the small shield of self defense


Jake Whitfield

December 13, 2016

The Meaning Behind the Belts

One thing that differentiates Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from other forms of martial arts is the belt system. Most eastern martial arts have some form of ranking system and these ranks are usually represented in the form of belts. These belts range in color from simple white and black to pink to camouflage. Jiu-Jitsu Read more…

December 12, 2016

I Have a Problem

    My name is Jake Whitfield and I have a problem. I proudly represent Royce and Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu everywhere that I go, only I don’t. My problem and my biggest struggle is nutrition. The 753 philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu is the guiding code that has been passed to me by Royce and by Grandmaster Read more…

December 12, 2016

The Purpose of Self-Defense Training

  A friend of mine sent me this post and asked for my opinion on it. Several of my other friends have also shared this post so I thought rather than replying privately, I would make a blog post for all to see.   First of all, let me be clear about something: I agree with everything Read more…

December 12, 2016

Who Should You Listen To?

  It’s very common to hear people talk about “the white belt mentality.” The concept is that a white belt has an open mind, willing to learn anything from anyone. I don’t necessarily agree with this concept. The amount of information available today is staggering. That is true about any subject, but right now I’m Read more…

December 12, 2016

Why I Don’t Say “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”

  Today, the term “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” or “BJJ” has become the ubiquitous term for a particular grappling art that is sometimes used in Mixed Martial Arts. I do not use this term. I usually use the term “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” or just plain “Jiu-Jitsu”, but why? To start with, let’s look at the definition of jiu-jitsu. Merriam Read more…