#168 “You win or you learn”

Oftentimes you will hear a coach or a family member repeat this phrase “you win or you learn”. While there is truth to the idea that losses can highlight areas of weakness, making you reevaluate your process more deeply, it is not to say that this is only possible through losing. In fact, it isContinue reading “#168 “You win or you learn””

#167 Compete

Whether you realize it or not competition is a natural occurrence that is part of our daily lives. Such is the way of man’s natural born instinct to survive. It is the very part of our genetic makeup that leads us to achieve success for ourselves. For the prehistoric man, being a lousy competitor almostContinue reading “#167 Compete”

#162 In Jeong we trust

Years ago I watched a short video on BJJ and training lifestyle in South Korea. What stuck with me the most out of the clip was the instructor talking about something called “Jeong” that Jiu Jitsu supposedly offers. Now although I can’t for the life of me find the video, I went a little deeperContinue reading “#162 In Jeong we trust”

#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”

#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”

#131 Blessings In Disguise

Today I woke up feeling great after the first 8 hours of sleep all week. Usually I manage with 4-6 hours a night, sometimes less. Nevertheless as I started going about my day, coffee, etc I started to feel a tightness in the left side of my back. I sat down on a chair andContinue reading “#131 Blessings In Disguise”

#130 PREDICTABLY UNPREDICTABLE

Perspective: An important aspect of fighting is the element of surprise. My thought is that one should: Learn how to fight as much as how to hide. Be as comfortable on bottom as on top. Stand up but understand when to go to the ground. Know when to take risk and when to be conservative.Continue reading “#130 PREDICTABLY UNPREDICTABLE”

#129 Name Day

First of all, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the fact that people showed so much love for me on my birthday let alone that they even remembered throughout what has been a trying year for many. A long time ago, a mentor asked me, what the most powerful force in the world was, toContinue reading “#129 Name Day”

#128 Smile.

Have you ever noticed that the strong have little to hide? What I mean by that is they lack the need to show “how tough they are” because they are. In fact, they can often display quite the opposite with beaming smiles, goofiness and silly behavior. Some of the most dangerous people we know areContinue reading “#128 Smile.”

#127 You are great.

We all have our moments of brilliance. We also have moments where we are downright foolish. The key is… Those moments won’t define you. Better days are always ahead for those who possess the right mentality. The champion mentality. There will always be those who remember you for the bad, just as those who rememberContinue reading “#127 You are great.”