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Keep Sharp | Stay Disciplined

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


Carlos David Oliveira

  • What is the OODA loop?
  • The formula of class and how sparring fits into the OODA loop
  • Moving our training from the conscious world to the subconscious world
  • Seeing your options, decide on them then act
  • Be first
  • How to use your trusted training partners
  • How to embrace bad consequences
  • Be a scientist when it comes to decisions
  • Bridge the time between deciding and acting; making the time shorter
  • How are you taking the consequences on the decisions you make in sparring
  • Are you coachable although you have skill
  • Flowing with whatever happens
  • The answer through perseverance
  • Leveraging help properly
  • Are you frequently sparring to improve your capabilities?
  • Getting stronger at one detail at a time
  • The potency of competition
  • What did you do that was good and what could you improve on?
  • Train with improvement in mind
  • Be open to the unfavorable

  • Shadow boxing
  • The hardest thing to do in martial arts
  • Making yourself happy
  • What you wanted to do in the first place
  • Criticisms
  • Make your choice
  • Don’t work harder, work...
  • Getting through the wall
  • Giving yourself patience
  • Bling!
  • If I can do it, you can do it

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Updated May 22, 2019

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