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 […]

How A Coach’s Words Can Transform Ones Mindset

A few weeks ago I was teaching a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. After a 15 minute warm up I gathered the class around to go over a technique. One of the student’s kept asking for assistance. After showing the technique a few times to him he still didn’t understand how to perform it. Feeling a little […]