Owning Your Training: Why a PhD and BJJ Aren’t So Different

The longer I spend training and thinking about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the more fervently I believe it should be treated and studied as an academic discipline. I would like to see smart people develop theory, collect empirical data, and otherwise treat BJJ with the same respect afforded to fields in which people can earn an advanced degree like history or mathematics. Having a doctorate, I have done time in academe as well as on the mat, so I have some basis for comparison.

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