Category Archives: Martial Arts

Momma Was Wrong

     As a single parent, I didn’t have a lot of time, money or energy.  However, there was one thing I tried to do for my kids.  They loved The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Power Rangers and Martial Arts.  … Continue reading

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My Dirty Little Secret

     I have a dirty little secret.  No, I’m not a pole dancer.  I’m a fighter.  Only a few people at work know.  Why do I treat it like a dirty little secret?  There is a conversation thread that weaves its way through a … Continue reading

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Inspiration, May 2011

     Before I get on with business, I want to stop and say, “Happy Birthday Daddy!  You were right.  I can do anything I want to do.  I just have to set my mind to it.  Just like you said.  … Continue reading

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Fighters Do It Better

I want a T-Shirt that says: Fighters Do It Better Stamina Speed Timing Flexibility Agility Acuracy Technique Strength Spirit Skill Explosiveness Ferocity Confidence Intelligence Intuition Determination Focus Dedication Motivation Heart Did I miss anything?

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My Greatest Weakness…

     I’m short.  Really short.  I’m only five feet tall.  In a fight, I have no reach advantage what so ever.  That is something that I can not change.  As a fighter, that is my greatest weakness.  One of my … Continue reading

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The Humiliating Experience of Failure

     Natural talent describes a trait of a person seemingly gifted in a skill.  Heart describes a trait of a person who continues to practice a skill, no matter how many times they fail.  A few years ago, a fellow student that I was mentoring lamented … Continue reading

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BJJ, Louder Than Words

     “I believe martial arts is one of the greatest gifts and treasures of life to create positive change in people’s lives.”   Ernie Reyes, Sr.      Creating positive change in another person’s life is a gift to be treasured.  My … Continue reading

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Owning the Jiu Jitsu

     I work in an environment that has a high percentage of workplace violence.  My coworkers and I are assaulted in one form or another on a weekly if not daily basis.  The statistics for assaults to emergency room workers are astounding.  … Continue reading

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Horizontal vs Vertical, Part V

     Many people ask me about my years as a striker and how that translates to grappling.  As I’ve stated in previous installments of Horizontal vs Vertical, it’s complicated.  Today I want to talk about mental training.  Mental training is … Continue reading

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Basic Training

     Several years ago, a friend of mine was training for her Tae Kwon Do black belt test.  Since I was a black belt, she asked me to help her with the forms (katas).  I was excited for her and quickly agreed … Continue reading

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