What I learned my first year as a Black Belt.

It's been a year since I was promoted to Black Belt by Fabio Clemente and Kevin Sheridan. As cliche as it sounds I’ve learn more in the last year than I did in years prior to the big promotion. I moved to the North P...
Nelson Puentes
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How much training does it take to be a champion?

  People in BJJ often find themselves asking how much the best spend training each day.  The answer is obviously very different for different people, but the quick and easy answer is usually a lot.  Most of the best ...
Aaron Rubin
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Embrace the spirit of learning.

  Have you ever picked up a book or watched a documentary and became fascinated with a subject (could be history, human relations, sports, or anything else), and this very same subject was one you studied in school o...
Aaron Rubin
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How to develop willpower and discipline.

Willpower is a vital ingredient in the recipe of success.  No matter what your goals are, you are going to have to have guts to make your dreams a reality.  Willpower is basically just a daily commitment toward your g...
Aaron Rubin
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Breaking through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu plateaus.

  Plateaus are a normal part of development.  No matter what craft you are trying to master it is normal to experience times of rapid growth, times of stand still, or even times where you feel regression of skill.  T...
Aaron Rubin
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Is there an I in team after all? Initiative might just be that hidden I.

  Today I would like to talk about teamwork and how a spirit of unity can create an environment of growth for all of those involved.  Having a great team around you will lift you up, but you don’t have to wait for o...
Aaron Rubin
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Begin with the end in mind

  There is an old adage that the end is just the beginning, while this is true in the sense that life exists in frequently opposing forms (night and day, joy and sorrow, sickness and health), it also has a radically ...
Aaron Rubin
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How to make the most of an injury.

  To a dedicated Jiu Jitsu goer an injury can feel like a death sentence.  BJJ is more than just a hobby for many of us, it becomes a way of life, an extended family, a source of potent inner happiness and peace.  So...
Aaron Rubin
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Dealing with the stress of competition.

  No matter what way you look at it and no matter how seasoned a competitor you may be, competition is stressful.  Many times we spend weeks, months, even years, all training for a single competition.  When you spend...
Aaron Rubin
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Getting back up after a loss

  After you suffer a loss in competition it’s easy to feel like your loss on the mat extends into every aspect of your life. Making yourself vulnerable and putting yourself out there sometimes inevitably leads to dis...
Aaron Rubin
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