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Up’s, down’s and lessons learned at the IBJJF Las Vegas Open

This past weekend, while around the area teaching seminars, I competed in the Las Vegas Summer Open in the black belt featherweight and absolute categories. I decided to compete for a couple of reasons, one being that I always want to gain more experience so the more I compete the better. Secondly, I wanted to compete to keep up the momentum after winning double gold at the New York Open...

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Going back to Cali and embracing personal challenges

[caption id="attachment_103" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Conducting a seminar earlier this summer in Sweden. Photo: Erin Herle[/caption] I'm very excited for numerous reasons today. This morning I will be taking off from Newark Airport to head to California to join my girlfriend for a 12-day trip on her side of the country, teaching seminars and competing. But, at the same time I also view this trip as a challenge I want to...

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The mental game in Jiu-Jitsu

[caption id="attachment_56" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Moments before the match. Photo: Jeffrey Chu (FighterPlus)[/caption] After spectators watch me in my crazed state before a match, pacing down and back and jumping around often I have them ask me, "What's going on in your head before a match?" For a long time in my Jiu-Jitsu career it could have been many different things, but now after working on my mental preparation seriously for...

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Twice the fun at the New York Summer Open

[caption id="attachment_53" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo: John "Ric" Ricard[/caption] Have I ever mentioned that I love competing in New York City? Well anyway, this weekend I competed in the New York Summer Open and thankfully the results met my expectations going in as I won my weight category and the open class. I was really happy with the win as I always put an extra emphasis on winning at home and...

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Why I love competing in New York City

[caption id="attachment_48" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Marcelo Garcia and I at 2014 NY Spring Open. Photo: John "Ric" Ricard[/caption] Today is not like most Friday's. Instead of being home at 5pm on a Friday and writing out this post, usually I am across the Hudson River in New York City and at Marcelo Garcia's academy--probably waking up from a nap in the MGinAction room and starting to get myself prepared for the...

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A Reflection of Six Crazy Months

[caption id="attachment_10" align="aligncenter" width="960"] After receiving my black belt from Marcelo Garcia. Photo: John "Ric" Ricard[/caption] Through my first 10+ years of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I always wondered what the moment would be like when I would receive my black belt. I pictured all types of scenarios and all the different reactions I could possibly have when the moment finally arrived. I tried to imagine what I would say when...

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