Jiu jitsu Knoxville TN, Role as a professor

Role as a professor.

March 28, 2014

With a day-by-day relationship, some people end up having a different meaning in our lives. As incredible as it may seem, some students who just started their Jiu-Jitsu classes will describe their professor as a special person in their lives.

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It is not only about how good it is to take classes with that person who became your reference. It’s also about the fellowship that will rule the gentle art mats. And then, even the purpose that leads the student to the school will be changed by that. Of course, the main thing continues to be the training itself, but sometimes, there is a psychologic reason that takes that individual to the classes.

COMPANHEIRISMOA simple chat with the professor, not related to techniques or fight, can change lot of things. There will be some moments when you feel you should give up everything, and you even do not know the real reason to feel that way. When you are discredited with yourself and upset, the trainings do not seem to work that well to you. Something is happening. The truth is that most of our thoughts are comprised by the encounter of our stimulus, which provide us with the necessary energy to go ahead. And that’s when the professor and his/her value beyond the gentle art will appear. All the experience gained through the life and the Jiu-Jitsu challenges makes the teacher a kind of psychologist

Some will even joke: I gotta stand you not only wearing a kimono but also without it now. But that quick review and thoughts pre-training can positively influence the student inside and outside the mat. Athlete, instructors or amateurs regardless their position inside the dojo, they are all common people who have to face personal problems like anyone else.

But how will you know that something is wrong with your student? The first signals will appear through the behavior. The easy-going guy seems now sad, or that quiet student is excessively excited. Even during a combat training you can notice those changes in situations that the student would resist until the end, subtly he is now giving up too fast.

samukaAnd it is when the teacher friend’s shoulder must act. A nice talk, an advice, and many times even a hug. The results will be noticed within some days. That smile will come back and replace the sad face.

One thing is for sure: Being a teacher is far beyond being that person who is there only to teach. A professor must know his/her students and figure out when something is wrong with them. The professor must know how to talk and to be a real friend.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, The professor role

Taking care of your mind is Jiu-Jitsu: The professor and his/her friend role.

March 28, 2014

With a day-by-day relationship, some people end up having a different meaning in our lives. As incredible as it may seem, some students who just started their Jiu-Jitsu classes will describe their professor as a special person in their lives.

taking_care-01

It is not only about how good it is to take classes with that person who became your reference. It’s also about the fellowship that will rule the gentle art mats. And then, even the purpose that leads the student to the school will be changed by that. Of course, the main thing continues to be the training itself, but sometimes, there is a psychologic reason that takes that individual to the classes.

COMPANHEIRISMOA simple chat with the professor, not related to techniques or fight, can change lot of things. There will be some moments when you feel you should give up everything, and you even do not know the real reason to feel that way. When you are discredited with yourself and upset, the trainings do not seem to work that well to you. Something is happening. The truth is that most of our thoughts are comprised by the encounter of our stimulus, which provide us with the necessary energy to go ahead. And that’s when the professor and his/her value beyond the gentle art will appear. All the experience gained through the life and the Jiu-Jitsu challenges makes the teacher a kind of psychologist

Some will even joke: I gotta stand you not only wearing a kimono but also without it now. But that quick review and thoughts pre-training can positively influence the student inside and outside the mat. Athlete, instructors or amateurs regardless their position inside the dojo, they are all common people who have to face personal problems like anyone else.

But how will you know that something is wrong with your student? The first signals will appear through the behavior. The easy-going guy seems now sad, or that quiet student is excessively excited. Even during a combat training you can notice those changes in situations that the student would resist until the end, subtly he is now giving up too fast.

samukaAnd it is when the teacher friend’s shoulder must act. A nice talk, an advice, and many times even a hug. The results will be noticed within some days. That smile will come back and replace the sad face.

One thing is for sure: Being a teacher is far beyond being that person who is there only to teach. A professor must know his/her students and figure out when something is wrong with them. The professor must know how to talk and to be a real friend.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, A pre-competition meal by Max Carvalho

Eating well is Jiu-Jitsu: A pre-competition meal by Max Carvalho

March 20, 2014

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1st degree black-belt by Zé Radiola and born in Recife, PE, Brazil, Max Carvalho is standing out in the European Jiu-Jitsu scenario. He currently lives in Hungary, where he owns a Gracie Barra school branch. However, day by day, he has been spreading the Jiu-Jitsu vision all around the world. Now he also owns school branches in Croatia, Austria, Russia, Ukraine 544154_526753394080889_1932219519_nand Serbia.

