing no other option, … Continue reading

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It’s all about the journey

The Keepitplayful Movement is here to help you through the journey!

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“Watch yourself lose” Training tip

A few weeks ago while traveling I was able to catch a purple belt in the same armlock 7 times in 10 minutes of sparring. I believe that my experience is the reason why I was able to do that. … Continue reading

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Does it matter?

“Those who spar like it matters are actually behaving like it does not matter.” You can fight hard to prevent all kinds of submissions positions and movement, but then you do not explore all scenarios, therefore not building comfort and … Continue reading

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