#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”

#136 The mind: Your secret weapon

Many in the sports culture are familiar with the phrase “Winning is 90% mental and %10 physical”. What the actual percentage is we will never know but the words still hold a great deal of truth. Napoleon Bonaparte was known as one of the greatest military generals ever. In a time where troops were heavilyContinue reading “#136 The mind: Your secret weapon”

#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”

#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.”

#126 Train the mind to conquer the body

This weekend I helped my brother move to Austin. If you’ve ever moved an entire house, you know it is a challenge. Navigating large awkwardly shaped pieces of furniture (seemingly designed in the least ergonomic fashion) through doors, up and down stairs and into a u-haul is something everyone should experience. You will quickly becomeContinue reading “#126 Train the mind to conquer the body”

#125 Bruised ego or bruised body?

With everything going on surrounding the riots, BLM, defund the police movement and law enforcement along there is an argument for law enforcement to become more capable physically as well as in hand to hand combat to prevent escalation and consequently the use of force. While many of us are not in favor of actuallyContinue reading “#125 Bruised ego or bruised body?”