It is said that nothing great in this world is accomplished without passion. If you look back at great athletes over the years their love and passion for what they did allowed them to become remarkably great at their work. For 43 year-old Jay Zeballos, his passion for martial arts has not only lead him to many great achievements as a competitor but has also opened up the door to more financial opportunities and touch many people’s lives along the way.
While most forms of marital arts rely solely on katas, forms, and constant repetition, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu... most of the techniques we learn must be used with a training partner. Everyday on the mat we come in contact with different people each with their own unique style of doing Jiu-Jitsu, some providing a great help in our training, while others crippling our progression. Over the years there have been different opinions on what defines a good training partner. In an effort to find out the mystery to this question, I got the opportunity to interview someone that knows what being a good training partner all about...
[social][/social][einset][/einset]Team Lloyd Irvin Black Belt Jay Hayes is a BJJ practitioner that has been doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over seven years. With a several wins in many tournaments and running one of the best schools in New Jersey (NJ United MMA-www.NJUnitedMMA.com), Jay Hayes is considered by many as one of the best American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts out there today. Aside from being a great competitor and coach, Jay has also been the training partner for many notable figures that you see ripping up the tournament scene today and has been quoted by Jiu-Jitsu phenom JT “Spiderman” Torres as the guy that has helped him prepare and win at some of the toughest BJJ tournaments such as: the Pan American Games and Brazilian Nationals.
(Check out Matt's charity www.FightIIWalk.com) It said that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. "Everyday in bjj and in our daily lives we are often forced to deal with obstacles which prevent us from living happy lives. Whether it is dealing with a stream of loses in competition, a serious injury, or even losing your job.
Whatever the case may be it is clear that sometimes life can be pretty unfair. However in a lot of cases those problems that we are forced to deal with are merely roadblocks that try to stop us from reaching the true goals that we wish to accomplish in life. Take MMA fighter Matt Betzold for example. A 26-year-old fighter from Phoenix, Arizona Matt Betzold has had many tough battles on the mat and in the cage.
In any sport, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it is required that an individual has to put in a lot of practice to become better at what they do. In addition, supplemental training is critical to enhancing an athlete’s strength, agility, speed, and other physical attributes. While there are many options to athletes, one is Yoga.
Yoga has been used over the years as a way to build core strength, flexibility, and concentration. A new form of yoga that is getting a lot of attention in the Hollywood and Burbank area is called Rebel Yoga which focuses on strengthening different areas in the body to increase an athlete's overall performance.