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Welcome to The Grappler's Diary
If you're new, start here. (Updated 8/8/2023)
Hi, I’m Chris,
and welcome to The Grappler’s Diary.
Let’s get right to it:
A little bit about me.
I like Jiu-Jitsu, puppies, and pizza. Oh, and if you’re wondering how I’m doing, my back probably hurts.
Apart from my joint pain, I’m also a writer, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and competitor. I’m on a journey through the world of martial arts as an athlete, teacher, and student, and I’m here to share it all with you.
That’s because, at the end of the day, I’m a teacher at heart, though I guess not necessarily in the conventional sense of the word. I teach people how to overcome physical and mental hurdles through martial arts and storytelling. I started doing this long before I got my black belt in BJJ.
The first time I remember doing this was when I was a senior in high school and I gave my sister a motivational speech before one of our wiffle ball games.
We won that game.
Martial arts and writing are my passions, and this newsletter is where they intersect.
Here are a few things I’ve accomplished in writing and Jiu-Jitsu that I’d like to share with you.
2019 IBJJF Purple Belt No-Gi World Champion (click here to read an article about how I did it)
2022 ADCC West Coast Trials 4th Place finisher (click here to read an article about that event)
I’m also currently ranked in FloGrappling’s 170-pound rankings. I’m currently considered one of the top 170-pound no-gi grapplers in the world (and yes, that does give me a sense of imposter syndrome).
I’ve only been writing on the internet for a short time, but in that time I’ve gained more than 20 million views on my writing.
What exactly is The Grappler’s Diary?
For the first 14 months of its existence, this newsletter was called Who’s That? On the Mat? in honor of my high school wrestling team’s meme Facebook group.
However, it came to rebrand, and now this newsletter is named exactly what it is today. I like this name.
This is The Grappler’s Diary.
This newsletter is a digital program that helps us improve ourselves physically and mentally—with a heavy emphasis on martial arts training.
How does The Grappler’s Diary work?
First, hit the “subscribe” button and enter your email address.
Then, every Friday morning, I'll send you an article. That’s it.
Training tips, mindset approaches, stories, and life lessons learned through my journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, writing, and traveling the world pursuing my dream. That’s my life, and this newsletter is where I share things I’ve learned. Occasionally, I also share work from writers who I meet through the martial arts world.
That’s pretty much it…
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