#201 Chris Moriarty and Balance in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

by admin on March 7, 2010

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Chris Moriarty

Chris Moriarty is an Alliance black belt under Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. As a brown belt, Moriarty won the heavyweight division of International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s World Championship two consecutive years, as well as the Pan-Ams.

With such a fearsome record, Moriarty is a veteran of Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition, having competed in one year as many as 16 times. He has been giving advice to listeners of The FightWorks Podcast going all the way back to 2006.

Today we are going to examine balance in BJJ. Not the ability to maintain one’s balance on the mats when sparring, training, or competing against an opponent, but making sure that we do not push ourselves too hard in jiu-jitsu so that we eventually neglect other important aspects of our lives. It may seem impossible. On The FightWorks Podcast we generally endorse the idea that one can never get enough Brazilian jiu-jitsu. However, like anything, too much of a good thing can be bad. We explore this in BJJ with Chris Moriarty and discuss ways to make sure we keep balance in BJJ.

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Mike Morgan March 7, 2010 at 8:32 am

Thanks so much for having Chris Moriarty back!!!! I just started jiu-jitsu a little more than a year ago and competed in four tournaments (AZ Open, Mundials, American Nationals, US Open). The previous podcasts you’ve had with Chris was exactly what I needed to help me understand the mental side of competition. The advice about smiling (versus putting on your “stank” face), joking, and doing everything to make it an enjoyable experience really works. Since this relaxes and reduces your stress level going into the matches, it also helps on the backend. It has helped me to be gracious about a loss, give the opponent a hug, and move on to making improvements. Win or lose, it’s really a win-win situation for me. I feel this kind of positive thinking will make your competition years more sustainable.

franck March 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Chris Muriati , you rule !!!! I place a command on wathever book you will write about Jiujitsu. this stuff is crucial and should be taught in jiujitsu academies , I just turned 40 yesterday , this interview touched the right note .As Royler mentioned last week it is really a matter of balance and pace , especially him as a Gracie needed to take some kind of a break from jiujitsu.
thanks Caleb and Dan for this show , your guys are indispensable.

Trey March 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I really appreciated Chris Moriarty’s perspective and especially his thought about asking yourself why your training. Are you chasing a belt? Are you there to keep up or because it’s the expectation? Or are you there because you have a passion for it and enjoy all the benefits of jiu-jitsu?

Personally, I just completed a period where I amped up my training and fitness in preparation for a belt test. This was engrossing but I definitely was being driven more by trying to attain a goal versus the pure enjoyment of being on the mats. It’s a pleasure to have this intense cycle behind me and now going back to class with no more expectations than to learn and share time with friends.

Thanks as always for the great content. I’m always looking forward to the next episode.

P.S. – Caleb, good to hear that things are progressing well with your recovery.

Patrick March 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

Caleb, Dan, and co. thank you for another great episode.

How does one approach balance from the perspective of “catching up” in jiu-jitsu and training in general?

My goal is to fight MMA and I have only trained two years. I only recently started regular jiu-jitsu lessons, while other competitors my age have been doing wrestling, boxing, and maybe even jiu-jitsu for ten or more years.

It seems obvious, after listening at least, that the regular competitors need to maintain balance between training and the rest of life. What about the student who isn’t ready to compete yet and has to catch up with all the other fighters while the opportunity is still there?

Phil March 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Every podcast is much anticipated by me every week!

Chris Moriarty’s insights on the mental approach to training Jiu Jitsu, how having fun and engaging yourself and others in a positive way can not be understated. I have spent my mind..heart..thoughts..actions..wants..goals..time.. sweat..blood..setbacks..invested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu one way or another..since 2001 New York City. ” Time” is one aspect of all our lives on and off the mat that is so very precious.. through time we all grow, have and share experiences good and bad. The one thing that Chris Moriarty said.. that really stood out to me was that “…it will take care of itself “.. I believe it to be so..Each individual will come to that bridge that maybe broken, could be more than once in living a BJJ lifestyle, when the ego is not in our way we can make the correct choice that will better the situation and ourselves.. we are living today in a remarkable age of BJJ! Remarkable! Today we have the history, more and more students, great BJJ fighters and teachers, more and more schools/teams, more technology and resources.. we have “thefightworkspodcast”..that plays an important role in spreading JiuJitsu’s lifestyle and philosophy in our own lives, and throughout the world. I have listened to podcast #201 more than once..it speaks the truth..have fun..train hard..train smart..train safe..check your ego at the door..enjoy your time on the mat.. along side other students.. do not allow the ego to stunt or sway your personal growth on and off the mat in any way. Jiu Jitsu’s true happiness is not a destination of belt to belt or prizes, it’s the moments we will live throughout our journey.. on and off the mat. Have Fun.. Celebrate Jiu Jitsu! Big Hug to the worldwide BJJ family.. and mighty 600,000 strong!

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