Hi everyone. So I took a few days off during the tail end of last week so I could stay focused on competing at the IBJJF Houston Open. This time around was particularly important to me because last year, I had a broken rib issue that prevented me from being able to compete. This year was another issue I had during competition, however I am thankful that I was at least able to get in there and compete this weekend.

I ended up finishing at second place. I was hoping for first, but things don’t always work out the way we want them. I felt better than I have probably ever felt before a tournament and I owe a lot of it to the mindfulness meditation training I have been working on recently. The whole competition for me was a transcendental experience in presence and awareness. My heart-rate was even keel most of the time and I was more calm and relaxed than I have ever been.

If you are interested in the meditation techniques I’ve been using, please sign up to this list. Depending on the response, I am going to put out an email on how I use meditation to help me during competition training.

While I was warming up, a professor of mine came up to me and asked if I was ready and I made an interesting (to me at least) comment that I felt like I was beyond ready but that I had hit this point of flow. I’m not quite sure how to articulate this experience but I suppose the easiest way is to describe it as this balance and harmony with the situation.None the less, I went out there, ready as can be and I owe a lot of it to my meditation over the last few weeks. I prepared quite a bit physically but I made it a point to make sure I was even more mentally ready than I ever have been and I really believe it paid off. There is a huge psychological component in this game and meditation is crucial to getting the psychology of competition down pat. The interesting part of the whole experience was that even after losing in the finals, I was still at peace with everything. I had a goal, I went out and I executed to the best of my ability and the outcome is the outcome. Needless to say, I will be using a lot more meditation in the future and hoping to take it to higher levels for myself mentally.

I want to give a HUGE thank you as well to my sponsor Natural Stacks for fueling my body and keeping me performing at 100%. I am going to be writing a little bit about my experience using Natural Stacks Supplements on the Optimal Performance Blog here.

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Also,I found this snippet on YouTube, courtesy of Mike Calimbas, so please enjoy.

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