Panda Jiu-jitsu

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Panda History

I have been toying with the idea of creating a blog for a better part of this year. As a blue belt who works during the day, and trains and struggles to finish university at night - I think I'm a part of a big portion of BJJ practitioners out there who don't train full time. I'm just like YOU buddy: whoever's reading this.

Blogging was an idea created when I wasn't actually training. I took a 9 month hiatus due to a bunch of reasons. I was a newly-minted blue belt when I decided to take a break. I honestly grew unhappy of training. That story I'll have to write about later.

Right before I started typing up this post, there were doubts, questions I asked myself:

"Am I in authority to talk about Jiu-jitsu?"

"Am I a good example of an ideal Jiu-Jitsu practitioner?"

"How many grammar-nazis will be biting at my heels?"

Then I remembered the whole reason why I wanted to blog. I'm doing this for me as a renewed commitment to this sport, to this lifestyle. It's also a way of tracking my progress as a martial artist as I go though this journey.

Now you might be wondering: "Why a panda?" 

I've always had this affinity for pandas. They're gentle, slow creatures. My jiu-jitsu game is similar: slow to start with aggressiveness coming a bit late. Some people think that a slow game is bad, yes it is. But I've grown to adapt to this style through the years of training. I however admit that my aggressiveness when needed, should come out as easy as flicking a switch. I am still working on that.

I'll try to post stuff weekly. My schedule's all filled up with work and school. I'm also currently looking for a new job. Where I currently work it doesn't really help pay the bills, especially the monthly BJJ training costs.

With this introduction of sorts, I welcome you to my blog.



  1. Cool, I'll add this blog to the list. Always good to see more. :)

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    1. Interesting spambot (the same comment popped up asking to be published on several of my posts), as it's actually advertising a good product, though given its already excellent reputation, I don't think JJU needs that kind of push. Looks as though the 'click here' goes through to an Amazon affiliate link on somebody else's blog.

    2. I have the book and it has helped me tremendously. Some techniques may be a bit outdated, but as you say it already has an established reputation and doesn't need this kind of marketing. Kind of distasteful marketing tactics.

    3. Sorry. Ultimately I am responsible for it and again I apologize.

      I saw that I had a link to here and was like wth? I just had some overseas "work" done if you know what I mean and I guess this is a result. Not what I had in mind. I am shocked that you posted it ha ha. I never let that stuff through.

      Yes it is a great book but you are absolutely right, that crap is spammy and doesn't need that kind of push. Do with that comment what you will good sir.

      Back on topic, how goes the blog? I am finding it is a pain in the bottom. I have a tremendously hard time finding the motivation to type stuff up.


    4. I feel the same way. I currently have 5 posts written up but not quite done yet. *sigh*

    5. Oh don't let the almost done posts pile up, they only get worse and collect more dust. Then when you re-visit them, it is either too late or you don't feel like discussing that topic anymore.

      Why just yesterday I put up a completely unrelated post just to write something. It had been a good 3 weeks at least since I had put anything new about bjj or mma up so I figured why not.

      So pick one of your 5 posts, tell me which one, and focus on getting it up in the next 48 hours. Tell me when it's done and I'll come check it out.