If you ever wonder what I do when I am not training or waxing philosophical on a mat, here is one thing I do in what little spare time I have: write. If you read this blog, you already knew that. I write for local newspapers and magazines as well as research papers for graduate … Continue reading A Lesson Learned
Judo coach Hap Wheeler always has words of encouragement for his students as they maneuver through techniques against unwilling opponents: “Pull the trigger.” I hear him say this phrase in my head often when I hesitate to do something. My last post was about fear and how to use it to do new things and learn … Continue reading Pull the trigger and eat the frog.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - attributed to Mark Twain I recently had a friend ask me … Continue reading Are you using your fear properly?
Other than a few random sheltered individuals, most people know who the Jedi are. Who doesn’t love master Yoda and even have a special place in their hearts for Darth Vader, the Jedi who was led astray by his anger and the dark side? What if the Jedi were real people? Who might they be? … Continue reading Jedi Lifestyle: 3 Ways to Use the Force
How often do you hit the snooze button? Maybe this short post will help.
Many people “cheat” on their morning routine and they hit the snooze button. Maybe hitting that snooze button is part of the morning routine now. How hard is it for you to wake up in the morning? Do you like pushing that snooze button? Have you ever wondered why?
Research shows that hitting the snooze button is a bad idea for our health because it disrupts our natural sleep patterns and it also messes up with our ability to wake up naturally. When the alarm goes off, our body gets into the waking up process. If we don’t wake up and we touch snooze, our body will try to go to sleep again and this cycle repeats itself a few times if you like playing with that button.
At a high level, after we hit that button, our body will try to go to sleep once…
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Do they reveal things about you or the world around you that make you pause to remember, reflect, or regret? If the answer is no, then what you are reading is safe.
Here is a recap of the US Sumo Nationals where I and4 others from Georgia competed. I took Silver in the new weight class even though I weighed in as a lightweight. It was fun. We will do it again next year.
The US Sumo Nationals wrapped up last Saturday (2/9/2019), and what a great day of sumo! There were so many exciting storylines and amazing matches, most of which I will recap and highlight below. If you don’t want the results spoiled before watching, however, be sure to watch the complete video of the US Sumo Nationals 2019. NorthAmericanSumo.com was lucky enough to get access from Americus Abesamis, who has been a major player in North American sumo for quite awhile. Thank you again, Americus!
If you need an introduction into the US Sumo Nationals 2019, be sure to check out our preview post. It covers some of the primary competitors, but there were a few surprise appearances this year. If you have any questions or comments afterwards, be sure to email me at NorthAmericanSumo@Gmail.com. I am always happy to chat about sumo! Also, please let me know…
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Stoicism and BJJ: A great combination of practicality for life.
Stoicism is an over two thousand year old philosophy originating in ancient Greece. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a modern martial art originating in Brazil. Despite these unique origins, they have a lot in common. I am both a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and a PhD. candidate in philosophy studying Stoicism, and I have noticed that my philosophy helps my jiu-jitsu, but my jiu-jitsu also helps my practice of philosophy. Here is a list of the ways in which Stoicism and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu complement one another.
1. Stoicism and BJJ both place responsibility on the individual, and thus empower them to change themselves.
Stoicism is all about the choices we make. As an ethical system it tells us that we are responsible for our reactions to any given situation. If we are unhappy, angry, sad, or otherwise disaffected, it is up to us to change that, and not the…
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Here is a nice review of a book with Stoic undertones. Both the book and the review are short and sweet.
As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen was originally published in 1902. Though it’s well over 100 years old at this point, the principles of the book still hold. The overarching theme of the book is – What we fill our minds with, becomes what our lives are filled with. This review will be a short one, because it’s a short book. More of a collection of seven essays, all related the the same topic. My copy is only 40 pages.
An interesting analogy used in the book is to relate your mind to a garden that you are in charge of tending. Would you put seeds from weed plants in with your fruits or vegetables? If you’ve ever actually tended a garden and fought weeds for a season, you’ll pretty emphatically answer that question with a “hard no”. Just like the garden, we have to work to keep weeds…
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This was me as a fresh white belt at my first seminar with Gustavo Machado, my head instructor. As I near ten years on the mat in Jiu Jitsu, plus the many more in Wrestling and Judo, I can't help but think about this year and what it will be like. I have never tired … Continue reading Training through the years.