Sep 23

Sharpening the Blade and Stringing the Bow

SharpeningtheBlade

A few weeks ago I decided to challenge myself. I drew a hard line in the sand and set a goal. Now the deadline is fast approaching, and I started off the week from a deficit. I lost some ground as a result of not training much for two weeks due to sickness. Regardless of …

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Sep 16

IBJJF Atlanta Open: Mission Debrief

IBJJF Atlanta Open: Mission Debrief

Many times, and in many ways, it has been said that in life there will always be things that are outside of your control but what matters is how you choose to respond. The whole Altanta Open experience reinforced this lesson for me. One of the Cards I Was Dealt Two weeks ago, I got …

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Sep 09

Aiming to be in a Constant State of Evolution

Updated: October 23, 2013 There is a wealth of knowledge out there.  The difficulty lies in finding what’s relevant to you. What I want to do here is help you out in that process to some degree. This is my personal reading list. It includes books I’ve read, the book I’m reading, and books that …

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Sep 07

Are You Consumed With the Question of Why

Thinking Man

I know I am. I realized early that understanding why a technique works makes it easier to figure out how to make it work for me. So I became a conceptual learner. Another factor in that choice of focus came as a result of a method that my coach, Mike Moses, used to use often …

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Sep 06

Oh What Will I Steal Today

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Updated: December 13, 2012 I’m a thief. I’ve never thought of it that way before, but after reading a certain book, I accept it. Hell, I’m even proud of it. What does it mean to be a thief though? It’s simply the willingness to learn from the experience of others. Why reinvent the wheel if …

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Sep 04

Lessons Learned When I Was a White Belt III

Evolve

Today, I’m going to talk about the lesson I learned the very first day I trained at Evolve Academy. I drove over an hour to get to the gym and I got lost at the end, since it was located off the main road. By some miracle though, I will still early. So I signed …

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Sep 04

Are All Hours Spent Training BJJ of Equal Value

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This is a question that I’ve wondered about. Intuitively, I’ve felt that the answer was a clear and emphatic no. The issue was that I only had my own experience to draw from. Now from two different sources within a very small time frame, I’ve been introduced to a concept that has the potential of …

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Sep 03

What Ben Askren Can Teach Us about Training Strategies

What Ben Askren Can Teach Us about Training Strategies

Sometime ago, I vowed never to write a straight review of a book ever again. I am tempted to do so here since this is a great book.  It focuses on the concepts and strategies that Ben Askren has applied in order to achieve great results even with a less than ideal training environment. The …

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Sep 01

Lessons Learned When I Was a White Belt II

Lessons Learned When I Was a White Belt II

Back when I was a white belt, I was consistently partnered up with three upper belts. Their names were Tyler, Sulaiman, and Coleman. The things I learned from each of them had a formative impact on me.  So what I’m going is to go back and relive those experiences to some degree and highlight the …

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Aug 28

How to Apply Think and Grow Rich Concepts to BJJ

How to Apply Think and Grow Rich Concepts to BJJ

Think and Grow Rich was highly recommended to me. So I read once, I read it twice, and then I read several chapters over again. Now I’m going to take those 13 concepts of success and apply them to BJJ. First, let’s start off by listing the thirteen principles: Desire Faith Auto-Suggestion Specialized Knowledge Imagination Organized …

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Aug 22

Lessons Learned When I Was a White Belt I

A Match I Had as a White Belt

Recently, I’ve been thinking about some of my formative experiences when I was a white belt. So I decided to go back and try to highlight those experiences, and this will be my first attempt to do so here. The focus of this post will be on the lessons I learned competing as a white …

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Aug 19

Reasons to Check Out David Avellan’s Kimura Trap Series

Kimura Trap Series

In a few weeks, David Avellan will be a releasing a instructional set that focuses on diverse methods of applying the kimura grip. The set will include six DVDs, a book, and a mind map. So he’s taking a multi-pronged approach to instruction in order to increase the amount of value that his clients receive …

