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When is it time to call it quits?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 34 “After climbing the mountain, you can finally enjoy the view.” Unknown It’s hard for me to watch fighters continuing to compete past their prime and sustain more and more damage. But is it our place to decide when someone should end their competitive career? The first fighter to come to mind is BJ […]

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Is pulling guard a sign of weakness?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 33 “I would prefer a sword to fight duel, but a pen to plan a war. “ Robert Thier, Storm and Silence When you see a fighter pull guard, it is usually seen as a desperation move. Someone who just got rocked from a strike, or just trying to avoid a superior striker. But […]

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Shifting and Stance Switching

#TrueTalkTuesdays 32 “The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it. “ Chris Pine In MMA, it is now common place to have fighters to switch stance throughout a fight. But is that a good strategy? We […]

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Why Study Cramming Works And You Should Do It More Often

#TrueTalkTuesdays 31 “A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.” Mary Shelley There are two reasons why students sit down and cram as much knowledge into their heads as they can just before a test. First, they didn’t pay attention throughout the semester and […]

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Martial Artists without self control?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 30 “He who has power over himself has power over his greatest enemy.” Matshona Dhliwayo Colby Covington has been stealing headlines left and right lately. Is he just a loose cannon or is there something else in play? Love him or hate him (most hate, lol), Colby “Chaos” Covington has been getting a lot of publicity lately. True to his fight name, he has been stirring the waters and making it really muddy. He was spotted […]

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What I believe it means to be a black belt

#TrueTalkTuesdays 29 “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” Bruce Lee Call me old school, but I believe a black belt is more than just a measure of your knowledge and skill in martial arts. I find that I’m becoming part of the old guard when it comes to the meaning of black belt. […]

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There is no honor in losing gracefully

#TrueTalkTuesdays 28 “Losing is no disgrace if you’ve given your best.” Jim Palmer I have seen it countless times, but it gets me every time I see someone coast their way to a loss. It frustrates me to no end, because as a fighter I wasn’t built to lose with grace. Whether I lost by a referee’s […]

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When Hazing Goes Wrong

#TrueTalkTuesdays 27 “There is a fine line between toughness and stupidity.” David Avellan I posted this on my Instagram a couple of days ago, and I have never seen anything quite like it. You can take a look below to see what I’m talking about. Yes, that guy is purposely smashing this guy’s ear to […]

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How to get experience without experience?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 26 “Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm but also as experiences in the material realm.” Paramahansa Yogananda Ever seen a job listing that has a position for an entry level job, but it requires 5 years […]

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Spectator vs Athlete vs Warrior

#TrueTalkTuesdays 25 “Generally speaking, the way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.” Miyamoto Musashi Last week I shared my opinion on early stoppages, or when the referee should stop a fight. But what about the fighter – when does he have to stop? Well, that question was asked this past weekend in TitanFC […]

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