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My Sprawl is an Avalanche that Crushes Everything below it

#TrueTalkTuesdays 55 One of the great sport psychology tools that I have used extensively throughout my career is morphism. What is morphism? Morphism is the act of conjuring a third party (person, object, or idea) and channeling their power to make you perform better. I’m not talking about using the dark arts to summon a […]

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A Reminder – Everyone is human

#TrueTalkTuesdays 54 After watching the 2019 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships, one is reminded that everyone is human. There are always upsets in each tournament that odds makers would never have expected. Spoilers ahead, proceed at your own risk 🙂 The featured image as just one of the upsets, with 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu product […]

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Weight Training

#TrueTalkTuesdays 53 Some martial artists believe that they do not need to lift weights to improve performance. They believe that simply practicing their martial art will give them enough resistance to build a physique that is well suited to their martial art. True and false. You can build up a strong body by thoroughly training […]

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Outline of my Diet Plan

#TrueTalkTuesdays 52 I have shared bits and pieces of what I have been doing for the past 9 months or so, but I haven’t laid out a complete plan. Until now. I will give you a quick summary if you haven’t followed my progress lately. I went from a soft 214lbs (probably around 20% body […]

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Do what you do not

#TrueTalkTuesdays 51 I get questions all the time from people asking what they should do to get to the next level of their training. Whether it is technical, cardio, diet, strength, or competition, people are looking for the next shiny object to take them there, and think I have a secret that will make all […]

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The Fragility of Strictness

#TrueTalkTuesdays 50 One of the most important aspects of reaching goals is consistency. This usually means waking up everyday, setting a plan of action, and executing – without missing a beat. But what happens when life throws you a curve ball? You get sick, injured, life emergency, or some other unavoidable obstacle interferes with your […]

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The Creonte

#TrueTalkTuesdays 49 Anyone who has trained for any length of time in the BJJ (and to a lesser extent) the MMA world knows the term “creonte” all too well. If you haven’t heard of it before, the term creonte was coined by grandmaster Carlson Gracie and refers to the name of a fictional Brazilian character […]

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The Small Stream The Cuts Through A Mountain

#TrueTalkTuesdays 48 While most people admire and respect great speed, power, or toughness, people oven overlook consistency. It’s easy to, as with just consistency alone, there isn’t any feature that stands out. And you can easily take it for granted because it’s always there. But, even a gentle stream of water can break down the […]

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The One-Trick Pony

#TrueTalkTuesdays 47 The idiom of the One-Trick Pony comes from the circus world, and was used to describe a pony that could only do one trick. This was used as a derogatory term (a poorly trained pony that had a very limited repertoire of tricks), and the term has since propagated into common use. I […]

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The Eagle in the Hen House

#TrueTalkTuesdays 46 There is a story about an eagle’s egg that rolled off a nest into a hen house. The hens hatched the eagle egg and raised it as one of their own, and as a result, that eagle believed itself to be a chicken. At first, it dreamed of being an eagle and flying […]

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