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  • Solitude with Fortitude

    Solitude with Fortitude

    A black belt asked me for advice on how to become a teacher. He mentioned that thru his busy schedule traveling around the world, he often finds himself visiting several places to keep his training going. Yet, in many of those places, especially abroad, he is constantly sought out for advice and asked to share his knowledge. He said he loves to teach and help out other students, from inexperienced to high level, indiscriminately. He, point blank, came to me and inquired what it takes or how to go about in terms of being an instructor. My immediate answer was to “reverse engineer”, teach the end and go backwards on a skill set. That, for me, gives immediate perspective to ....

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  • The Mat Never Lies!

    The Mat Never Lies!

    The measure of progress is not related to who has the upper hand one day or another, but to the degree of consistency someone applies to their time on the mat, whether practicing a drill or rolling with a partner. The outcome of who taps whom or who smashes who is not a factor, although it can be a reference. What counts the most is the ability to put into execution the moves one learns while doing drills, initially without resistance, and later on with increasing difficulty. The gap between learning a move and the ability to execute that same move against a resisting opponent is called threshold. The only way someone can push the threshold is through gradual steps. The slow and ....

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  • Whoever starts strong will not always be the same who finishes strong!

    Whoever starts strong will not always be the same who finishes strong!

    Anyone who has done jiu jitsu for a while will always remember the starting days, when lack of knowledge and experience were plenty, and oxygen wasn’t! The very fact that a novice lacks knowledge makes it likely that he will be in a struggle when facing a more experienced team mate. It won’t be just the inability to anticipate or calculate which moves to go for, but the absence of strategy due to the lack of vision in regards to the jiu jitsu chess game. Like it was said in Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”, not knowing yourself or your opponent guarantees defeat every time. Then it comes to knowing your opponent but not yourself, which brings defeat every other ....

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  • To act or not to act?

    To act or not to act?

    Every action we take or refrain from taking has an impact on future events. Looking back, I never understood how often I took and endured a long bus ride from my apartment to the academy I used to teach in Brazil, about 40 yrs ago. It was a bit over an hour of bus ride each way, going along the scenic route, as the bus calmly rode through the beachfront main avenues. It was a daily test of my resolve to stay in the bus, as I looked through the window towards the crowded beaches. I thought then I was missing out on life, as I watched many of the young like me bathing in the sun and diving into the warm Atlantic waters, in a more than perfect weather. My deal was completely ....

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  • Strategies and mindset:  Where to start and how to play the game!

    Strategies and mindset: Where to start and how to play the game!

    Jiu-Jitsu requires smarts, patience, resilience and anticipation. It is not uncommon that instincts get in the way of strategic thinking and improvisation. Little experience and absence of solid muscle memory prevents novices from flowing, connecting the dots in between distinct techniques, in a way that the sum of its parts can create a powerful whole. A wholesome game requires patience and consistency. An early attempt with little opposition is gradually tested against increasing levels of difficulty, which leads to the first strategy, the building of thresholds. A single move is forged into a powerful technique by adding more opposition and imaginable scenarios of deliberate ....

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  • 7 Important Skills Taught in Kids Jiu Jitsu

    7 Important Skills Taught in Kids Jiu Jitsu

    Discipline and Focus Coordination and Body Awareness Goal Setting Confidence Self-Defense Socialization Fitness and the "Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle” Kids today have to endure many obstacles: distractions, bullies, poor fitness, depression, and much more. As parents, we want to give our children every opportunity to excel in life. One of the hardest things to develop within our children is a combination of a healthy mindset, focus, and fitness. This obstacle is why we highly recommend children learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. These are the seven important skills taught in kids Jiu Jitsu. #1 Discipline and Focus The most difficult enemies for kids ....

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  • WOW What a year! Lots to be grateful for!

    WOW What a year! Lots to be grateful for!

    Man what a year 2020 has been! Not just for Team CMJJ but for the entire world! Through the ups and downs I am proud to say we were able to pull through and come together to keep the academy doors open. Moving to a smaller, but still badass, facility really helped us make it through the toughest times along with our loyal students who never wavered and kept making tuition payments even if they didn't come back yet. We had grand plans for 2020 with all sorts of events and monthly gatherings that we were unfortunately unable to fulfill BUT thankfully we will have 2021 to do everything that we were not able to do in 2020. Our dedicated staff is meeting next week to make our grand plans for ....

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  • It's Test Week for our Cubs and Jaguars at HQ!

    It's Test Week for our Cubs and Jaguars at HQ!

    Its test week this week!!! Jan 13-17th we will be putting these kids skills to the test! Everything they learn each month they will be tested on. Good luck to everyone! Testing takes place every single month at CMJJ. We believe in giving kids frequent short term goals, the support to achieve those goals and then the reward for persevering and being disciplined enough to reach them. ....

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  • Team CMJJ Adult Competition Training Camp is Underway

    Team CMJJ Adult Competition Training Camp is Underway

    In preparation for our 2020 Competition Schedule we have Jiu-Jitsu World League on the 22nd of Feb in Dallas, TX that we are preparing for! Come out and lets prepare together. Team CMJJ Schools and Affiliates are all invited to attend our Adult Competition Training Sessions which are held every Friday evening from 6-8pm and are being run by Prof. Brad Scott. We also have Competition class on Saturday mornings from 10-11am that you are free to participate in. See you on the mat! ....

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  • Carlos Machado: The Nicest Instructor in BJJ is on a Roll

    Carlos Machado: The Nicest Instructor in BJJ is on a Roll

    The nicest instructor in BJJ offers some insights into his teaching methods, his famous students like Keanu Reeves and Stephan “Wonderboy” Thompson, how to succeed in business and what he has in store for the MAIA SuperShow. by Perry William Kelly “Life in the martial arts is all about opportunities. Each student offers the instructor the chance to make a difference. His or her life will be changed if you do it right. In the process, your life will be changed as well. It is the greatest reward to make a living by changing lives.” - excerpt from Carlos Machado’s Putting the Pieces Together: Truths You Learn AFTER You Get Your Butt ....

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