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If you did something bad and you’re looking for a way to get right. This powerful meditation is a good start. It takes about 10 minutes. You can also say it in your mind while waiting in line.  Before you start, think about someone you care about for a few seconds then start reciting the following in your mind or out loud.

If you do this meditation, in the morning or in the evening for thirty days, it will bring goodness into your life. You will also notice that people start to treat you better.

Note, I don’t take any credit for this meditation which I obtained from a buddhist monk on youtube.

Loving Kindness

(Say the following three times.)

May all beings in my home be free from hatred.

May all beings in my home be free from anger.

May all beings in my home be free from jealousy.

May all being in my home be free from stress and suffering.

May all beings in my home be happy and well.

May all beings in my home find the ultimate peace and happiness.

(Say the following three times.)

May all beings in my city be free from hatred.

May all beings in my city be free from anger.

May all beings in my city be free from jealousy.

May all being in my city be free from stress and suffering.

May all beings in my city be happy and well.

May all beings in my city find the ultimate peace and happiness.

(Say the following three times.)

May all beings in my state be free from hatred.

May all beings in my state be free from anger.

May all beings in my state be free from jealousy.

May all being in my state be free from stress and suffering.

May all beings in my state be happy and well.

May all beings in my state find the ultimate peace and happiness.

(Say the following three times.)

May all beings in my country be free from hatred.

May all beings in my country be free from anger.

May all beings in my country be free from jealousy.

May all being in my country be free from stress and suffering.

May all beings in my country be happy and well.

May all beings in my country find the ultimate peace and happiness.

(Say the following three times.)

May all beings in the world be free from hatred.

May all beings in the world be free from anger.

May all beings in the world be free from jealousy.

May all being in the world be free from stress and suffering.

May all beings in the world be happy and well.

May all beings in the world find the ultimate peace and happiness.

(Say the following three times.)

May all beings in the Universe be free from hatred.

May all beings in the Universe be free from anger.

May all beings in the Universe be free from jealousy.

May all being in the Universe be free from stress and suffering.

May all beings in the Universe be happy and well.

May all beings in the Universe find the ultimate peace and happiness.

(Say the following ten times.)

May all beings be happy and well.

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This week I had a great class under the instruction of Joaquin, the youngest of the Valente Brothers.  The class was a realistic fight sequence leading into the pedalada, a foot strike from the guard position.  The sequences were clearly explained and easy to follow.  Also, there were a lot of new white belts that recently joined.

How many years of study does it take to become a black belt?   From what I have learned, it will take up to nine years of regular practice.   In today’s world, businesses come and go in that time frame.   I think that the Valente Brother’s Studio, dojo,  will be here nine years from now since there are at least four capable people to do it.  I definitely believe it will be around in 2021; hopefully, so will I.

Since I have started training, I have become more peaceful.  In an interview on Youtube.com, Grand Master Helio mentioned that this would occur with the study of Jiu Jitsu.

 

He who formerly was reckless and afterwards become SOBER, brightens up this world, like the moon when freed from clouds.”

Buddha, Bhammapada, 2500 years ago.

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After two weeks of rest, I wasn’t ready for the throwing class so I put it off.  Why? I didn’t feel confident about my falling ability.  I am older than most students so I need to be sure that I am limber enough to move around.   It is important that you feel confident about your actual ability to break a fall.  As a general rule, every time I attend, I warmup with falling exercises. In the future, I’m planning to practice falling on a beach because of the soft sand.

However, I did go to sparring this week.  Back in December, I took my first sparring class. It felt like an MMA event.   I had four opponents and two were overly aggressive.  I had never seen them.  I was fighting for survival.   At the end, I was completely exhausted and had marks all over my body and face.  I violated the rule, To fight the slow fight, and conserve energy.

So, for the second sparring class, the one on Thursday, I took the advise of other students to conserve energy and not be overly aggressive. I communicated better with my opponents.  The 2nd class was more staged.  If one person wins passing the guard, you are supposed to stop resisting, wait, wait for them to move,  and then you react.  I didn’t have any injuries.  For my first and second class, I admit that I was using everything but  Jiu Jitsu.  I used a judo pin with a choke hold.  I used wrestling moves.   Next sparring class, I will try to only use Jiu Jitsu.  If I can do a throw, it will be from the clinch.  Professor Pedro Jr. made it clear that he doesn’t want to see any throws that aren’t from the clinch.

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Here are my Jiu Jitsu goal’s  for 2012:

Keep coming to class.

Try to follow a weekly plan, one fundamental class, one throwing class, and one sparring.

Give 100% effort while training.

Make it past the first round of the next Grandmaster Helio Gracie tournament in October 2012.

Talk with white belts. Give them support.

Review my fundamental notes twice a week. Copy my fundamental notes into my phone.

Be able to do 40 military push ups and situps by the end of the year.

