Carlos Gracie Sr Commandments:

1 – Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind. 

Carlos Gracie Sr was the original founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. I first learned about him through the book ‘’ The Gracie Way ‘’ which I discovered in high school. I was always since I was young searching for some source of secret knowledge rather it be the Ninja Turtles and Master Splinter or Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid. I was always fascinated with the idea of the Master or Guru. Something that I continue now to search for and it can be quite a fascinating process of discovery.

The thing that really stuck with me when reading about Carlos, especially his later years is the dedication he put into meditation and contemplation. Jiu Jitsu as a martial art had brought me face first with many fears and anxieties that one only discovers over the time of learning the art. You learn to push yourself past your set limits and be comfortable in uncomfortable positions. As the years went on the training on the mat began to translate into my everyday life. It brought me a sense of confidence that I had struggled with my whole life and do a degree still struggle with everyday. It allowed me to be able to much more clear headed under pressure. I could be working on the line at the restaurant job I had and look around and see everyone stressed but I was still able to keep a cool head and flow with it.

The flow, it sounds like some mystical woo woo made up term but it’s indeed real. It has become more popular now as scientists have began to study the brain and understand the deeper meanings of these states. Once you unlock that flow in Jiu Jitsu it morphs and and starts to seep into your everyday reality.

Everyday we wake up and step foot into the reality of whatever it is you call your everyday reality, it could be retail work or a bus driver or an engineer. We all face the same anxieties and struggles, we all are human and have the same make up. We all have certain attributes and I think we often can forgot than in our own insecurities and anxieties. If we all lived by these commandments and others like the golden rule we would all operate in society in a much better and loving way.

I know it might seem like something that appears on the outside to be a violent at times a martial art thats history dates back to the samurai, and at times it can be violent and harsh. That is the key though I believe, just like life Jiu Jitsu is tough and as you practice and began to progress you really find that inner peace. Its certainly not something that happens over night or over weeks but takes years of dedication to achieve. I’m still not 100 percent strong enough with my state of my mind but I’m actively working on it. I’m constantly trying to improve my mental, physical and emotional state. One percent better everyday is better than making negative progress.

Even though someday you will have mishaps in your progression and have to take a step back to look at things in a new perspective. Clean the slate, clear the ego, tap out to a training partner. You must seek to put yourself out into the world, to express yourself in the truest and most honest form. We are here for some type of purpose, I hope you can see your purpose and began to develop a stronger self. Through the struggle on the mat will eventually lead to the flow, the flow will lead to a stronger mind and a more peaceful nature. I could be wrong, but it’s just my opinion. Why spend this precious time we’ve been given not to be a better human. One goal to be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind!

Michael is a BJJ Brown Belt, instructor, and owner of Constant Expansion Jiu Jitsu in Savannah, GA.

Evan is a Kali/JKD instructor under Paul Vunak, as well as a BJJ student (blue belt) and Muay Thai student.

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Updated: Jan 21, 2019

Even though it might have taken longer than it needed it's finally done. I've wanted to have my own business my whole life. My main hobbies where always Jiu Jitsu and Art, I have always considered them one in the same in many ways. They are creative outlets for me to expend energy through and be able to properly express myself. I tried before to start the Jiu Jitsu studio but always listened to nay sayers and negative people. I shouldn't have listened to them!

A few months ago I made the leap and found a good deal on a building to rent out. Less than half a mile away from my home. It was perfect, a up incoming area with lots of traffic to launch the first incarnation of the gym. I plan on doing a grand opening once the gym construction is 100 percent finished, but for now the mats are down and its clean and ready for some rolling. I've had a few folks already sign up that I've done privates with over the years as well signed up some new folks through word of mouth.

Over the short last few months I've been been working a full time job as well as trying to build out the gym and organize everything. It's been pretty stressful but I've made some good progress. Just getting to go everyday to a space thats mine and spread Jiu Jitsu has really made it all worth it. I've never experienced a more satisfying feeling that helping others push themselves mentally and physically. Helping to create a better and safer community of people around me. I'm taking my personal ethos of '' Constantly Expanding '' and really pushing to make everyday I walk this earth as an opportunity to be able to better myself and my community.

I spent a lot of time going back and studying the history of Jiu Jitsu. Trying to see what I can find of use. Eventually once again stumbling across Carlos Gracie Sr's commandments. Carlos is the founding father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and he also in his later years spent much of his time more focused on meditation and diet than on training. The later of his life was spent perfecting his families diet and coming up with the more mental and philosophical backbone of BJJ. Through his world religion studies and meditations he came up with a list of 12 commandments to help guide us in todays chaotic world. I really have taken to heart his words and I am trying to see what benefits they can offer me in my life. I'll be breaking down each commandment and doing a short blog and then video on each and my own interpretation.

Until the next post I hope you folks are CONSTANTLY EXPANDING and not just at the waistline due to the holidays!

Much Love

Michael Winston Andrews

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