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So this is just a quick post to let anyone left still reading this blog that I’m back…

A lot has gone on since my last post on here and now that I’m free of constraints I can start adding new content, and in the spirit of this revelation heres a little video to get things started.

Sorry for the layoff guys, I’ll try not to let it happen again…



Naudi Aguilar is a great personal trainer and his functional strength routines are really unique….Check out this great movement routine.  You should definitely look up his channel on youtube, there is a lot of great stuff for the BJJ guys out there…



Some great Judo throws for you..

Just like the title says, here is a great compilation of judo throws….Some are just painful to watch!


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….


Parallettes Fun for BJJ….

I definitely have to get me a set of parallettes and this video shows why. Like Ive said a million times before, Im always on the look out for better kdrills and workouts to help my sorry old ass stay competitive in BJJ and this routine is another great routine to add to any BJJ guys aresenal.

I Love how he incorporates passing drills into the routine using the parallette bars…


This earth is the distant star we must find a way to reach……Nathaniel Branden

One thing in life  Ive always found kind of fascinating is that people who are unhappy always seem to be waiting for something to come along and change their lives for them.  Whether its something small like getting a better car or something heavy like getting out of a bad marriage, people want some kind of magic to come along and whisk their problems away.

A lot of that kind of thinking comes from not believing you have it in you to make the changes you want, doubting that your strong enough, smart enough, and all the other short comings you let your mind sell you in order not to take the appropriate action to bring about real change.

The truth is that we all are strong enough to accomplish  anything we want, its developing the mindset thats the real challenge. Its a habitual form of defeatist thinking that you have already cultivated negatively so all you really have to do is start creating a healthier habit of positive thinking.

I’m a typical example of this.  A couple of years ago I knew literally nothing about computers, and even less about Apple computers.  I had always wanted to buy a Mac but told myself it was too big a learning curve. So I kept up the illusion in my head that I would need someone or something to help me if I was ever going to learn about Mac’s.

Then, one day, I decided to get an old Mac off ebay and see what I could do with it. I figured it was cheap, and the worst that could happen was that I didn’t use it. After I received it I loved it, and that motivated me to go further into learning everything I could about Mac’s and how they operated.  Now I can repair my own Macs from software to hardware, from iPhone to iPad, and no one showed me how to do it, I took the onus upon myself to learn everything I could so I was self sufficient in my effort.

Small accomplishments can empower you even further  to do things you thought were impossible before. Thats how I felt after I came to a point when I was repairing my own computers, it was small but rewarding. Like the Nathaniel Branden quote above, its the person inside you should be seeking help from and not some outside force that you hope will save the day.  Coming to this realization will immensely benefit you in the long run and create a life that you don’t have to wait to live.

Illness v.s.motivation………

And as pale sickness does invade, Your frailer part, the breaches made, In that fair lodging still more clear, Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.



Having had a nice bought of pneumonia recently has given me a good taste of not being able to do anything other than lay around, suffer and think.  Now let me qualify that.  I know a temporary illness is not real suffering but more a minuscule, bitter taste of discomfort. Be that as it may, its given me time to reflect even more on things I want to do.

You can read all the motivational books in the world. You can scour over all the philosophical and spiritual scrolls  there are, but none of these will break you down more mentality than an injury or illness. When we go through our 9-5 lives its very hard to fit in any real time to analyze what you want, what you’ve done or where you want to go in life.  Living at the speed of light gives you a false sense of immortality. It makes you feel invulnerable to time. Those illusions come crashing down when an illness immobilizes you from that world. You go from high octane to dead stop and now you have all the time in the world to just sit and think, and that can break a lot of people.

Personally I think that this is a good thing. Its forced attrition. It makes you face yourself and what is wrong and right in your life. It makes you come to grips with the fact that life can end at anytime, that you should always be thankful for what you have and gives you the time to retool your life. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a pleasurable thing to go through, the stress of  illness coupled with the stress of an analytical mind is brutal, but  it is sometimes necessary for real change to start.

Ive read everything from authors like Thomas Merton to Anthony Robbins, from Eckhart Tolle to Eknath Easwaran and although I got a lot out of the literary works of these people, nothing caused the real change in my life like being laid up from illness.

There was a time in my life when I had a dead end job and a bad living situation to boot. I wanted out but was caught up in the routine of it all. Then I got sick with a virus that affected my inner ear. If you never had vertigo before than you can’t relate to how bad it can be. I was stuck in bed for a week not being able to move an inch of my body.  After this I had to rehabilitate my balance system for the next year. It was in this time that I was really able to see where I was in my life  and how bad things really were. What followed was nothing short of miraculous. I did a 180 degree turn around. I quit my job and left the place where I was living. I don’t think this would have happened so quickly if I hadn’t been forced by illness to face where I was at that time. It really motivated me to change things, but the motivation came from the core of me  and not the surface which is why a lot of us fail at change.

I hope that you don’t have to go through any kind of injury or illness to make the changes you need to in your life , but know that if you do, you will come out stronger because of it and possibly move towards the things you want out of life.


Quick post today, burning up with fever so this is all the energy I have today.  Nice little news piece about a man born with no hands and legs. When I think Im suffering with a fever from the flu I get to keep myself in check with stories like these.


Yes I can…..

This is a very simple video.  Theres no long story of overcoming anything(its just understood), just a guy training in Krav maga. What makes this video so great is its simplicity. To us, its inspiring, motivating even. To him, he’s just training.

So when I come to a point where I start thinking things have gotten the best of me, I look at something like this and  say to myself  “Suck it up!”….

An excuse you hear a lot in the world of fitness and conditioning is that in order to get into shape you have to join a gym. When the whole bodyweight conditioning movement resurfaced it was made very clear that all you needed was yourself to get into fantastic shape.

Over time Ive seen this play out in all facets of life. This video shows what imagination, ingenuity and creativity can lead to when you don’t think you have the right tools to do the thing you love……


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