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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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How Many Promises Have You Broken?

“Broken vows are like broken mirrors. They leave those who held to them bleeding and staring at fractured images of themselves.” Richard Paul Evans #TrueTalkTuesdays 45 A broken promise erodes trust and integrity, and done repeatedly, will create distrust and break a friendship. Most people don’t make promises with no intention of fulfilling them (unless […]

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Fastest KO in UFC History is now held by one of my Black Belts

Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in just 5 seconds with a flying knee that stunned everyone. But how Ben Askren is handling his first and only loss is the real takeaway from this story. #TrueTalkTuesdays 44 Anyone who followed this fight knows that there was a tremendous amount of trash talking that sold […]

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Coming back from surgery

#TrueTalkTuesdays 43 After being away from the mats for over 7 months due to surgery, getting back into the swing of things comes with several challenges. Physically, I believe I got myself into good shape. I have been walking, running, stretching, lifting, dieting, and doing everything I can to be healthy. However, my knee is […]

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