OG Nation Black Friday Sale!

November 27, 2009

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. NOW it’s time to enjoy Black Friday >>> 

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Cut and paste the website above into your browser and get some of the best push-and-play products available.

Some items are only $10 bucks!! Unbelievable.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S. Today isn’t the day to procrastinate on taking advantage of these prices because some items are in limited supply.  Do yourself a favor and go to the website NOW before it’s too late!

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Happy Turkey Day!

November 27, 2009

I know it’s late in the day, but I wanted to take a moment before it was too late to wish you and everyone in the OG Nation a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

I love this holiday because it’s focused on being grateful for what we have, along with helping others with what they don’t have.

And while being thankful is a good thing, if you feel you don’t have a lot (or enough) to be thankful about, then go and get yourself something or some reason to be thankful.

That way, as time passes, you’ll have more and more reasons to be thankful for since you’ve made it your business to get things that make you thankful and appreciative.

This year, I do have many things in my life that make me feel very
grateful.

Would I prefer there be more? Absolutely. But I’m content with what I have this year and excited about the possibilities of all the things I’ll have to be grateful for in the years to come.

Finally, I’m grateful to you for reading my messages. I hope they help you in some small way, especially if you’re outside the USA and the Thanksgiving Holiday isn’t celebrated in your country. I hope that you have a wonderful day as well.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S. Black Friday is TOMORROW (Friday, November 27, 2009) and you should wait until then to take advantage of the sale to invest in the grappling, mental mindset, AND strength and conditioning products.  Be on the lookout for an email with “OG Nation Black Friday Sale” in the subject line.

P.P.S. If you haven’t downloaded the interview I did with 2004 Olympian Rhadi Ferguson, you’re helping every opponent that will submit you in 2010 thanks to your procrastination!  GO DOWNLOAD IT NOW (http://dwarfurl.com/a7fd6) so you can take your grappling to the next level!


Ask the Wise Grappler

November 21, 2009

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about an OG finding the “missing piece to his grappling puzzle” by accident during a sparring session.”

Well, I got an email from an OG that thought maybe I was stretching it a bit for the sake of having something good to write about and I wanted to share with you his comment and my reply to it.  Enjoy.


Dear Wise Grappler

So are you telling me that if a 45 year old white belt with no contact sport experience goes up against Rickson Gracie, he can just think his way through a 5-minute match and not get tapped?  I’d love to see that happen.”

The Wise Grappler replies:

No OG, I wasn’t trying to say that “a 45 year old white belt with no contact sport experience” would use their mindset to beat up Rickson Gracie in a 5-minute match.  Even though I believe that anything’s possible (based on pure chance or a fluke), I wouldn’t bet my last dollar on it!  There have been people with more grappling and mental mindset experience than our 45 yrs old couch potato (with no sports background) that have tried and failed miserably against the man that many (me included) believe is the best proponent of BJJ in the world today.

Here’s what I was trying to say in that “Missing Piece” Article.

The positive OG Mental Mindset’s main role is to have an effect on the grappler or combat athlete’s performance during a match.  It provides absolutely NO GUARANTEE that the match outcome will be in favor of the combatant; only that it will force the athlete to fight hard enough to either meet the current challenge successfully or to go down fighting unsuccessfully.

For example, whenever you have a grappler or combat athlete getting ready for a contest, they have to believe without a shadow of doubt in their mind that they’re prepared and going to win a match.  If they don’t (whether it’s due to lack of confidence or preparation), then they’ve already lost the match.  In fact, if you spoke to both combatants before a match, both would tell you they’re going to win and that’s expected.  In fact, I’ve NEVER heard an athlete after losing a match (whether by decision or being knocked out) say they didn’t think they even had a chance to win.

There are so many variables that come together to bring about a winning outcome in a performance (with mindset only being one of them), that it would be virtually impossible to point to one thing
to say that’s the one thing I need to focus on exclusively that will determine the outcome of every match.

In my opinion, to compare White Belt A sparring with Rickson Gracie and using his positive mat mindset to force Rickson to submit, instead of White Belt A sparring with White Belt B, isn’t a fair comparison at all.  There’s a very good chance that if White Belt A knew he was going to spar with Rickson, White Belt A would probably think they don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell against him and would probably just be waiting for the tap to come.

Technically, White Belt A would probably be right. But as a coach, I want to believe that Rickson would correct that white belt’s thinking on the spot by saying something motivational to correct
the negative thinking, causing that white belt to fight as hard as possible… until he made them tap!

I hope this cleared up any misunderstanding from the “Missing Piece to the Grappling Puzzle” Article.  If not, send me another email and I’ll try to get it right the second time! 🙂


UFC 105 Forces OG Nation to Make a Tough Decision!

November 14, 2009

Whenever there’s a UFC Event, it’s usually pretty easy for me to pick who to cheer for… I usually pick the OG!

Well, that’s going to change in UFC 105 because the main event on this fight card has created a MAJOR dilemma for me and most of the OG Nation.  And I don’t mind saying that I’m struggling with who to cheer for in this one.

Why?

It’s because two of the biggest and baddest OGs from the OG Nation, Randy Couture and Brandon Vera, are squaring off in the main event.

Of course, you know that, right?  But what you don’t know is why it’s a struggle for me.

Here’s why:  Randy Couture was an OG when being an OG wasn’t cool.  Randy was out there getting it done when haters were laughing at every combat athlete over 35 out there trying to get it done, but just came up short.  Randy was the main OG that endured those haters tossing the H2O (he’s too old) Bombs his way every chance they got, proving them wrong more times than they were right.

Randy made it cool to be an OG!

