#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?”

#124 Finding Our Why

Every journey comes with it’s bumps in the road. It can cause us to lose our sense of direction and often our motivation as a result. For some it’s as simple as reminding yourself of why you started the journey. Some will need to dig deeper to uncover the meaning of “why they want toContinue reading “#124 Finding Our Why”

#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”

#122 Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

In our world today governed by political correctness and man-shaming there is a longing for the times where it was not only accepted but encouraged to be a tough man. That doesn’t mean that because you are a rough and dangerous person you can’t also be a sweet person with a big heart. I knowContinue reading “#122 Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”

#121 Working on things

A true martial artist seeks constant evolution. Every second that passes is an opportunity to evolve in some way. We can never be defined because our nature is to be an ever changing entity. There are moments in life where we must act purely out of obligation. As a parent, a caretaker, a teacher weContinue reading “#121 Working on things”

#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”

#117 It’s not ok to be weak…

In Sam Sheridan’s book “A Fighter’s Heart” he witnesses the scene of a dog fighting ring in Brazil, Thailand and the Philippines – something that would be quite a shock to your average yuppie from the suburbs here in the United States. In western cultures, dog fighting is viewed as an inhumane act whereas countriesContinue reading “#117 It’s not ok to be weak…”

#116 You are an Investor

In life we are constantly faced with decisions, some big some small, some seemingly important and unimportant. One of the biggest decisions we make is where we invest our resources. One of the biggest determining factors in how one does this your definition of “success”. For some, money is important so their career or theContinue reading “#116 You are an Investor”

#115 Own It

At a young age, it’s normal to have little responsibility or desire for it. Having your mom make you meals or your dad go to work and pay the bills can be nice. As children our responsibility is often centered around good grades as well as some chores. The problem with having no responsibility asContinue reading “#115 Own It”

#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.”