Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2010

If you live in the U.S., then you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with
family members and friend that you care most about… or at least
can put up with for a few days!¬† ūüôā

Seriously, I wanted to send you a quick note to say from my
family to yours… HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I’m thankful for your support and friendship.¬† I also hope we’ll
get to share with each other in the future because of our love
for BJJ and the grappling arts.

Enjoy your day!

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)


The Wise Grappler QofTD:

November 4, 2010

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James


The Wise Grappler QoTD

September 15, 2010

“Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Abraham Lincoln


Introducing Matt Burns, OG 4 Life!

April 1, 2010

Last week, I mentioned that I would introduce you to an OG (Matt Burns) that has had a few interesting training experiences that he would be willing to share with the OG Nation.

I’ll begin telling Matt’s story starting this Thursday (April 1),¬† but I wrote up a little of his background so that you can get an idea what to expect.

Click here to check him out.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)


4 Reasons Why December is the WORST Time of the Year to Skip Training!

December 12, 2009

A few weeks ago, one of my students made a comment as to why class
attendance had been so light lately.

I told him that it was due to the holiday season drop-off that
occurs every year and that things will be back to normal in
January.

He thought that made a lot of sense to wind down at the end of the
year, but I disagreed with him by saying this was the BEST time to
be on the mat.

And after he asked me why, I gave him what I thought to be the four
main reasons why he needed to be here instead of at home waiting
for January, like many of his classmates:

1. December is the time to do your year-end inventory on your
training gameplan. Now’s the time to figure out all the things
that worked for you on the mat, didn’t work for you on the mat,
and what needs to tossed out of your constantly evolving
grappling game.

2. This is also the opportunity to evaluate the quality of other
items that contribute to your mat success (e.g. training partners,
training schedule, training equipment, etc.) and if they bring more
value or headache. And if change is needed for a productive 2010,
start planning those changes now.

3. Now’s the time to develop your 2010 mat goals. The best time to
figure out what you’re going to do in 2010 is 2009. Besides, why
wait until January to start thinking about what you want to do next
year. ¬†You’ll already be behind schedule!

4. Since the mats aren’t packed for the rest of the year, NOW is
the time to get all the extra 1-on-1 attention from your
instructors and coaches that’s hard to get when training with 20+
grapplers on the mat. And since there are fewer people on the mat,
there should be more time for working on strategy, drilling,
positional sparring and less banging.

After I finished explaining my opinion to the young gun that it was
to his benefit to show up at the end of the year, it made sense to
him and he wondered why more people didn’t take advantage of it.

That’s simple: Talkers take end of the year off while Doers take
advantage of it!

Since having that discussion, the young gun’s been taking advantage
of the holiday training time.  And with his new attitude, I have
no doubt that he’ll reach them all his 2010 training goals.


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! ūüôā