Metamoris 4 through the eyes of WBBJJ: “Memeamoris”

 

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Todd and I decided to have a little fun with you guys during the live broadcast of Metamoris 4. We wanted to test our wits and do live memeing during this landmark event. This would also be the first time that we would coordinate and collaborate together in the meme making process. So without any further to do, here is our recap of Metamoris 4, put forth in the form of memery.

 

The first two memes were made while we waited for the event to begin.

 

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Meme by Tony

 

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Meme by Todd

 

Finally 5pm arrived and the show had begun. First up to bat were Kit Dale and Garry Tonon. Within minutes, Kit Dale was choked out by Garry.

 

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This is the meme that we made at the match’s end.

 

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Meme by Todd

 

Next up would be the only gi match of Metamoris 4. It was a battle between legends Saulo Ribeiro and Rodrigo Medeiros. The match took place, for the most part, on the feet. These guys fought in a day where pulling guard was not as prevalent as it is today. By their own words, they came from a time where you took the other guy down, fought for dominant position, then submitted the opponent.

The most glaring part of this match-up to me was Rodrigo’s green hair. It immediately reminded me of an old tv show, or movie, called “The Boy With Green Hair”.

 

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Just before the match we put out this meme.

 

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Meme by Tony

 

The end of this match also had an unusual surprise. After the 20 minutes had expired, Saulo and Rodrigo both seemed content to continue grappling! In our opinion it was a great call by referee Christian Haueter to allow additional time. Below is the meme that ensued.

 

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Meme by Todd

 

The match between Saulo and Rodrigo ended in a draw and it was incredible to watch these seasoned veterans battle it out.

 

Next to take to the mats were Keenan Cornelius and Vinny Magalhaes. This match was highly anticipated because it was supposed to take place at Metamoris 3. Unfortunately, Vinny contracted a staph infection, and the match was postponed until Metamoris 4.

 

Keenan and Vinny battled it out the entire 20 minutes, exchanging multiple positions and submission attempts!

 

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The picture above of Keenan working the mounted triangle inspired this meme:

 

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Meme by Todd

 

There was a lot of 50/50 guard action and many heel hook attempts by both combatants. Keenan clearly winced in pain from heel hook pressure at one point. Because of the constant footlock pressure, we posted the meme below.

 

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Meme by Tony

 

And of course there was the time where Vinny fell off of the mat. Christian Haueter did an excellent job as referee, but this never happened when Scott Nelson was ref!

 

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Meme by Todd

 

Next up at Metamoris 4 was the highly anticipated “Secret Match”. The match ended up being between Baret Yoshida and Metamoris commentator, Jeff Glover! Jeff is known for wild mat shenanigans with a tremendous unpredictability factor. Little did we know that Jeff would give Miley Cyrus a run for her money when it comes to twerking. Jeff’s “Donkey Guard” is sure to be the least practiced technique in all of BJJ, except by those who know how to have a good time!

 

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Although we love the zaniness, we had to put out this meme! #Glovering

 

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Meme by Todd

 

The secret match was action packed and overall a delight to watch!

 

Next up was the co-main event of the evening. It was time for the highly anticipated heavyweight title bout between Dean Lister and Josh Barnett. The promo for this bout showed us the eccentric and idiosyncratic sides of UFC/Strikeforce veteran Josh Barnett. He entered the mats wearing a Dan Severn inspired black speedo with wrestling shoes, and during his promo professed his love for Norwegian Black Metal.

 

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The meme below was our reaction:

 

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Meme by Todd

 

Josh Barnett is a hulk of a man. His use of clothing was clearly strategic. The wrestling shoes gave him great grip on the mat and the minimalistic approach to clothing would allow the majority of his body to become covered in sweat; thereby making any part of his body difficult to grasp.

 

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This was a great strategy on Josh’s part, as he submitted Dean. However this does not give him meme exemption.

 

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Meme by Tony

 

A huge part of this heavyweight battle consisted of Josh Barnett using a “Catch Wrestling” style to smother Dean Lister. Josh gave up no position and was the first person to submit “The Boogeyman” in 17 years. The meme below was inspired by Josh’s catch wrestling domination.

