Last Monday, during Little Champs class, we were sitting in our discussion circle talking about health – which is the focus of our current character development chapter. From now until May, our Bullyproof kids will be focusing on good health practices – eating vegetables, drinking water instead of soda, and so forth. {Learn more about the Bullyproof program at Watford Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.} It was during our discussion that I realized what kind of an impact what we say in class has on the kids. Not only were they eagerly discussing what their favorite fruits and vegetables were, but they were also thinking about and analyzing their choices, such as feeling excited about adding green vegetables to their dinner or expressing remorse for drinking soda over the weekend. It was at that point I decided to try a bit harder when it came to focusing on my health.

I already live a pretty active lifestyle and I’m conscious of how I eat. However, I know I can do better.

When I was in Torrance earlier this year, Grand Master Rorion Gracie talked to us quite a bit about the Gracie Diet. There were two things he said that really captured my attention {these are not direct quotes}:

  • What’s the point of learning how to defend yourself if you won’t take care of yourself?
  • You may think you feel good, but how do you know?

I completely understood the first point. I know how important good health is and how being healthy has endless positive consequences. It was the second point in particular stayed with me. We get used to eating a certain way and therefore feeling a certain way. However, unless you try something different, how do you know that the way you are feeling really is you at your best? I know that I have been following a relatively clean diet; however, since I’m not getting the results I’d like, perhaps my plan is not the best for me. Perhaps a few things need to be tweaked. Perhaps it’s time for me to try something a little different.

I’ve already dabbled with the Gracie Diet – you can read about my experiences and experiments here. Now, however, I want to really be focused. I’m spending so much time on the mats training and teaching that it really is time to see how I can improve my ‘game’ – both on and off the mats.

The more I train Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the more I learn. Even though my technical knowledge is increasing, the biggest impact that the practice has had on me has gone well beyond the mats. It’s something that struck me during my first visit to the Academy – and that had to do with the character of a jiu-jitsu practitioner. My practice makes me want to be a better person, a better training partner, a better teacher, a better role model. I know the Bullyproof kids and students in the adult classes will never really see what/how I’m eating or whether or not I am following the Gracie diet. However, I know that if I do it for myself and I feel better, then that will automatically translate onto the mats in one way or another — whether it’s by me feeling more energetic and enthusiastic or by me having gone through the experience and being able to share that with others who may be interested. I won’t know unless I really try. Let’s see how it goes.

There’s a 3 phase introduction process to the Gracie Diet. I’ve already attempted phase 1 and I’m comfortable with that part. I’ve also worked through phases 2 and 3 … the desserts thing is the most challenging aspect for me and is what I’ll be focusing on most. So basically, since I’ve already worked through the 3 phase introduction, I’m going to be jumping into this full swing. I’ll keep you posted!

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At the Gracie Academy with Grand Master Rorion Gracie (Torrance, CA)