Anyone who has ever tried to achieve anything worthwhile has encountered adversity. Any pathway to success, be it in your job, a sport, a relationship or artistic pursuit, is going to have obstacles. The pathway to success is littered with failure and the hopes of those that gave up when the adversity became too great.
Today I want to explore the importance of learning to push through adversity, what it can teach you and, most importantly, why you need to learn to embrace it. Continue reading “Adversity: Learn to push through.”
Twenty Four hours. That’s all you get in any given day.
You are the only person accountable for how well or how badly you spend your time. You are also the one responsible for putting a specific value to your time. Continue reading “How valuable is your time?”
Many a student has experienced the notorious “plateau” or felt the sensation that they, try as they might, are getting nowhere with their training. “Hitting the wall” is or experiencing a mental block is common in any area of learning, Martial Arts being no different.
I would like to share my thoughts on why I believe that the dreaded plateau does not exist. In my opinion, it is in fact a symptom of a far more important cause that needs to be treated in your practice. Continue reading “Hitting the wall: Thoughts on plateaus & mental blocks in training.”
For anyone who has competed in any sport, the sensation of winning or losing is a very distinct one. I’m not here to disparage winners or losers, or indeed the idea that there should be winners or losers.
I simply want to explore a different approach to how we look at winning and losing in sport, particularly with reference to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Continue reading “Don’t focus on the Result: Approaching Wins and Losses.”
A huge part of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s continuing success as a martial art is an emphasis on creativity and experimentation.
No two practitioners will express themselves in the same way: some will prefer certain techniques and movements over others and develop their own particular style through a process of discovery, experimentation & trial and error. I’d like to explore the importance of Experimentation in this post.
Hold on, ‘cos we’re about to get scientific.
Continue reading “Experimentation: Trial and Error”
Brian “T-City” Ortega; slick boxing, slick Jiu-jitsu. His skills have moved him closer and closer to the top of the featherweight division, with his most recent win putting him in line for a title shot against Max Holloway.
As a fan of any jiu-jitsu practitioner in MMA, I wanted to take a closer look at what it is that has brought Ortega this far.
Continue reading “Brian Ortega: a double-edged sword.”
As a teacher, I’ve seen far too many young people learn how to quit before they learnt how to persist. As a training partner, I’ve seen talented people quit because accepting that they could possibly be bad at something was too much.
You never know how close you are to a break through. You never know how close or how far your next success is… the only thing that is certain is that quitting is not the solution.
Whatever you do, just don’t stop.
Thanks for reading.