 

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Meme by Todd

 

Finally we make it to the last match of the evening. It was rumored by many that this match would not happen due to the Nevada State Athletic Commission threatening to fine Chael Sonnen $250,000 if he publicly grappled against Andre Galvao. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community widely disagreed with the NSAC because grappling is not MMA per se. Many thought that Chael would not appear. When he did appear, this meme was inspired.

 

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Meme by Todd

 

Chael put up a good fight against multiple time BJJ world champion Andre Galvao. However, in the end he was submitted by a rear naked choke. If he didn’t claim to be the new face of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we would not have forged this meme.

 

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Meme by Todd

 

Metamoris 4 exceeded expectations and was a tremendous event. However, those of us who appreciate traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gi were left saddened because there was only one gi match! It seemed as if Metamoris was trying to show that gi Jiu Jitsu was the “old way”, and no-gi was the flavor of the day. This thought, inspired this meme.

 

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Meme by Tony

 

The first “Memeamoris” was fun for Todd and I to attempt. Hopefully it gave one or two of you some supplemental entertainment during such a great event! Thanks for hanging out with us and if you decide to share this post we will certainly not be angry with you! OSS!

 

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“Hope Looks Like a Fifteen Year-Old” by Lauren LaCourse

 

“Hope Looks Like a Fifteen Year-Old”

by Lauren LaCourse

 

For a long time now I’ve wanted to write a blog to empower women. I’ve sat down probably too many times to count, and wrote pages devoted to encouraging and supporting the ladies not only practicing Jiu Jitsu or MMA, but those being challenged in other ways as well. Much to my despair though, as I would look over my finished work, I was left with nothing but paragraphs tinged with misandry and articles carrying a “poor me” undertone. So, I never published them and after a while I digressed. I went about my typical business (sticking to blogs about life as a BJJ wannabe) and my desire to write an empowering blog slowly subsided.

 

That is, until I met a girl named Autumn Gordon.

 

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I stumbled upon Autumn at the American Grappling Challenge, hosted by the Ohio Combat Sports Academy. I had traveled there with a few of my teammates to compete in their submission-only Jiu Jitsu competition.

 

When my eyes first settled on Autumn my immediate thought was, “Wow, she’s tiny.” Even in her gi, you could tell that underneath was a girl no more than five feet tall, who couldn’t have weighed more than 110 lbs. My second thought was how fierce she still seemed, even at that stature. She had earbuds in and was practicing her wrestling shots to warm up before she competed. Pretty damn good wrestling shots too.

 

Luckily I had the opportunity to watch the gi competition, as I had only signed up to compete in no-gi that day. Autumn walked onto the mat unfazed, against a 2-time IBJJF world champion, and armbarred her.

 

I’m pretty sure I drooled a little.

 

I watched her compete against the rest of the gi division. She won silver. Then I got to compete against her in the no-gi division. After about five minutes, she armbarred me as well.

 

Yep. That was definitely drool. Can I get a rag please?!

 

After we rolled I was able to sit and talk with her.

 

I think what I love the most about competition, is the opportunity to meet like minded women (and men) and hear their stories. That day Autumn told me some of her story.

 

She was fifteen years old and had been training for four years. She practiced multiple arts at multiple facilities and had traveled and competed many times before. Her instructors moved her up to compete in the adult divisions to challenge her and develop her technique. It was working. As a teenager she already had some awesome credentials.

 

But it wasn’t her credentials that impressed me. It was her.

 

As we sat and chatted I was affected by her bright smile and beaming personality. She talked about her hopes and dreams and how much she loved competing and training. She said that she was aspiring to be the next Ronda Rousey (shoot, she had the armbar down). Her passion was instantly contagious but not overwhelming. She was both humble and inspiring. There was something about her that just absolutely shined.

 

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It was the first time since I started training that I was starstruck. After rolling with Mackenzie Dern and meeting amazing women in BJJ, it was the fifteen year-old girl with already mad skills that left me in awe. And we only knew each other for a single day.

