I was having a conversation with a couple of students and it really dawned on me that sometimes, the only thing that is put out on social media is our PR (Public Relations) version of life. People only post the positives.. or only what they want others to see. They only post their best pictures.. and would not dream of posting a bad picture.. because what if “so and so” sees it. They never post anything that could leave them feeling judged or criticized. Even in our class pics, its always the busiest classes, craziest drills… things that are appealing and we hope will want to make people come and train at Sudbury MMA. So now I will tell you all bout the truths!
Training is hard sometimes… getting in shape is hard! Heck.. even trying to get back in shape or getting in better shape is hard!! My body actually hurts right now from 3-4 days of pushing past my comfort zone. I would rather roll (train) light. I would rather stop when I am tired. I would rather eat sugary “stuff” and poutine salads. I am also debating if I should stop at Dairy Queen on the way home because I have eaten .. “OK” this week and met all my workout goals. This is the reality. This is what I believe all normal people think. Do I think this makes my everyday efforts of trying to eat better and train harder invalid.. Not at all. I think the majority of people feel this way sometimes an we should not feel guilty. And I think that we should all accept our reality. Balancing everything life throws at us is challenging.. now, add in all this crazy healthy eating and working out stuff and we are really crunched for time! We work hard at achieving our goals .. and sometimes we deserve to reward ourselves. And sometimes we deserve to make up reasons to reward ourselves. LOL.. Sometimes we take short cuts.. everybody does, even in training. But that is where the SMMA Army comes in.
We motivate each other to push past our limits. A small example for me where the SMMA Army pushed me past my comfort zone was Wednesday. I tried to take an extra break in Randori, the students just kept coming.. No Breaks! It may seem small, but i got the extra push from my team.. that extra push to help me reach goals quicker. We help each other through those difficult moments that seem so hard and rejoice when we have those great moments! And.. we take a pic and put it on social media for our Public Relations!
See you on the mats!
When you look around the mats in your next class, I really want you to make sure and try to make everyone feel welcome and without being the “weird person”.. take a moment to appreciate your training partners. I sometimes think this is commodity that people take for granted. Its easy for everyone to talk about their instructor’s etc.. but I would have to say that although your instructor plays an important role in your development, so does the several other people in the room.
Your training partners can have a bigger impact on your training and life than even your instructor. Not only are they also there day in and day out chasing the same vision you are… they are there helping you get better too. They are also there, often being a supportive friend when things are tough in other areas of your life. They rejoice in your success and feel the pain of your losses. They really do become an extended family. I am positive that like me, you miss them when you don’t see them around for a week or so. And When they finally come back to class, well of course you rib and maybe tease them a little… but you are sooo happy to see them. Your training and your overall martial arts experience would not be the same without them. I have literally had friends for over 2 decades who share a common passion of martial arts.
So I am sitting here and as I write this, thinking of so many people… I can truly say I miss a lot of people. I see that some training partners (from literally 20 plus years ago) are still training, and training with the same passion that I remember us having when we were in our late teens. It is awesome to see. I see people who may not train anymore but they were such awesome people, I am sure they left a huge impact on everyone who they crossed paths with in life. Of course, I also think of the few friends in our martial arts community that we have lost of the years.. those ones hurt the most.
This blog was not meant to be sad.. rather the exact opposite. Tomorrow, (or tonight if you are reading this Monday)… Go to your martial arts academy, train hard but most importantly laugh, have fun and connect with your team while we all try to self improve. Enjoy the friendships your training partners bring. That is all that matters.
See you on the mats!
Let me explain! No matter what stage of life you are in, or no matter what area of life we are discussing, you need to be selfish. To be successful, to be the best, and just to be happy in general. Be selfish! Of course, Not all the time, because there has to be give and take, but definitely sometimes. One of the biggest obstacles, I hear from people about training is that they have no time. If you are struggling with this, Let me give you some advice.. You need to MAKE TIME!!
I agree that we are all busy, but I do believe that everyone needs to find their passion and make time for that passion. Life is about living for our families and our passions. For some people, our jobs can be a passion, our business can be our passion… for the purpose of this blog, I believe that for the readers, martial arts is our passion and for any of us to be truly happy, we need to be training. Think about the last time you missed classes for an extended amount of time. You probably became cranky, a little miserable etc.. That all changed as soon as you were able to hit the mats again. Here is a fact. If someone is happy, they are a better employee, a better spouse, a better parent etc.. Make yourself happy first and then give your all to everyone else!! By being selfish first, you will never have regret or resentment when giving your all in other areas of your life.
