Category Archive: Competition

All posts are related to competition. That includes my own experience or just concepts related to success on the mats.

Apr 11

The Growth Minded Competitor’s Contract


A grand challenge lies before me, and there is one person more than anyone else who will decide whether I succeed or not. At birth, we shared the same name. And even now, there is no one that I know better because that person is none other than ME. From the point forward, I will take …

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Nov 05

Rundown of What Went Down at the No-Gi Worlds

Rundown of What Went Down at the No-Gi Worlds

I had a plan. It was simple and elegant. It just didn’t work out the way that I wanted it to. Oh no, I’m not talking about the tournament yet. We’ll get there, but first we’re going to go a little further back in time to that Friday night. I arrived in Los Angeles around …

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Oct 06

The Game of Inches in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Competition

2012 No-Gi Pan 2

I have a little story to tell you. Several months ago, I had the opportunity to be present when Tom Brands gave a talk on the Iowa mindset. There were many gems of wisdom in that speech, and I’m going to focus on one of them today. It’s the idea that the distance between 1st and …

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May 20

The Benefits of Competition

There are three primary benefits to competing: It will improve your ability to persevere in adverse situations. It will help you focus your attention on weaknesses. It will improve your training by giving you short term goals to focus on. Not once did I mention anything about medals or fame because such things are fleeting. Instead …

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