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In case you didn't know, my daughter's a gangster. Lol. #MasterMindMartialArts #Kickboxing #BrazilianJujitsu #Fitness #MMA

This is my friend/student Alex @seaboosie . He's been training with me for about a year now. When he started with me, he was about the size he was in the picture on the left, about 350 lbs. Now, I am happy to say he is 305 and still dropping. The picture on the right was taken this week. I'm very proud of his progress, not just in the weight loss but in his skills, he trains both jiu jitsu and kickboxing with me a 2-3 days a week. That fact is made more impressive considering the fact that he works a government job and is also in law school. He is very busy man. Very impressive to say the least. #mastermindmartialarts #kickboxing #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #weightloss #beforeandafter #fitness #fitlife #dedication #fitnessjourney #droppingweight #hardworkpaysoff

Things just tend to escalate when we're together.

#matrats #bjj #bromies #blackbelt #mastermindmartialarts

My training travels brought me to a place very dear to me today: Carlson Gracie Temecula. This is a place where I have gone to train on a regular basis since 2010. Now that I run my own academy, me sneaking off to train is very difficult. So I had an open weekend this weekend so I took full advantage to get a lot of training in. I used to regularly make the 90 mile plus one way drive multiple times a week to get great training in. I knew the owner Tom @carlsongracieteam When he was a blue belt and I was a purple. Now we are both black belts. We still push each other and have a great time training. Even though I came up under and represent a different jiu jitsu team, I am very close with the Carlson Gracie team. Felt good to be back at a place that is like a second home to me. #brazilianjiujitsufamily #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life # #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #bjj4life #carlsongracietemecula #mastermindmartialarts #trainingbuddies #secondhome

Was able to sneak away today to get some training in. I went to my friend Dan Lukehart's school Brea jiu jitsu. I've known Dan for many years, since he was a blue belt and I was a purple belt and we were both representing the Ralph Gracie team. It's been a while since I had been out to his gym to train. He had a lot of tough people on the mat and many out of towners camping at his gym for the world championships,which are next weekend. I even picked up a few variations on old techniques today as well. Needless to say, the training was good. I need to not wait so long to go back. #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life ##brazilianjiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #bjjblackbelt #trainingbuddies #trainingpartners #breajiujitsu #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week # 1: behind the back guard pass. Dusting off an old school technique. The behind the back guard pass is a great pass to use if you are having trouble standing up in guard to pass. Pressure is the key to this pass, especially when you pop up on your feet. Make sure your shoulder is heavy on their abdomen, it makes their possibility of attack much more limited. If you want all the details of this pass, come take a class from me. #bjjforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjblackbelt #bjj4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsutechnique #jiujitsulife #mastermindmartialarts #techniqueoftheweek #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #guardpass #oldschool #bjjtechnique #behindtheback

I now have some mastermind gi patches available. I had a first batch made over the weekend. These turned out great and will look even better when seen on a gi. This first run is limited so anyone that wants any, let me know. I have them at the academy. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #bjjpatches #jiujitsupatches #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week # 3: escape from back control. For this escape, keep your hands planted under your chin, and start scooting your body down, then start using your elbows to pry their hooks off. Simple and effective. #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjblackbelt #jiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #mastermindmartialarts #techniqueoftheweek #grappling

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week # 1: no gi clock choke. One of the best chokes on jiu jitsu is the clock choke. It is powerful and easy to get, but since it is a gi dominant technique, it is very difficult for many to translate it over to no gi. I've been working on this particular variation for years and now I have another lethal choke on the arsenal. If you want to know the details, stop by and Take a class. #bjjforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjj4life #bjjblackbelt #bjjchoke #mastermindmartialarts #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsutechnique #bjjtechnique #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #jiujitsublackbelt #nogi #clockchoke #chokesarethebest #ilovechokes

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This is my friend/student Alex @seaboosie . He's been training with me for about a year now. When he started with me, he was about the size he was in the picture on the left, about 350 lbs. Now, I am happy to say he is 305 and still dropping. The picture on the right was taken this week. I'm very proud of his progress, not just in the weight loss but in his skills, he trains both jiu jitsu and kickboxing with me a 2-3 days a week. That fact is made more impressive considering the fact that he works a government job and is also in law school. He is very busy man. Very impressive to say the least. #mastermindmartialarts #kickboxing #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #weightloss #beforeandafter #fitness #fitlife #dedication #fitnessjourney #droppingweight #hardworkpaysoff

