Savarese BJJ year end message
As we bid farewell to another year, I wanted to talk about the last year and the success we had as a team. Individually, some of you guys and ladies had tremendous, productive, just awesome years. Shout out to our bluebelts who just killed it. All the upperbelts can take a lesson from the dedication, hard and ego-less work the bluebelts put in this year, testing themselves and growing. Our competition team won 4 TEAM titles this year! That is amazing and each of you should be proud of yourselves. We placed in 2 more. For those that are following our program, congrats and thank you for being a part of the team. Being your instructor has been a blessing in many ways, I learned a lot from you as well this year.
2016 was about growth for Savarese BJJ. ALL OF US. So many of you grew, on and off the mats, becoming more mentally strong and confident in yourselves. Keeping the motto “The only person you should be in competition with is the person you were yesterday” is vital. Focus on not who you started with but who you were yesterday and be better than that person. We grew as a team, as training partners and I can tell you I grew as an instructor. Some of the pitfalls of this year made me grow and I feel I am twice the instructor I was at the beginning of the year. Also, this was the first year I reached my goal of focusing on the people training and not the people staying home. Keeping that goal going forward is something I hope to accomplish. Professor Sean also grew as an instructor, taking the kids program to new heights. Savarese BJJ’s kids program in not just one of the best in the state but the best in the country. Every student of Savarese BJJ owes a debt of gratitude to Professor Sean. Because we would not be in this great facility without the growth of the kids program.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. The great Napoleon Hill once said “A goal is a dream w/ a deadline.” First of all, setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation . In addition, they help you focus, both in acquiring knowledge and organizing your time. Being disciplined enough to stay in a “no excuses” mentally will help you on and off the mats, holding yourself accountable for everything you do. Doing homework will also get you further along as a faster rate. There are numerous sites out there now to do film study with Flograppling.com being the best IMO. (Even though I hated it in the beginning, it is an awesome site and worth the yearly fee). Finally, take advantage of the great instructors we have in for seminars every year. Besides Studio 540 in CA, I don’t believe any other school in the country brings in the talent to teach that our Academy does. Please don’t be spoiled by this. Don’t miss these great opportunities to learn from and ask questions after.
Besides growth, it was also was a year of progress and maturity. The Academy has grown for the 6th straight year sticking by my life mantras of “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse” and “No excuses”. Another blackbelt joined our ranks as did another “Professor”. We added an all women’s class which I am extremely proud of and hope continues in 2017. While everyone’s goals are different, improved technique, fitness, camaraderie, and mutual respect were common elements to everyone. Although I yell sometimes in order to push you to your goals, please understand that I am very, very proud of our accomplishments as individuals and as a team and Academy. Like I said during speeches in class, our curriculum has proven to be good and if followed, you will reach your goals. With the right attitude I believe the sky is the limit for us as a school. I will grow more in 2017 (personally and professionally) and become better than ever in 2017. Stand w/ us or stand behind us, we will accomplish all our goals in this year and grow even further in 2017.
Happy New Year!
see you on the mats!