#174 You never know

It’s 6:25AM in the Atlanta airport as I stand in a never ending line to go through the TSA checkpoint before boarding my flight to LAX where I’ll drive the two hours back to my home in the Coachella Valley. My flight just began boarding and at the rate this line is moving, I’m startingContinue reading “#174 You never know”

#174 You never know

It’s 6:25AM in the Atlanta airport as I stand in a never ending line to go through the TSA checkpoint before boarding my flight to LAX. My flight just began boarding and at the rate this line is moving, I’m starting to worry I’ll miss my flight. I stop thinking about myself for a secondContinue reading “#174 You never know”

#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”

#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”

#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”

#158 The Queen’s Gambit

If you haven’t already started watching the chess drama on Netflix, The Queen’s Gambit, I recommend it. It’s an amazing story about a gifted young orphan, Beth, who becomes mesmerized by the game of 64 squares. There are many parallels that can be drawn from this show to one’s life. One being that in herContinue reading “#158 The Queen’s Gambit”

#141 Stick to it.

Sometimes one of the hardest things we face in life is to remain steadfast. That means staying strong in your core beliefs, your values or moving towards your purpose. Life is hard, even for those who seem to have everything. We will all face moments where we want to give up. Moments where summoning everyContinue reading “#141 Stick to it.”

#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”