#224 State the problem

While studying Jiu Jitsu and watching Gordon Ryan’s Attacking the Guard series on BJJ Fanatics one of the things that impressed me was Gordon’s ability to clearly state the problems in each position. While many positions in Jiu Jitsu come with their own complexities I am in agreement with John Danaher that each position containsContinue reading “#224 State the problem”

#213 The Religion of Martial Arts

Regardless of our individual differences as people, we all have gods we worship (money, fame, success, peace) along with an accompanying belief system we practice. Some call this religion, philosophy, others spirituality. Just as the propensity for nationalism when it comes to our country, so too with the dogma we choose. For how many yearsContinue reading “#213 The Religion of Martial Arts”

#212 Showing up is easy

To reach such a peak, there is no particular set of skills required (a guide may be advised lol) but rather that you bring yourself and your best, be present and put one foot in front of the other. While that seems easy enough, too many are unfamiliar with this idea. You will see thisContinue reading “#212 Showing up is easy”

#211 Technique and f*** it!

Everyone at some level or another learns that there is a level of technique needed to be proficient in any given discipline. There also comes the time when you need to say fuck it and just “GO!”. As much as there is a need to be precise and calculated, the day will come where itContinue reading “#211 Technique and f*** it!”

#208 You aren’t lazy, you suck at learning…

We all have something we want to be good at. Cooking, school, sports, health, etc. We all personally know a good amount of people struggling to accomplish even the most simple of goals like lose weight. One of the fortunes of my profession is that it allows me to be surrounded by highly motivated andContinue reading “#208 You aren’t lazy, you suck at learning…”

#203 In Jiu Jitsu, it’s not what you know.

One of the best things about Jiu Jitsu, as with many things in life, is that you must go further than speculation. A frustration with today’s world are those who live their lives in a world of theory. While theory is necessary for generating ideas, they cannot be allowed to trump what actually has worked.Continue reading “#203 In Jiu Jitsu, it’s not what you know.”

#202 Lessons from cleaning

Nothing will teach you the importance of every task like cleaning. Dusting, mopping, sweeping are all created equally and necessary for the finished project. A good engine, after all is the sum of each of its parts. No detail can be spared or left out, everything must be accounted for to create a sparkling kitchen.Continue reading “#202 Lessons from cleaning”

#197 There’s work to be done…

One of the beautiful things about Jiu Jitsu is the never ending ability for you to be humbled. Even at the top of your game, following a winning performance could you be humbled in the gym by someone without competitive aspirations. Never take for granted this ability of Jiu Jitsu to remind you that noContinue reading “#197 There’s work to be done…”

#196 Mushin – The most important weapon of the samurai.

Many of us have heard of the word Samurai, which brings to mind fearless warriors wielding impressive swords with which they used to cut down their enemy. What many do not know is that the word Samurai means “to serve and attend” or “those who serve”. Few also know that Jiu Jitsu itself originated fromContinue reading “#196 Mushin – The most important weapon of the samurai.”

#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”