#121 Working on things

A true martial artist seeks constant evolution. Every second that passes is an opportunity to evolve in some way. We can never be defined because our nature is to be an ever changing entity. There are moments in life where we must act purely out of obligation. As a parent, a caretaker, a teacher weContinue reading “#121 Working on things”

#118 Show Yourself

What an inspiring day with the boys from Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts along with Xande Ribeiro, Victor Hugo and the other Six Blades Jiu Jitsu representatives who attended the IBJJF Oklahoma City Open. The night prior, Lovato and Xande gave beautiful speeches to most of the 88 competitors on theContinue reading “#118 Show Yourself”

#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…”

#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.”

Positive Vibe Tribe #109

There’s no question that hard times create strong men. But you don’t have to go to war to have a hard time when war is wherever you are. To understand this better, let’s look at the samurai who were warriors of their day and placed a high value on honor. Samurai means servant, but theyContinue reading “Positive Vibe Tribe #109”

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”

The greatest currency #103

Since Covid-19 most of us have definitely had to become money conscious, even some of the big spenders I know have taken a step back and been more calculated when it comes to their money. Many of us also don’t have money to spend. But there is a currency that will outlast every other one,Continue reading “The greatest currency #103”