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Learning Jiu Jitsu has not been easy.  There have been weeks where I questioned my own sanity, what am I doing here? What life lessons have I learned? 

So why am i doing this? As a kid, I wanted a black belt in judo which never happened. For now, I have the opportunity to study at a school that I have a lot of respect and trust. Simplified, Judo is a part of Jiu Jitsu.  I still carry passion for judo and now for Jiu Jitsu. 

Enthusiasm: 1. intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.


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Have you ever observed other peoples posture at Jiu Jitsu? I have noticed. Some good, fair, and bad. Bad posture will eventually cause back pain. It can be corrected.

Take a look at the picture of the guy in the blue shirt? Which posture do you have? Unfortunately, I have thoracic kyphosis but I am doing something about it. Hopefully you have good posture. Posture is important because it will prevent unnecessary back pain as you age and improve health.

Slouching stresses the spine in a way that is not natural. Rounded shoulders is bad for the back and can restrict lung capacity. It is caused by weak muscles in the back.

Sitting in a chair is the same as standing but without legs. The spine is straight not slouching.

If there is any doubt, I’m not doctor and recommend getting diagnosed by a professional.


Great article on how to develop good posture.



… You don’t have to be this guy!!!


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As I age, I realize that I can’t rely on power for much longer. Reliance needs to be on technique and mental clarity.

For the last couple of years, I would be able to handle three times a week but that fourth class, I would start feeling body aches. How can I increase training? I read on an MMA blog where they wrote about pacing themselves so they can train longer. I will test the pacing theory when I get back.

In the meantime, I’m working on flexibility, light cardio, push-ups and sit-ups. Breathing exercise, 10 breaths, in 15 secs, hold 15 sec, exhale 17 secs.

Glucosamine, joint health
Fish oil
Cayenne pepper pills, 40,000
Brazil nut, magnesium

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Some weeks were better than others. This week in fundamentals, I felt that I executed the reviewed technique sloppy. The techniques shown were not new. My mind was some how Distracted and tired from lack of sleep, along with over confidence. I could do better. Once I let go of the ego, I did appreciate being corrected because it was constructive criticism. I did improve.


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Cleanliness matters. Clean mats, clean floors, clean bathrooms, clean locker room. As per above, Cleanliness has been the experience every time at the dojo.

Cleanliness of the self. Clean body. Clean kimono, clean mind, no bad language. No music. No thoughts of violence. Friendliness. Kindness. Respect.

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For information purposes only.

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This week,  I completed three years of jiu jitsu study.  Unfortunately, I didn’t attend any class.  I had things to take care of and then mid week my car broke down.  I took the car to a mechanic..  Too many excuses.

I did take time to read about anger and start practicing what I am writing.  Basically, the goal of living anger free  is to move thinking away from selfish concerns and pick up on our natural state to wish good things for ourselves and for others.  It is possible that all human beings were  born in this natural state but life circumstance changed that state. With determination and persistence, it is possible to move our attention away from clinging to anger, hatred, ill will and towards the part of our mind that knows we all want  to be happy. It is also important to remind  ourselves that sincerely wishing for the best possible circumstances and outcomes for everyone is a better place for our attention to be.

Actions have consequences, good ones and bad ones. If we come to understand, we can minimize creating a life disappointment and increase our joy.  My responses are my actions. My choice of what to do.  The action I choice will follow me. If I live in resentment, or if I do an act of kindness, these become causes for future events and states of mind.  The action we choice are the only things we have a choice in.

Say the following for 28 days.  Picture and name the person that is causing the pain while reciting the following:

” May I be well, May I be happy. May I be free from harm and suffering. May all of my good purposes be fulfilled.”

” May { specific person } be well, may she/he be happy   May she/he be free from harm and suffering. May all of her/his good purposes be fulfilled.”

” May all beings be well.   May they be happy. May they be free from harm and suffering. May all their good purposes be fulfilled. “

If you keep at it, you can liberate yourself.  The path in the right direction.

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