This Sunday, I am having an open mat at my gym, mastermind martial arts and fitness at 11 am. After the training is done, my buddy @big_guy_bjj and others will be doing a live broadcast/podcast about being a big guy in brazilian jiu jitsu. We will offer insights about what it's like being the big guy on the mat most of the time. I'm excited to do this broadcast so anyone that wants to take part, come out to my gym to train and offer your insights after. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu4life #bjj #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjlifestyle #mastermindmartialarts #bigguyjiujitsu #podcast #training

Here is some video of me and my good friend @thomasstokesboyle during some kickboxing sparring today. This is the end of our 10th round of sparring, we ended up doing 13 hard rounds. The ability to fight hard and push the pace when one is tired is essential to success in many things, not just kickboxing or martial arts. And I am proud of both of our efforts today. We both were able to land good shots on each other and make adjustments as the rounds went on. We both still have a lot to work on, but there is a good chance that both of us will be back in action sooner than later. Can't wait. #mastermindmartialarts #kickboxing #kickboxingsparring #sparring #muaythai #muaythaisparring #muaythailife #kickboxinglife #pushthepace #fightwhentired #trainhard #striking #boxing #boxingsparring

Instead of traveling to train on Saturday's like I usually do, I had some visitors come to me today. My good friend @_diego12state and his buddy Michael came up and trained with me. It was nice to have guys my size and bigger putting their weight on me and making me work. It's one if the downsides of being a bigger guy, there aren't always guys around your size to push you around. Today was fun, hope that they can come back soon. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsulife #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj4life #bjjforlife #bjj #bjjlife #mastermindmartialarts #bigguy #bigguybjj #bigguyjiujitsu

Big shout out to all the kids in my kids class. Each and every week they continue to come in in the heat and train martial arts. Dedication like that is rare with adults and even rarer with children. This is why I am so proud of them. Watching them perform techniques that they were struggling with a few weeks ago is a testament to how hard they are working. I'm excited each week to work with all those kids. #kids #kidsclass #kidsclasses #kidsmartialarts #kidsboxing #kidskickboxing #kidsjiujitsu #mastermindmartialarts #kidsmuaythai #jiujitsukids #kickboxingkids #boxingkids #martialartskids #kidsbjj #bjjkids

Here I am with the arm collector himself, Giva Santana @givoss . Today was not my first time training with Giva but it was my first time in a few years. As always it was a lot of fun and out into perspective for me of how much further I still have to go in jiu-jitsu. There are definitely levels to this, even at black belt and Giva is at a very high level. I'm honored that he let me come down and train with him and I hope to come down again soon. Today was a humbling day for me, but since I went in knowing what to expect (to an extent), I walk away even more determined to elevate my skills. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsuforlife #bjjblackbelt #bjjforlife #bjj4life #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #armcollector #onejiujitsu #mastermindmartialarts #nextlevel #imgoodbutheiswaybetter

My training travels took me to One jiu-jitsu in Irvine California. I had not been to One jiu-jitsu before though I have trained with the head instructor giva santana @givoss before. Great atmosphere here, every one is polite and nice and eager to train. Sometimes, as a traveling black belt, I don't always find eager training partners. This gym is a great place for anyone to train. #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #onejiujitsu #trainingtravels #mastermindmartialarts #bjjblackbelt #jiujitsublackbelt

I now have some mastermind gi patches available. I had a first batch made over the weekend. These turned out great and will look even better when seen on a gi. This first run is limited so anyone that wants any, let me know. I have them at the academy. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #bjjpatches #jiujitsupatches #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts

In case you didn't know, my daughter's a gangster. Lol. #MasterMindMartialArts #Kickboxing #BrazilianJujitsu #Fitness #MMA

This is me and my friend/mentor Emilio today after training. I've known Emilio for many years now. Very time I've trained with him, I always walk away having learned something new about myself. As a teacher/trainer myself, I'm very good at breaking down mechanics and weaknesses of those around me. When I'm around Emilio, I always learn little technical details that I am missing in my game. Little details that make all the difference. He noticed my breathing was off while drilling techniques today, something that I hadn't noticed myself at all. I appreciate the smart critiquing on his part, be sure it will make me better. Thanks again Emilio. Leta train again soon. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsublackbelt #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #bjjblackbelt #tinguinhabjj #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #teaching #detailsmakeallthedifference

My training travels this week brought me to Tinguinha's academy in Yorba Linda California. I've been wanting to train here for years and was happy to finally get the chances to do so. Everyone there was very nice and very tough. Good training all around. I definitely want to come back here sometime soon. #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsulife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #trainingtravels #tinguinhabjj #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #trainforlife

