Tie the Rope: The Rener Gracie Super Seminar in Ontario
Anthony N. Chandler / Uncategorized

Tie the Rope: The Rener Gracie Super Seminar in Ontario

Few people are decent teachers. Exceptional teachers are the exception and not the rule. Yet, we engage with terrible teachers throughout our entire lives with little to do but accept and survive. Rener Gracie is an exceptional educator. He could make tying your shoes exciting and engaging even if he was not part of the … Continue reading

When The Soul is Willing, But the Body Weak: Jiu-JitsuVideos For Knowledge and Motivation
Anthony N. Chandler / jiu-jitsu / Uncategorized

When The Soul is Willing, But the Body Weak: Jiu-JitsuVideos For Knowledge and Motivation

I am an addict. Jiu-Jitsu just makes me feel better about everything, and I want to feel good at the age of forty-four: financial bills, a crying baby, increased work demands and even growing older all feel better after time on the mats. Still, I cannot always access a hit, a soul roll, an opportunity … Continue reading

The Magical and the Martial Arts: The Reality of War and The Dream World
Anthony N. Chandler / brazilian jiu-jitsu / travel / Uncategorized

The Magical and the Martial Arts: The Reality of War and The Dream World

Like many men of my era, the quest to learn the martial arts began with Bruce Lee films which led the imagination then along the path of ninja and Shaolin monks on forgotten Tibetan mountains. Mystical Chinese masters and austere Japanese sensei might appear to Westerners in the guise of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate … Continue reading

Reunion: Meeting Classmates from Almost Thirty Years Past
Anthony N. Chandler / Uncategorized

Reunion: Meeting Classmates from Almost Thirty Years Past

In 1988, twenty eight years ago, I graduated from Birchwood Junior High. As part of an experimental Late-French Immersion program, top students were chosen to spend three years intensely learning French in all of the core subjects. The criteria for who was chosen was never really clear, but the group of children certainly seemed eager … Continue reading

Thirty-Two: First Submission and the Language of Jiu-Jitsu
Anthony N. Chandler / Uncategorized

Thirty-Two: First Submission and the Language of Jiu-Jitsu

Five¬†months, thirty-two classes, and a lot of spandex have come and gone for me since I began my jiu-jitsu journey at Toronto No Gi. The path has been filled with chiropractor appointments and alternating powerlifting workouts in my basement, but it never finds me totally certain of what I am aspiring to conquer. I fill … Continue reading