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An Open Letter to Mom

Mom, I'm not even sure where to begin. 27-years of having you as a mother gives me a lot to reflect on and be grateful for, so forgive me if this letter goes in a million-and-one directions. I guess I'll start by saying that I'm so incredibly thankful to have you as a mother... I don't...

Earn Your Weekend

I remember when I was still young enough to get rides from my parents into New York for training, that Wednesday nights were our traditional "pizza night" for after training. On those Wednesdays after school, after swim team practice and finally after an evening session at the Renzo Gracie Academy, my mom would always get...

Ask Me Anything: A Q & A

I'm going to try something different here. On Friday evening I finally caved and posted one of those AMA's (ask me anything) on Instagram. At first I was ready to dive in and answer every single question I was getting about my diets, training, mindset and sex-life (yes, I got those), but I realized that...

A Recap and Reflection

After a little bit of time to digest everything that went down throughout the 2018 GI competition season, I feel like now I'm finally ready to share my thoughts on some of my experiences and lessons learned from this year. In the link below, a little more than half the video is dedicated towards recapping...

A Change of Pace

If anyone knows me well enough, you know how serious I can be about sticking to my routine and my schedule when it comes to training--especially before competitions. For years I have believed that to be as productive and as honest with myself in my training, I must have a set schedule and stick with...

Drilling: A General Guideline

When I first joined MGA back in 2013, I came in with a pretty well established routine of drilling for an hour on my own before each training session. I've been doing that religiously for years now because first of all, I've always felt that any kind of technical movement is the best way to...

An Open Letter to Mom

Mom, I'm not even sure where to begin. 27-years of having you as a mother gives me a lot to reflect on and be grateful for, so forgive me if this letter goes in a million-and-one directions. I guess I'll start by saying that I'm so incredibly thankful to have you as a mother... I don't believe many parents would have the drive or the stomach to do everything you did...

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How To (And How Not To) Switch Teams

Yesterday marked six full years that I have been training under one of the greatest of all time in Marcelo Garcia. Whenever reaching another year of being under the Alliance/ MG banner, I always spend a little time looking back. I think about about how fortunate I have been to be surrounded by so many great people and talented Jiu-Jitsu practitioners such as Marcelo, Paul Schreiner and all of my...

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Earn Your Weekend

I remember when I was still young enough to get rides from my parents into New York for training, that Wednesday nights were our traditional "pizza night" for after training. On those Wednesdays after school, after swim team practice and finally after an evening session at the Renzo Gracie Academy, my mom would always get my brother and I two slices of pizza each to eat in the backseat of...

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Ask Me Anything: A Q & A

I'm going to try something different here. On Friday evening I finally caved and posted one of those AMA's (ask me anything) on Instagram. At first I was ready to dive in and answer every single question I was getting about my diets, training, mindset and sex-life (yes, I got those), but I realized that I'd rather share some more of the common questions on a larger platform for, hopefully,...

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Lessons Learned From Kasai Pro 4

It can be very easy to for me to sit here and write about my experience competing at Kasai Pro 4 and talk about the feeling of what it was like walking away that night with a shiny new belt and some much needed cash in my pocket--but really, who wants to hear about anymore of that? By now, many of you have seen the matches and know the results,...

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A Recap and Reflection

After a little bit of time to digest everything that went down throughout the 2018 GI competition season, I feel like now I'm finally ready to share my thoughts on some of my experiences and lessons learned from this year. In the link below, a little more than half the video is dedicated towards recapping the year while in the second part I will be covering a few of the...

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A Change of Pace

If anyone knows me well enough, you know how serious I can be about sticking to my routine and my schedule when it comes to training--especially before competitions. For years I have believed that to be as productive and as honest with myself in my training, I must have a set schedule and stick with it. I remember when I was a purple belt, I attended a couple seminars with...

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Drilling: A General Guideline

When I first joined MGA back in 2013, I came in with a pretty well established routine of drilling for an hour on my own before each training session. I've been doing that religiously for years now because first of all, I've always felt that any kind of technical movement is the best way to warm up for the hard sparring that would follow--jogging has just never done it for...

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No Excuses

Jiu-Jitsu has always been labeled as "the gentle art" and in some ways, compared to other forms of martial arts, it can be. But lets be honest, if you're putting a lot of time and effort into this "art", it is eventually going to beat you down at some points and feel like the furthest thing from "gentle." As a full-time athlete who trains and competes for a living and...

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Continue to Burn On

For a couple of days now, I've been planning on how to write out my experience in Lisbon pre, during, and post matches at the Europeans. I planned to simply talk about my mindset going-in, what worked and didn't work for me in my matches, and what I hoped to gain from this first major tournament of the 2018 gi competition season. [gallery ids="225,226" columns="2" size="medium"] But, now I'm glad...

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