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SAMURAI´S MIND & WARRIOR´S SPIRIT

There is no secret in BJJ; the path to the victory consists of lots of training, focus ad dedication. This all would not exist without motivation, and this is the driving force of an athlete. Although it’s a door that “opens from the inside out”, the external stimuli are critical to keep the samurai´s mind & warrior’s spirit alive. But what are those incentives? Where do they originate from? “Never quit, you have to resist to the utmost. ‘Til you drop, like a Samurai” Carlson Gracie Sr. Those who fight, know that there’s nothing better than feeling the heart beating stronger during a training session. The body seems stronger and although tired, you can go on and complete your goal. We breathe and live the gentle art BJJ. Thus, we listed three types of incentives that make a difference for you. 1– LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTOR´S VOICE: There may be the whole world screaming in the stands, but that voice coming from your corner, low or loud, will stand out, echoing through your ears. Knowing that the guy who accompanied you your whole life is there, just next to you, will motivate you even more to achieve a positive result. 2– FRIENDS & TEAM MATES CHEERING FOR YOU: When the gym guys get together and scream your name, jump up in their chairs, hit the walls… That typical euphoria scene in championships. Sometimes it may seem that they extrapolate a bit, but let’s speak the truth – it is way good to have these guys on your side, isn’t it? 3- FAMILY SUPPORT: Parents serve as true superheroes in each of our lives. Some energetic reprimands, demands,...

Marcelo Alonso – The Embodiment of Strong Will and a Great Heart

    Sometimes you encounter special people. People, having an incredible history. People, tainted by life, but going strong nonetheless – perhaps even going stronger! Every step you take, be it left, right, forward, onward, or even not going at all, is a choice. And some of those choices become your life. Monday and Tuesday the 29th and 30th of June 2015 were the days that Pound for Pound had the honor of meeting a person who knows what it means to get up time and time again when life knocks you down. And whilst doing that, still keeping an open heart and help others every way he can. The special person we are referring to is Marcelo Alonso: teacher of our teacher Sergio ‘Canudo’ Zimmermann. The first day was Gi and the second day was no-Gi training. The many drills, movements, follow-up techniques were simply amazing. Especially the submitting and/or sweeping sequences: if the initial set up or submitting technique does not work out, try another. If that does not work either, again, try something else, even if that means not submitting your opponent immediately, but just controlling him/her and regaining or advancing to a more dominant position. And simply taking it from there once more. Marcelo’s preference for submissions involving arms, shoulders and wrists became soon clear to us. Especially during no-Gi the emphasis was placed on different arm submissions – they are old school and brutally effective! Apart from all those techniques, his way of teaching is perhaps even more remarkable. It is here that his strong will and great heart comes to the fore, as...