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Everything in life is a matter of perspective 

Are you looking from the correct one?

As I have mentioned before, I often answer all kind of questions in my social medias, crazy questions, funny, silly, serious, BJJ and non BJJ related. 

I enjoy answering, even if take me a bit longer than I wish for to do so, but I try to answer all of them, many times I can take lessons from it and here I have a perfect example, a friend from US, purple belt, wrote me saying he felt like he was stagnated, he felt his Jiu Jitsu was not progressing for a while. I said that from my experience this is part of the process, I can even dare to say that to move forward, many times you will take a step or two back before.

Later on this same friend wrote me saying he was embarrassed by his terrible performance while training with a visitor, but reading his description of what happened, I realized that he was seeing the facts from a terrible perspective, check out our conversation and tell me with you agree with what I told him:

I rolled with a new guy... a white belt whos an MMA fighter and it was a 8-10 minute scramble... i'm 45 he's 22... i was constantly trying to keep up with him... i did finally take his back and slide choke him but I walked out embarrassed because i'm a "higher" belt and didnt want my professor to look bad because that kid bested me... I feel like... i want to be a source of pride for my professor and my presence and actions on the mat directly reflect him... and I walk out not living up to the quality that represents my professor... u know? My performance reflects back on him... and its hard... i take representing my school seriously...

HERE is what I wrote him back:

So you are saying that you at 45, was able to roll with a 22 years old MMA fighter, survive for 8-10 minutes, at some point got his back and choke him and you think you embarrassed someone?

HIS answer to my other perspective:

jesus... i didn't think like that... it just seemed like such a struggle to get there.. thank you sir...

I think all of us have the same problems, often we see things from a wrong perspective and if no one get you back in track or show you the best perspective of it, can lead to depression, discouragement and taking bad decisions. To make even harder, some times we only hear or see this better perspective if someone from a different friendship circle or family tells us. So next time you are having a hard time, think about this, talk with different people and I'm sure you will realize it's not as bad as it seens. Hardly ever is. 

As a teacher, I can say I will never feel a student have let me down if he is trying his best. As I always say, the ultimate goal should be to be come the best you can be! Felipe Costa

Posted by Felipe Costa Jan 26, 2014 Categories: Academia BJJ Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu

KYRA GRACIE like you never saw before. 

No, not the way you are thinking...but still cool.

This short film, features Kyra like never before. An in-depth interview is cut with extensive footage of her training and rolling, only weeks out from ADCC 2011. 

The interview includes: 
- How it was to grow up a part of the famous Gracie family
- How her uncles tried to dissuade her from pursuing a career in jiu-jitsu, going so far as to tell her to quit 
- How she's inspired a new generation of "Gracie girls" 
- Details of her plans to start a family. 

Jan 02, 2014 Categories: BJJ Jiu Jitsu Video BJJ

What motivates you to keep going? 

A good video to watch before a tournament!

People are different and not always what motivates you, means it's going to motivate your training partner or an opponent. I believe each person need to find what is that state of mind that brings the most out of you and there is only one way to find out and it's trying it all. That is why I believe experience will bring the best of you, but you can not quit in the process.
On my path to Black Belt, I saw many people who were better than me giving up on the process, but I didn't, even on my worse failures I kept going. Of course I had moments of feeling down and I always respected those moments, but did it not let it last for too long!
If you are going pass a moment like this, put your head up! Do it now, as you read! Remember, failure is just part of the process to make you better, stay focus and the best of you will come out! That should be your goal! BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE! Do not accept anything less than that!  FELIPE COSTA

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Posted by Felipe Costa Jan 01, 2014 Categories: BJJ Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Video BJJ