Posts Tagged ‘mental-health’

bjj SamuraiWhat is important is the goal, purple belt.  That is what I keep telling my self.  I miss a class or a week because of sickness, family, injury etc.  Organize my thoughts, heal up, fight back the fear, and get back on the path. Stop thinking. One step after the next.

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All the Valente Brothers dojos were closed this week for summer vacation, July 1 through July 8, 2013. It  is a fact that vacations prevent burnout.  I hope you had a good 4th of July!  What is the 4th of July in America?  That is when the US officially declared it’s independence from Great Britain, back then, that was the mother country and a super power.  We celebrated with fireworks, parades, and picnics.  Along time ago, this was the time of the year in my youth when we would stock up on Black Cats and bottle rockets.

For the holiday, I was in Millersville, Maryland, not far from where I went to high school in the late 80s.  I was about 45 minutes from District of Columbia, a.k.a. DC, the capital of United States, and 30 minutes from downtown Baltimore.  Anyways, I thought about practicing jiu jitsu at a local dojo, but quickly changed my  mind after looking over the web page.  It wasn’t strictly jiu jitsu.  It was a mixture of MMA, weight lifting, aerobics, and jiu jitsu.  Reading the description made me appreciate my school.  However, there was a great Gracie jiu jitsu school in Baltimore, but that was a 35 minute drive, so I didn’t do any jiu jitsu during the break.

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On Tuesday, we practiced submissions from the side mount. During the review part of class,  I practiced the clock choke; however, I couldn’t remember the counter move.  I will ask for help next class.  Upon arrival, there was a new group.  The last big group of vistors was from Qatar.  It was a good experience. I worked out with Mohammad, a blue belt, from the U.A.E.  I was impressed at the end of class when he said that he liked our school enough to want to move to North Miami Beach. That says a lot.

Over all, I had a very unproductive week. I didn’t do any jiu jitsu, except Tuesday, Iyengar yoga, nor work out from Wednesday on, dental appointment, sick kid, etc.

To be honest, I need to get tougher mentally. I really don’t want to give up. I know deep down that would be a mistake.  I’m reading a book called ”  Mastery,” by George Leonard.  The book has helped to see clearly where I am going.   The book, Mastery, should be a must read for the Gracie Jiu Jitsu student along with the Gracie diet.

Longevity – I upped my omega three dosages to 10 grams a day.  I am hoping to reverse any brain damage I may have caused it. Also, I started taking CLA and Probiotic.

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