Once you hit a certain level in your respected field of study or work, you quickly realize just how tightly woven the community you are now a part of truly is. The “degrees of separation” theory is more like a reality, and when you say “I

I've met some of my best friends in life through BJJ

I’ve met some of my best friends in life through BJJ

know a guy that knows a guy who knows *insert name here*” isn’t so much of a joke anymore.

As I have traveled down this winding, lovely road called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I have come across many people to the point now where my network of friends are all directly tied to one another.With this theory in mind, I got to thinking about the trickledown effect—the “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch mine”—theory and if it had any ties to the world of BJJ.

Luckily enough, Joe Cuff, founder of NAGA, shared some valuable insight on that topic with me not too long ago. To learn about upcoming NAGA events check out their official page!

Helping The Martial Arts Community

I specifically asked Joe what he feels NAGA’s role in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is, and his answer cleared up my “trickle down” conundrum rather effectively.“NAGA feels that by giving participants of all grappling arts a forum to compete in, this helps all involved in the sport,” Joe shared right off the bat, before digging a little deeper.

“Those looking to compete need a place to train. This helps bring students to academies. Grapplers need clothing to compete in, this helps bring customers to the many grappling specific vendors. It is a circle which I think all benefit from.” I found a cool video you may like of the essence of BJJ training!

And just like that, Joe had busted my mental block as I sat there with a slight smirk on my face. And not only that, Joe’s words rang true in the minds of many in the sport.

The Culture of Grappling & Martial Arts

Like he stated above, Joe & NAGA reach and affects the lives of many involved. This speaks to the strong culture that you’ll find, not just in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but the world of martial arts in general! Boxers, wrestlers, Thai fighters, Judokas…we’re all one big family!

Joe continued on, “Like most martial arts, there is a large turnover,” he pauses before continuing, “but the students and competitors that stick with it will enjoy the great journey the grappling arts provide you.”

Yet again, Joe hit the nail right on the head. I have some many come-and-go in BJJ, which I’m not knocking them for it, but those that have stayed have made it their life’s mission to excel to push their limits. You can learn more about a cool breakdown on the BJJ lifestyle in this article from BJJEE

At the end of the day, I can say that BJJ has been a fantastic journey thanks to people such as Joe Cuff.

-Dan Faggella

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  1. Dan,

    You make some really good points. BJJ has lifted Martial Arts in all areas. I have been in Martial Arts for over 20 years. I seen its popularity go up and down. Martial Arts was in a real down turn until the popularity of BJJ came to the rescue. All aspects of Martial Arts have risen from the business end to producing better quality people. Bjj is like Martial Arts insurance. Insuring that Martial Arts stay strong. Its people like you and Joe who bring the light.

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