But let’s not stop here. Besides being a visionary, Max is also an excellent athlete and champion in important tournaments such as the European and Brazilian championships, London Open, Open France, among other ones. With a busy routine like that, our champion does know something: eating well is Jiu-Jitsu, eating well means health.

So Max chose to share with the GB family his pre-competition favorite dish: Pasta with Tuna.

This is great before a competition, as it is not a heavy meal and it is easy to digest. Professor Max Carvalho

Ingredients:

200g (0.44lb) penne pasta

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 cloves of galic, sliced

DSC008851/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 can of low-sodium tuna

2 tbsp chopped parsley

Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare:

Cook the pasta in about 2 quarts (2 liters) of water and 20 grams of salt.

In a pan, brown the garlic in olive oil. Add the tomatoes and tuna and let it cook and reduce a little. Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and, if needed, 1/2 cup of water from the boiling pasta.

When the pasta is ready, add the sauce, baste with some olive oil and serve immediately.

This article has only an informative purpose and has no intention to replace a professional guidance. The use of vitamins and supplements can offer you great results. But before using any product, we strongly recommend you to visit a Nutritionist, Doctor or another specialist for an analysis and follow-up.

Note: Illustrative photos.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Love jiu jitsu

Valentines Day: Love Jiu-Jitsu

February 14, 2014

It’s like love at first sight. It was then when we first put on that Gi, we knew it was love, right? Ok. So it’s Valentine’s Day. Let’s sit back and think for a bit about err um LOVE.

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Yes. The powerful emotion that encompasses time, age, gender, and (at some point based Hollywood takes on the subject) space. That drives our mentors, professors, and coaches to push us further to succeed. That is Jiu-Jitsu love. Call it mush, call it anything, but I believe that for anyone to succeed, one has to fuel it with LOVE.

Have you heard of the expression doing what you love and loving what you are doing?

574538_10151752856843868_865683867_nLets be real. Jiu-Jitsu is a lot of work. And its not an easy ride. It’s a long, arduous journey that requires sacrifices. I have interviewed the best in the world of BJJ. 90% of these BJJ artists discusses how the love for the art has made them weather through the tough. Seriously. While their journey were full of disappointment (losing tournaments, not being able to pay for school fees, injuries, and what-not) they still continued because they love Jiu-Jitsu.

I am sensing some confusion from my readers. Let’s clarify what love is: love is a verb. The feeling of love only comes after the act of loving. For those who may be losing the love for the art when they say, I don’t feel like doing Jiu-Jitsu anymore. I dont love it that much, it’ because people failing to see visions of themselves as succeeding in the sport. Therefore, to act and to love the sport has become secondary. This is applicable not only to Jiu-Jitsu. It applies to us as people. For us to learn and continue loving something, we must practice the act.

Without love, there wont be any fuel for success.

You must

Love Competition – because life is a competition, not necessarily for those who wins the race, but those who can compete the longest.

images-26Love Learning – The only time that we cease to grow is when we stop learning

Love Training – A skill is honed by repetition and practice. If something is worth doing, then it’s something worth doing right. If you still can’t land that triangle choke, you’re not training hard enough

Love Taking Risks – I would rather lose knowing that I took a chance on a technique against my opponent, than spend the next few hours kicking myself because I didnt.

Love Jiu-Jitsu

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, The Serenity Prayer and Jiu-Jitsu

The Serenity Prayer and Jiu-Jitsu

February 13, 2014

Have you heard the Serenity Prayer? it’s a prayer popularized by Reinhold Niebuhr. The Prayer goes:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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1376417_586973288015070_1733432320_nI stumbled upon this prayer while watching the The Flashpoint Paradox, (Yes. I am a big fan of DC Comics. Especially the Flash), and I said to myself, it is Jiu-Jitsu in its essence. The lifestyle of Jiu-Jitsu is more of change, courage and peace of mind. Martial arts teaching us that the path to a deeper awareness of the self. The peaceful body bringing a peaceful mind. Wisdom of the ages does not immediately. It is through learning that we do.

In Acceptance there is Serenity

I have met a lot of Jiu-Jitsu black belts in my life (in Gracie Barra and from other groups). And a lot of them seem to possess one thing in common: they are well-adjusted. They have this ability to move past the feel are beyond their control quicker than others. They are serene in the understanding that there is no reason to hate, rant, or wallow on things that we cannot change.

