Jon Friedland's Jiu Jitsu Thoughts

Jon Friedland here, finally putting some of my thoughts to type. I’ve been training the better part of 20 years, receiving my black belt in 2007. I’m a 10-year dojo owner and head instructor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Started training Jiujitsu casually in early 1995, formally in 1997. Teaching BJJ since 2000, i received my black belt in 2007, opened my academy, Neutral Ground, in 2005, am the head instructor, and am currently a 2nd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer.

Rock Out, Rock On.

When you’re stuck, most commonly while on the bottom, techniques you’ve been taught can seem to just freeze, keeping you locked into an inferior position. Every time you attempt to move, the top player likely smashes downward, killing all momentum in an instant. You...

The 300 Spartans Were Losers

In training and in competition, there are the things you can control and the things you cannot. You can control most of your training, arranging your schedule and finances, diet, pre-class or tourney checklist, the breaks you take in class and the questions you ask....

Kamikazes are Terrifying but They Never Won a War

Be wary of the desperate kamikaze, they are, after all, completely with disregard and reckless abandon. With the real life kamikazes, their opponents were at first completely taken aback at even the thought of a completely suicidal, 100% all-in attack. They were,...

Mission Statement

Like i said in my bio, I’ve been teaching full on Brazilian Jiu jitsu classes for the better part of 20 years. You’d think i’d just have ideas flow off the tongue like others i’ve met but still, i’ve had some of my best teaching “ahah” moments not during formal...