 

Why?

 

Because I realized that it’s girls like Autumn Gordon that this world needs more of. In an age of hashtag battles crying about feminism, girls like Autumn give me hope. Girls like Autumn are the ones who are empowering.

 

Articles, blogs and “#YesALLWomen”‘s that demonize our masculine society won’t make things better; and certainly won’t be the cure of it. The cure will be the telling of our stories, the telling of Autumn’s story, and the telling of stories similar to hers. Because with up-and-coming role models like her, we have hope that what’s coming down the road are girls who love themselves, who challenge the status quo, and who inspire other women to do the same.

 

So, go on ladies (and inspired men). Tell YOUR story.

 

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(Briana Coubrough, Autumn Gordon, Me)

 

With much love — as always, Good luck and keep on rollin’.

 

– Lauren

 

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Lauren’s Facebook

Twitter: @LaurenLaCourse

Lauren

 

(Matches) Fan Submitted BJJ matches for 6/24/2014

 

Check out these WBBJJ.com fan submitted BJJ matches!

 

Five Grappling Portland, OR 5/10/14: James “300” Foster Highlight

 

Richie Owens gi middle weight beginner

 

Declan Competing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Chelmsford (Pt. 2)

 

Jason’s first ever naga gi match up a weight class

 

Roberto Nieves vs Unknown NO GI Newbreed UC Orlando 2013

 

Roberto Nieves vs Unknown Newbreed 2014

 

Roberto Nieves vs Unknown 2013 NEWBREED UC Orlando

 

Jamie Walters open bjj white belt WA rd1

 

“The Creonte”

 

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Some are familiar with the term. Others that are not as deeply involved in the art, may not be aware of the expression. I honestly never even heard the word until someone addressed me as one. Apparently in the ancient times of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (which some still choose to live in) students who left an academy they were training at, to train at another, were labeled as traitors; or “Creontes”. Their reasons for leaving, did not matter.

 

Jiu Jitsu then, is not what Jiu Jitsu is now. It has evolved, and is more than just a martial art. In today’s world BJJ has become a business for those who choose to open their own academy, a career for those who have what it takes to make it as an athlete, and it has become modernized.

 

This means that a lot of BJJ practitioners with modern mindsets, are now involved in a martial art, that still has ancient minded people pointing fingers.

 

What makes someone a traitor exactly? Is there a BJJ Bible somewhere that has an exact definition of “creonte” in it? Where are the lines drawn in terms of being labeled a traitor? Do certain situations exist that make switching academies okay? If I leave one academy to train at another, because I think I will advance myself more at the new one, does that make me a creonte? Think. What if it were the exact same situation, except the roles were reversed? I have an instructor say to me, “Hey, you will only be held back here. I think if you want to achieve great things, you should train at a better academy.” If I choose to leave now, am I a creonte?

 

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At the end of the day everyone will have an opinion, and there will be people standing behind their beliefs on both sides of the topic.

 

In most common cases, people that switch academies, do so for a handful of different reasons. More specifically, these people that switch, are not involved in the politics of Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu isn’t their career (for all intensive purposes, this article is not referring to the casual, lower belt, BJJ practitioner). When the topic is addressed these days, it is because the athletes switching, are mainly switching for causes that never existed until now. Now, BJJ is possible to be made into a career.

 

I have seen people switch academies for many reasons. To list a few common ones; belt promotions, money (which breaks down into a thousand other related reasons), and training partners. Is someone who trains and competes for a living, considered a creonte if they leave? Regardless of the reasoning, an athlete is going to go wherever they feel will best serve their career. Those who understand and respect that, know that one must do what they have to do, in order to accomplish great things. I humbly set forth that this should not make one considered to be a traitor. In fact, in my personal experience, most of the people that I have discussed this with were incredibly supportive. White belts to black, regular practitioners to world class athletes, generally all showed support.

