20 Jan 2015

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  • Achievement Formula

    This Article comes from Ruiz Combat Grappling – Blog
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    “Your goal can be a driving force to keep you going regardless of your self-doubt and weaknesses. Choose goals that excite and challenge you, that are truly worth achieving, and worthy of your time and best efforts.

    Believing in your goals becomes more believable when you can look to the examples of others who have gone before. Study those who have achieved what you hope to achieve.” (from Champions Find a Way: How to Become a Champion in Sport and in Life pg. 23)

    I’m a big believer in goals and their power to move us forward. Every few months I evaluate and adjust my goals and when things are going well I get to record them as having been accomplished. That is always a great feeling! 

    As a coach one of my greatest rewards is when the athletes I coach achieve their goals. One of the great athletes that I have the privilege of training is MMA fighter Koffi Adzitso. A few years back Koffi and I were driving home from a grappling tournament we had just competed at in Las Vegas. We had plenty of time to talk so we got around to the topic of what his goals were. 

    I told him about the power of goals and how written goals had even more power. I’m not 100% sure why but written goals have a power even beyond spoken goals. 

    We talked about his fighting career and some of the bigger shows that he would like to fight in. He had already fought for all of the best local shows and had even fought for a King of the Cage world title at one point. We were trying to decide what would be the next thing to pursue. We mulled over a few fights and organizations that sounded good and he wrote it down. 

    For whatever reason I ended up with his goal list in my notebook and for whatever reason we thought that it had been lost. For a period of about two years we didn’t see that list again. We talked about those written goals when we trained together and kept them on our minds. But I’m not sure if he ever wrote them down other than just the one time.

    Over the course of the next couple of years he fought in various shows against tougher and tougher competition, even to the level of knocking out two consecutive UFC veterans and fighting a third UFC vet within that time frame. Eventually he got a shot at Bellator and lost a decision in a fight against a beast of an opponent who had destroyed everyone else he’d fought. 

    Eventually I found Koffi’s goal list in my records and when I showed it to him again we were both amazed at how much he had accomplished and how closely it aligned with that written list even though we had not seen that exact list in about two years. 

    This reaffirmed the power of written goals and their ability to guide us both consciously and subconsciously. If you are still trying to figure out what you want to do in life or whether you already have some solid ideas I encourage  you to write down your goals, give them a date for their accomplishment and then take action!

    Goals + Deadline + Action = Achievement. 

     


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    15 Jan 2015

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  • 4 Fake BJJ Black Belts That Will Piss You Off

    This Article comes from Nuclearchainsaw » Jiu Jitsu and Judo
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    The cool thing about Brazilian jiu jitsu, is that it is impossible to fake.  The whole art is based on years upon years of practice, drilling and rolling before you reach the point of taking what your opponent gives you.  It’s also… Read More ›


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    1 Dec 2014

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  • Arlo Gagestein’s Warrior Core

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    1 Dec 2014

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  • Silver and Double Gold!

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    PictureWorld Champion! Brandon wins the Open Division at the 2014 SJJIF No-Gi Jiu Jitsu World Championships
    Silver and Double Gold

    This fall of 2014 has been a great one! As many of you may know my wife and I were fundraising in order to get to the 2014 FILA Pankration Submission Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

    After some intense matches I emerged with the silver medal. It was great to have my wife and baby boy there with me as part of my support team. We also were able to spend some time with a friend in Budapest and saw some of the sites. It was a wonderful trip and great experience to win another world medal and have that time with my family.

    Although I was grateful for that opportunity I still felt like I had some unfinished business. I had not trained to lose and the match that I lost at the FILA Pankration worlds kept a fire burning inside me. 

    I had already set my sights on the SJJIF No-Gi Jiu Jitsu world championships and only had to have a couple things fall into place to get to that event. I was able to have my wife and baby boy with me again. The tournament consisted of some tough athletes and I was looking forward to the challenge. 

    I had a tough Brazilian opponent, Victor Barreto, in the Ultra Heavyweight final. I was able to neutralize his attacks and sweeps and pushed the match into overtime. In overtime I again neutralized his game and was able to use one of my “unstoppable” moves and gain the mount position and win the match. I won the SJJIF Ultra Heavyweight No-Gi world title!

    In the Open Weight (absolute) division I was able to win again in overtime in a very back and forth final match against Bellator MMA fighter, Steve Martinez. The match went back and forth with me taking him down and then sweeps back and forth with me finally ending up on top to end regulation. At the start of overtime I used my wrestling advantage and executed a bulldozing double leg to end the match 6-4! That win gave me the Open Weight division title and I finished the tournament with double gold medals!

    Brynne and I had a great time and we very much enjoyed being able to share those moments together. We’ve had a great fall and I’m happy about my performance this year, especially considering some of the setbacks and trials that we had faced since 2013. 

    In 2013 I herniated a disc in my back right before the 2013 FILA Grappling world championships. Then that fall we lost Brynne’s brother to Leukemia. The winter of 2014 we lost my grandfather to stroke. Then in the spring I had a retina tear. It had been a rough 9+ months. 

    It wasn’t all gloomy during that time. We were blessed with the birth of our fifth child, a baby boy, the start of 2014. But it did take a while for things to recalibrate with all of the major events during that time. 

    We felt extremely fortunate to have been able to compete and travel this year and we are happy to have been successful in those events. Thanks for all of you who helped support us in this. 