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Aug 17

Small Circles: The Theory of Efficient Mastery

artoflearning

  One of the recent books that I’ve read was Josh Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning. In it, there was a section on small circles. It’s a simple theory. The focus is on mastering simple subsets of a discipline in order to make the rest less complex. One example of how he applied that concept …

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Aug 17

The Fine Line between Teaching and Learning

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To be an effective teacher requires more than just the simple regurgitation of knowledge. You have to take what you’ve learned, process it, and then articulate it in a form that can be easily understood by your audience. The challenge lies in the fact that the skill levels of your audience can vary significantly from …

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Aug 10

Some Might Say That This Isn’t the Best Instructional for a White Belt

GANChuck

With that headline, I guess it would be quite appropriate to tell you which instructional I’m talking right off the bat. The instructional is called Tornado Roll and Inverted Guard, and it was done by Chuck Anzalone. I watched it way back when I was a white belt. Even given the fact that the topic matter …

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Aug 05

The Importance of Daily Rituals and How to Apply Them to BJJ

HowBad

There are underlying concepts that hold the keys to success, and they aren’t only found in your chosen areas of interest. In this video that never once mentions Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, I heard several concepts that I could apply directly to my training. The one concept that stood out most of all for me is the importance of …

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Aug 03

Setting the Longboat Ablaze at the Shoreline

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I am curious. I want to see what will happen if I compete at a lower weight class. I’ve always been in the heaviest division where weight disparities are a fact of life. So I’ve never had any practical experience with weight cutting or any worries about my weight at all. It would be easy …

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Aug 01

The 12P Brand

12Ps

Let’s start with a simple question. What is the 12P Brand? In essence, It’s a brand that focuses on a simple concept: You reap what you sow. So if you sow excellence, you will reap excellence, but that’s also true on the opposite end of the spectrum. It all goes back to the idea of …

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Jul 30

Drills for Developing Knee on Belly Flow and Control

Drills for Developing the Knee on Belly Position

Here’s a collection of good videos that focus on drills that can be done for the knee on belly position. A few cover the same material, but it is good to look at things from different perspective sometimes. Jason Scully incorporates the knee on belly position in a transitional drill. One thing that is really …

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Jul 29

So Called Self-Evident Truth

I would rather hear the truth told a thousand times and in a thousand different ways than hear a lie told once. I have no doubt that I am not alone in that preference, but I want to challenge the idea that wisdom can become trite blather if it is repeated. Repetition is how you …

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Jul 27

Another Milestone in the Journey

Promotion Brown Belt at Evolve Academy

Yesterday, I was promoted to brown belt, and all I can think about is all the challenges that await me. There are several matches that I really want, and I have the time to prepare myself. I just have to stay focused on what I can do each day to move forward.

Jul 23

Embrace the Process

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It’s time to believe that you are in the process of becoming great. The key word there is process because every day there is the opportunity to move forward or backward. No other option exists. If you have the mindset that nothing stays the same and everything is always changing, it becomes easier to not …

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Jul 14

Learning Approaches

WinorLearn

I recently read the Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin, and in it there is a section about learning approaches and how they differ. Two categories were established. The first was labeled entity, and the second was called incremental. In the entity learning process, individuals determined their ability to learn or perform based on their …

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Jun 17

Looking at Soldierfit through the Prism

Soldierfit

I’ve recently had the opportunity to start building a partnership with Soldierfit. It’s a company that is focused on helping people achieve their fitness and weight loss goals, and I am very proud to represent it since there is no doubt that they do good work. Just saying that they do good work isn’t enough …

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Jun 17

Recap of the Gi Season

Purple Belt Ultra Heavy Podium at Worlds

Over the last six months, I’ve competed at six tournaments. Three of them were considered grand slams, two were Abu Dhabi trials, and one was a local tournament. Each time, I took lessons away from the event. Sometimes, it happened beforehand, but often it was afterward. Now I’m just going to go back and attempt …

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