We all have a routine. Whether it’s going to Starbucks for our morning caffeine boost or getting dressed in a…
Martial arts are a great way to get in shape. They also provide an excellent way to meet new or like-minded people and prepare us, or try to, should our loved ones, or we find ourselves in danger. If you’re considering trying or training in martial arts for any reason, finding an excellent instructor and school is paramount.
A tail of the overhead squat (OHS). At the age of 35, I began to compete in the adult category. OHS primed my body for new levels of stress and fixed postural and physical ailments accumulated over the years.
Robert Lisac was my first serious martial arts instructor who inspired a life-long pursuit of movement and martial arts. Separated by an ocean and twenty years later, we are both living our passions. Last week, while we were both vacationing, we couldn’t meet in person but instead did an interview across a couple of countries. We reviewed coaching, competing, pursuing passions, and financial independence. On the topic of coaching, he posed the following question:
For anyone seriously involved in any contact sport, particularly martial arts, injuries are unavoidable.
Last weekend I had a chance to teach a third no gi BJJ seminar at Perun Academy of Martial Arts in Rogaška Slatina. What impressed me more than a great turn-out (people came from all over Slovenia and even as far away as Zagreb), was informal discussion with a few familiar faces following 2.5 hours of instruction, Q&A session and sparring.
A decade ago, an untrained friend asked me to design a martial arts workout for him. Here’s an MMA/BJJ inspired routine from 2008 (when I still had a full head of hair), if you are looking to change up your workout, or add some new elements to it.
My biggest joy in living my dream is helping others. One of my favorite ways to do so is in form of a seminar: as they join meeting new people and travel, one of my other passions. In fact, next week I am leaving on a 5th travel tour in two years spanning 5 weeks, visiting England, Sweden, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy.
At the end of class, I typically get asked a question of how can I improve in my grappling more quickly. In this video, I offer a lens I view grappling and other areas of my life through, along with three concepts, when applied to practice can help increase your skill acquisition and maximize training time
On the other side of fear is confidence. One of my favorite movies from childhood, Dragon the Bruce Lee Story, played by Jason Lee Scott, has an opening scene where the narrator says: “We all have inner demons to fight. We call these demons fear and hatred and anger. If you don’t conquer them, then a life of a hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, the life of a single day can be a triumph.” In other words, if we allow fear to bind us, we can generate a lifetime of conservative and underachieved life experiences. Worse, with a slew of harmful coping mechanisms and habits, which compound over time and result in anger, resentment, and disappointment, we also influence others around: parents, children, spouses, and others. Of course, pushing the envelope, changing that mindset, and raising the proverbial bar will come with its challenges. I distinctly, remember going to compete at IBJJF American Nationals as a brown belt adult (18 to 29 year-olds) three weeks after leaving the corporate world behind, as an out-of-shape, 35-year-old executive three weeks before. My first match was against a then Brazilian World gi Champion. I was outclassed 15 to 0 with the only shred of pride being that I did not submit. Not even a month after leaving a progressive, well-paying career of 12 years, I was dealt a considerable loss. It was more than losing a match; it was losing an identity. All the doubts I spent four years addressing before taking a leap of faith whispered in my head: “I told you so.” Was I a complete tool to do this? Did I leave a comfortable job only to have a very brief grappling career?