They easily accept things easily such as death, tragedy, bad weather, or traffic.

Courage to Change the Old Self

serenity-prayerWhen one gets into Jiu-Jitsu, one has had the conscious decision to change oneself. To be involved into a sport that requires sacrifices for future rewards. The courage to change what needs changing. To be able to identify that old lifestyles give little or no value to the present. That acquiring the discipline to keep on changing is the key.

I have seen people whose lives changed because of Jiu-Jitsu. Was it Jiu-Jitsu that urged them to change? Not really. I believe Jiu-Jitsu is more like the road, and we are just travelers. We control our feet and where it will take us.

To the Wise Who Knows the Difference

The ability to discern between what we can control and what we can accept is the key to becoming happy. Don’t we all want our Jiu-Jitsu journey to be a peaceful one? we can start by teaching ourselves that acceptance is the key to our peace as Jiu-Jitsu artists.

Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone!

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Jiu jitsu knoxville TN, What is your GB jiu jitsu bag

What’s In Your GB jiu jitsu bag

February 11, 2014

I have a habit of rummaging inside the bag of my friends (with permission of course). And it’s funny what popular items are found inside gym bags of Jiu-Jitsu artists. And it never ceases to surprise me that majority of Jiu-Jitsu fighters have these common items in my bag.

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photo-13My natural curiousity towards common sports related items found in every athlete’s bag led me to this day: writing about it.

Popular Items That Can be Found in Athlete’s Gym Bags

Mentol Patches – 3 out of 5 of my friends have Menthol patches, or at least any form menthol pain killer. These has become popular amongst new athletes. For some reason, seasoned ones just tough it out.

Rubbing Alcohol – One of the best things to have in your gym bag. Can always come in handy after hours of grappling in sweaty mats. Known to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria.

A good pair of Trainers – For those who enjoys post training road work, bringing a good pair of trainers can come in handy. Which brand is best, you ask? Try Mizuno, Saucony, or just plain Nikes.

photo-14Protective Gear – Mouth guards, ear guards, cups et al. Need it say more? I have noticed that most fighters prefer the single bite mouth guard, though. Never leave home without these

MP3 Players, Ipod – health freaks love pysched-mixes. So what’s in your playlist? I’ll let you in a secret, mine’s has so much grunge rock in it, it makes the 90’s look silly. Get your pumpin with the thumpin with your favorite tunes straight from your Ipod.

Power Shake Powders – These products have gained popularity during the 90’s. The trend just keeps on getting higher. The secret to these is well, the high amount of protein found in these products, vitamins and minerals all together.

MMA and Boxing Gloves – pretty common among those who are thinking of taking their game to the next level to the world of Mixed Martial arts.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville Tn for everyone is contagious

Jiu Jitsu for Everyone philosophy is contagious

February 10, 2014

Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best” Grand Master Carlos Gracie

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Have you ever stopped to think that the GB philosophy ‘Jiu-Jitsu for everyone’ extends far beyond the mat? Many of us are already aware of the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, which combines training, a healthy diet, strong bonds with family and friends, self-discipline and a never-ending journey to become a better person.

GBGroup_2OK, so we’ve all been there. You’re struggling, unsure what direction to head in, what course of action to undertake. But have you ever stopped to think that our philosophy is going far beyond just changing the lives of those who practice Jiu-Jitsu and can help people of any age, gender and social background?

Yes, thats right. Today Gracie Barra is a worldwide community of over 400 schools spread around the globe. It has been making a difference in the lives of countless people regardless if they practice jiu-jitsu or not. Do you know the reason behind our success?

Being committed to the philosophy we’re trying to popularize, all of GB’s practitioners and representatives become great examples to their immediate family, friends and co-workers and we all know that change starts with ourselves! Through the power of the personal example, we gradually lay the foundation for a larger scale of followers who are willing to embrace our philosophy and adopt it as their own.
Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for Kids
As people around us start to watch out what they eat, take care of their physical and mental health, become less stressed and start enjoying life more, many will eventually become actively involved in the practice of the gentle art too. And those who have never stepped on the mat? People, practicing the sport are also following the ‘jiu-jitsu for everyone’ philosophy. These are people who have adapted to our philosophy for a better lifestyle, better community, BETTER WORLD .

Become part of the GB philosophy and Master Carlos Gracie jr’s vision. Always strive for a better world and make a difference in people’s lives.

GB Jiu-Jitsu is for EVERYONE, even those who are not actively involved.

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