#140 The Gain of Pain

The adage of “no pain, no gain” might be tried and true. But it is also misunderstood. First, pain is a signal. It’s that check engine light that comes on. A sign that something is wrong and should be investigated. Hiding from it certainly won’t fix your car and neither will ignoring it but sometimesContinue reading “#140 The Gain of Pain”

#139 Stress Made

You know the old saying “it can make you or break you” ? It’s true… Stress is a part of life. Ever since the beginning of mankind when we were hunting, building and trying to survive. Just like going to the gym and stressing your muscles with exercise you may wake up sore, but youContinue reading “#139 Stress Made”

#138 Rags to Riches

Tonight I witnessed Brian Ortega versus Chan Sung Jung, more commonly known as the the Korean Zombie. Ortega had a flawless performance displaying his much improved striking since losing to Max Holloway in a title fight that awarded Ortega his first and only loss. I remember seeing Brian Ortega fight in some Jiu Jitsu tournamentsContinue reading “#138 Rags to Riches”

#137 Bond through suffering

Having been around the Jiu Jitsu culture for twelve years now and counting, I continue to be amazed by what an amazing and fruitful community it is. I believe CrossFit was also very successful in this aspect of building a family. One of the most interesting things to me are the lifelong relationships and bondsContinue reading “#137 Bond through suffering”

#136 The mind: Your secret weapon

Many in the sports culture are familiar with the phrase “Winning is 90% mental and %10 physical”. What the actual percentage is we will never know but the words still hold a great deal of truth. Napoleon Bonaparte was known as one of the greatest military generals ever. In a time where troops were heavilyContinue reading “#136 The mind: Your secret weapon”

#134 Your Best Effort

We’ve all heard some variation of the cliche “failure is not an option” but, is that really the case? In fact, it might be your most readily available option when facing challenge. A better approach is to simply give your best every day in every task. As martial artists, as athletes, as business entrepreneurs, weContinue reading “#134 Your Best Effort”

#133 Lessons through struggle

If the Pan IBJJF championships have taught us something it is that we are all a “work in progress”. This past week we witnessed past victors displaying a championship performance such as Gustavo Batista and new champions crowned such as Joshua Cisneros and Thiago Macedo. Regardless of the outcome there are always lessons for bothContinue reading “#133 Lessons through struggle”

TRAIN FAST, LIFT HEAVY, HIT HARD

As a kid you didnt think twice before going zero to hundred. As you age, you start to realize a sense of mortality, with that comes a natural inclination to be more conservative. However, those who can “run from danger” or “lift heavy things and put them down” into their later years, maintain their youthfulnessContinue reading “TRAIN FAST, LIFT HEAVY, HIT HARD”

#132 You got this.

Wrapping up the week of the Pans I am left in awe over so many impressive moments. This was the year of upsets in the black belt finals with Thiago Macedo beating out World Champion Matheus Gabriel in the Featherweight division. American Joshua Cisneros taking out Pedro Dias in the Light-Featherweight division. Max Gimenis gettingContinue reading “#132 You got this.”