Felipe Costa "The path to sucess"
Just wanted to give the first review of Felipe Costa's new DVD "The Path to Success."
The DVD is split into 3 parts. The first and longest portion consists of a documentary which details Felipe's career from white belt to black belt. Costa talks about how he evolved as a competitor from going in there and just "wanting to get it over with" to 2003 when he won his first Gold Medal ever (as the Black Belt level)! It always seemed to me that the Black Belt world champions were all champions at the lower belt levels. that wasn't the case here. An inspirational story and definite proof that you should never give up.
The second segment includes Demian Maia, Michelle Matta, and other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors reviewing Felipe's old competition footage and pointing out the mistakes. I felt that this section was a bit short.
The final segment is a short instructional covering 5 of Felipe's favorite moves. This is outstanding for a few reasons. Firstly, all the moves were used in competition so you know it's not some fancy seminar filler. Felipe shows the fight footage and then covers the technique. Secondly, Felipe demonstrates the technique but the instruction is done via voice-over (which I always found to be superior). Finally, the entire DVD is in English with Portuguese subtitles.
Overall, I highly recommend this DVD, very motivational and with good techniques. I was lucky enough to have trained with Felipe a few times while he was here in Maryland and got a chance to have him expand on the moves he showed, and it has really helped me out.
I'm very happy to have received your DVD, Path to Success. I've already watched it twice and I'll watch it again, soon. It is very inspiring, and I'm sure it will help many BJJ practioners who aren't natural athletes or natural winners. It helps to motivate me, for sure.
Your path in BJJ reminds me of my path in MMA. I lost 10 of my first 16 fights, and was ready to give up. My teacher still believed in me and wanted me to keep fighting, so we sat down and reviewed the video of my last loss, and we saw that I'd been beaten many times because of one mistake. Then Royler Gracie came to our school and showed how my mistake set me up to lose. Afterwards I changed my mind, and quit thinking negative thoughts like, "Why am I putting myself through this?", and "I don't want to be here". These were things my brain was telling me before I'd fight. When I started focusing on winning, I started winning fights in the 1st round.
There is a DVD in the U.S called "The Secret". I'm sure that, by now, it is available in Brazil. I tell everyone to watch it. It is very helpful in showing how one's mind can control one's destiny. I hope you can have the chance to watch it. I'm sure you'd enjoy it, very much.
Thank you, again, for such a great story of your path in jiu jitsu, and thank you for inspiring me.
Felipe has made it again!
"This may be the only video on the market that in the same footage offers so much: First: an autobiography very motivational (If He ever quits jiu-jitsu he may well start another career giving lectures); Second: a very well thought self-critic segment reviewing his most common mistakes at early stages of his career along with his closest friends, which can also be helpful for the viewer since they are mistakes commonly made by basic-intermediate students and finally the explanation of five techniques actually used in competition!!!!!!!!
If all this wasn't enough it's all spoken in English and can be seen with Portuguese sub-titles. At this rhythm his next step will be releasing a material all spoken in Spanish.
This is another example of how great things come in small packages.
Raul Pastor from Mexico."
mindset before competing
Felipe, I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much I enjoyed your new DVD. I watched it last week and competed last weekend with more confidence. I did not win my match but hearing you talk about the nerves you had before competing was inspirational. The entire DVD is great but what I liked most is how your changed your mindset before competing. I now see that is what I need to work on the most. I just want to say thank you. Take care and I hope to see you on the mat one day!
The lessons in this DVD are priceless!
I had a chance thanks to Felipe to get my hands on a copy of the DVD, and enjoyed every single part of the movie!
It's not a common thing to have the possibility to sit and listen to a multiple world champion tell you the story of how he succeded, of how he failed and then succeded again.
I think the lessons in this DVD, even aside from the pure technical part, are priceless.