Tag Archive: motivating

Some inspiration….

I like to balance the BJJ end of things with some inspiration every now and then.  Heres a quick video about some real world heroes….



No excuses…..

If you ever think you can’t do something then just repeat this name to yourself  ‘Jeff Lerg’……The following story will tell you why that name is defined as all  heart.

When to fight and when to give…

I absolutely love the message from this ‘Ever Last’ commercial…..This is a classic portrayal of a warrior with a moral decision whether to fight or  to yield……..

Motivation and pain

Great three minute video on pain, effort and success…..

Over the years I’ve been  training I’ve been asked a common question, “What do you like so much about Brazilian jiu jitsu?”  I think the majority of people expect me to say something moronic like “I like kicking ass!” or something more macho like “I don’t like taking crap off of people!”  but these attitudes couldn’t be further removed from my mindset if you tried.

When I began training when I was younger  I’ll admit that it was all about self defense and being ready for a street fight, but as time went on something deeper developed from training that made me love the art even more. I could list about a million things I love about Jiu Jitsu, but for this particular  article I want to cover one  aspect thats always kept me coming back to the art.

Its the inspiration from the people I train with to the motivating stories from around the Bjj world that  I love.  I’ve watched people join up who had no athletic background, much less athletic ability and rise to become some of the top players around. I’ve seen first hand the confidence and fortitude it can build in people who were so shy they had a hard time just signing up for a class.

I’ve watched people come in so out of shape to the point of being sickly turn around to become an energetic, heathly person, or people with disabilities that find themselves again through training in Bjj.

There is probably no greater example of what Im talking about  than the above photo….Story goes that the man on the left hand side of  the photo with the deformed leg had struggled and fought hard enough to qualify for the Brazilian Jiu jitsu state championship, which is where this picture was taken.  He ended up losing this match, but earning the respect of the crowd and his opponent who had wept after the match was over because he was so moved .

It is this human factor that keeps me coming back to train, and when Im in a rut, or going through a hard time, I always access these stories to keep me motivated.

It is what I call the heart of Jiu Jitsu.

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