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Goal Setting and Achievement: Part 1- Why We Set Goals

I am currently reading Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson, a book about the creation, implementation, and importance of belief…

by Chris Matakas

Why Jiu Jitsu and Egos Do Mix

The Jiu Jitsu community has written about the ego ad nauseum, and I posit, has completely missed the point. Egos…

by Chris Matakas

A Parallel between Life and Jiu Jitsu

The Paradox Of Jiu Jitsu I am always looking for the parallels between life and Jiu Jitsu. There are so…

by Chris Matakas

Efficiency and an Analogy for the Beginning Student

We ran a normal class schedule Halloween night. Since just opening in September, we have no established protocols with which…

by Chris Matakas

Jiu Jitsu and Friendship

I have done my best to articulate the value of Jiu Jitsu as a tool for personal development. I will…

by Chris Matakas

Respect: Bowing to our Latent Potential

Respect is a cornerstone of the martial arts academy. Before every training session, we bow to our partners as a…

by Chris Matakas

Jiu Jitsu, Focus, and our Children’s Success

If you observe a kid’s class at Matakas BJJ, you will hear the word “focus” repeated often. It is a…

by Chris Matakas

Taoism, Aldous Huxley, and Learning Jiu Jitsu

Students often ask, “How do I get better at Jiu Jitsu?” The answer is as true as it is simple:…

by Chris Matakas

For The New White Belts: Safety, Trust, and Understanding

First and foremost, congratulations. When you begin randori (live training), you truly begin your practice of Jiu Jitsu: learning to…

by Chris Matakas

Redefining the Value of Our Training Partners

Your training partners are not your opponents; they are problems to be solved. Navigating human relationships is always difficult, and…

by Chris Matakas

3 Reasons We Need The Community Jiu Jitsu Provides

We can only achieve our highest selves within a community. We need the alternative lenses, the support, and accountability that…

by Chris Matakas

Jiu Jitsu, Education, and a Conceptual Framework

My higher education began the day I started Jiu Jitsu. This is not hyperbole. I graduated university with high marks,…

by Chris Matakas
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