 

I recently made the biggest decision of my career thus far. I decided to switch over from one well-respected team, to another, at a time that was very questionable. I was at an academy for just under 3 years and became heavily involved in helping them out in multiple areas. Many would say that I was in an ideal situation. I was teaching full time, winning major championships, and training all in one place. So why the change? In my time at Drysdale Jiu Jitsu, I truly grew a lot. I would go so far as to say that I was a completely different person the day that I left, in comparison to the day that I showed up.

 

I wanted different things. I had new goals and needed bigger hurdles to jump in order to accomplish them. What I wanted didn’t exist in the world I had created for myself in Las Vegas. I began wanting to teach less and to train more. I wanted to travel the world competing, and teaching seminars, but more importantly I wanted to the best in the world at my weight class. Being the competitor that I am, I make sure to celebrate every accomplishment by setting the bar higher for the next goal; and this instance, the formula for doing so was to be found somewhere else. Once I realized this, the decision was made, and the necessary steps were taken.

 

Shortly after I relocated from Las Vegas to San Diego, and proudly joined Andre Galvao’s team, Atos.

 

I quickly discovered those who were my supporters, and who were not. Nothing can make a more clearer distinction of who supports you, and who doesn’t, then making a purely selfish decision such as leaving one team for another. It is always nice to have people say kind things to you about your decisions. However it was more enjoyable to see who was there for me, and who wasn’t when the time came. I had a student of mine ask me, “Coach, you won all of these great tournaments and have all of your students here supporting you. Why leave?” I am not sure if he understood it when I explained to him, or if he will later, but I told him the truth. Its not about what I had, it was about what I wanted. Indeed I could have stayed. I would have eventually been promoted, and maybe won a few tournaments, but I knew I would never reach my potential. That is what made it such an easy decision to make.

 

For me it wasn’t about the color of a belt around my waist, money, or anything else that some may think. It was about my future. I needed to be in an environment that I could thrive in, and make a name for myself in the sport.

 

I want to tell my kids one day, “You have to let go of the good, if you want to reach out and grab the great in life.”

 

-The Creonte

 

Kristian Woodmansee is World, Pan American and European Champion. He is currently the #1 ranked No Gi Brown Belt in the World. You can reach him via Facebook.

 

BJJ Coach James Foster Talks About His Comic Book Artistry

 

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Coach James “300” Foster

 

The Jiu Jitsu lifestyle requires years of dedication and hard work, probably more than the average person is ever willing to contemplate, let alone undertake.  In this interview we sit down with avid competitor, and long time BJJ instructor, James “300” Foster. We talk with him about another of his passions, art; specifically comic book art and cartooning.

 

WBBJJ:  First off thank you Coach Foster for sitting down with WBBJJ.com to talk about your ‘colorful’ passion.   Could you give our readers a short introduction to you, your martial arts journey, and your academy?

James Foster: I always had an interest in Martial Arts since I was a child. I have great memories of watching Kung Fu movies with my parents when I was little and always wanted to get into some kind of training. My childhood friends and I would play “Ninja”, running around the neighborhood swinging foam Nunchucks and homemade Bo Staffs. After years convincing, and after seeing the Karate Kid, my mom and dad started researching local Karate schools. I started training in a form of American Karate called Aam-Ka-Jutsu at the age of 10 and have continued training in Martial Arts to present day. Like many, my first exposure to BJJ was seeing Royce Gracie fight in the UFC. I was instantly intrigued and knew it was an art I wanted to explore. Little did I know it would set me on the amazing path that it has! I made the transition to training solely in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 18 and haven’t looked back since.

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

I started teaching part time back in late 2002 or early 2003 and was sharing the space with an existing Karate school. In 2007 I opened up my own small location which had around 800 square feet of training area. We quickly outgrew that space within the first year and scrambled to add more classes to spread things out and get us through the rest of the 2 year lease! In 2010 we needed to find a bigger location and ended up moving into a 5,500 plus square foot facility. Currently we have nearly 3,000 square feet of matted training space, a private lesson room, pull up bars, a corner cage, heavy bags, changing stalls, a shower, and more, making our academy one of the largest dedicated to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Pacific Northwest. I’m currently in my 17th year of training in BJJ with nearly 27 years of Martial Arts experience. I hold a 1st Degree Black Belt in Aam-Ka-Jutsu and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with my 3rd Degree promotion coming up in September of this year.

