What Is TBOnline
TomBarlowOnline is a resource run by me, Tom Barlow, to provide you with techniques, concepts, and strategies for achieving your Jiu Jitsu goals faster with less frustration.
Everything you learn on this site has been tested at the highest level of competition and used by me and the thousands of Jiu Jitsu players I’ve taught around the world.
Who Am I And Why Should You Care?
First and foremost, I’m a martial artist like you and love to train. On top of that, I’ve won some medals along the way (most notably No Gi worlds 2013/14/15), and I run two successful martial arts schools.
But my path to Jiu Jitsu success has been far from smooth.
You see, for the vast majority of my Jiu Jitsu journey, my only training partners were my students and friends. My instructor, Braulio Estima lived over two hundred miles away, which meant I had very limited access to him.
At best, I would only get to spend two hours a month training with Braulio and had to fit that around running a full-time martial arts academy. Despite these obstacles, I still managed to get my Black Belt in a just over five years and win a bunch of competitions along the way.
Now, it would be easy to say that I was special in some way, but that’s simply NOT true. I just had an open mind, and a willingness to do what most people won’t.
In many ways, I’m grateful for my bumpy Jiu Jitsu journey. As the only way, I could train consistently was by sharing my knowledge with my students. This forced me to break down techniques in a different way than most Jiu Jitsu players. I wasn’t just copying what my instructor did; I had to understand why it works so I could share the knowledge.
And I want to share that knowledge with you so you can avoid the same frustrations I faced along your Jiu Jitsu journey.
How To Use This Site?
The first thing you absolutely, positivity should do is download my eBook, Performance Drilling. It covers my thoughts and idea’s about the most efficient way to train and integrate new techniques into your Jiu Jitsu. Oh and it’s FREE.
You can download it now at now by clicking the button below.
On top of the Free eBook, you’ll also recieve a tonne of exclusive content that will help you improve your Jiu Jitsu.
The next thing you should do is have a poke around the site. There are a bunch of articles, videos, and information about everything Jiu Jitsu. Here are three of my favourites:
Article #1: Strength and Conditioning for Jiu Jitsu
When all things are equal strength and conditioning matter. More often than not it’s the better-conditioned athlete that wins a contest.
However, many people use the poor methods when training their conditioning in Jiu Jitsu.
This article, written in conjunction with Will Badenoch (my S & C coach), outlines an effective strength and conditioning programme for Jiu Jitsu and grappling sports.
Read the article at https://tombarlowonline.com/strength-and-conditioning-for-jiu-jitsu
Article #2: You Gotta Keep ’em Flat (Positional Control Concepts)
“Position before submission” is a commonly used phrase in Jiu Jitsu.
And in my experience when you understand how to control a position the submission becomes a lot easier.
This article and video cover some key concepts to controlling positions and keeping your opponent flat, plus how to practice it.
Watch the video now at https://tombarlowonline.com/you-gotta-keep-em-flat/
Article #3: The Power of Yet (A Growth Mindset)
One of the most important elements in success is your mindset but as a martial arts student, it can be very easy to feel a lack of progression. It’s common to hear students say “I’m not good at…” or “I can’t do …”
When a student says these type of things, they’re operating from a Fixed Mindset and believe it’s impossible for them to succeed.
However, by adding one simple word to the end of those sentences / beliefs they can switch to a Growth Mindset and achieve remarkable success.
Learn this powerful mindset at https://tombarlowonline.com/growth-mindest-the-power-of-yet
Thanks for taking time to visit my site, I hope you find it beneficial.
P.S. Here are three things you should know about me;
#1 Love Actually is my second favourite file (behind 300, Arghhooo!, Arghhooo!, Arghhooo!)
#2 I’m dyslexic, so please forgive any grammatical and spelling mistakes.
#3 I’m very competitive over the simplest things.
P.P.S. What to see a little of my Jiu Jitsu and hear me talk about things?
Here’s a profile video that was filmed in the lead up to my match with Gianni Grippo at Polaris 2.