And last but not least, Randy was also the first inductee into The Wise Grappler Hall of Fame (http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=Agyka&m=1dcJ7_aUJvBDQD&b=C0jwOceTkojdGLwp45NgXg).

As for Brandon Vera, that’s my friend, teammate, and brother.  I’ve Been training with and known Brandon for a long time.  Brandon was calling me “Master Paul” and “MP” out of respect long after his skills has surpassed mine and before 99 percent of the people reading this had ever heard of me or The Wise Grappler.

And when I was still competing (like in this picture here with Brandon at a GQ Event back in the day: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=Agyka&m=1dcJ7_aUJvBDQD&b=vLRSK7cgmK4zM.fnZ9Q0Fw),

Brandon was the guy that took time out during a visit to give me 30-minute private lesson on how to hit the perfect double leg without getting my head caught in the guillotine. 

And because of who these OGs are, they’re gonna go out there and lay it all on the line… with one OG emerging from the battle victorious and one in defeat.

The only question that remains now is… which one will it be since they both can’t win and you’re used to rooting for both of them.

NOW do you see my dilemma?

Regardless of which one I pick (and I have but will keep quiet so that no one can say I was wrong), it’s going to be one heckuva fight from these two OGs for the entire world to see and I wish them both the best of luck!

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

November 14, 2009

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

                               – George Orwell

*ON VETERAN’S DAY (11 Nov) THIS IS DEDICATED TO ALL VETERANS (PAST AND PRESENT) FOR THEIR VALIANT SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY*

– Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)


Happy 234th Birthday – US Marine Corps!

November 14, 2009

First things first, in case you didn’t know, the US Marine Corps was born 234 years ago today (10 Nov) in a place called Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA.

Needless to say, today serves as a second birthday for all Marines (past and present) and a time that we honor and reflect back on “our time in the Corps”

And as I looked back on my time today, I started thinking about how on earth I became a marine.

It was 1982 and I was a young punk getting ready to graduate high school in Washington, DC with no clear direction as to where I wanted to go in life.  I’d thought about college, but there wasn’t enough money in the family to send me and my grades at the time clearly weren’t college material.

As luck would have it, I started thinking about the military since it seemed like the best thing for someone not going to college, but still needed to get out of their neighborhood and the bad stuff going on in it.

I’d like to say that I joined the Marine Corps because of some deeper reason than I liked the uniform, but that’s why I joined.  I wanted the dress blue uniform.

So, after talking to a recruiter and taking the test, I was all set to enlist.

Suddenly, I got scared at the last moment and changed my mind.  All those stories about how tough boot camp would be and how I wasn’t “tough enough” to be a marine from my friends and adults around the neighborhood got to me.  I figured they knew something that I didn’t know about me at the time and if they said I was “too soft” to be a marine, they must’ve been right.

To make a long story short, I called the recruiter and told him that I changed my mind. when he asked if I was scared and what I was going to do after high school, I didn’t answer him.  He knew I was scared and that made me feel even worse.

Then one day, I was walking home from school and saw a crowd standing around looking at something on the ground.  and when I went over to see what they were looking at, I realized that it was a body laying on the ground with a coat over the face.

I didn’t know what happened or who the person was that got killed, but it was a wake up call for me. I realized at that moment that I needed to get the hell out of DC anyway possible.

Bottom line, I called the Marine Recruiter as soon as I got home.  A week later, I was enlisted and the rest is history.

Even now as I’m re-calling the details of that story, I can’t help but notice how:

– I lacked self-confidence
– Allowed people to tell me what I could or couldn’t do
– Almost ran away from what turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life based on fear
– Fought through the fear and negativity around me and achieved my goal of being a marine.
– Got that dress blue uniform  (http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=Agyka&m=1ZavM5NrlvBDQD&b=.D0TKL9HFaKThKTkvYD90A)

So, if you know a “Jarhead” (and you ALL know at least one), wish them a Happy Belated Birthday!

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)


The “Missing Piece” to Your Grappling Puzzle

November 7, 2009

Last week, I was talking to a student after BJJ class. We were discussing various training topics before I started talking about the “Hammer and Nail” Principle that all grapplers need to learn and
accept for mat success.

And while we were talking about the H&NP, the student (who we’ll call Jim) started talking about his own challenges in that area and how he admitted to the fact that he thought all that “mindset stuff” for surviving tough mat situations was a bunch of crap.

Jim’s opinion was based on his own mat experiences, where he was getting twisted up on the mat like a pretzel and unable to stop it.

Then one day, Jim said that during a match, he just made up in his mind that he was NOT going to beaten to a pulp or be finished by his partner on that day.

And to Jim’s total amazement… his partner DID NOT finish him during their match!

If you could’ve seen Jim’s face while he was telling me the story, you could tell that he was happy and shocked at the outcome because he didn’t think it could be that easy.

“Yes”, I said, “it can be that easy because your body will do EXACTLY what your mind tells it to do and when to do it. If your mind says fight, your body will fight! And if your minds says quit, your body will quit!”

I then told him that if he could think back to some of those matches in the past where he was being beaten to a pulp, he would be able to see that the “missing piece” to his grappling was that his mind had accepted the reality of losing and told his body to give up fighting.

Immediately, Jim recognized that’s exactly what happened to him.

And as we continue our talk, I realized that he was on the right track, but needed some more “OG insight” on the topic.

That’s when I handed him a copy of my “OG Mental Mindset Package” off the shelf in my office and told him this was the “missing piece” to his grappling puzzle.

What about you? Are you taking countless “mat thrashings” on a regular basis because you’re mind is telling your body to “give up and quit” during matches?

If the answer is yes, don’t hesitate and go NOW by sprinting over to http://www.OGMentalMindset.com to find the “missing piece” to your grappling puzzle.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!