Why you should learn to fall over

Knowing how to fall safely is an invaluable skill. Take the time to train it!

Live Hard

On a long enough timeline, this is bound to happen. On a long enough timeline, this is bound to happen.

So the other day, I made the following contentious statement on Twitter:

 If you can do a muscle-up but can’t happily do a forward roll on concrete, you’ve got your priorities wrong.

Response: mixed. Mainly from people who love muscle-ups.

Let’s be clear: I’m not saying that you should regularly do forward rolls on concrete as part of your training. I’m saying that you should be able to do one, with minimal discomfort, if the situation calls for it. Royce Gracie, winner of three of the first four UFC tournaments, agrees with me – apparently at his seminars, he regularly asks people how confident they are in their breakfalls, then asks if they’d happily do them in the car park. Dan John, probably the strength and conditioning coach I have the most respect for, suggests that tumbling/falling practise is…

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Swimming in the Deep End of the Pool

Great stuff to consider here.

Krav Maga Journey

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As humans, it is so easy to do the least amount of work necessary to get the job done. We are optimizers. When faced with a task in everyday life we immediately — whether we know if or not — try to find a way to do it simply. We don’t like over-complicating tasks and we certainly don’t want to spend more energy, strength, or time needed to do something.

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This is as true in the gym and training as it is in the “real world”. Take push-ups, for example. Proper form, to avoid injury and strain on the shoulders, is to have your elbows tucked in, rather than flared out to the side. Flared elbows make the push-ups much less difficult, effectively taking strain off the relatively weaker triceps and putting onto larger, stronger muscle groups such as the shoulders and chest…

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Happiness and Fun!!!

I really like this article on having FUN while playing guitar!

I am going to take this opportunity to share a thought or two…thanks for indulging me.

Happiness and fun are wonderful priorities for us to keep at the top of our list for sure. But sometimes to reach goals, to move forward or to grow as a person we must be willing to forgo present fun/happiness so that we can improve our lives for a better future. It’s a risk. But the reward can be worth it.

When I was a child and had a hip disease, I did not want to sleep with my brace on. It was uncomfortable (painful at times) and it seemed as if the brace wasn’t “doing anything” while I slept anyway. My parents, God bless them, patiently insisted that I not take the brace off. Night after night. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. The emotional strain this caused them must have been very challenging and I can tell you that I was NOT happy and NOT having fun at all (and I was not afraid to share that fact with my parents).

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But, that un-waivering, loving choice my parents made each night to remind me to not to take off my brace, helped my hips heal faster and more completely than most children afflicted with that disease.

So, Happiness and Fun are fantastic priorities to have in our lives but we must seek the maturity and the foresight to see what outcome our present happiness and fun might have for our future. Sometimes choosing a little unhappiness now can result in a lifetime of improved quality of life.

Here’s to all of us having the foresight to see what our decisions today will make of our tomorrows.


Chris B. Jácome – Flamenco Guitarist

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10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

Fantastic article…NOT just for girls/women!


Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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Review of Wim Demeere’s NEW Book

Just finished reading Wim Demeere‘s new book, “Martial Arts, Self Defense and a Whole Lot More: The Best of Wim’s Blog, Volume 1”.

Click HERE for the full review on Amazon. I really like his candid writing style and he really has a lot of thought-provoking ideas to help your martial arts training.

Stay safe my friends!

Chris B. Jácome

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Bullying and Bullycide: The Missing Link

This is a great INTRO article to Bullying and I believe she points to an important issue that is often overlooked in the equation…what is being taught/learned at home about self-worth.

“Kids committing suicide from bullying is a tragedy that we all need to work on as a community to prevent. Let’s teach kids to truly love themselves and to use assertiveness and conflict resolution skills to help stop bullies and cyber bullies in their tracks.”

via Bullying and Bullycide: The Missing Link.

Enjoy the article.

Your amigo,

Chris Burton Jácome

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How Rick Rescorla beat terrorism on 9/11/2001

How Rick Rescorla beat terrorism on 9/11/2001:

Instead of remembering the names of the perpetrators, I propose we spend more mental energy remembering the names of our heroes. On 9/11/2001, an innumerable amount of our fellow citizens risked (and GAVE) their lives to help save the lives of complete strangers. Throughout that horrific event and the days that followed, through unimaginable adversity, so many heroes showed the true essence of courage, bravery and love for the life of humanity. Their actions that day brought glimmers of light into the deepest recesses of an unthinkable darkness.

I was introduced to the name, Rick Rescorla, in an article titled, “A Survival Guide to Catastrophe” by Amanda Ripley. Please read about Mr. Rescorla and his heroic actions on 9/11/01 in this excerpt by Amanda Ripley provided on her website here: http://www.amandaripley.com/blog/call-for-nominations-the-rick-rescorla-award

After you read the excerpt, I ask two things from you:
1. Allow yourself to get caught up in the emotion. Emotion is a wonderful way to celebrate our humanity if it is an emotion of love, of respect, of joy, of happiness. Rick Rescorla saved 2,687 souls on that day. Every time I read Rick Rescorla’s story I feel a wave of emotion well up inside me. He is a shining example of the selfless feats humans are capable of achieving amidst cruel adversity, stress, fear and mortal danger. His story can provide us a beacon of hope reminding us that within our humanity there exists a light that no darkness can overcome.

2. Read the story a second time and look at what can be learned from Rick Rescorla’s actions. There are many survival tips here and I absolutely encourage everyone to study survival strategies and tactics.

However, reflect too on the discipline he instilled in the employees of the tower. Examine the resolve he demonstrated in creating a plan and practicing that plan week in and week out so that success was probable, not just possible. He used the same principles elite athletes use in their training however I argue that, even without taking into account the saving of 2,687 souls, the actions of Rick Rescorla deserve more merit because he didn’t have a scheduled date to show the culmination of his efforts. Mr. Rescorla did what he did because he knew it was the right thing to do if he wanted to have any kind of success should the unthinkable happen. Rick Rescorla’s actions shine a spotlight on all of our daily disciplines that we put into practice, consciously or not, that change the courses of our lives. Maybe not in such a catastrophic and heroic instant but the change is made nonetheless.

Unfortunately, it might be inescapable that certain humans will try to inflict terror, pain and even death on other humans but we do not have to succumb to their fear, their anguish. By reflecting and learning from the heroes of any given act of terrorism we take away some of the terror. We minimize the fear-based paradigm aftermath of the act and replace it with a paradigm of increased knowledge, with respect for new heroes that emerge.

We might not be able to abolish fear but we can manage it. On this day especially, let our fellow citizen, Rick Rescorla, show us how fear can be blind-folded, brought to its knees and restrained long enough for 2,687 souls to quietly pass down a dark, smoke-filled stairway emerging safely into daylight and to their lives that yet awaited.

In honor of a fallen hero, Rick Rescorla, and in the restoration of faith that many more like him can, and will, emerge from our masses.

Chris B. Jácome

Again, I want to thank Amanda Ripley for introducing me to Rick Rescorla through her article, “A Survival Guide to Catastrophe”. His life and story changes me for the better each time I reflect upon it.

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