How the Beatles Can Help You Achieve Personal Mastery in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

There is an old saying. “go where no one else is willing to go.” It’s another day at the gym and I get another white belt beginner who wants to take a easy route to the top. They see their teammates who started the same time but have already surpassed them in 6 months. I […]

Killing It! 7 Ways to Boost Focus for Game Day Performance

Focus, focus, focus are the words echoing across the gym as I call out instructions to my students. In a world of social media, smart phones, pop up ads, and the internet; focus can be a challenge for most us in the world of athletics and business. One of martial arts core training principles is […]

3 Ways to Master the Art of Daily Improvement

In my decade long coaching career, I’ve had talented students who have make big improvements in a short period of time all of the sudden tail off while students who had less talent improved steadily over time. So why do some find success so quickly yet fail to maintain it while others have a slower […]

Does Winning Tournaments Mean I Have Great Jiu-Jitsu?

The quick answer is not necessarily. A common question I hear from students is a person who tells me about a student who is getting good and winning tournaments. Some are indeed possessing great skill for their level while others win but their technique is sloppy. These individuals are also missing a lot of the […]

Showing to Much Compassion on The Mats Is Not Always a Good Thing

“If you can’t accept losing, you cannot win.” – Vince Lombardi (Legendary NFL Hall of Fame Football Coach) Ever since I was a child I was told the one great trait I’ve always possessed is a deep compassion for other people’s feelings. Sometimes I am even told it’s too much as I’ve been taken advantage […]

How to Boost Your Confidence at Work and the Dojo

Do you ever feel anxious before a big meeting or event? Perhaps you are going to do a big presentation to the board of directors, or maybe pitching to a group of investors on your big idea. Suddenly, you are besieged with worry. You stop believing in yourself, and all you can think about is […]

How to Make Time for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a Busy Schedule

I’ve had the great pleasure of training many busy clients over the years. They are driven, passionate, and care deeply for their work. From Hollywood actors / actresses, multimillionaires, to executive management types, they all have stressful jobs. Many people below them count on their daily decisions to ensure operations of their business run smoothly. […]

Learn from Suffering: 3 Ways to Turn Adversity into Greatness

Back in 2004, I was in the beginning stages of my journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as I became more interested in the art of grappling I began exploring other combative arts to help add to my game. One of those was the art of catch wrestling made famous by a gentleman named Farmer Burns. Upon […]

Building Respect in The Workplace and Outside

When I was growing up my parent’s stressed the importance of thinking about others first before reacting to a given situation. At first it seemed like the right thing to do, I mean who would want to intentionally cause physical or emotional harm to another human being in the first place. I agree people’s feelings […]

Practicing The Power of Self-Discipline from the Dojo to the Boardroom

It’s been over 12 years since I began my journey from white belt to black in the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. If you include my years as a martial artist, you can say it’s been 42 since my father first enrolled me in Taekwondo class at the age of 5. In those years, I’ve seen […]