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 […]

How to Apply Deliberate Practice to Enhance Performance

It’s Tuesday night 7pm, time to put my fundamentals jiu-jitsu class through their routine. As I breakdown the technique portion of the class I carefully analyze each student’s movements. Some execute what I teach correctly, some get it right partially, while the rest struggle to grasp the basic nuances of the movement. As class commences, […]

Distraction Killers: Developing Mental Focus to Achieve Greatness in Sports and Business

The art of being successful and accomplishing your goals can seem like a daunting task and a distant dream at the beginning. We imagine what it would be like to reach that goal. Most people start off with great intentions for a few weeks until they realize how much work is involved. At this point […]

Dealing with Haters and Critics: The Biggest Mistake That Will Rob You of Success

We live a world where we are constantly being judged or judge others. It could be your weight, physical appearance, job performance, or on the athletic field of play. No matter how much we would like to stay out of the lime light people will always judge you in one form or another. Having success […]

3 Reasons Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Can Help Entrepreneurs Succeed

I began training in the martial arts about 42 years ago when my father took me down to the local Taekwondo school in Winnipeg. I remember being enamored by Bruce Lee movies, his speed, and charisma gave him a superhero status among Asians and Westerners. Reflecting over my career the martial arts became more than […]

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 […]

Budo: How to Develop Mental Toughness to Overcome Adversity

I’ve always been fascinated with the power of the human spirit. While I don’t watch a lot of movies, I do have to say my favorites are inspirational ones which highlight the will of overcoming adversity despite great challenges. Each one of these movies share experiences of overcoming the odds. One of my favorites is […]

How to Beat Insomnia to Improve Athletic and Business Performance

Sleep is an important component of mental health and elite performance. A few months ago I came across an article about the Seattle Seahawks using sleeping devices to monitor each player’s quality of sleep. In the past, it was not unusual for players to party late into the night then head to practice the next […]

Wake Up with Determination. Go to Bed With Satisfaction.

There are no shortcuts in life to success on and off the field. The inner game, the grit, and how much internal drive you possess is the key to becoming an elite performer. To often people give a half hearted effort expecting great results. They are quickly disappointed, quit, or fail to realize their initial […]