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“When the fight is on the ground, do work. When the fight is on your feet, move forward”

–Nick Diaz

We all struggle. It’s part of the process. Things will always change and not always for the better. Sometimes they change for the worse, but they always change. In training, we struggle. It’s part of the process of learning. We need to fail more often than not in order to succeed. Highs are a part of life just as the lows are and our achievements will always be a product of how well we can get through the lows and and how appropriately we can accept the highs.

A lot of my students are often surprised when they hear about my struggles –in life or on the mats. Somehow, I’ve created this perception that my learning and Jiu Jitsu acumen follow a linear progression that goes straight forward without any bumps in the road. I attribute this deception to the fact that no matter what happens, I try and stay positive. I come to class everyday with a smile on my face, just happy to be alive. That mindset carries over to my training and it is my daily endeavor to keep smiling and keep enjoying life’s constituents.

I’ve overcome a lot in my life to get to the point I’m at today. I’ve fought for nearly everything I’ve earned and most things have not come easy. I wanted to post this video because this clip always inspired me during those rough points when I did not feel like fighting. With great dreams come great failures and only if you are dreaming big will you know what it’s like to fail big. Like Rocky says: If you know what you’re worth, than go out and get what you’re worth. Just be willing to take the hits. Take the bad like you take the good. It’s all part of the process. You have to learn to love the process.

“You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward… how much you could take and keep moving forward”

Rocky Balboa

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