The Gorilla Press, Issue 139

November 8th and the release of The Universal Sprawl, By John Frankl. Coach Matt on The Universal Sprawl- “Coming next Monday, Nov 8th!Did you know that virtually all of the thousands of techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sweeps, submissions, escapes, and pins actually boil down to just 12 mechanical motions?Knowing what those motions are, and understanding […]

The Gorilla Press, Issue 138

Last Month’s Podcast From coach Matt- “October’s SBG Podcast is here!“Feeling good about a problem and actually solving a problem are two very different things.” – Steve SalernoThis month I talk with best-selling author and professor of media ethics, Steve Salerno.Steve wrote the book “SHAM, How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless,” in 2005. In it he […]

The Gorilla Press, Issue 137

Matt Thornton Heads To Edmonton “Another weekend in the world’s best office. SBG Canada = thriving.” – Matt Well Earned To Two Of SBG’s Newest Black Belts From Coach Matt- “One of the best parts of my job is being able to acknowledge the progress of others in our art. And acknowledge is the right word. A […]

Exploring the Map: On The Journey Through the Belt System

An essay on the journey through the belt system of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’ originally published in 2004 One of the most common questions I am asked when I travel and teach is this: ”What do I need to work on?” As a coach, you will need to get used to being asked this. It is part […]

Coaching: The SBGi Way

An essay on the coaching done by SBGi coaches originally published in September 11, 2005

Notes on Drilling

Originally published in 2004: Some of the questions I get asked about the most