The 12 Commandments

The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which apply to the sport but can also be used in our every day lives.

Promise Yourself……

  1. To be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  2. To speak to all of happiness, health, and prosperity.
  3. To give all your friends the feeling that they have value.
  4. To look at the bright side and turn your optimism into eventual reality.
  5. To think only the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.
  6. To be as fair and as enthusiastic about success of others as of your own.
  7. To forget the mistakes of the past and focus your energy on the achievements of the future.
  8. To always keep the person next to you happy, and always smile to those who address you.
  9. To expend the greatest time improving yourself, and no time criticizing others.
  10. To be too great to feel uneasiness, too noble to feel rage, too happy to feel setbacks, and strong enough to feel fear.
  11. To have a good opinion of yourself and proclaim it to the world.  Not with resounding words, but with good works.
  12. To have the firm conviction that  the world is on your side, as long as you stay loyal to what is best in you.

Written by Carlos Gracie, Sr. the creator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and translated by Rolles Gracie.

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A video to help pump us up and inspire us on the hardest day of the week, Wednesday hump day.  You know I am always a fan of intensity and I believe intensity is the key ingredient missing from most peoples training.  It is easy to go through the motions, work moderately hard and get a good workout in but it is a whole new ball game to work so hard you are you are curled up in the fetal position, huffing and puffing and sweating profusely.  Some of the hardest working athletes are MMA fighters, no doubt hands done.  They have to train at such an elite cardiovascular level it is impressive to see.  In there training they have a well rounded approach of weight training, sparring, pad work and lots of grappling.  I would put them in the category as one of the fittest athletes around.  I believe an element missing from most of our day to day workouts is hitting and kicking.  I believe we as humans are designed to fight, to strike whether it be in defense, for territory, or for survival.  There is something to be said of the transfer of energy from your fist or foot to a heavy bag and/or pads.  It is one of the greatest feelings around because it is great for aggression release and it just feels good.  If you have never hit pads or a heavy bag, look into scheduling a session soon.  You will not be disappointed and will definitely leave a better, more relaxed, inspired and energetic person.  I have clients who train with me just to hit pads and absolutely love it and I bet most of you will too.  Have a fantastic and aggression releasing day everyone.