Big congrats to my student and team mate, Yasmine Bann, on being the newest edition to the @ctrlindustries squad! She is one of the most intelligent and hard-working people I know and train with. I look forward to her making a name for herself in the Jiu-Jitsu scene! #ctrlsquad #ctrlthegame #jiujitsulife #jiujitsugirls (at Gustavo Dantas Brazilian Jiu-jitsu)
I have had the pleasure of not only learning from this man, but to receive my Blue belt from him. I am always proud to say where I started and this is just one of the many reasons why. Though I train under a different instructor and represent a different team and flag, I will always give my proper respects. Thank you always to Cesar Gracie and Caio Terra for being my first Jiu-Jitsu instructors and for continuing to be positive and influential role models in this martial art and sport that I, and many of their students, have fallen in love with.
by Cesar Gracie
On more than a few occasions it has been asked of me what I look for the most in a student. In my early years of teaching I might have answered that strength, physical endurance, speed or agility were traits to be looked for when determining who would excel or become a future champion. However as the years passed, I realized that there was one trait that exceedingly surpassed the aforementioned ones: Perseverance.
Perseverance is not something you can easily identify or hastily confirm. Only the test of time will determine if someone possesses it and there are no shortcuts to attain it. There have been many who demonstrated incredible natural talent, leaving me impressed with a sense that for them, future great accomplishments were a certainty. However these “certainties” almost always went unrealized.
Then there are the students that seemingly never quit, to whom failure in training and loss in competition is merely a minor setback, to be learned from and not defeated by. Day after day they can be seen improving and applying themselves. Though their progress is not spectacular, it is constant. After some time has passed their skills become formidable and the reality of their accomplishment is undeniable. With average ability and common qualities they gradually cultivate their minds and bodies into a machine. A machine that delivers when called to do so.
Focus has been a word often referred to as what we need for success in any venture. And to an extent, focus is something we can all apply in varying degrees. However focus applied over years or throughout one’s career is truly remarkable. The ability to keep focused and persevere through life’s distractions separates the champions from the mediocre and the significant from the trivial.
Of course there are those that will take up a discipline for the sake of recreation or are motivated by secondary goals, such as physical conditioning or a variety of other reasons. For them not much should be demanded and less expected. If they achieve their own personal objectives, it is enough. However for those that aspire to the next level, they should first count the cost. Not doing so will merely be a waste of their time and of their instructor’s. We have all at one point or another imagined ourselves in an exalted position, the champion of our domain. The question is have we ever imagined the sacrifices?? Have we really thought about the endless training hours that are required of us? Have we even considered how much time and effort it will take for someone to help us in achieving our goals? To learn something that is worthy of your time cannot be done overnight and in challenging yourself to accomplish something great is gain within itself.
As a teacher of jiu-jitsu it is my job to see that everyone that trains under my guidance receives excellent instruction. But when I see that a student is committed to improving and willing to put in the time and effort to learn, I go that extra step to encourage them and I pay more attention to that student. If they can persevere then they are worthy of that. However, to request an instructor’s lifetime of knowledge is no small thing and neither will be the sacrifice.
Shadow box I put together to commemorate promoting my very first competition, the 1st Copa Bela: All Female Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. The 2nd Copa Bela is coming up May 4th and I look forward to all the growth this tournament can offer :)
Current medal count is 70 with 38 gold, 12 silver, and 20 bronze. Won my first medal on June 5, 2008. Almost 5 years of challenging myself through competition. What an amazing journey and life I get to lead :) #blessed #championmindset #challengeaccepted
2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship marked my very 1st Pan title as a Blue belt. I also placed 3rd in the Absolutes that year. 3 years later, I was able to repeat the performance as a Brown belt. Prepping for this year’s Pans, I looked at this photo everyday KNOWING that I could achieve it again and WANTING to relive that moment again. #throwbackthursday #tbt #noluck #allskill
Thank you to this wonderful man for giving me strength when I think I have none, courage when I am in doubt, and abundant love and support when in and out of need. @gdjiujitsu
2013 Brown Belt Feather Pan Champion! @ctrlindustries @aggro_brand @gentleartxbodyart @fightertech @ossarizona @crossfitsouthwest @gdjiujitsu
Great Women’s BJJ class tonight! #ilovemyjob #novauniaoaz #NUladies
Next in my Disney Warrior Princess set, Ariel, my not so little Mermaid ;) Who should I draw next?
Having a creative kick. Decided I wanna draw a whole set of Disney Warrior Princesses ;) 1st off, I present to you Snow White. Done in colored pencil.