Turn Toward Trouble (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Our only hope for overcoming our troubles is to turn toward them. One of the most valuable lessons we learn, as we practice jiu-jitsu, is that our troubles do not go away when we turn our backs on them. In fact, the more we train, the more we discover that, by turning away from our…

Play More (To Be More Human)

“If we can play together, then we can live together.“—Cas Holman, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ As children, play is our primary learning mechanism, both as a solo and a group activity. Play is how we learn to move, to experiment, and to socialize. As we get older, many of us seem to forget the…

Art Is The Result (Not The Goal)

“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”― Steven Pressfield, ‘The War of Art’ The artist’s commitment is not to doing good work, but simply to doing work. Whether that work is good or not can only be determined in hindsight, once it has…

Find Your Movement Practice (And Then Practice Moving)

“If you can’t get out of your head, get into your body. Get out and move.”—Tim Ferriss We all need to feel like we are productive, that our lives have meaning and purpose. Sometimes, however, we feel trapped, like we are stuck, in a rut, or running around in circles with no direction or momentum….

Joy And Difficulty For A Sustainable Practice

“I think the most important thing is to have fun. Everyone wants to progress, to get better, but, if you have fun, you will never quit… you will always do it. Eventually, everyone gets better. If you have fun, you will keep showing up.“— Caio Terra, 12x Jiu-Jitsu World Champion In whatever we do, we…