#256 The Greatest Instructor

In Jiu Jitsu, as in life, every practitioner will eventually face the inevitable. Injury. While it is only natural to want to retreat into isolation and “lick your wounds” these are one of the art’s greatest learning experiences that will ultimately define you as a Martial Artist. While the severity of the injury may preventContinue reading “#256 The Greatest Instructor”

#235 Humble pie

For many of us there comes a time in life where we are forced into uncomfortable situations. They can come in the form of losing your job, having to go on unemployment, living beneath your supposed standards, an apology for something you feel you be vindicated, etc. Never has the tool of “humble pie” beenContinue reading “#235 Humble pie”

#226 Don’t have an ego in the gym, the weights will win..

Practice, practice practice. This is true for CrossFitters, Bodybuilders, Powerlifters and Weightlifters alike. So why is this message lost on the general public? Why does training have to be a contest between who can lift the most weight or who can perform the most ridiculous exercise? Because if you walk into your average box gymContinue reading “#226 Don’t have an ego in the gym, the weights will win..”

#214 The Easy Way Out

Like the mesmerizing beauty who is shallow beneath her golden skin, the easy way is always there, always tempting, daring you to close your eyes and cast yourself into its depths. Bushido, the way of the warrior, states that “the true essence of bushido is to die”. Our struggles in life come down to fundamentalContinue reading “#214 The Easy Way Out”

#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”

#178 Artificial technique doesn’t get real results

If you have been around combat sports for a long time, or hopped on a social media platform and started perusing techniques, it wouldn’t take you long to find some incredibly beautiful looking techniques. Some of the moves you come across will be effective while some will not or they will simply be dramatized forContinue reading “#178 Artificial technique doesn’t get real results”

#177 Martial Artists

We are those who dare to see things differently. Martial Arts is the perfect balance of beauty and grace alongside pragmatism and ruthlessness. Such harmony is not seen in nature, it is nature. Like a beautiful ocean that in the next moment is a devastating tsunami, so too is the way of life itself. WeContinue reading “#177 Martial Artists”

#174 You never know

It’s 6:25AM in the Atlanta airport as I stand in a never ending line to go through the TSA checkpoint before boarding my flight to LAX where I’ll drive the two hours back to my home in the Coachella Valley. My flight just began boarding and at the rate this line is moving, I’m startingContinue reading “#174 You never know”

#174 You never know

It’s 6:25AM in the Atlanta airport as I stand in a never ending line to go through the TSA checkpoint before boarding my flight to LAX. My flight just began boarding and at the rate this line is moving, I’m starting to worry I’ll miss my flight. I stop thinking about myself for a secondContinue reading “#174 You never know”

#172 The Anniversary

One year ago today marked one of the most significant milestones of my life as an athlete, a teacher and as a person. A day that I would cry like a little girl in front of many of the people I admire and love. Roughly 12 years ago I began the journey of a lifetimeContinue reading “#172 The Anniversary”