The return of IBJJF #111

We kicked off the weekend with the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) Austin Open, the organization’s first tournament since Covid-19. Six Blades Jiu Jitsu also claimed it’s first IBJJF medals finishing 7th overall with Professor Xande leading a small batch of competitors mainly from the Texas area (Team Rabadi, Team Tooke, Six Blades Austin)Continue reading “The return of IBJJF #111”

Iron sharpens iron #110

One of the hardest things in life is to simplify. Whether it is communicating, teaching Jiu Jitsu or creating a fitness program we find ourselves facing the same challenge. Ironically as I mention health I am also sitting in the drive-thru at my local In n Out burger ready to inhale a 4×4 and shakeContinue reading “Iron sharpens iron #110”

Inspiration everywhere #108

In life we have experiences that compel us strongly to take action. Sometimes, it happens with the arrival of an idea that can completely change your perspective and consequently the course of your life. As different as we all are, each of us are surrounded by multiple forms of inspiration if we are looking forContinue reading “Inspiration everywhere #108”

We lost a good one #107

Good morning folks, today I had planned to share some updates with you in regards to my daily routine until it was overshadowed by the murder of one of Iran’s most accomplished wrestlers by the name of Navid Afkari (read here). It was incredibly disturbing to find that a 27 year old man was hungContinue reading “We lost a good one #107”

Together we are stronger #105

Today is my brother Steve’s birthday (the second oldest out of us four boys). In this digital age we don’t use photo albums so I went through my phone and dug up some photos dating back at least 10 years ago doing what we do best, training Muay Thai, competing, relaxing and having fun. It’sContinue reading “Together we are stronger #105”

Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting #104

Many of us have seen Master Po, from the film Kung Fu Panda, embark on the a journey that pairs him up with the Furious Five and ultimately leads to his transformation of empowerment. In times like these, this age old story of Martial Arts, that has been time tested for thousands of years, couldn’tContinue reading “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting #104”

We have arrived! #100

It’s hard to believe that 114 posts ago I was afraid of clicking “Publish” on my very first blog. I can vividly remember what seemed like a monumental decision to go live with the post. Funny how we are when it comes to our initial leap of faith. Most of us can empathize with howContinue reading “We have arrived! #100”

Daily blog #98

Jiu Jitsu GOAT- Today I was inspired watching my Sensei Xande Ribeiro on his new show on FloGrappling. He left no stone unturned discussing everything from nutrition to sleep, mindset, his training regiment, along with his new Six Blades association and academy in Austin. I cannot recommend it more, not only to the BJJ enthusiastContinue reading “Daily blog #98”

Daily blog #97

Covid check Live life, because somebody else has it way worse. Do something nice, because someone right now feels like shit. Be giving, because someone else has nothing. Be fearless, because somebody else is terrified. Laugh, because someone is crying. Hug your family, because some don’t have one. Be happy, because someone else is strugglingContinue reading “Daily blog #97”

Daily blog #96

One hand washes the other Today was both one of the happiest and saddest days of my life. One of those days in which the sheer memory gives you goosebumps… As a Jiu Jitsu instructor it is common to receive praise from students or their parents for your efforts which has always, for lack ofContinue reading “Daily blog #96”