So proud of my kids class. Even in the grueling southern California heat, these kids came to class and worked extremely hard this week. They pushed hard through the kickboxing class then pushed even harder in the jiu jitsu class. They are a joy to watch improve with each passing week and I am excited to see what the future holds for them. They are creative and hard working, that's the best you can ask for with any students you have. #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsukids #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsukids #bjj #bjjlife #bjjlifestyle #bjjforlife #bjj4life #bjjkids #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindkids #kidsboxing #kidsmuaythai #kidsmartialarts #martialartskids #kidsclass #boxingkids #muaythaikids

My training travels brought me to a place very dear to me today: Carlson Gracie Temecula. This is a place where I have gone to train on a regular basis since 2010. Now that I run my own academy, me sneaking off to train is very difficult. So I had an open weekend this weekend so I took full advantage to get a lot of training in. I used to regularly make the 90 mile plus one way drive multiple times a week to get great training in. I knew the owner Tom @carlsongracieteam When he was a blue belt and I was a purple. Now we are both black belts. We still push each other and have a great time training. Even though I came up under and represent a different jiu jitsu team, I am very close with the Carlson Gracie team. Felt good to be back at a place that is like a second home to me. #brazilianjiujitsufamily #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life # #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #bjj4life #carlsongracietemecula #mastermindmartialarts #trainingbuddies #secondhome

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Here is my friend Danny Suarez @socalcombatclub and I after training today. I met Danny back in 2009. We trained consistently for about 2 years then life happened and we lost touch for a while. Today was the first time he and I had trained in 6 years. Our training was just like it was back then: me on the defensive doing whatever I can to survive. Danny is one of the toughest guys I've ever rolled with on the mat, and I've trained with many world champions. I consider myself a technical practitioner and teacher of martial arts, every time I train with Danny I come away learning something new and learning how far away I still am from someone with Danny's skill level. He's the best kept secret in California. This guy will elevate your game guaranteed. He's a world class talent, check him out. #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsulife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #socalcombatclub #mastermindmartialarts #trainingbuddies #worldclasstalent

Here is my friend Danny Suarez @socalcombatclub and I after training today. I met Danny back in 2009. We trained consistently for about 2 years then life happened and we lost touch for a while. Today was the first time he and I had trained in 6 years. Our training was just like it was back then: me on the defensive doing whatever I can to survive. Danny is one of the toughest guys I've ever rolled with on the mat, and I've trained with many world champions. I consider myself a technical practitioner and teacher of martial arts, every time I train with Danny I come away learning something new and learning how far away I still am from someone with Danny's skill level. He's the best kept secret in California. This guy will elevate your game guaranteed. He's a world class talent, check him out. #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsulife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #socalcombatclub #mastermindmartialarts #trainingbuddies #worldclasstalent

My training travels took me to the Southern California combat club today. This gym is owned by a longtime friend and training partner Danny Suarez. It was a lot of fun training with Danny and his students. Very high levels of skill all around. Well worth my 70 mile one way drive. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu #southerncaliforniacombatclub #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #training

Flashback Friday: flashback to memorial day weekend in 2006 and my first ever grappling/jiu jitsu tournament. Prior to this, my competitive martial arts career consisted of a few kickboxing fights and judo tournaments. This was my first taste of competitive jiu jitsu and I've been hooked ever since. I had two matches this day, winning my first by armbar submission and then losing the match pictured here by points to a tough division 1 wrestler. It's crazy to look back and think about this match. I went into the competition with no game plan or idea of how I was going to win. I didn't strategize like I do now. Crazy how jiu jitsu enhances your problem solving abilities. It's one of the best attributes that jiu jitsu has to offer. #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #bjj4life #bjjblackbelt #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #competiton #jiujitsutournament #jiujitsuislife

Was able to sneak away today to get some training in. I went to my friend Dan Lukehart's school Brea jiu jitsu. I've known Dan for many years, since he was a blue belt and I was a purple belt and we were both representing the Ralph Gracie team. It's been a while since I had been out to his gym to train. He had a lot of tough people on the mat and many out of towners camping at his gym for the world championships,which are next weekend. I even picked up a few variations on old techniques today as well. Needless to say, the training was good. I need to not wait so long to go back. #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life ##brazilianjiujitsuforlife #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #bjjblackbelt #trainingbuddies #trainingpartners #breajiujitsu #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts

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