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I just put up a new video on my YouTube channel. I do my best to post as often as I can. I pride myself on posting quality material. Too many channels out there post a large volume of material with very little substance. The majority of my videos on the channel are jiu-jitsu technique videos, but I plan on posting kickboxing and fitness videos in up coming months. For those of you interested, Go to YouTube and subscribe to my channel, every little bit of support is greatly appreciated . There is already a solid amount of material on there to keep you guys busy until I post something new in the coming weeks. #youtube #youtubechannel #mastermindmartialarts #bjj #bjjlifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #bjjvideos #brazilianjiujitsuvideos #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsuvideos #youtubevideos

Back in February of this year, I competed at the five grappling @fivegrappling tournament in Huntington Beach, California. It was my first tournament in over a year and I had a great time. During one of my matches, a photo was taken that five decided to use as the background for their upcoming Arizona tournament poster. I'm honored that they used me for a poster that they are promoting an event with. I was impressed with their tournament and they let black belts compete for free. Well worth competing in their events. I hope to do another one soon. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu #jiujitsulife #jiujitsublackbelt #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #fivegrappling #bjjtournament #bjjcompetition #fivegrapplingtournament #bjjcompetitor #jiujitsucompetitor #mastermindmartialarts

Big congrats to Liam and Rudy! They both received stripes on their belts today. For Liam, this is his 4th stripe on his white belt, one more and he will get his grey belt. For Rudy, this his first stripe, he's one of the newer kids in class but he is progressing very fast, I'm very excited to see where he will be in a few months. These two really lead by example, which is what I look for the most in my students. #jiujitsu #jiujitsukids #kidsjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsukids #kidsbrazilianjiujitsu #bjjpromotion #bjj #bjjkids #kidsbjjclass #kidsbjj #kids #kidsclasses #kidsclass #mastermindmartialarts #kidsmartialarts #martialartskids

Throwback Thursday : while this technically isn't a throwback cause I took this picture today, there is some throwback history and stories here. While out today running errands, I happened to drive past the location where I first started training judo in 2004. I stopped to take this picture cause I didn't realize that it was no longer in business (as you can tell by the faded look of the former sign). Seeing this took me back to 2004-05 and training on a mat in the back of a doctor's office twice a week. This is where I had my introduction to many of the throws and techniques of judo, some of which are still part of my game to this day. I'm saddened that it is no longer there and can only hope that my old coach is still alive and well enjoying his life somewhere. I'll always remember the techniques he taught me. #throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt #martialarts #judo #judothrow #judoka #throws #judotechniques #mastermindmartialarts #technique #judotechniques #takedown #takedowns

Throwback Thursday : throwback to the 2013 no gi world championships. Here I am with my buddy Tino likely discussing strategy before our matches that day. This picture always makes me smile cause of the size difference between him and I. Don't let his shorter stature fool you, he's a beast. I can not remember how he did that day, but my first match was against Rafael Lovato Jr, so I didn't win. Lol. Seeing this picture again brings back some memories from that fun day. What I love about jiu-jitsu is the friends you meet a long the way. #bjj #bjjlifestyle #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsucompetitor #jiujitsu #nogi #competition #tournament #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #mastermindmartialarts #sizedifference #nogiworlds #nogiworlds2013 #throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt

Big day for a few of my kid students. A couple of previous students that came back to train with me : Evan, Eli. And a newer student, Eli all got some stripes on their belts today. My newer student Eli has come a long way since training with me and has grown a lot. My returning students Evan and Eli were with me a while last year before returning to train. They were both long overdue. Evan was with me for well over a year, he has so much talent that it was a pleasure for me to give him 4 stripes on his white belt. Very proud of all these guys. #bjjpromotion #bjj #bjjkids #kidsbjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsukids #kidsjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsukids #kidsclasses #kidsbjj #kidsclass #martialartskids #kidsmartialarts #mastermindmartialarts

One of the things I love most about going to competitions, other than competing myself or coaching is running into old friends and training partners. Especially when you haven't seen them in years. I ran into my buddy Vince @vince333 yesterday at a local tournament where he was competing and I was coaching a student of mine. Was great to talk and reminisce about all of the wars we would have in training back in the day. There are many benefits to martial arts training, the skills you acquire is only one of them, the friendships and bonds are another amazing benefit to training. Hope to see you soon Vince! #trainingpartner #trainingbuddies #bjj #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #mastermindmartialarts #martialarts #training #competition #tournament #friends

I want to give a shootout to two of my students : Liam and Freddie. These two continue to impress me each week. I look to them to lead the other kids and help them improve. They do everything I ask of them and more. In addition all of their help, they are getting better and better on the mat. These two had an impromptu jiu-jitsu match and the end of class today, and these two really went at it, there were positional exchanges , submission attempts. In the end, there was no winner, no loser. I gave them both a take home medal for their efforts. Kids like these two are why I like doing what I do. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsukids #kidsbrazilianjiujitsu #jiujitsu #jiujitsukids #kidsjiujitsu #bjj #bjjkids #kidsbjj #mastermindmartialarts #kidsclasses #kids #kidsclasses #kidsclass #kidsmartialarts #martialartskids

