JJ Pugsley | Head Instructor @ Ronin Training Institute

Founder, President, and Head Instructor of the Ronin Training Institute.

Tips For Beginning Mma Training

Tips for Beginning MMA Training

While many people are interested in mixed martial arts, not all of them know how to channel that interest. MMA is thrilling also quite intimidating for newcomers. The sport is also among the fastest-growing, meaning it can be challenging discerning which gyms are best for training and which are only in it for money. Presented […]

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How Martial Arts Improves Your Brain Function

Martial arts is a very intricate sport that requires, not only quick hands and feet but a sharp mind. This sport has been proven to increase brain function in its athletes, no matter what age they are, but how? The study of martial arts is more than just fighting, but strategy and exercises that workout […]

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Difference Between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo

When classifying certain martial arts, they usually fall into two very distinctive categories: grappling and striking. Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fall into the grappling side of martial arts, and they share a lot of similarities. Even though they are under the same category they are different in a few ways as well. Each sport and […]

A Short History Of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

A Short History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a hybrid fighting art that combines traditional systems of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo; however, although it stems and shares many similarities with these other types of fighting techniques, it also bears many essential differences. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has emerged from a synthesis of many traditions with its own unique rules and forms. It […]

Tips For Teaching Martial Arts To A Mixed Skill Level Class

Tips for Teaching Martial Arts to a Mixed-Skill Level Class

Teaching mixed martial arts is difficult in itself. However, learning classes that are inclusive to a variety of skill levels will incite additional challenges. It is necessary, in these cases, to cater your teaching style to make sure that all students of varying skill levels are getting the most out of your class. Here are […]

Teaching Tips: Ways to Improve Your BJJ Instructing Tactics

  We’ve all been there. Sitting in that course in college or in that huddle on a sports team. The the teacher, coach or instructor has no idea how to efficiently lead a group of people. Being the most knowledgeable person in the world about a particular subject  only gets you so far. Not having […]

Keeping Athletes Calm Under Pressure

  As humans, we naturally feel various emotions during intense situations. From fear to excitement, our feelings run wild in those final seconds of a tied game or the last round of a fight. It falls on the shoulders of coaches to teach tactics that support students during high-pressure situations. These lessons should be implemented […]

Benefits of BJJ For Autistic Children

  If you’ve kept up with my blogs, you already know the incredible benefits that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides for children. As they progress through their training they are acquiring life skills and feelings of accomplishment. There are so many children that thrive in the sport of BJJ but some of the most impacted are […]

How To Know When Your Student is Ready to Compete

Competitions are one of the most thrilling aspects of being a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Though some people learn the art for self defense purposes, competing can help to take your skills to a whole new level. As an instructor, it is crucial to set standards for yourself and students before allowing them to compete in […]

5 Things Anyone Learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Should Know

As you’ve probably discovered through previous blogs on my site, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not just a sport. The Martial Art is much more than training a few times a week. When you join a gym and begin training it changes your perspective on life. Having been a part of the BJJ family since the age […]

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