Top 5 List: October 28, 2016

Here we go with another Top 5!

Today’s rambling is in relation to trying to be more positive about things and looking at the world in a brighter light. It’s stuff I’m legit trying to believe myself so…bare with me lol

Top 5 Four Letter Words You Should Never Say In Martial Arts (Or In Life, Really)

5. Suck

We have all had those moments. Man I suck at this. I suck at Jiu Jitsu. I suck at this pattern. I suck at drawing. I suck at public speaking. I suck at talking about my feelings. Whatever the case may be. Most of the time the things people say they suck at are things that they tried maybe once, maybe twice and figured Hey. I’m no pro at this. I just suck.

You don’t suck. You’ve practiced what…3 hours? How can you suck at something when you haven’t put in the time to get good at it? For the past few months I figured my BJJ game sucked. I can’t grasp things. I can sometimes defend myself but have no offence. I put in some serious mat hours this week and can already see an improvement. You need to actually give something a fair shot before saying you suck at it. If you practice something religiously for 10 years and aren’t good…well….but til that point, you don’t suck. You just haven’t worked hard enough yet.

4. Can’t 

A lot of people shy away from trying new things. That goal is too far away. The skill is too difficult. Why bother trying? I clearly can’t do it.

Stop doubting your damn self. How do you know you can’t do something if you’ve never tried? Just like suck, don’t say you can’t do something when you haven’t put in the time. Try it. You may just surprise yourself.

3. Lose

A wise person once said “I never lose. I win, and I learn.” There is always something to learn in every attempt. If you win, hey good on ya. If you lose, why did you lose? What did you do or not do that you could’ve done or not done better? Improve yourself and don’t let the bad times hold you down. Every experience, be it good or bad, teaches us a little more about ourselves.

2. Fail

Fail is a rather permanent word. To fail in something is to screw up so damn bad that there is just no recovery from it. Now I ain’t gonna lie. Sometimes that happens. I have failed in plenty of things. The difference is the way you look at it. You may have failed in the short term, but if you learn from your mistakes and try try again? In the long run you may just surprise yourself!

1. Quit

This is the ultimate no no in martial arts and in life, really. You can do whatever you want. You can drop the other 4 words all you like but THIS one….you better bloody well not. Quitting is not an option. Quitting is not an end result. I can suck at something, think I can’t do it, think I’ve lost without learning and may even think I’ve failed, but I will not quit. The age old adage goes like this: Quitters never win and Winners never quit. No matter how hard something is, no matter how much pain you’re in, how bleak the situation, I would rather lose than quit. You’re already in pain. Get something out of it. Be it a win or a lesson, you will always gain something. If you quit, that’s it. There’s no going back. All of your efforts have been in vain. Don’t quit. Push through the pain. Push through the hard times. Push through to the other side. The night is darkest right before dawn.

And thats that! Tune in next time for some more inspiration crap from yours truly. Maintain that positive attitude and practice practice practice!!




October 21, 2016 – The Weigh In

So. As we know, I’m overweight. Back in May I spoke with one of the trainers at the gym, was looking to get some tips or at least a weigh in with their fancy body fat reading scale. It…wasn’t pretty lol I weighed in at 253lbs at 35% body fat. That second number is what hit me hard.

Speaking with the trainer last week he says come in for a weigh in. I can’t afford the $10,000 a year for PT sessions. No can do. But he is willing to sit down with me once a month, do a weigh in and help me track my progress. Sweet. So today I go in, step on the fancy scale…

244lbs. 30% body fat.

I’ve dropped 9lbs of fat, gained 3lbs of muscle and my body fat is down 5%. That is actually rather damn impressive (considering how lax I was with my diet at times lol)

So now, for the next weigh in for November, it’s time to work my ass off, increase the cardio, dial in the diet and stick to it. Healthy choices all the way. My goal is to push myself to 15% or less by July 1, 2017. I hope. Or at least be within shooting distance of it. But that is the goal. Time to make it happen!

207lbs or bust. I will hopefully be able to make weight and compete in the BJJ Heavyweight class next year. Rather than the Ultra Heavyweight I’m at now.

Let’s get er done!!!



2016.10.16 Quote of the Day

Another lil tidbit I figured I would share. Sometimes random quotes come into my head that really don’t fit with any other blog post. So I figured I would post a QotD section so I can at least share what’s going on in my head.

“A Kyu knows when to fight. A Dan knows when the fight is over. A Master knows to respect the difference.”

– Doug

Training through the Kyu grades, you learn the basics and the advanced techniques. You learn how to fight and when to apply those techniques. When you get to the Dan level, you learn to control not only the fight but your own emotions. Never go to the excess. Defend yourself but do not use your knowledge with impure intent. To master Karate is to master the fight and that means knowing when it is best to walk away. Not only for your safety but for the safety of others. Reminds me of another quote: “I will not start a fight but I will sure as hell end one!”



Oishi!! October 14, 2016

Here we go! Doug being all weird in the kitchen again!!

So I busted out the old single shot Magic Bullet again. Been using it again for a week or so. Today I was making a shake and decided to add some extra protein. Cuz protein. That’s why. So here is my recipe for an awesome pre Karate protein shake!

Doug’s Pre Karate Shake

1 handful frozen fruit
1 scoop whey protein
1 scoop PhytoBerry Multi
2 egg whites
Fill er up with milk

Mix that up (shake it up?)

Wonder why you’re drinking egg whites lol


Actually quite delicious. And healthy as hell. Lots of protein and more vitamins and minerals than you can shake a stick at.



The AHA!!

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. It can be difficult to get a hang of. I’ve studied Tae Know Do, Muay Thai, now Shotokan Karate…arts which typically involve smashing people. BJJ is something completely different. It requires a much greater and in depth knowledge of the human body, it’s mechanics and the scientific principles of balance and leverage. In English, Karate is an art. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a science. 

It’s been an interesting ride so far. Every week, I go home wondering, am I ever going to get this? Will my game ever get better? Will I ever get the hang of this? My principle instructor, Professor Fariba, works hard with me and encourages me every step of the way. Our BJJ crew is a family of people from all walks of life with one thing in common: a love for the science of BJJ. Every time I roll, though… I get smashed. Constantly. When doing the drills I often don’t get the point. The game never seems to get any easier. 

Until now. 

I know that in the beginning of anything, that’s when it’s the most difficult. When it makes legit no damn sense at all. I watched a video on YouTube today that was this BJJ black belt talking about white belts and holding on and just keep trying because God damn you’re gonna get there. It may take a week, a month, a year but you will have moments of “aha!” Moments where everything comes together and you put everything into place. Tonight I had one of those moments. 

I was training with a guy named Albert. Good guy. So we’re working on triangle chokes from the spider guard. I move to execute the choke, completely lose his arm and pushed him over rather than getting my leg in position. So as he’s knocked over and I’m cursing myself, he says “what else do you have right now?” And that’s when it happened. Aha! I have him in position for an arm bar. I lock it in. It’s effective. He taps. 

I was finally able to see something that I hadn’t before. A move in the human chess game. Before tonight I was wondering if I would ever going to see myself as a blue belt. Now, I think with more time, practice and dedication, it will totally happen. My faith in myself is restored and my love of Jiu Jitsu rages on. 

Never give up!!! Search for your aha!!!