Dan Dufur

Dan Dufur

Bluebelt at ZenQuest Martial Arts 2013 CTBJJF State Champ mylifeonthemat.wordpress.com


Articles by Dan Dufur:

Photos By: Mike Kalika

With every new year that begins, we see a growth in students at our bjj academy. I was one myself. The mats are filled with new faces. Fast forward a few months later, only a couple of those new students are left. Why is that? I feel that there are multiple reasons why people quit after a short time. Maybe they don’t understand the moves, terminology, and think that they can never learn it. Maybe their ego gets shattered. Training bjj is like holding a mirror up to yourself and finding out who you truly are. Some people may feel bjj is too physically demanding. While others may just not catch the bug, and get bored. Some people just don’t put enough time in to truly see the benefits. I feel that there are certain guidelines that you should try to follow while beginning your training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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Photo Credit: Zac Fallah

Sometimes we meet people that change our lives completely. Not even by things deemed as an extraordinary or memorable gesture. A little something that may change the way a person feels or looks at the world. Small occurrences that yield big results. These moments are sometimes called “lollipop moments”.

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Photos By: Mike Kalika

Class just finished, time to partner up and roll. The timer sounds and your off. You and your partner are trying to tap each other. Whoever gets more submissions wins, right?

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The BJJ Bond: Forged In Battle
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The relationship that you build with you training partner is very unique. It is very different from your normal relationships with other people. There is a special bond that is built. The bond is based on trust, respect, humility, comfort, and familiarity. The bond is formed through training. Through completing something difficult together. It is similar in some respects to the camaraderie between soldiers. A very high level of trust in your partner is needed. You grow together through trials and tribulations much deeper than surface level.

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Photo courtesy of John Cooper

It is crazy to see how far BJJ has come. Everybody seems to get better faster. Every tournament I go to seems to have more kids competing than the prior event. I love watching the kids compete. The future of BJJ right before my eyes. Some of these kids may not be able to even tie their own shoes yet. It doesn’t stop them from giving their all in to their matches. When they win, it is the happiest moment of their young lives. When they lose, they cry and get so sad. While it may not be much different than the way adults react, they don’t understand that they are doing something truly incredible. They are learning life changing skills.

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Photo By: John Cooper

The biggest thing holding us back a lot of times, is our self. We become too comfortable. We are content in our growth, skill, and technique. We train with the same partners and fall into a routine. We use the same techniques when rolling, and try the same submissions. While there can be benefits to this type of training, it can also be a hindrance of your evolution. Sure, you can become very good at a handful of techniques, and your partner can elevate your game in some aspects. I feel that if you widen your horizons, you will be able to learn more and become more well-rounded.

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Photos By: John Cooper

In the documentary "Jiu-jitsu VS The World", Jeff Glover talks about how jiu-jitsu has evolved. With the influence of other grappling styles, are we still training bjj? Has it evolved into a new style of it's own? Or has it always been this way? Would the grandmasters approve of the art we study now? How would they feel about the popularity of sport jiu-jitsu? Would they be amazed to see how global bjj has become? Do they feel like the true essence is no more? What steps to we take to preserve the art, while improving it at the same time?

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