Posts tagged BJJ
I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining

I can count on my left hand the people who started training when I started who are still training to this day. Even fewer of my original classmates have gone on to really master themselves and the martial arts. I have spent just on 31 years training almost every day and still consider myself a beginner in many facets of martial arts study. But the one thing I have come to realise…

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The Higher My Rank, The More Humbly I Behave

I have had the good fortune of interviewing some of the very best martial artists on the planet. It seems that being at the top of your game, whatever that might be, is conducive to being humble. There is not one person I have interviewed, met or trained with who is amongst the best at what they do who conducts him or herself in an arrogant manner. Why do you think…

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Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.

Work is any activity that we undertake that requires some form of effort. Going to your daily job, training in the martial arts, gardening, looking after the kids, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn and any number of tasks that must be completed each day all require effort. Some require almost zero effort and some a lot. Either way, how…

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New Years Resolutions

Almost every newsletter or blog I have read since new year’s day has talked about the same sort of stuff:  goal setting, new year’s resolutions and making big changes. These themes dominate popular literature in the aftermath of the silly season. At every turn…

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Less Is More

This blog post I want to talk about the difference between basic and advanced techniques. With just on 32 year’s training in the martial arts I have come to an understanding that there is really no such thing as “basic” or “advanced” techniques. Really, the…

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From Flat to Fired Up

Every single one of us has full days or even parts of the day that we feel flat. Physical energy can be influenced by many factors. Stress, weather, diet, day-to-day hurdles, work, relationships, circumstances, health and many other factors play a role in…

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“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”

It is human nature to take the easy path to do something. And with incidental activities like washing your car, driving to the beach or preparing a meal taking the shortest quickest path makes the most sense. However, in the area of achievement there is no quick path…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? (Part #3)

It’s easy to fall into the “I know it all trap” when you have been training for a while. There is an old Chinese proverb that say that “change is only certainly in life”. It’s likely that what and how you train now will be different from what and…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? (Part #2)

Black belt or not, if you make a choice to train for 20+ years in the martial arts, there are certain things that you need to work on and watch out for. This is my 32nd year in the martial arts and my 23rd year of running a full time school. In these 32 years, I have done lots…

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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude

Attitude is both internal and external. Internally, it’s about how to process the events and circumstances in your life and externally it’s about how you present yourself to the world. The focus of this article is on the internal as it pertains to your martial arts develop…

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Train to improve not to impress

Most martial artists on the planet have a fixation on who is better. Who can kick higher? Who is better at sparring? Who is the best grappler? Who is the strongest? These comparisons often take precedence over genuine “self” improvement. Everybody’s reason for training in the martial arts is different. Some train for self defence, some train because…

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Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors

Dealing with adversity is one of the most important categories that must be addressed when looking at any endeavour. I guess the reason is that when you set about to achieve something like a black belt, better health, a thriving business, a university qualification or anything that lights a spark of…

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

Internal dialogue or your intra-personal relationship is everything that you think and say to yourself.  It seems to most of us that this is something that we have little control over.  You’re standing there minding your own business and bang, a thought that wasn’t there before enters your brain and manifests a conscious…

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If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.

Recently I presented two black belts to some kids who have been training at Adrenalin for the past 5 years.

The martial arts world is filled with a thousand different opinions on what age a black belt should be, what competencies they should have, how long should it take, etcetera and so forth, at any rate and whatever your beliefs about what a black should look like. One…

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The individual who knows the score about life sees difficulties as opportunities.

In this blog I want to talk about the three essentials to martial arts success. By success I mean having a high skill level and competency. The martial arts are an endeavour that everyone wants to be good at but few ever reach, mostly because of the three…

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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge…

It is in built in us to avoid challenge and discomfort. Sometimes we are justified in avoiding discomfort if our instinct tells us that it might lead to danger or negative consequences. Drugs, bad company, unhealthy food, negative media and unsafe environments etc are all examples…

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Do not think that what your thoughts dwell on does not matter. Your thoughts are making you.

Congruency between how you think and what you do is one of the most important principles to master if you want to succeed. Incongruence between these two factors will produce frustration, set backs, little growth and…

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Patience and fortitude conquer all things.

One of my biggest lessons in life is patience. Ever since I was a child I have always had grandiose ideas about what I can achieve. Many of those visions of my future have come true and some have yet to be conquered. The difficulty is taming your…

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Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

I think everyone of us experiences difficulties in some aspect of our lives most of the time. Sometimes they are external difficulties, ones that we have no direct control over. Other times, they are internal meaning that they reside in our minds. I know in my own life, and the lives…

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