 

WBBJJ:  What came first for you, your art or your BJJ?

James Foster:  I got serious about drawing around the age of 13 when I started reading comic books, so definitely art.

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:  What inspired you to begin drawing and creating art?

James Foster: My mom is very creative, she was a professional seamstress for many years, and was always into various crafts. I remember her doing Super Hero drawings for me when I was younger and I always aspired to be able to draw like her!

 

WBBJJ:  If you had to put a belt level on your art, where would you rank yourself?

James Foster: Right now I’d say Brown Belt, but it’s hard to maintain that level being as busy as I am running my business and instructing full time.

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:  What’s more difficult, the art business, or the Jiu Jitsu business?

James Foster: For me it’s Jiu-Jitsu hands down. With that said, my art is my only non BJJ hobby and has never been my profession, although some of my work has been published independently with smaller companies in the past. I know a lot of pro artists that work for Marvel and DC and they work their butts off to make ends meet, so I’m sure it’s just as difficult to do full time.

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:  How does your BJJ complement your art, and vice versa?

James Foster: I think they work hand in hand in that both encourage creative freedom in one sense or another. I’ve known many BJJ practitioners over the years that were into some form of art or creative hobby, too many for it to be a coincidence. It seems to be something we’re drawn to on some level as students of the art form.

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:  What do they have in common?

James Foster: The level of creativity and the ability to express yourself in your own unique style.

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:   What is different?

James Foster: Honestly, in my opinion they share too many parallels for me to come up with a distinct difference.

 

WBBJJ:  How often do you practice your drawing?

James Foster: I try to sit down and sketch at least a couple of times a week however it can be very difficult depending on the time of year. I’m often doing business related tasks on my downtime, traveling to teach seminars, coaching my students, etc.

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:  Have you influenced any of your students, friends, or peers to get into drawing?

James Foster: I wouldn’t say I’ve so much influenced them as I have encouraged them to explore their creativity if I find out they’re interested in art.

 

WBBJJ:  What characters and/or styles do you enjoy?

James Foster: Wolverine, Hulk, Spiderman, Batman, and the Punisher. In reality there are too many to list, lol! I prefer comic book art that is realistic in terms of proper anatomy. I’m not into cartoon or comic strip style stuff.

 

WBBJJ:  What Marvel superhero do you most wish you had created?

James Foster: Hmmm, too many to choose from but I’m going to go with the Hulk since he’s one of my favorites!

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:  What’s next for you from a BJJ perspective?

James Foster: I plan on continuing to teach, train, and compete for as long as my body will allow me to. My main focus is the growth of my students. They are the greatest reflection of my Jiu-Jitsu and who I am as an instructor. I’m also doing a lot of charity work here at the academy, as well as traveling to teach at seminars benefitting various charities. That’s something I really enjoy and plan on doing much more of in the years to come!

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

WBBJJ:  Any other thoughts for your fans, students?

James Foster: Acknowledge the things you’re doing right along with the things you’re doing wrong. We tend to focus exclusively on the negative both in life and on the mats. In reality, the majority of the time we’re doing as many or more things right then wrong, but we tend to dwell on the bad things. Next time you’re in a funk and catch yourself focusing on the negative replace it with something positive you did!

 

WBBJJ:  Any final thoughts or sponsors you would like to thank?

James Foster: I’d like to thank Shoyoroll, BJJ Library, Tape Armor, Kristen’s Photo, and Vigor Fuel for all of the support they continue to give me throughout my journey! I love interacting with my fans, so please make sure to connect with me on your favorite social media:

Youtube Free Technique Channel = www.youtube.com/fbjjcoach

Facebook friend page = www.facebook.com/teamfoster

Facebook athlete page = www.facebook.com/coach300foster

Facebook academy page = www.facebook.com/fosterjiujitsu

Academy Instagram = @fosterjiujitsu

Athlete Instagram = @shoyorollplayboy

Twitter = @fosterjiujitsu

 

WBBJJ:  Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with us Coach Foster.  We wish you the best in the future! Let’s hope we see “Pandamonium” on the newstands soon!

