#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”

#192 The Jiu Jitsu move nobody knows…

Ever since I can remember, in my past-decade of experience doing Jiu Jitsu, I have always met those who scoured the Jiu Jitsu ether searching for “secret moves” than their opponent didn’t know. I must admit, as a white and blue belt, I too fell victim to this thinking. The thinking that the more tricksContinue reading “#192 The Jiu Jitsu move nobody knows…”

#190 Your Bjj school is full of egotists…

As students, we all develop a natural fondness for our senseis. It is expected. However, not all teachers’ intentions are in the interest of the school and the students. Unfortunately this can discourage many students from sticking to a journey that is actually right for them, if they only had a different academy with instructorsContinue reading “#190 Your Bjj school is full of egotists…”

#189 Are you efficient or effective?

Early on in my career as a strength and conditioning coach, there was something I became quickly aware of despite my lack of knowledge or education in the field. It was something I came across perhaps flipping through Zatsiorsky’s work and soon after by my own two eyes. It was the contrast between those typesContinue reading “#189 Are you efficient or effective?”

#188 Pressure makes BJJ diamonds

Martial Artists understand that there cannot be growth without struggle. This is an inescapable feature of being human. Harsh conditions make a man hard in the mind and body, too much comfort makes him soft and weak. Luckily for all, there is a safe and friendly environment that invites all to develop themselves in thisContinue reading “#188 Pressure makes BJJ diamonds”