11 Years In…Brown Belt

I was honored to receive my Brown Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu on January 14, 2018 from my long time friend and jiu jitsu instructor, Ricardo Bayona.  One more step forward in this never ending journey.20180115_165648329_iOS

“Fall down 7 times, get up 8 times.” – Japanese Maxim

“If you allow the status quo to persist, you can’t expect to improve performance, and you can’t expect to win.” – Jocko Willink

Carlos Machado Seminar

Great seminar with Master Carlos Machado last month! Always a treat to get to train with one of the Machado brothers. I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to train with Carlos already!

Carlos Machado and Tim Martin
Master Carlos and Tim – 2017


“Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant.”- Tsukahara Bokuden (1489-1571, founder of Kashima Shinto ryu)

“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.” – Carl von Clausewitz

August 26th…McGregor has edge?

Floyd “Money” Mayweather has spoken.  In an interview with ESPN’s Stephen Smith, he concedes that Conor McGregor has some advantages over him “on paper.”

Specifically, he admits some of McGregor’s strengths, “a lot younger…taller, longer reach, he’s a bigger man…”

August 26th is approaching fast.  Soon we shall see the end of this spectacle.  We will see if maybe these strengths will be enough for McGregor to top Mayweather.  It is interesting that Smith brings up the thought that McGregor doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with Mayweather.  It must be lost on him that the underlying reason that we are seeing this fight to fruition is the fact that it will generate a lot of wealth for the two fighters and their promoters.  At this point I do not believe that either fighter cares too much about who deserves what, their legacies, or this fight’s impact on them…probably none whatsoever.

Will we have a return to some normalcy for the UFC?  How about McGregor actually defending his UFC title?  Perhaps this is his swan song, and he will not return to the octagon…  Without any main UFC events until September it is easy to see where the focus is for the organization.  McGregor had better be laughing all the way to the bank…I would be.

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