 

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(Photo courtesy of James Foster)

 

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(Advice) “So You Want To Be a BJJ Fighter” by Kristian Woodmansee

So you want to be a BJJ Fighter?

by Kristian Woodmansee

 

 

So you want to be a BJJ Fighter?  Let me guess. You wish that you could live the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle? You want to train all day, maybe teach a class or two, and compete, and have all of it support you financially. You see guys like Buchecha and Cyborg and want what they have, the best life you could imagine! But how? Many Jiu Jitsu practitioners want nothing more than to get paid to train and compete. However there is a side to this lifestyle that you might not be so familiar with, and it could very well change your mind.

 

 

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There is a reason why only 3% of all students reach the level of black belt. Now imagine how many of those are able to call him or herself a world champion. It takes a particular mindset to hit that kind of level of success in any subject, but all of these athletes have something in common that can’t be bought or acquired. Now you don’t have to be a world champion to turn Jiu Jitsu into a career, but you do have to have the same attributes that it takes to become one. Fail does not exist in the dictionary of success. Hard work and persistence will always pay off. I can promise you that. The problem that remains is that day in and day out, there are many life situations that will either make you, or break you.

 

The weak minded tend to be easily discouraged.

 

I won’t lie, there were plenty of times I questioned everything, including myself! I am sure that’s only natural. You will always hear that Jiu Jitsu is a “hills and valleys” type of journey, but no one told me how those hills and valleys would make me feel. That was the hardest thing to deal with. That in itself can be incredibly discouraging and I have witnessed its effect on people. A decent amount of people quit Jiu Jitsu all together.

 

The struggle exists. The manner of which, is unique to its owner. Some will starve because they can’t afford to eat and compete at an upcoming tournament. Some will lose their most valued relationships in exchange for pursuing their dream. Some will go to multiple tournaments and lose every match, but not continue to put it on the line day in and day out. Some are in their room watching BJJ videos and taking notes, while everyone else is out drinking having a good time. Try going out with a bunch of friends to a restaurant, on a special occasion, and everyone is stuffing themselves with unhealthy food and you have to stay true to your diet in order to make weight for a competition.

 

Now here is the kicker. None of this is difficult, if it is what you want. This is a job. You have to treat it like one and if you want to be successful, then nothing will get in your way. I promise you this, I have never drank a beer, tasted a piece of food, had a night out with friends, or slept in late and missed a training session, that felt more rewarding then actual success, but that’s just me.

 

 

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Kristian Woodmansee

 

 

Let me get to the point of all this, and I know this may be cliché, but I feel that a quote here will make more sense then my own words. “Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me, alright? You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” – Will Smith in the Pursuit of Happiness. If this is what you want then nothing and no one can get in between you and it. Actions express priorities, and if it is important to you, you will find a way. The only person that can stop you from accomplishing what you want, is you.

 

I am not rich financially, and I don’t have a nice car or expensive clothes, but I have acquired things that I am proud of; things that can only be acquired through hard work. I could not be happier with what I have, and not a single day goes by that I wish I were doing something else.

 

One day I will own my own academy, and have multiple instructional DVDs, and conduct huge seminar tours that I can support a family with. All the while loving every second of it! I never thought 6 years ago when I took my first BJJ class, that I would one day travel to Europe to compete and teach seminars, and my passion for Jiu Jitsu made that happen. I have met amazing people all over the world, and my passion for Jiu Jitsu also made that happen. In the end, all that you need is passion. Passion is the main ingredient for success.

 

“If you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.”

 

Kristian Woodmansee is World, Pan American and European Champion. He is currently the #1 ranked No Gi Brown Belt in the World. You can reach him via Facebook.