January: Happy New Year! Healthy Ways to Renew and Restart

Ideas from Stefan Feidler of Anastopoulo Law Firm, LLC

Roughly 6 months ago (2/22/2016) I began my jiujitsu journey. Without knowing a soul, I walked into a jiujitsu gym, got on the mat, and within 2 minutes I was completely humbled. Jiujitsu has completely changed every aspect of my life. It has taught me to be patient, kind, to work hard, but most of all - it has taught me to be humble. This has directly translated to my personal and professional life. 

The video I have attached was from NAGA tournament in Myrtle Beach. This tournament was particularly important to me because: A) I'm from Myrtle Beach; B) I started jiujitsu in MB and my original coach and team would be there competing; and C) my new jiujitsu team (and family now) from Charleston was with me. I put a lot of pressure on myself. Out of 4 tournaments, I walked home with 7 golds and 1 silver. The attached video is the match I lost. It was also the best match of my life. The guy was covered in tattoos, very intimidating, But, I try and not judge a book by its cover. He beat me by a technicality. Technically, won the match, but out of respect for jiujitsu, my opponent, and my team - I did not complain or make a fuss. After the match, my opened commended me on my heart and said that he could not compete anymore after our match. I congratulated him, told him to keep going, and I hope to see him at the next match. He ended packing his bag, leaving, then coming back, I actually beat him our second match.  Come to find out, he was a recovering alcoholic. He's been sober since he found jiujitsu roughly 1.5 years ago. I told him that was more important that any medal. We are friends to this day. We speak all the time and I plan on teaching him how to surf. Point of the story: 1) failures worth more than winning; 2) never judge a book by its cover; and 3) exercise - whether via jiujitsu - surfing - and etc. can truly save your life.

Ideas from Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC


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