Ricardo Castaneda

  • Overcoming Fear of Failure in Jiu-jitsu

    Achievement motivation is the need for an individual to show competency in a skill area. For someone practicing jiu-jitsu, achievement motivation would be a central tenet for the practitioner to behave in a way that leads to effective learning and application of the Gentle Art. Research into the psychology...
  • Buyers Guide: Meal Replacement Bars

    If you are an athlete, eating can be a full-time job. The more active you are, the more calories you burn, and replacing those calories is crucial to maintain performance, overall health, and wellbeing. In order to raise caloric intake, many people turn to meal replacement options for their...
  • Do’s and Don’ts Being a Lifelong Practitioner

    To excel in jiu-jitsu is not a short-term endeavor. The Gentle Art requires many years of experience before things start to click and you finally start to understand jiu-jitsu in all of its glory. The adage that a jiu-jitsu practitioner only begins to learn after receiving their black belt...
  • How to Relax for More Effective Jiu-Jitsu

    Being calm and relaxed is one of the most challenging aspects of learning and practicing jiu-jitsu. For the majority of the population, jiu-jitsu is a great way to alleviate the stresses of everyday life, getting good exercise, and learning something new in the process. Another way that some people...
  • The Psychology of Healthier Eating for Jiu-Jitsu

    Implementing Long-Term Changes One Habit at a Time Eating well is important for general health and critical for athletic performance. If you put garbage into your body, you will put garbage out. In jiu-jitsu, eating right can have a significant impact in...
  • The White Belt Curse

    (From December 2016 Issue 51 White Belt Chronicles column) Most jiu-jitsu practitioners can recall their first days of training, falling in love with the art, and expressing the desire to start training as often as possible. For most jiu-jitsu beginners, the intent is to be there frequently, training hard...