Zen Jiu Jitsu - Beyond Rolling

Struggle. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about the transition from Blue Belt to Purple Belt. For reasons that I can't quite work out, when I came to the later stages of being a Blue belt I felt confused and lost in my game. Trying to put all the pieces together seemed like a task too far and quitting looked like an option, after all, most guys my age are hitting the golf course or surfing not rolling on the floor with sweat soaked people. This quitting idea seemed an option at least.

In an effort to review what I was doing and pushing through this plateau I developed a few habits that not only brought about a huge change in my game but by applying them on a consistent basis turned me into a respected player in my academy. From obscurity to recognition, even from Black belts, in one month!

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About the Author

Here is an interview conducted by Tyy Withrow of the great BJJ Paperweight site. It gives a full perspective on the author of Zen Jiu Jitsu - Oliver Staark. Thanks for taking some time to talk to me! So your book was great, but before we get into all that let’s find out some details about you. How long have you been training? And what’s your current rank? I’ve been training for six years and am a four stripe purple belt, if I stay on track I’ll be a brown belt later this month. What made you start Jiu Jitsu? When I moved to the US from the UK I didn’t even know what Jiu Jitsu was! In the UK it is still very much taught as a Japanese self defense system and bears no resemblance to BJJ. I saw a couple of UFC fights on the TV and wondered what expressions like ‘half-guard’ meant, then I picked up a post card in my local gym that a BJJ studio was opening in town. I went and had an intro lesson, thought this is for me. And I’ve never looked back. In your book you talk about doing other martial arts, what have you done and what rank did you achieve? I started