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    1 Nov 2014

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  • 5 Martial Arts Videos That You Need To See (if you have 10 minutes to kill)

    This Article comes from Nuclearchainsaw » Jiu Jitsu and Judo
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    Ok, ok…”need” is a strong word.  But if you haven’t seen Bruce Lee actually spar or a muay thai fighter kick someone in the nuts on the invitation of the kickee, well then “need” is the appropriate word.  If you… Read More ›


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    22 Oct 2014

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  • Inverted Gear White Panda Review (2.0)

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    I’m a tall and lanky guy.  As such, finding a nice fitting gi is harder than chipping a diamond in a snowstorm.  In fact, the only brand that I’ve found to be very fitting was from Keiko Raca…at least until… Read More ›


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    15 Sep 2014

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  • The Realization of Your Evolution

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    I fought, and I lost.  This was no ordinary loss.   What I want to describe to you is the loss of evolution…the loss of heart…the loss of your passion.  What I want to describe to you is what it’s… Read More ›


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    4 Sep 2014

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  • Brandon Ruiz, Grappling World Team Trials HWT champion

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    4 Sep 2014

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  • DVD Review: Josh Barnett Attacking the Guard DVD and Catch Wrestling Vol. I Punishing Rides 2 DVDS that will change the way you Grapple

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    Attacking the Guard
    I watched about 5 minutes of this video and thought to myself, “Do people understand what this guy is showing? Because if they did EVERYONE that participates in today’s MMA, Grappling and BJJ competitions would own this DVD!”

    That is how good I thought the concepts and techniques coming out of this DVD were, and that was just the first 5 minutes! 

    Josh delves into concepts of posture and breaking grips in addition to punishing and breaking guard players wide open. He isn’t nice about it either. Josh shows you techniques and approaches that are generally frowned upon in most BJJ dojos because of their meanness, aggression and effectiveness against even the most dominant guard players. 

    If that wasn’t enough I got just as much if not more out of the Catch Wrestling Vol. I Punishing Rides DVD also starring Josh Barnett. 

    Punishing Rides DVD
    Barnett shares great rides for Wrestling, Grappling and MMA. These are not just your typical Folkstyle wrestling rides either. These rides have teeth big enough to sink into any grappling situation. These are offensive rides and hold down positions not just lay-and-wait positions. 

    One of the most poignant speeches is about BJJ and the lack of rides and pressures. His words seem almost prophetic looking back on it now. He talked quite emphatically about the usefulness and possibilities of a certain Head and Arm ride. It is this same ride that he defeated Dean Lister with during their Metamoris 4 bout. Their match was the first time Lister has been submitted in 16 years.

    On top of showing some great technique and insights Josh gets more loose and entertaining as the DVD progresses. He is very funny. Just about everything in this DVD is unconventional from a BJJ standpoint and that is what is so great about it. This tuff works!

    As a competitor Josh Barnett has done and won everything there is to be won in the sport; UFC champion, Pancrase Champion, IBJJF No Gi World Champion and Metamoris Super Heavyweight World Champion. 

    You would think at some point the BJJ and Grappling community in general would begin to take notice and listen to what this guy has to say. However I am willing to bet that they won’t to their own detriment. Too often Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s downfall is its own popularity and perceived value. 

    BJJ for whatever reason both proclaims to be “the new revelation” yet at the same time holds to “tradition” and shuns anything that is not BJJ. I can’t tell you how many times BJJ guys will sit and tell me how BJJ guys can beat wrestlers and go on and on. I think to myself that they must be complete BJJ tools if they still believe that BJJ is invincible. In grappling situations they certainly thrive but let’s be honest, it has been a long time since a BJJ purist has held any of the major MMA titles.

    If there is any one thing that real practitioners of the grappling arts should come to accept is that no one single art has the lock on effectiveness. Both of the Josh Barnett DVD’s show exactly why Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling is one of the best sources for powerful grappling techniques. I was extremely happy when Barnett submitted Lister using tried and true CACC techniques because it once again proved the effectiveness of one of the oldest and best forms of grappling around. I found so many gems in this DVD that it is currently at the top of my “must watch” list for grappling. 


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    4 Sep 2014

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  • ホテルの商品券

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    商品券やギフト券は贈り物としても自分で使うのも非常に便利ですね。
    その中でも、宿泊などに使うことができるホテルで使うことができる商品券は非常に便利ですね。
    ホテル券、というのはホテルでの施設利用全てにおいて使うことが出来るものなので、結構使うことのできる幅が広いのです。
    ホテル券、というと宿泊費に使うことができるのはもちろんそれ以外のホテル内の施設でも使うことができるのです。
    ホテル内のレストランや宴会、買い物、レジャー施設の利用などにも使うことができますので、宿泊の予定はないけど、ホテル内のプールや温泉などに入りたい、という人でもホテル券を使うことができるのですね。
    また、ホテルの商品券はものによっては使うことができるホテルも指定されていますので、あらかじめどの商品券が使うことができるのかということをチェックするといいでしょう。
    たとえば、ホテルチェックというホテルの商品券があるのですがこちらは帝国ホテルの東京と大阪や、上高地帝国ホテルなどの帝国ホテル関連の施設を利用することが出来るようになっているのですね。
    他にも、ザ・クレストホテル立川やザ・クレストホテル柏などの施設にも使うことが出来るのですね。
    帝国ホテルは宿泊施設としてもいいのですが、レストランも非常に充実しており、有名なものなのでこちらでちょっとぜいたくな食事を、というような楽しみ方をしたい人にも使えるものなのです。
    また、食事用にとホテルでのディナーギフ券というものもあってこちらでは帝国ホテル東京でのレストラン専用のギフト券になっていて、食前酒つきの1枚一人用のギフト券、というものもあるのですね。
    ホテルで使うことが出来る商品券というのは、宿泊よりも寧ろどちらかというと食事や施設、というようなところも充実していますので、ホテルの商品券をプレゼントしたい、という人は宿泊以外での面についても目を向けてみると選択肢が広まるのではないかと思います。


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