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Facing Giants

Facing Giants

In 2006 the movie Facing the Giants was released. This was a small budget movie that had a huge impact. The major idea was overcoming giant obstacles that often hold us back. The story really goes back to David and Goliath. Most people know that story. A young teenage...

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It’s Not About You!

It’s Not About You!

I recently read a statement from someone saying, “The secret to a happy life is to stop worrying about everyone else and just worry about yourself.” Maybe I am old or perhaps just naïve but I believe the exact opposite of that statement. In fact, I believe that...

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Your Example?

Your Example?

Just this week I have talked to at least six students who wanted to quit. The reasons vary from time to just feeling like they are not improving at the rate they think they should. I wanted to take just a minute to share my thoughts on quitting. Let me start by...

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Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu Training

Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu Training

If you walk into a real Jiu-Jitsu school you will notice something different that most American Karate schools. You will notice that most adult classes are bigger than the kids classes. In fact most Jiu-Jitsu gyms have huge adult classes and smaller kids classes....

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Self-Defense Seminars

Self-Defense Seminars

How do you know if it really works? One of the most dangerous trends in we see in America are one day self-defense seminars. These seminars are usually marketed to women. The ad will reassure the potential client that they will learn from some self-defense expert....

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Kid Black Belts?

Kid Black Belts?

What does the black belt represent? One of the most common questions that I receive is why kids can't get black belts in Jiu-Jitsu. In full disclosure, I was a given a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 11. As a life long practitioner of martial arts I am completely...

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Stop crying and go to work!

Stop crying and go to work!

Just give me, give me, give me! Years ago I sat and listened to a restaurant owner talk about how people viewed his business. He said people would always make comments like, "It must be nice to own a nice big restaurant" or "Wow, I wish I didn't have to go to work...

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Pressure

Pressure

Jiu-Jitsu teaches lessons that prepare you for real life For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)...

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The Value of Life

The Value of Life

What is a person worth? I often think about all the horrible stories I read from American History. How in the world could people be so cruel to slaves. Sure the Bible talks about slaves, but slave owners were commanded to take care of and look after them. Slave owners...

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The Chinese Buffet

The Chinese Buffet

Everyday I arrive at the gym around 9am. I start my usual routine of cleaning the mats, the bathrooms, and then the floors and walkways. By 10am on most days I have a broom in my hands sweeping by the front windows. Everyday I see the same thing. The Chinese Buffet...

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More Than A Business

More Than A Business

I think I figured it out. Recently I was verbally criticized for speaking negatively about a local karate school. I wasn't being mean in my opinion. I was simply making a statement about the effectiveness of what they practice. I was amazed by a few people who made...

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Integrity in Martial Arts

Integrity in Martial Arts

If you go into any martial arts school in America you will more than likely hear the word integrity. So what does integrity actually mean. It is often defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Having integrity means doing the right...

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Real Self-Defense

Real Self-Defense

What is self defense? After all that could mean carrying a gun or just locking your doors at night. I’ve heard recommendations to elderly women to keep wasp spray in their bedroom. It really could mean almost anything. Certainly self defense has to start with self...

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Why Jiu-Jitsu

Why Jiu-Jitsu

One of the biggest questions that I get is, "Why Jiu-Jitsu?" I mean there are literally hundreds of other styles and even sports that you could do. It is true that other sports offer great benefits similar to BJJ. Swimming is a great sport to get involved in. It will...

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There is no I in team

The very first time I stepped on a sports field I heard these words, ”there is no I in team”. In the Jiu-Jitsu world we hear about team and loyalty all the time, but what does that mean? In traditional sports like football and baseball the entire team must function as...

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Why Wait?

Why Wait?

Every day I hear people talk about what they want. I hear people say they want to have a better job, a better education, a better anything. I can understand waiting to get a new house or a new car until you save money. That is just being smart. When it comes to other...

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Never Give In!

Never Give In!

When I was in high school I developed a fascination with Winston Churchill. Churchill was not a great speaker or even a physically imposing man. In fact, as I studied his life I was amazed that as a child he was a poor student. However Churchill grew to be one of the...

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Health

When did being overweight become ok. I know that may sound harsh but weight issues are proven to lead to major health problems when you are older. If that’s the case then our weight should be monitored closely. Let me just give you a few major pieces of advice that...

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You Can Do It!

You Can Do It!

Far to many times I hear people telling me what they can't do. Most of the time it has to do with fitness. I can't lose weight because of one of millions of excuses. Let me assure you that you can. Years ago I worked for a sales company. One of the managers was a man...

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Earn It!

Earn It!

Promotions in Jiu-Jitsu are a very strange thing. I see some gyms promote students based on attendance, some based on performance with a special emphasis in competitions. I see other gyms promote based on the head professors desire to build a team at which point it...

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