Black Belt Blog – by Louis Barrios

Black Belt Blog – by Louis Barrios

The Black Belt Blog – by Louis Barrios ***Quick announcement: The social event will be changed from October 22nd to at date yet to be set in November, so keep an eye on the next newsletter and for a Facebook Evite.*** Expectations at Evolution Mixed Martial Arts One of the hardest mental hurdles to get over when training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), is how hard it can be to succeed. While this can be argued for many activities, I have found almost more than any sport, that there are no naturals when it comes to BJJ. Who succeeds, and who doesn’t often comes as a surprise to both the individual athlete and the coaches. A piece of this mental hurdle is something known as the Dunning-Krueger Effect. In short, it is the tendency to overestimate your abilities at a given task. The human brain has the tendency to trick itself into being competent at every activity, even if there is no evidence to suggest that you are capable of anything, Everyone who trains has to deal with this to some extent. When we come to realize that we are not awesome (generally after an instructor shows you the ropes), your brain begins to conclude that you are terrible………… except that your brain is lying to you. One of the most important concepts I try to relay to new students, is setting appropriate expectations for yourself. It takes 3-6 months to learn enough BJJ basics to start putting it together. In other words, the only expectation I have for a new student when they first start training, is to show...

Evolution MMA Newsletter – October 2016   Evolution MMA will cancel classes for Friday evening and Saturday all day in case Hurricane Matthew becomes more dangerous! Be safe and see you on Monday! Check out some awesome videos of Adam Jetton and Charuto Verissimo: Adam’s match at the last Toro Cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds7kzgXXuo4 Charuto being awesome as always! https://vimeo.com/20197591 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS: October is Member Referral Month!!! All members are encouraged to bring a friend with them to class, and when they sign up you both get to share a FREE Private Lesson with the coach of your choosing (provided they are available)! That’s right not only do you get the usual free month of membership for referring a friend, but now you get to share a Private Lesson with that friend too! *give Billy a heads up so he can make sure we have enough loaner gear Social Event/Fund Raiser: It’s that time of year again for an Oyster Roast and a Low Country Shrimp Boil!!! On Saturday, October 22, we will steam up some oysters and boil up some shrimp, so come join us and bring you friends and family with you! For only $15 we will have plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages. (There will be a cooler for adult beverages for those who want to bring something) Check Facebook for the Event Invite or call in to get on the list, so we know how many to expect! EARN A FREE T-SHIRT!!! Simply give us a review on Google and/or Yelp then come grab a free shirt on us!! Let others know what your experience has been...