Practice Uchikomi. Note, Japanese word meaning self throw practice. Article to follow.

Eat a five vegetable soup everyday.

Improve flexibility.

Buy a chess game for my computer. Play once a month.

Learn all the bushido words to memory.

Try a meditation class.

Add pictures and videos to up coming posts.

Learn to make it a habit of executing throws from the clinch only.

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A question for myself is, “How can I maintain my Jiu Jitsu lifestyle?”  since classes don’t restart until January 2, 2012.

Maintaining a healthy diet is part of the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle.  Every morning, I drink a Gracie diet smoothie made with an apple and  a banana.  For lunch,  I have  a bowl of soup, preferably made with a minimum of  five vegetables.

Jiu Jitsu lifestyle is staying physically fit. So, I do thirty push ups a day and twenty sit ups.

How do I keep the Jiu Jitsu mind sharp? I review my fundamental notes. Professor Gui gave good advice to execute the moves in your mind as read them, which is a transferring from the conscious mind into the sub conscious mind.

New Years is around the corner. I am preparing a Jiu Jitsu resolution list.  Do you wish to make an attainable Jiu Jitsu new year’s resolution?   If so, would you consider sharing some of your ideas?

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During the last two plays of my high school American football game in 1987, the coach put me in the game, as a tight end and not as a linebacker which was the position that I usually played.   It felt right. As the game played, I clearly realized that I was better suited for a position other than linebacker.  I always knew deep down that I was playing the wrong position, but I didn’t advocate for myself.  From the first day to the last two plays, I was always full of tremendous self-doubt, lacked concentration, full of negativity, had poor self-confidence, and suffered because of an inability to let go of mistakes. I always felt like  a stranger on the team.  Mental toughness, I sadly admit, was something I didn’t possess.

I had a much better time when I practiced Judo as a kid and when I was on my high school wrestling team. Then I enjoyed the grueling practices, had great coaching,  didn’t feel like a stranger there.   I liked the matches and when I won, I felt like I had won a million dollars. I had a mental toughness that I lost when I played football.

So, what is mental toughness?  It is being able to overcome a problem, a bad situation, an attacker, a competitor, or a competition, by staying positive and focused through the challenge. It is an ability to bounce back from an injury, emotional trauma, and change.  It is the ability to go through training and keep coming back.  The good news is that mental toughness isn’t something your born with, it is something you can develop via a process. The process is removing the negative thinking and putting positive thoughts in its place.

Here are some suggestions to help improve mental toughness for Jiu Jitsu practice and for your life:

Try and not view sparring as a competition. There isn’t a winner, nor a loser. Analyze what occurred after the match and try to make yourself better for the next session.

When things go wrong on the mat or in life, instead of complaining, try to find a solution and focus on it.

Before going to bed, rehearse previous lessons in your mind.

Listen to music before class. Music helps improves attitude.

Try to give 100% dedication to whatever you’re doing. Don’t hold back. Go all out.

Never take yourself totally serious.

Visualization. This is how you should visualize yourself.   Relaxed under pressure. Focused. Not wasting time on unimportant aspects.  Thick skinned, meaning, able to rebound from errors, bad habits, and failures. Be able to handle last-minute self doubts and negative thinking. Confident. Positive attitude, I can show them.

Thank God everyday. Try to do something good, for others.

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December 23, 2011, was the last morning fundamental class of 2011.  During the class, Professor Pedro talked about fight strategy.  Professor Pedro brought up an example of boxers and power.  You never see a middle weight champion boxer challenge a heavyweight champion boxer.  Why?  It would not be an interesting fight because an average heavyweight boxer could easily defeat the best middle weight champion boxer due to the strength of the punches.    It would be a bad strategy for a small to middle size person to get in a boxing match with a heavy sized person.  So, what do you do?  Distance  control.   Stay out of range.  Pizon.  Wait for the clinch. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is about the slow fight.

Most of this week, I was at Disneyworld with my family.  I tried to put Jiu Jitsu aside for a few days.  I could literally talk about Jiu Jitsu all the time. I noticed that I could be a bit fanatical about it.  I planned to relax and start the new year with a renewed commitment to the study.

My weekly blue belt program will be one sparring class, one throwing class, and two fundamental classes.  I asked Professor Jimmy what we blue belts should be working on as far as training, and he said ” Just reflex.   Beyond purple up to black, it will be reflex and timing.”  I was expecting him to say you need to work on escapes, kimoras, chokes etc.  Just reflex.

I asked brown belt, Chris, if he had any tips for blue belts.  Note, Chris had made it into the third round of the last Helio Gracie Challenge Event, at Valente Brother’s Headquarters, on October 1, 2011.  The Helio Gracie Challenge is an annual event held in honor of Helio Gracie’s birthday on October 1.   Chris didn’t have any advise.  He said,  ” The blue belt is really like you tried out for the team and you made it.”

Headquarters will reopen on January 2, 2012.

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