motivation

On Jiu Jitsu and Effort

Jiu Jitsu is a skill. All skills are fostered through intelligent repetition. There is no substitute for mat time. The most efficient way to get better at Jiu Jitsu is to do Jiu Jitsu. With the combination of guidance and will, effort is the deciding factor in a student’s progress. “We tell ourselves that skill […]

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Versus 2009 Trailer: “The Underdog”

This is a 2009 trailer for the “Versus” network (now called the NBC sports network). The visuals paired with the song “First Breath After a Coma” by Explosions in the Sky create an emotional canvas to listen to an amazing speech about the underdog. This video is a great listen right before a big game […]

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My Birthday Manifesto

It was mid-July 2013 and I was on the tail end of a road trip with two of my closet friends. Departing New Orleans in the morning and driving through the day, weary, with tired eyes, we arrived at dusk in Fall Creek Falls, TN. Luckily, we arrived thirty minutes before the sun set, and […]

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Why I Train Jiu Jitsu

In the past few days I have been asked numerous times why I train Jiu Jitsu. My inquirers expect answers involving arm bars and berimbolos. In truth, these are the farthest from reasons why I practice this beautiful art. I train because it makes every area of my life better, and it makes me better […]

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Your Life is a Blank Canvas. What Will You Paint?

Life is a blank canvas. In a blind stroke of luck, one evening (or day, I don’t know what kind of sex your parents had), your parents met up and decided to give you the empty picture frame that is your life. Your obligation, until the day you die, is to fill that picture frame […]

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