down block

That weird feeling when you are training at a new dojo/gym and you meet people who remind you of people from your old dojo/gym.

The people at the new gym are awesome , but man does it feel like a twilight zone episode at times. It’s a strange form of nostalgia. I think I need to reconnect with members from the old dojo. It’s such an odd feeling, you train with the same partners for awhile and then poof they disappear because we graudaute, move, find a new job and etc. I’ve never been to a therapist , but I imagine it to be like having the same therapist for all your life and they suddenly vanish. I guess you could say that your training partners are your therapists since they help you grow and the realtionship  you and your partners is constructed from 100% mutual attention given to one another. Can’t be on your iPhone when blocking a punch or demonstraing an armbar.

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30 Days of Haiku

In empty dojo
Storms assembles. Deep grips break
Mist collapses. He claps.

In every ancient culture, there are rituals to mortify the body as a way of understanding that the energy of the soul is indestructible.
Marina Abramovic
Live communication, between people, was declining. But MMA is live.
I think, although MMA is a sport, it is also communication.
It doesn’t matter where you come from or what language you speak or where you we’re born or the color your skin. You can become friends without talking.”

-Yuki Nakai

BJJ and depression 

Scary stuff, but cults do beat treadmills.