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      Dream Big

      “There’s no risk when you go after a dream. There’s a tremendous amount of risk to playing it safe.”

      -Bill Burr

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      Surviving the Slump

      Are you feeling unmotivated to train? Maybe the excitement for training is gone and you don’t know if it will come back. Maybe you feel stagnant, or that you haven’t improved in a while. You might even feel that you are regressing in skill. Jiu-Jitsu slumps are a normal part of the journey and, if you haven’t hit one yet, you’re sure to at some point. The good news is, for every valley, there is a peak up ahead. If you stick with it, you will rediscover your love for training, and may even have a breakthrough waiting for you. In the meantime, there are a few ways you can get through the dreaded Jiu-Jitsu slump.

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      The Danger of Comparison

      It’s hard not to compare ourselves to our training partners. After all, we spend time competing and training with them every day. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a competitive sport, and both partners are trying their best to win. In this way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be both a team sport and an individual sport. We need our training partners to improve but we compete against them everyday in training. Perhaps, we may even go toe to toe at the tournament ( what are your thoughts on closeouts?) Sometimes we look at someone else’s performance and let it make us feel bad about ours. Maybe we feel that they are progressing faster than us or that we should be more like them. Comparisons are dangerous. Sometimes they may push us to work harder and be better, but they can also add pressure and make us feel needlessly frustrated. 

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      How You Can Make The Most of Your Training

      Training schedules vary greatly from person to person. Some people may train full-time and attend two or more classes every day. Some may only be able to take two classes a week. I know some moms who work full time, take care of their kids, and still manage to train and compete. It's not easy, but it can be done. Whatever your availability, there are some key ways you can get the most out of your time on the mats.

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