Friday full house
#bjj #jiujitsu #noegobjj #competitiontraining

Friday full house
#bjj #jiujitsu #noegobjj #competitiontraining

Makes me feel like a kid opening up a gift 
#shoyoroll #bjj

Makes me feel like a kid opening up a gift
#shoyoroll #bjj

A thought for Sunday.

A thought for Sunday.

2014 Philippine Gi & No Gi International Open

Imagine a sunny day at the beach, where you just feel the soft wind and the warmth of the sun on your skin and hearing the waves gently crashing by the shore. The white puffy clouds slowly float in the blue sky. Nothing distracts you from something this beautiful. Your thoughts are empty. You are BEING in the moment.

That is how I felt when I was in the 2014 Philippine Gi & No Gi International Open. The 1st tournament for the year. Despite all the commotion and noise and whatever distractions going on at competitions, I found the serenity of just being at that moment at that particular time. I would just close my eyes from time to time like I was afloat and just wanted to fully absorb the experience, that I always look forward to. I truly appreciate just BEING in competitions. I have reached a point where there is no pressure but just enjoying the moment for what it is. It was so peaceful not feeling a tinge of nervousness. I just felt comfortable like it was church or some peaceful place.

I had an awesome time last Saturday. I had a few chats with some of my former opponents from different teams. Sincere short real talk was what it was. It was truly nice catching up with them.

Also for the 1st time, I joined the Master’s Division. There were some that couldn’t believe that I was playing that division. I took that as a flattering compliment.

On my 1st match, I went against Aki of BJJ Revolution in Hong Kong, which I considered a beautiful opportunity. It’s not everyday that we roll with someone from another country. On this match, I won via referee decision. It wasn’t an impressive performance from me but I’ll take the win for me and for our team. After the match, we exchanged info and talked a bit about training. Where in the world can you find time to talk to someone after competing or “fighting” against each other? I know of no other place, circumstance or situation aside from jiu-jitsu. There is a high level of respect among competitors regardless of demographics and/or result of your match. Jiu-Jitsu = Respect. Beautiful isn’t it?

For my 2nd match and championship round, I went against a teammate, who happens to be one of the founding members of our team. He stopped training for quite sometime and just got back. On our match, he caught me in a triangle choke. I was happy for him to get gold plus the fact that we closed the Masters division in our weight class. Getting silver wasn’t that bad at all.

Earning a medal also meant a ticket to join the adult Absolute division, which I already had in mind even before the competition day. And here I was matched up against a foreigner, who by far looked significantly taller and heavier than me. To think that I am taller than the average Filipino, this guy looked much bigger than me. This was a classic David & Goliath match up. I got smashed and got submitted via some sort of a “strong man” arm bar. I didn’t feel disappointed at all because I know I went all out and did whatever (little) I can during the match. More importantly I was proud of myself because I overcame the mentality of fearing a much bigger opponent. There is no local Filipino BJJ competitor as tall and heavy as him so I felt thankful to have that rare opportunity to have went against him. I may not have won that Absolute division matchup but came home feeling like a winner overcoming confidently “giant” obstacles in competition and life.

Strong Mind > Nightmares

Had a disturbing nightmare last night that I wouldn’t want to share. Emotions of  frustration and strong anger can only describe it. I could’ve waken up with negativity and bad vibes. But then I realized that I’m awake and that nightmare was just messing with my mind. I will not fall victim to negativity. I am thankful for another day among many other things. I live in reality and I can make it whatever I want it to be.

As much as dreams are left in the sleep, so I am leaving that nightmare and all that negativity behind me. My mind is stronger than any fictional negativity.

My mind stays strong.