So for everyone reading who may have felt guilty in the past for taking some time for them… to do anything, read a book, hit the gym, go for coffee, play music, or hit the mats… stop feeling guilty and BE SELFISH!! And after your Selfish time, give your ALL to the other areas. Life is about balance. Everyone will thank you for it!
See you on the mats!
The Sudbury MMA Team is pretty excited as this will be the first time that Professor Matthew Hache will be teaching a seminar at our academy. Professor Hammer is the head instructor at OAMA HQ and consequently, does not leave Ottawa too often!
Hammer is one the province’s most respected black belt instructors and has had direct impact on the development of our sport’s highest level competitors within the province for the past several years. Not only does Professor Hammer bring a high level of technical ability, but he has a gift of being able convey information and share knowledge, connecting with students of every level within his classes. For those of you who know Hammer, I am positive you are already excited about the seminar and for those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting him yet… get fired up, because Professor Hammer always delivers!!
We still have Early Bird spots available until May 10th! The seminar is Friday, May 26th, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Hope to see everyone there!!
Today seems to be the definition of the Monday Blahs!! It really is! Its dark, gloomy, raining on and off.. its cold! And on top of all that, its Monday. Blahhhh. That is probably what the majority of people are thinking today as they look out their office window. But that is THEIR perspective!
NOT US! We are thinking that tonight is a new week! Its BJJ, Muay Thai or FIT Chicks night!! We are thinking about all the moves we are going to catch people with, we are thinking that it’s Sparring night! Or we are thinking that we will crush that circuit tonight!
I hope that everyone is as Pumped about it being a new week as I am!! I hope today’s small blog has turned your frown upside down.. And I look forward to seeing you all tonight on the mats.
This past weekend, the Sudbury MMA Team attended an In-House competition at Action Martial Arts and Fitness. It was well attended with other academies from all over Northern Ontario including Troop MMA, Sudbury BJJ, TMAC, Evolution Martial Arts and Ares Kickboxing. The demo started off with some Submission Only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu matches. The BJJ matches were super entertaining!! There was several submission attempts and scrambles that had the crowd cheering! It was a great way to kick off the event. Sudbury MMA then had 5 athletes competing in the K1 demos. The demos were very entertaining and a great way to build the fight experience and fight IQ.
I was especially proud of our team for different reasons.. We have such a great support system from the Sudbury MMA Family. Several members make the trip to North Bay to cheer on and support the team! I received several messages on social media from members asking how their team mates were doing. Then of course, I was proud of our Fight Team. We had one fighter take a match up with literally about 20 minutes notice. We had one fighter make her return to the ring after almost 3 years off. We had on fighter take a match up, and stand toe to toe against an opponent that is considered to be a big step up for her. We had two fighters continue on their path to amateur MMA fighting several disciplines and several opponents in one day amassing a ton of competition experience in one afternoon. We also had one fighter push past his comfort zone and even his own beliefs to have one of his best matches to date.
I could talk a lot more about each of these match ups but in a nutshell, this is what competition is all about.. spending time with the team, setting goals, crushing them.. or learning what needs to be done to crush them. Either way, it’s the pursuit of these goals and learning about yourself.. learning who you are in the face of adversity, and ultimately what it takes to overcome the obstacles. Onto to the next one! The Ontario Open BJJ tournament is next weekend!
See you on the mats
Last night I had the opportunity to teach in our Women’s Only Jiu Jitsu program. I typically don’t teach classes in that program as it is specifically for the ladies and they have their own vibe in that class. My super heavyweight status is typically the vibe that they are trying to avoid in that program. Firstly, I walked into the class and was surprised with the turn out. The class has significantly grown since we launched the program about one year ago. These ladies are super dedicated BJJ practitioners and specifically dedicated the women’s only program. We covered basic collar chokes from the back along with a straight arm lock finish. Then we covered how to apply these techniques to unassuming loved ones while watching TV, having dinner or any other opportune time that presents! We had a blast during the class and ended the night with a little rolling. This is the perfect class for any women just starting out, looking to get in shape and a good handle on the BJJ basics without the fear of huge classes and us super heavyweights! Sudbury MMA’s women’s only classes are every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. We hope to see you on the mats!
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