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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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I need your help

My top Black Belt fighter, JasonĀ “theĀ Specimen” Soares, has just defended his Titan FC Featherweight championships in spectacular fashion. He scored a vicious KO after a dominant first round against a tough opponent. He is now 12-0 in pro MMA, with 10 finishes by submission and knock out. But, we need your help! We’re on a […]

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If he dies, he dies

#TrueTalkTuesdays 24 “Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.” Vince Lombardi In what I think most people were completely surprised with, the first UFC of 2019 was a shocker, having TJ Dillashaw getting finished in just 30 seconds of the first round against Henry Cejudo. […]

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Would You Turn Down A $300,000 Pay Day For A Grappling Match?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 23 “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Warren Buffett Over the weekend, Andre Galvao gave an off hand comment about Gordon Ryan, and in doing so set in motion what could have been the biggest money fight in grappling history. Initially, Gordon challenged Andre for $50,000 in a winner take […]

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Will Travel For MMA

#TrueTalkTuesdays 22 “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” Unknown The new year is just starting, but my travel itinerary is starting to fill out quite nicely. If you checked your email yesterday from me, you will have found out that I’m doing my first BJJ/MMA Retreat in Costa Rica […]

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Happy New Year!

#TrueTalkTuesdays 21 “I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to change something, change it today and don’t wait until the New Year.” Georgina Bloomberg Happy New Year! It is customary to create New Years Resolutions as a way of motivating yourself to start fresh and make changes in your life. […]

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