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2014 Jiu Jitsu Goals:

1) Train to stop guard pass.
2) Attend more often.
3) Fast once a month. Last Saturday of month.
4) Adapt Gracie Diet.
5) Cardio exercise twice a week and weight lifting, kettle bell, for the purpose of anti aging not power. The body loses up to six pounds of muscle every decade after 30 years of age.
6) Memorize my notes on fundamental lessons. Pay closer attention to details.
7) Be more social and helpful.
8) Spar more. Work on ego problem of fear of losing and fear of injury.
9) Keep positive attitude by working on coping with ego fears of injury and competition.
10) Bow to instructors while saying in my mind that I am not great nor perfect before each class. Ready to learn.

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All this week, from pairing up with higher and same belt level students, my knowledge of the fundamentals of self defense was apparently lacking in details.   I spoke to a purple belt about this.  He said this was normal.

For the new year, I will try to attend more.  Once in awhile and with the right practice partner, I will test my fundamental techniques knowledge with controlled resistance. I would call this  a jiu jitsu reality test. 

In the last two weeks, I had lost ten pounds of fat.  They say when fasting not to do anything, take it easy. Well, I disagree.  I was fasting and working out at the same time.  Fasting could burn 1,500 calories and working out 1,500 calories for a total of 3,000 calories.  A pound is 3,500 calories.    In the evenings, I would consume 600 calories and nothing else .  You will not lose fat until the body stops using glucose from food just eaten until the body switches to Ketones, fat cells, a completely different power supply to the body.  You have to starve for this to occur. Ketone energy helped us survive famine.   Not to worry, the human body could go without food for three weeks before death.  From what I read, the body would not consume muscle tissue until the fat is depleted. Water was more important than food.

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I am NOT great.  I am NOT perfect. 

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Here is a book list of ways to stay super healthy. Be your own doctor.

Gracie Diet
, Rorion Gracie  (BJJ Lifestyle)

” How to eat efficiently to obtain super health.”

Prostate Health in 90 Days
,  Larry Clapp, Phd, JD   ( Prostate Health)

” Don’t let them cut or fry yOur prostate! This proven, patient – tested program can restore vigorous health in 90 days. ”

Left for Dead
, By Dick Quinn  (Heart Health)

” After his heart attack and failed bypass, he saved his life and beat Heart Disease without drugs. You can, too!”

Biomarkers: The 10 Keys to Prolonging Vitality
, The 10 Determinants of Aging You Can Control By William Evans, P.H.D. and Irwin H Rosenberg, M.D. Professors of Nutrition and Medicine, Tufts University with Jacqueline Thompson    (Anti Aging)

”  A medically proven program that can slow down the aging process and add renewed strength and vitality to your life – no matter what your age!”

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400 people in attendance, 17 black belt promotions, red belt Pedro Valente Sr, and Royce Gracie in attendance, rock stars of Jiu Jitsu! The Gracie Family and the Valente Family are doing a great job of teaching and promoting Jiu Jitsu. Prosperity, excellent health, and best of luck in 2014!

Also, Wednesday, another Rockstar of Jiu Jitsu, red belt, Relson Gracie was at Valente Brothers.

I am ashamed to admit  and feel very guilty about not attending.  I have three kids and they come first. My son has dyslexia and his therapy was far from the studio. My wife couldn’t drive at the last-minute so I had too. I would have arrived very late to the ceremony. Without a doubt, I could have used the motivation and inspiration.

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The classes this week were overflowing with students from other schools. Royce Gracie was black belt testing his students at our dojo.  Pretty cool.  The visiting students fitted right in.

On Monday, December 9, there will be the Winter Belt Ceremony.  Red Belt Pedro Valente Sr will be present along with Royce.

In the fundamentals class,  I seeked out a higher belt for the class.  Normally, during technique review, the practice partner didn’t do any resistance, pure technique. Until that day,  I didn’t see the flaw in this.  Since we both knew the techniques well, the higher belt gave full resistance.  Most of the techniques worked but some didn’t because of sloppy technique.    It was a good reality check.

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