Thoughts before a competition

Just finished competing at the first major tournament of the year. The IBJJF European Championship. My results didn’t go the way I wanted them too. But as I often tell my readers. We can learn a lot from our tournament experience. We can’t control what happens on the day of the competition. No one can. But we can control our actions and thoughts leading up to our event and what we do after the competition. For this post, I decided

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Why do Jiu Jitsu competitors transition to MMA?

I first wrote about this topic in a guest post I did last year, The Next Great American Champion, but it’s still very relevant today. It’s not easy to make it in Jiu Jitsu. But it’s definitely getting easier. When I was coming up the ranks. I never thought that I would be doing Jiu Jitsu as a career. It was just a hobby that I was really passionate about. However, I still went to school and worked while I

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White Belt Mindset Revisited

My friend Sam has written a lot about the beginner mindset. If you have the time I definitely recommend reading up on this topic at musttriumph.com. This is the first resource that I direct many of my beginning students too. Especially, if they have a lot of questions and want to delve deeper into understanding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and a lifestyle philosophy. Maintaining the mindset of a white belt (or that of a beginner) has helped

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