#172 The Anniversary

One year ago today marked one of the most significant milestones of my life as an athlete, a teacher and as a person. A day that I would cry like a little girl in front of many of the people I admire and love. Roughly 12 years ago I began the journey of a lifetimeContinue reading “#172 The Anniversary”

#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”

#113 Rain rain, go away.

There’s something satisfying about rain. While it can seem like just another perturbance by Mother Nature, cancelling a trip to Disney Land, ruining an outdoor trip or photo shoot, it may be a way of reminding us to sit back and let things unfold. “The more we value things outside our control, the less controlContinue reading “#113 Rain rain, go away.”

Inspiration everywhere #108

In life we have experiences that compel us strongly to take action. Sometimes, it happens with the arrival of an idea that can completely change your perspective and consequently the course of your life. As different as we all are, each of us are surrounded by multiple forms of inspiration if we are looking forContinue reading “Inspiration everywhere #108”

We lost a good one #107

Good morning folks, today I had planned to share some updates with you in regards to my daily routine until it was overshadowed by the murder of one of Iran’s most accomplished wrestlers by the name of Navid Afkari (read here). It was incredibly disturbing to find that a 27 year old man was hungContinue reading “We lost a good one #107”

Daily blog #96

One hand washes the other Today was both one of the happiest and saddest days of my life. One of those days in which the sheer memory gives you goosebumps… As a Jiu Jitsu instructor it is common to receive praise from students or their parents for your efforts which has always, for lack ofContinue reading “Daily blog #96”

Daily blog #79

Time to go back in time Besides being our most precious resource, what is time? One definition is a way to differentiate between past, present and future; a measurement tool for our memories and experiences if you will. Imagine trying to schedule a meeting in today’s world without using the concept of time, it wouldContinue reading “Daily blog #79”

Daily blog #77

The juice is worth the squeeze Today I received an MRI on my elbow that was injured in my previous fight. My third in the past three years. For whatever reason, the hum of the machine always puts me in a lull that has me snooozing in minutes. Maybe halfway through the process, for theContinue reading “Daily blog #77”

Daily blog #72

Good times ahead It’s a beautiful Sunday here in the sunny Coachella Valley, perfect day to barbecue some spicy brats or go to the pool if you haven’t already escaped the heat like many. As I get ready to head over to my parents for some good food I can’t help but notice the wayContinue reading “Daily blog #72”

Daily blog #68

Motivation, discipline and accountability Some days, like today for me, we aren’t really feeling it yet we still have to get up and go to work, the gym, work on stuff etc. A good friend and mentor once told me “motivation gets you started and discipline keeps you going” but what happens when you areContinue reading “Daily blog #68”