My Experience Training BJJ at Google

My time at Google has been great on many levels. There are a lot of perks (delicious free food, nap pods, game rooms, etc), but the best part is the work. It may sound strange, but I love doing research and I love programming. Those two things combine perfectly in my position here.

google-bjjAs has been known for a while now, Google has a jiu jitsu class. I finally got around to attending it. It is run by Milton Bastos, a good teacher and a good competitor. Check out his academy.

The beautiful part about jiu jitsu that I’ve noticed throughout my journey is that once you put on the gi, you shed the identity that you carry in the outside world. Your position at Google or anywhere else doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is your technique. There is something very honest and simple about that.

I got to roll with a few very good people (purple, brown, and black belts). The brown belt girl and the lighter black belt in particular threw a few interesting techniques at me that kept it fun and different. I like unorthodox games. It’s like a new puzzle that needs to be solved.

Now, IBJJF needs to organize a Silicon Valley Open: a tournament between the employees of all the companies in the area. Instead of Alliance, Atos, and Gracie Barra the teams would be Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.


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The greatest benefit I get from competition is when I lose, having given everything I can to win. Let me explain… I believe that competition is one of the most potent catalysts for honest self-analysis. I’m not just talking about … Continue reading

Keenan Cornelius Jiu Jitsu Philosophy in Two Sentences

A month ago Keenan put up a Q&A video on facebook in which someone asked him to summarize his jiu jitsu philosophy in two sentences. His off-the-cuff answer was: Always be attacking. Your hands and feet should always be doing something useful. I thought this … Continue reading

Build a Habit: Motivation is a Fickle Mistress, Habit Is Not

The harder you work and the bigger the challenge you take on, the more likely you are to encounter the voice of “reason” inside your head that tells you to take it easy, to slow down, to take a break for … Continue reading

“Are You Okay?”: The Deconstruction of Ego Through Simulated Murder

Jiu jitsu is simulated battle, and when a man taps he admits defeat in that battle. Luckily, it IS simulated, so tapping is not followed by murder. Much like in chess, a checkmate is not followed by the pillaging of the king’s castle … Continue reading

Metamoris 4 Predictions: Galvao, Lister, and Keenan Win by Submission

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First Brown Belt Tournament: Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals

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Brown Belt Promotion

Yesterday, I was promoted to brown belt in BJJ. I’d like to thank Phil Migliarese, Ricardo Migliarese, and all my training partners and friends at Balance and everywhere else in the jiu jitsu world. In some ways it’s just a … Continue reading