Still don’t give a f*** #272

In the spring of 2018, my life had met an all time low. I had just undergone reconstructive surgery after sustaining a fully torn ACL and meniscus, which had kept me from training at any championship capacity, once the MRI revealed that surgery was in fact the necessary step to return to competition. On topContinue reading “Still don’t give a f*** #272”

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”

#194 Richer than a millionaire

On my way to the airport, I started listening to Delivering Happiness by the late Tony Hsieh (Zappos founder) on audible. I was inspired hearing about how he came to a realization after receiving 40 million dollar in Microsoft’s acquisition of his company at the time Link Exchange. You could say it was more thanContinue reading “#194 Richer than a millionaire”

#182 Stop wasting your time doing “cardio” for Jiu Jitsu

Let’s face it, we’ve all encountered a student who takes up running or biking to improve their “cardio” for Jiu Jitsu. Clearly they seek an improvement in their Jiu Jitsu performance and understandably so as Jiu Jitsu has intense physical requirements from strength, power, flexibility to endurance. While there are some benefits to raising one’sContinue reading “#182 Stop wasting your time doing “cardio” for Jiu Jitsu”

#157 There’s always something..

Something that occurred to me yesterday, while tagging along with Rafael for his “recovery day”, is that there is always something we can be doing to get better, even if it is resting. What matters, is that it goes along with your purpose. Getting stronger, getting in a better state of mind, better sleep, moreContinue reading “#157 There’s always something..”

#149 Simple Joys

As time passes, you find that some things which gave feelings of discomfort are rather enjoyable. Such as the feeling of a burning muscle on an arm that was previously injured and unable to perform exercise. Curious is the mind.. How can something at one moment provide us with satisfaction and at another moment disdain?Continue reading “#149 Simple Joys”

#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”