#230 Adapt your Jiu Jitsu

Today I woke up with a nagging shoulder injury. Of course it happened the day before I was scheduled to work with a private group of women in the Palm Springs area. Luckily, and thanks to some CBD roll on and my ever trusted Aleve, by the time I got there it had loosened up.Continue reading “#230 Adapt your Jiu Jitsu”

#229 Just roll with it

It’s the last day of training for the week, everything is feeling great, you are at your best physically, mentally and even feeling motivated. Then, crash!!! You are reminded of your mortality by a snap, crackle pop. As the realization of an injury sets in, negative thoughts begin to fill your mind. This is onlyContinue reading “#229 Just roll with it”

#228 Improving through injuries

In any endeavor, particularly one that involves putting breaking forces on an opponents joints, injuries are an inevitable factor. The implications following a serious injury are fairly obvious but there are a few main distinctions when it comes to the types of injuries you can sustain and how to respond thereafter. The first scenario isContinue reading “#228 Improving through injuries”

#227 Your soul on display

Many people believe that BJJ or Jiu Jitsu tournaments are merely about achieving medals and recognition in the sport. While that is true, who doesn’t want to be respected for their efforts, there is something to be said for the reality of fighting and its effects on the human mind. Fewer things will drive aContinue reading “#227 Your soul on display”

#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…”