Big congrats to my students Elias @eliasandros , Ellis @ellisduncan8499 and Gabriel. They each received a stripe tonight! These guys have been putting a lot of work recently and it's paying off. I see improvement in every class. Very proud of these guys, can't wait to see where they will be in a few more months. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #bjjpromotion #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #mastermindmartialarts #beltstripe #improvement #gettingbetter #hardworkpaysoff

Came across this picture of me from the 5 grappling tournament @fivegrappling I competed in a few weeks ago. It was my first tournament in 15 months, and I had a lot of fun. I was more nervous for this tournament then I had ever been for any tournament, and I'm not sure why. Its was a unique experience because I knew almost every guy in the division. I had trained with most of them In the past. In this picture, I'm going to battle with my buddy @piranha_al , trying hard to pass his tough guard. I don't push competition on my students, but I always say that they should all do it at least once. When you compete, win or lose, at the end of the day you accomplished something, grown as an individual and an athlete, and those are way more important than any medal. I'll definitely be back out there soon. Can't wait. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsucompetitor #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu #jiujitsulife #jiujitsucompetition #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjtournament #mastermindmartialarts #compete #competitor #tournament #competition #fivegrappling

Big congrats to Leonidas, phantasy, and safaar. They all received their first stripe on their white belts today. These stripes were long overdue, they have shown consistent improvement with each class, and have improved in other areas as well. They listen better, learn better and are performing better. #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu #jiujitsukids #mastermindmartialarts #bjjpromotion #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjkids #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsukids #promotion #kidsclasses #kidsclass #kidsmartialarts #martialarts #martialartskids

This was the result of my competition yesterday: a bronze and silver medal, one for my weight class (bronze) and one for the open (silver). This was my first competition in nearly 16 months, and while walking away with two medals is a good thing knowing I could have done more to win leaves me disappointed. The best thing about competing isn't always winning ( though it is pretty awesome) but the lessons learned through the losses. I lost two matches yesterday to the same guy, a tough competitor whom I had trained with in the past. I learned a lot from that, now I have to address the areas that caused me to lose. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #bjj #bjjlife #bjjlifestyle #competition #competitor #jiujitsucompetition #jiujitsucompetitor #bjjcompetition #bjjtournament #tournament #mastermindmartialarts #learningfromthelosses #learningfromlosing

Huge shout out and congrats to my student Freddie. He got his second stripe today! He's a huge help to the younger kids in class. He leads by example and it likely won't be long before he has another stripe on his belt. Very proud of this kid. He's gotten so good. #bjj #bjjkids #kidsbjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsukids #kidsjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #kidsbrazilianjiujitsu #kidsclasses #kids #kidsclass #martialartskids #mastermindmartialarts #beltstripe #promotion

Congrats to this week's student of the week : Eli. He has not been training with me very long but has shown constant improvement with every class. His jiu-jitsu is improving as is his attitude. He is a fast learner as well which makes me excited to see where hell in a few months. #bjj #bjjkids #kidsbjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsukids #kidsjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsukids #kidsbrazilianjiujitsu #mastermindmartialarts #kidsclass #kidsclasses #kidsmartialarts #martialartskids

Group pic from yesterday's promotion /training session. There were a few that couldn't make it but still a great day. Was a lot of fun and we all learned something. That's what jiu-jitsu is all about. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj #beltpromotion #beltpromotions #mastermindmartialarts

Another picture from today. Here, Gabriel, myself, and good buddy Seth @sethdikun . I wanted to get a picture with just black belts. Training with these two was a lot of fun today. Both Gabriel and Seth have very similar styles and both really pushed the pace on me and each other. Was a blast to watch their roll together. #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjblackbelts #bjjblackbelt #jiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsublackbelts #mastermindmartialarts #blackbelt #blackbelts

Here I am with my instructor Gabriel @gabrielcostajj today after my belt stripe promotion. It was great to see him after a few years and to have him teach techniques. Training with him was like old times, me on the defense trying to stop his attacks. He's been one of the longest lasting instructors I've had in the martial arts. It's always been fun to train with him, and I hope we won't have to wait 3 years to train together again. #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsublackbelt #jiujitsuinstructor #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #bjjpromotion #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjjblackbelt #mastermindmartialarts #blackbelt #blackbeltpromotion #myinstructor

Big day for me today: I was able to get my jiu-jitsu instructor Gabriel @gabrielcostajj to come to my gym today for the first time. In so doing, he promoted me to first degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I've been a black belt a long time, over 5 years, but I wanted to wait until Gabriel could put the stripe on himself. It was the first time in nearly 3 years that he and I have trained or seen each other. It was great to see him again and introduce him to my students. #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjj4life #bjjblackbelt #mastermindmartialarts #blackbelt #gabrielcostabjj #beltpromotion

In my ten years of training jiu-jitsu in a gi, I have never had a personal gi made for me, nor have I ever had an Ouano brand gi. I reached out to my friend John Ouano @ouanoint1999 to make me a gi. He is a great friend of mine and since I had never tried his brand, I figured this was a good time to change that. Today I received my personalized gi from him. It looks amazing! The top, the pants and my logo placement all look amazing. I can't wait to wear this gi. If you guys want a great gi, check out the Ouano brand. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #bjj #bjjlifestyle #brazilianjiujitsugi #gi #jiujitsugi #bjjgi #ouano #ouano99 #ouanogi #mastermindmartialarts #bjjuniform

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