Damn, grappler. The video we're featuring today, from our friend Hywel Teague of BJJHacks.com, focuses on Yuri Simões and it says pretty much everything we believe is true about Jiu Jitsu and the proper mentality for the grappling athlete. Yuri is the young, recently promoted black belt who burst on the scene this year beating RL Jr. (that's Rafael Lovato Jr. to the uninformed) and closing closing out the Heavy Weight division at 2012 Pan with Check Mat teammate, Lucas Leite. He didn't fair quite as well at 2102 Worlds, but, the point is, this kid kicks ass and he intends to get better.
In the 11-minute film from BJJ Hacks, Yuri talks about his motivation and the work ethic he believes is necessary to become a champion. We love that. Since we started DSTRYR/SG back in '09, we've preached the Good News ... of Jiu Jitsu. We've professed that it really does require a grappler's maximum effort if he or she is to become in any way great (or even really good). And, it's true. Sure, you could sit there and says something like "DSTRYR/SG, I'm just a part-timer, a weekend warrior; I do it for personal enrichment and to get a little exercise." But, that makes you sound like a wimp and we're not trying to hear that. So, watch this film, get all pumped up and then go train at least twice today. Report back for strength and conditioning this evening. Oh, and no more carbs.