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      What Jiu-Jitsu Has Taught Me

      Jiu-Jitsu means something different for everyone. For some, it might be a hobby. It might be your way to wind down after a long day of work. Maybe it’s your social outlet. It might be your lifestyle, and you spend every waking minute training, thinking about Jiu-Jitsu, or watching Jiu-Jitsu videos. It could even be the way you are recovering from a traumatic experience. Whatever your goals with training, Jiu-Jitsu has some life lessons to share with us all

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      The Importance of Habit

      “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

      Here’s the thing about habits: they’re really hard to break. That’s why, in life, it’s really important to build good habits. What is the goal that you have in your life? Do you want to go to the gym more? Do you want to eat healthier? Train more in the Gi? Just train more Jiu-Jitsu overall? It is very easy to say, “Oh, I should really start lifting regularly”, but it is also very easy to then not do it.  In this way Jiu-Jitsu is similar to life, it is very important to develop good habits and practice these habits every time we step on the mats.

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      Making the Most of Our Losses

      At the Pan Kids Championship this weekend, I was moved by the amount of emotion I witnessed. These kids brought every bit as much passion to those mats as I have seen at an adult world championship. They fought their little hearts out. There were many tears at the end of matches, both happy and sad. I often heard the phrase “you win, or you learn” thrown around. I’ve always had a hard time with this phrase, mainly because I believe that losing is important. Losing is a normal, integral part of both life and Jiu-Jitsu, and I believe it should be acknowledged. However, I understand the sentiment behind this famous phrase. If we look at it with the right perspective, losing can be a springboard from which we spur enormous growth.

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      Interview with Atos Ace Ronaldo Junior

      Check out this interview we did with Ronaldo Junior after one of his tough training sessions at Atos HQ in San Diego, CA.

      Keep an eye out for Ronaldo as he looks to make his mark on the Jiu Jitsu world in his first year at black belt!