Transform #266

Ludwig Von Wittgenstein “Just improve yourself; that is the only thing you can do to better the world.” The only constant in our lives is change, for better or worse. Every day we are faced with the choice to evolve or accept the fate of stagnation. While seemingly straightforward in nature, especially prior to theContinue reading “Transform #266”

The Mind of a Martial Artist #262

Recently I was on a security team for a well known organization, during which, I was positioned by another guard who asked me if I could explain the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in a street application with one or potentially more attackers. Since his question carried a deal of respect and humility I obliged. IContinue reading “The Mind of a Martial Artist #262”

“The Prodigal Blogger” #259

It seems like forever ago when I chose to step away from this page due to family/life crises that befell me in April of 2021. Unbeknownst to me, these challenges would catapult me further in life and work than I could ever imagine. Fast forward to now, I am eager to jump back into theContinue reading ““The Prodigal Blogger” #259”

#198 Having a plan for BJJ

As BJJ artists, we will all inevitably find ourselves in times where our focused becomes one hundred percent dedicated towards improvement. Perhaps it was a disappointing loss, an injury, frustration that you are not progressing at the rate you feel you should, all of which resulting in an opportunity for you to step back andContinue reading “#198 Having a plan for BJJ”

#189 Are you efficient or effective?

Early on in my career as a strength and conditioning coach, there was something I became quickly aware of despite my lack of knowledge or education in the field. It was something I came across perhaps flipping through Zatsiorsky’s work and soon after by my own two eyes. It was the contrast between those typesContinue reading “#189 Are you efficient or effective?”

#188 Pressure makes BJJ diamonds

Martial Artists understand that there cannot be growth without struggle. This is an inescapable feature of being human. Harsh conditions make a man hard in the mind and body, too much comfort makes him soft and weak. Luckily for all, there is a safe and friendly environment that invites all to develop themselves in thisContinue reading “#188 Pressure makes BJJ diamonds”

#164 Its not about fighting

Many of us, like myself, are drawn to the nature of fighting and being capable in a physical altercation. For as far back as the history books will take us, we have wrestled, boxed and found ways to fight each other. There is an allure to being “the knight in shining armor” who can beatContinue reading “#164 Its not about fighting”

#123 Psychology of Jiu Jitsu

While it’s well understood through the BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) community, that Jiu Jitsu has a positive effect one’s mood I wanted to look further and find some sort of psychological backing as to why that is. It is quite well known that exercise releases endorphins that are natural mood enhancers, one of the reasonsContinue reading “#123 Psychology of Jiu Jitsu”

#118 Show Yourself

What an inspiring day with the boys from Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts along with Xande Ribeiro, Victor Hugo and the other Six Blades Jiu Jitsu representatives who attended the IBJJF Oklahoma City Open. The night prior, Lovato and Xande gave beautiful speeches to most of the 88 competitors on theContinue reading “#118 Show Yourself”

#117 It’s not ok to be weak…

In Sam Sheridan’s book “A Fighter’s Heart” he witnesses the scene of a dog fighting ring in Brazil, Thailand and the Philippines – something that would be quite a shock to your average yuppie from the suburbs here in the United States. In western cultures, dog fighting is viewed as an inhumane act whereas countriesContinue reading “#117 It’s not ok to be weak…”