Changing Ourselves To Change The World

Choose a practice that affects you in the way that you want to affect others. If we commit ourselves to a practice consistently enough, over a long enough period of time, for better or worse, that practice will begin to shape who we are and how we relate to the world. Oftentimes, our actions and…

Moving Through Our Egos in Jiu-Jitsu

Life is expressed through motion and our jiu-jitsu should reflect that. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the best time to attack or sweep is when our opponent is moving to escape or pass and the best time to escape or pass is when our opponent is trying to attack or sweep. Movement creates opportunities. The goal of…

We Are

We are more than our weakness and we are more than our strength. We are complex creatures. We are beings of both immense fragility and great power. We are searchers and we are settlers. We are never satisfied with what we have or who we are, while simultaneously all too willing to live with less…

The Wealth of Presence

“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” —My father via John Lennon via Allen Saunders The pursuit of wealth is actually just the pursuit of the experiences that having wealth affords us. Money, after all, has no intrinsic worth. It is just numbers and paper that we trade for…

Embodying the Art

“In order to understand the true essence of martial arts, you must have the rest of your life, your relationships, your money, and your health, in balance.” — Joe Sheya Ideally, martial arts teach us about more than just fighting. They teach us about all aspects of human interaction, from relational etiquette to posture, balance,…