#230 Embracing the struggles of BJJ

Regardless of who you are when you begin your Jiu Jitsu journey, one thing is certain. The person who emerges after years of hard training, dedication, blood sweat and tears is undoubtedly your better self, so long as you maintain the mindset of daily improvement. If your goal is to be a gym-hero, smashing everyContinue reading “#230 Embracing the struggles of BJJ”

#229 Do it now

How many times has a great idea come upon you only to be lost until it resurfaces years later? Resist the need to ignore your inspirations and procrastinate, no matter how big your idea, you must start. Starting can mean many things but usually the most important is to avoid your idea becoming a fleetingContinue reading “#229 Do it now”

#227 Your soul on display

Many people believe that BJJ or Jiu Jitsu tournaments are merely about achieving medals and recognition in the sport. While that is true, who doesn’t want to be respected for their efforts, there is something to be said for the reality of fighting and its effects on the human mind. Fewer things will drive aContinue reading “#227 Your soul on display”

#226 Don’t have an ego in the gym, the weights will win..

Practice, practice practice. This is true for CrossFitters, Bodybuilders, Powerlifters and Weightlifters alike. So why is this message lost on the general public? Why does training have to be a contest between who can lift the most weight or who can perform the most ridiculous exercise? Because if you walk into your average box gymContinue reading “#226 Don’t have an ego in the gym, the weights will win..”

#225 BJJ Building Blocks

A couple years ago I was in Texas, Fort Worth learning from a friend who, over the last 20 years as a black belt, had developed a teaching methodology that I was interested in learning. He called this method “The Block” method. What is was, was a way of chaining together a “Start to Finish”Continue reading “#225 BJJ Building Blocks”

#224 State the problem

While studying Jiu Jitsu and watching Gordon Ryan’s Attacking the Guard series on BJJ Fanatics one of the things that impressed me was Gordon’s ability to clearly state the problems in each position. While many positions in Jiu Jitsu come with their own complexities I am in agreement with John Danaher that each position containsContinue reading “#224 State the problem”

#222 Lucky

Today I’m feeling lucky. Perhaps it has something to do with the number 222, perhaps it’s the fact I’m alive. Despite California’s hostility towards gyms and fitness I feel lucky to have health, family, purpose, vision, energy when I see so many others who fail to possess such blessings regardless of their wealth and status.Continue reading “#222 Lucky”

#221 Problem solving

Do you remember the feeling after you solved something as a kid, like a puzzle? Undoubtedly it felt good. Turns out, as we get older, life is no different, yet these puzzles present themselves in the form of a troublesome client, a needy girlfriend or a problem you constantly encounter in Jiu Jitsu that hasContinue reading “#221 Problem solving”