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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….



Full body exercise for jiu jitsu…

This is from the guys over at bjjworkouts.com  I really like a lot of their workouts,they are one of the few out there that have really good sport specific routines for the BJJ players.  This is just a small example of some of the types of exercises that they have to offer.  I like how they make standing up in a base position  into a core exercise….

Overcoming Cancer……….

At the age of 17 Amanda McDaniel was diagnosed with Osteo Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood bone cancer. Most adults would probably be destroyed by that kind of diagnoses, but Amanda’s first reaction was to ask “Can we fight it!”

Ive posted a lot of things up here about MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Judo competitors in an attempt to show the martial spirit, but none have come closer to that soul than Amanda MaDaniel.  Tenacity, courage,heart all in the face of of death and all done with a smile and a light heart. You can’t get closer to Bushido than Amanda

Im about to get a little harsh here, but when I see a brave  child like this going up against her own mortality at such a young age in a way that even a Navy Seal would envy,then I don’t want to hear anyones shit about how hard their lives are and how they can’t get motivated, and all the other excuses we say to avoid living the lives we want.

Im a little disheartened that this only got a little over  7 thousand views, but an idiot like Kim Kardashian will get a Youtube hit of 15 million……

This video chronicle Larisa Hertz courages recovery from a near fatal accident . Shows the power that comes from supportive family and friends coupled with a unbeatable spirit…..


And another overcomes…….

Johnathan Heider is yet another example of miles of heart.  Its always the same thing, if you think you can or you think you can’t, your right.    Here we see a boy refuse to let disability define his life……


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.

Great story about Andy Meyers who was involved in a near fatal bus accident. Instead of giving up , Andy focused on what he could do instead of what he couldn’t.   As he says in his own words “Its not about what happened to you, its about what you do about it”….Inspiring stuff…

This is a good video to remind you how fast life can change on you.  Some good inspirational quotes throughout, but the central message is the same old thing, live everyday like it was your last.  I know its been said to death but it something that you should repeat to yourself  ad nauseam…

When you see the attitude of Staff Sergeant Tyler Anderson in this Youtube clip then you know why I really get tired of people telling why they can’t take BJJ instead of why they can.  BJJ is probably solely known as a fighting art, but in this clip it shows the healing side too.

This is a great piece on how BJJ is helping some of our soldiers recover from injury, and the positive attitude of a person overcoming something that a lot of us might have given up over…


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.


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