Archive for the ‘Random musings, non-related to BJJ’ Category

Chuck Norris is a BJJ Black Belt…

June 2, 2011

…so I’m hoping at the ‘black belt’ seminar this Saturday Eric can and will show us the breakdown, schematics and all around finer points of the following technique:


Soul Jiu-Jitsu

April 4, 2011

My young friend Katie passed away this weekend, and this post is dedicated and inspired by her:

‘Soul’ in the context of a passion is doing something for no other reason than because you love it.

It completely speaks for itself.

From a broader perspective, it’s about living for the sake of loving life.

Again, you can talk or write about this, but it’s the space where no words are needed.

Integrity, authenticity, and ‘being real’ are not conditional or macho concepts.

Some ‘soul’ for Katie!:

My first love (cards a Christmas present from Katie)

December 30, 2010

I can’t remember what came first, baseball cards or magic?  Although I played sports growing up, magic was the first art/skill I loved for the sake of itself.  I never really understood how or what to practice and prioritize, but was enthralled with this world all the same.

What I’ve come to understand and teach in BJJ is you don’t do cool things, you get to do cool things.  Loving what you do is always more than enough.  Nobody cares how good some one is in the most intimate (which is to say magical) spaces.

Thanks for these cards Katie!! *everlasting hugs*

Hide and seek

August 21, 2010

Another little something for my friend Katie…=)

I talk a lot about goals on this blog, and what they are in my opinion is an adult way of getting back in touch with our personal sense of fun.  Believe it or not, us adults not only forget to play, we forget what we most enjoy playing with! 

Double dratz-o!

Disasters of this proportion happen when we make things more important than love and laughter.

The happy part is play is as natural to us as breathing, so play and joy dance back into our awareness when we relax even just a tiny bit.  It’s always there, but we can chase it away by believing things that aren’t true (like there are more important things than love and laughter *ha, ha*). 

Even this can be fun though, because it’s like a game of hide and seek.

Another one of the things we make up that isn’t true is the idea of death. 

A body has a lifespan yes, but a mistake we often make is thinking that the skin, hands, feet, and toes we wiggle are ours when they are actually borrowed.  So in essence, all those cool fingers, that funny belly-button, and silly nose are like a Halloween costume we get to play in for awhile.

What we actually are is awareness, which means we have the ability to experience what it is to wear a body.  Said another way, we aren’t our eyes, we are what looks through them.


Last dance video… …I promise!

August 2, 2010

It’s my blog right!?  So there if I want to use it to thank a really cool person! ;o)



Katie, you artwork made me feel like well…


So, this is my way of saying thanks!  Hope you enjoy. =)

PS The song is ‘Dance Floor’ by Zapp and Roger Troutman

Everyone deserves music…

July 16, 2010

Saw the awesome Michael Franti in concert last night, and the blog post title is the name of one of his songs.

A question I asked myself was:  “If jiu-jitsu was music, what would it allow people to do?”

Answer:  “To interpret, create, and share melodies.”

While my current BJJ thinking is geared toward Jiu-Jitsu  that would allow my step-mom to survive an altercation,  BJJ to me as a whole is about creative expression.

It’s all too easy to get caught up in a sea concepts, techniques, principles, and methods. 

True artistry to me though has always been about people.  That is, a space for connection and coming home.  A space to breathe.


One of my favorite teaching movie moments + Wooden quote

April 3, 2010



“Profound responsibilities come with teaching and coaching.  You can do so much good – or harm.  It’s why I believe that next to parenting, teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world.” ~John Wooden

Loved this quote and picture…

March 24, 2010

I deleted most of this post, but couldn’t part with the following quote and picture!:

 “If fame were based on kindness instead of popularity, on understanding and not on worldwide attention, you would be the biggest celebrity on earth.  And to my heart, you already are.”  ~Anonymous






What I learned from ‘Boom Boom’

March 19, 2010

I looked for an older, wiser guide in the martial arts and life handed me one at my day job.  My good friend and long time mail room cohort is working his last day today before retiring.  Here are a few of the life lessons he taught me:

1. Go out of your way to help others, but be sure to look good while you do it!

2. Act like you know what is going on, while claiming you don’t have a clue.

3. Take care of the ladies, if you want to ensure survival.

4. Share yourself, but be modest.

5. Don’t take humility seriously.

6. Foldgers over Starbucks, buy a BMW with the money you’ll save over the course of year.

7. Multi-task.  Never let work get in the way of telling bad jokes.

8. Refrain from profanity; unless telling a bad joke.

9. The delightful high of stomaching a donut isn’t worth the low of having it bottom out in the pit of your stomach.

10. Waylon and Willie made fine, fine music together:

Congratulations and enjoy Gary!  Love, Jeff