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Keep Sharp | Stay Disciplined

So to give a time reference and not to confuse anyone about this clip I’m mixing into this episode, this is right after finishing up with fight practice which is held right after advanced class. I considered not using it, but I think it would benefit anyone that is going through some doubt.

  • Catch your breath
  • Keep your head on straight
  • Practice fighting in fight practice
  • Keep open mindedness
  • When you get frustrated, thats the training
  • Bring you into the fight
  • The most vulnerable part of training
  • Don't walk into the fight outnumbered
  • Remember you opted in


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In this episode, I welcome back Carlos David Oliveira back to the podcast to share his story on how he got into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it became his lifestyle.

  • Knowing about limitations
  • Starting out in Capoeira
  • Giving up martial arts for surfing
  • The surf gang and a first encounter
  • UFC and the VHS tape
  • Finding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its initial costs
  • Trading the surf board for lessons
  • First gi getting destroyed
  • When the money ran out
  • The agreement
  • Cleaning your feet and the second gi
  • Mom
  • Teaching as a white belt and being tested by others
  • From nothing to something
  • Struggling and making the decision to become a professional
  • The invitation to come to the United States
  • Learning English and trying to teach in English
  • Moving to Richmond
  • Realizing the responsibility to represent
  • Honor and respect
  • Seeing BJJ culture changing in the modern day
  • Trash talking and bad attitudes
  • Poor character turning potential students off
  • A message for those that want to start but haven’t yet


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Updated February 5, 2019

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