BJJ White Belt

Don’t Play Catch Up As A BJJ White Belt

How can you catch up to the people in front of you as a BJJ White Belt? How do you stick it out in training when you get frustrating because nothing is working?

These are the questions our friend Jeff asked concerning his BJJ training.

He’s being doing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for about 2 months and says everyone in his gym is either a 2 stripe white belt or above, and no matter what he does, he just continues to get smashed.


Part of the Process as a BJJ White Belt

Getting smashed into the mat as a BJJ White Belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu is one of the most frustrating things in BJJ. But it’s something we all go through, it’s part of the process.

BJJ is often fun at first because of how new it is. But overtime it can become aggravating when you don’t feel like you’re making progress. You just feel stuck.



Having an “A-HA” Moment

In the video I share a story from my personal BJJ journey about how I got beat on for nearly 6 months of my BJJ training. Then eventually things started to “click” and I started to make noticeable progress. I had what I call an “A-HA” moment in BJJ. It’s that moment in your Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training where things just seem to come together.

This moment turned Brazilian Jiu-jitsu into something completely different for me.

If you’re someone who is experiencing a rough patch in BJJ. Even if you’re not a BJJ White Belt. Maybe you’re a higher level belt. Watch the video and see if you’re able to take some of the advice and apply to your situation and avoid getting frustrated, or at least have a way to work through it. Because if you can work through it. Those moments where everything clicks are ahead.

Thanks for watching! I hope the video helps!

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Emotional BJJ Black Belt Promotion at Derby City MMA

Emotional BJJ Black Belt Promotion

The speech and BJJ Black Belt promotion starts at 3:20 . But feel free to watch it all the way through if you enjoying listening to me ramble.

This video came from our promotions last night and was by far one of the most powerful and meaningful moments I’ve ever had as a coach. Promoting not only a crop of tough people to Purple and Brown Belt. But also promoting my “little brother” Chad Hardy to Black Belt.

I’ve known Chad since he was 11 years old. I’ve had the pleasure of removing his original White Belt and have had the pleasure of tying on the belts he’s received after. I’ve also had the pleasure of getting to know him incredibly well over the last 10+ years. We even lived together for a while.

As a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu coach there is no more satisfying a feeling then to see the fruits of your labor realized in front of you. I’ve watched Chad grow as a person. From a young kid to a surprisingly mature young man.


What Makes The BJJ Black Belt Meaningful

The BJJ belt is, itself, just a piece of fabric that has been dyed a particular color. But the long arduous journey that had to have taken place is what makes the BJJ Black Belt so meaningful.

In Chad’s case. He’s battled and won more competition than I can count. As a competitor he’s always been amazing to watch and an inspiration to the people inside the gym.

And as an instructor and a fixture in our gym he’s turned into someone that is all about building up those around him. Something equally impressive and admirable.

This will certainly not be one of my more popular videos but it is a glimpse into our gym ( Derby City MMA ) and what we are all about.

We all love competition. But at the end of the day we are in this because we feel apart of a team and want to grow with each other.

And for those of you who follow me. I know I ramble on in my videos a lot. As I do in person. But you can at least be sure that anything I say in the videos is what I believe. Regardless if you disagree with my philosophy in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. I assure you it’s 100% genuine.

– Chewy

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Food Tip: Easy Meal Prep While You Sleep

meal prep

This is a really easy way to prepare your chicken for your weekly meal prep. I preach to all my BJJ students in the gym that they need to prepare their food in advance. The better you’re eating, the better you will feel and the better you will perform on the mat. You can eat healthy if you’re eating out but it’s more difficult for most of us and it’s much cheaper to do meal prep yourself.

For more awesome meal prep ideas and recipes like this one check out my friend Erin’s website at


  • 1.5-3lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs A 3lb package of chicken will usually make enough for 5-6 meals. If you use less chicken, you end up with more sauce. Either way, it’s delicious.
  • 16oz. jar of your favorite salsa* or 1-15oz. can diced tomatoes (and flavor you choose-I love the kind with jalapenos or chilies in them, or fire roasted) If you use plain tomatoes, the flavor of the sauce will likely be bland.
  • 1/3 cup Sunbutter or other nut butter (I think the sunbutter is the closest substitute to peanut butter and gives the most authentic “peanut” flavor).
  • 2 TBSP Lime Juice (I’ve also used lemon)
  • 2TBSP Coconut aminos, Tamari, Soy Sauce, or fish sauce (pick your poison) Why you would EVER use fish sauce I have no idea-I HATE fish. 😉
  • 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger or 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • Cilantro and lime wedges for garnish
  • Ground chili paste or hot sauce-optional (for extra flavor or heat)





Fitaid Review


Fitaid Review

The other day after finishing a tough no gi class and followed by a Crossfit workout I decided to cool off with a cold shower provided by mother nature. I tried to use my anchorman voice but you’ll see that I pretty much failed. Enjoy the video of the post workout shenanigans.

In all seriousness though. I enjoy the taste of Fitaid. I’m not sure that it does much in the way of helping me recover but it’s tasty. I’ve tried Killcliffs too and I didn’t feel too much on them either.

That said, it’s nice to have something other than water to drink after a workout and Fitaid’s definitely taste really good. The most important thing for performance is diet. Check out this easy meal prep recipe that will make you 3lbs of chicken and is super easy! ( Click Here for the meal prep recipe)



Floor Press for BJJ

Often I get students who ask what they should do to build strength for BJJ. The exercise shown in this video is one of my favorites for developing explosive upper body strength. One of my trainers turned me onto it. When I asked why he put it into my training program, he said it was to develop strong triceps but also because it would give me quick explosion from the positions I find myself on the mat.

After doing the floor press for 4 weeks I noticed a big difference. Again, as  I state in the video. You don’t want to rely on pure strength for BJJ. But a little strength goes a long way when it’s used properly.

So if you’re looking for a little extra power from your upper body. Give this exercise a try. It’s great!