Lately, I’ve had opportunities to talk to people from different walks of life. I love listening empathic-ally and learning from different perspectives. Diverse thoughts keep my mind fresh. I wanna know what they do and why they do it. In a deeper sense, what drives them.
I visited a supposed “happy” place to have a good time and ended up seeing the workers without a smile and hastily walking back and forth without a care in the world and without a care with what they do. I asked one of them and got a reply that it was because there wasn’t money coming in for them. Well I guess that is a reason not to be glad. At a different venue and time, an employee told me he has no inspiration to work basically because of the lack of pay he has. That is sad. A prison to fate and driven by commodity, money. 
It’s not that compensation and money doesn’t matter. It does. And it is a tool. It is something to be used. What’s a more pressing matter to me is that people are worth more than any amount of money and that should not dictate our inspiration (or the lack of it).
Anyway, let’s get to what (I think) jiu-jitsu teaches us. When you train, you get tired and beat up but come home feeling great after. And we yearn to go back the next training session despite these. Why? Simple. It’s because we enjoy what we do. It’s funny that some of us enroll and yes even pay to train just to get home with physical bruises and maybe even a bruised ego. It’s not that we enjoy exhaustion and getting beat up. It’s because we enjoy what we do and we find fulfillment through hardship and hard work because we know that this will make us better jiu-jitsu practitioners and (in a wider sense) better individuals. If we can just transfer this attitude to our lives, I think we will all be happier. We work or do what we have to do not just because we enjoy “work” per se but because there is a sense of fulfillment in doing things. I think this positive attitude will keep us going forward to achieve great things ahead of us.
If you “do” jiu-jitsu, you notice that practitioners are generally easy going and happy people not because they are the richest people in the world but because they have a sense of satisfaction and enjoy life for what it is. I believe that success isn’t just based on material wealth but also by the sense of fulfillment one has with what he or she does.
Just some thoughts out of my head for the new year.
Live long and prosper!!

Lately, I’ve had opportunities to talk to people from different walks of life. I love listening empathic-ally and learning from different perspectives. Diverse thoughts keep my mind fresh. I wanna know what they do and why they do it. In a deeper sense, what drives them.

I visited a supposed “happy” place to have a good time and ended up seeing the workers without a smile and hastily walking back and forth without a care in the world and without a care with what they do. I asked one of them and got a reply that it was because there wasn’t money coming in for them. Well I guess that is a reason not to be glad. At a different venue and time, an employee told me he has no inspiration to work basically because of the lack of pay he has. That is sad. A prison to fate and driven by commodity, money.

It’s not that compensation and money doesn’t matter. It does. And it is a tool. It is something to be used. What’s a more pressing matter to me is that people are worth more than any amount of money and that should not dictate our inspiration (or the lack of it).

Anyway, let’s get to what (I think) jiu-jitsu teaches us. When you train, you get tired and beat up but come home feeling great after. And we yearn to go back the next training session despite these. Why? Simple. It’s because we enjoy what we do. It’s funny that some of us enroll and yes even pay to train just to get home with physical bruises and maybe even a bruised ego. It’s not that we enjoy exhaustion and getting beat up. It’s because we enjoy what we do and we find fulfillment through hardship and hard work because we know that this will make us better jiu-jitsu practitioners and (in a wider sense) better individuals. If we can just transfer this attitude to our lives, I think we will all be happier. We work or do what we have to do not just because we enjoy “work” per se but because there is a sense of fulfillment in doing things. I think this positive attitude will keep us going forward to achieve great things ahead of us.

If you “do” jiu-jitsu, you notice that practitioners are generally easy going and happy people not because they are the richest people in the world but because they have a sense of satisfaction and enjoy life for what it is. I believe that success isn’t just based on material wealth but also by the sense of fulfillment one has with what he or she does.

Just some thoughts out of my head for the new year.

Live long and prosper!!

Sometimes, we need to click pause in our fast paced lives and smell the flowers and show love to those, who matter to us the most. The holidays is a perfect time for this.
To all who have been following and supporting NoEgoBjj, I sincerely thank you. Here’s a quote from one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta, I’d like to share with you:
“I hope that the world turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you.”
Yes, I meant that. No homo.
Happy Holidays!
One Love.

Sometimes, we need to click pause in our fast paced lives and smell the flowers and show love to those, who matter to us the most. The holidays is a perfect time for this.

To all who have been following and supporting NoEgoBjj, I sincerely thank you. Here’s a quote from one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta, I’d like to share with you:

I hope that the world turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you.

Yes, I meant that. No homo.

Happy Holidays!

One Love.

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The question to myself: can I compete with myself and beat who I was yesterday.

The question to myself: can I compete with myself and beat who I was yesterday.

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