This is what all the students see as they leave the academy: just a friendly reminder for anyone who needs it.
Shakia Harris wrote an interesting article about the “Loser’s Mindset in BJJ“. It’s pretty interesting and you should check it out. Also, I happened to catch her twitter updates about taking first in blue belt at the Bluegrass Open (I think that’s what it was called)…And how the food sucked at Hooters.
Sorry to hear about the sub-par food, but congrats on getting gold!
Hey everyone, happy Friday!
I would like to share with you a few of my (non-Jiu jitsu) related favorite things:
Orange flavored seltzer water:
Blue papermate pens:
I believe in finding a pen you like and sticking with it. I prefer to write with blue ink and these pens are my favorite, although it seems they are being phased out of actual stores and I’ll have to start buying them from amazon :-/
Ok, maybe it’s not a favorite thing I own or currently use, but it is a pretty awesome chair. It was purely decorative though, and was in a trendy part of town, and so probably cost twice what it was worth- I don’t really know, I didn’t see a price tag. But still, pretty cool and therefore worth mentioning.
And that’s it for now. Have a great weekend and Father’s Day everyone!
We say jiu jitsu is for everyone, but today I’m going to make a case for a group of people that the internet seems to be chock-full of: the introvert.
We all know the concept between introversion and extroversion: I’m not going to go into the definition because really they are unflattering on either side, but you know for the most part what they include. Introverts are seen as quiet, “thoughtful”, borderline anti-social whereas extroverts are seen as loud, boisterous and “excitable”, much like a puppy. In my opinion people are really not one or the other, but more of in the middle, with a particular leaning one way or the other.
Why do I say jiu jitsu is for the introvert? Well, here’s a list of elements someone out there on the internet recommended a sport should have to be truly successful and keep the introvert’s interest:
- Intricate skills
- Individual performances
There was also a mention of “low arousal level”, but that just sounded odd so I took it out. But otherwise, really, if those qualities don’t say “jiu jitsu” all over them, I really don’t know what does. Sure there’s the whole “full body contact” element to the sport, but it’s really not that big of a deal. The real appeal lies in the “human chess” element, the whole puzzle and strategy that needs to be solved during training sessions. And while you do need someone to drill and compete with, it’s more of a one on one basis, which is much easier for an introvert to handle rather than a large group sport where they can feel lost in the crowd.
Some might say the biggest challenge for the introvert would possibly be the aggression needed in jiu jitsu, but personally I feel that falls under “self-motivation”. You are motivated to complete the technique, you are motivated to continue the match and with that aggression I personally feel will follow. Competition may also be a challenge, but that’s nerve-wracking for everyone and can actually be beneficial and helps both the introvert and extrovert.
So that is my case for jiu jitsu and the introvert: it can be an immensely rewarding experience for the introvert, if they are willing to take the chance. And it sure as heck beats other options, like golf.
Hey guys, due to poor time management I don’t have anything for you, other than a sincere wish you all have a great day and fantastic training sessions- or do great at whatever it is you are doing today.
Have an awesome day everyone!
Happy Friday, everyone!
In case you missed the plethora of people sharing this link on Facebook, Saulo discusses his thoughts on the double guard pull and how it strays away from jiu jitsu’s origins as a means of self defense.
Check it out and have a good weekend everyone!
I guess GracieMag is looking for alternative times for their seminars, other than the previous 3pm PDT. That or it’s the earliest time the Estima brothers could make it.
The Victor & Braulio Estima seminar will take place tomorrow morning at 11am California time, which means a lot of people are going to be secretly watching from their desks, or like myself, will wait and watch the seminar later on YouTube.
Will anyone be actually available at this time to watch it? Or will you wait until you get home? Are you even planning on checking the seminar out at all?
Recently I’ve checked out some videos from BJJ Scout. They look pretty promising- they have been posting videos, making some great points in them with video clips to back them up.
My only criticism, and really it’s not that much of a criticism, if for now there are only videos and blog posts regarding one BJJ competitor, Leandro Lo. There are some mentions of other competitors, but the main focus at this point is just on the one black belt. It looks like BJJ Scout is still fairly new, I’m pretty sure, so I’m definitely giving them the benefit of the doubt that there will be more videos regarding different top competitors.
Check it out and let me know what you think.