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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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What isn’t measured isn’t improved

#TrueTalkTuesdays 42 “What isn’t measured isn’t improved.” Unknown So the first two pictures are from today, the last two from about 3 weeks ago. I should have been taking pictures from the beginning 6 months ago, but oh well. I have been taking body measurements though. Neck is 17″, up from 16″, chest is 43″, […]

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When should you lie?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 41 “Every lie is two lies, the lie we tell others and the lie we tell ourselves to justify it.” Robert Brault Let’s face it – people lie. Big lies, little lies, deceptive speech, lies of omission, and everything in between. Some lies are very well calculated, others just flow out freely without a […]

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Knowing what NOT to do can be more important for survival

#TrueTalkTuesdays 40 “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” Michael Porter Yesterday I shared a video breakdown of what Rose Namajunas did wrong when using the Kimura against Jessica Andrade in the UFC 237 main event. What you might not have known was that Rose used the Kimura multiple times throughout the […]

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