#137 Bond through suffering

Having been around the Jiu Jitsu culture for twelve years now and counting, I continue to be amazed by what an amazing and fruitful community it is. I believe CrossFit was also very successful in this aspect of building a family. One of the most interesting things to me are the lifelong relationships and bondsContinue reading “#137 Bond through suffering”

#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.”

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”

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”

The early bird #111

One of the most important things in every person’s life is their morning routine. How you start your day can make or break you whether you’re a top CEO, a farmer or a student. You will hear it being advocated by successful leaders, the military, and hard working people who make up the backbone ofContinue reading “The early bird #111”

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”

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”