Habit of Self-Belief

Belief is the knowledge that we can do something. It’s an inner feeling that we can accomplish the things we desire to do…and decide to achieve.

One of the truly great things about the goal of Black Belt is that it re-invests us in ourselves: it asks us to commit to self-belief. When you believe in yourself, you gain power and your eyes open to opportunities that lead to greatness.

To achieve high levels of success in any field, you must believe you can do it. Surrounding yourself with a powerful support team – your family, your friends, your instructors, your bosses – helps to build this feeling of belief and possibility.

Your thoughts can be positive and filled with belief, or they can be negative and filled with disbelief. If you’re not building the habit of self-belief through positive, proactive activities, you can slip into self-doubt and “stinking thinking”.

Either way, your mind will convince you to succeed and achieve, or to fail and give up.

Have confidence in yourself and your ability to become more and achieve more than you already have. Confidence and self-belief are like muscles that have to be exercised and used to become stronger.

“Believe you can and you are halfway there.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

Fill your mind with thoughts of success and victory – work to eliminate thoughts of failure and defeat. Surround yourself with people that support and encourage you to go for it, and dump the naysayers that fill your mind with fear and doubt.

See it, believe it…and you’ll make the change a reality.

A Special Stranger Danger

We love taking the practice outside the dojo, especially when we’re helping kids learn how to stay safe. Our afternoon with Healthy Living Ministries was great – and here is what they had to say about the class:


Good day to you Professor Noto…We really had a great time in the Stranger Danger Class on Friday; in fact I learned some important life saving skills for myself…Thank You!…..The Children could not stop talking about their new experience…Please count us in for the next class…Our Youth will participate in the “Stranger Danger” class.

Rev. S. Jordon
Friends Healing Network for Healthy Living Ministries, Inc.

Habit of Taking Action

To achieve your best in any area of your life, you must take action… and plenty of it. If you didn’t realize this already, you wouldn’t be training in the Martial Arts – you’d be thinking about training in the Martial Arts!

Most people think before they act, and usually that’s a good thing. We know that preparation and planning are essential to success. But some people think and think and think, and never act. They fail to launch their plan into action. Sometimes it’s because they fear failure, other times they are waiting for everything to be exactly right to get started and sometimes they are just plain lazy.

*** Take Action Today Not Tomorrow! ***
People who accomplish things in this life tend to be “action oriented”. In other words,  they don’t wait…they create.
Once you decide you want to achieve or attain something, take action. If you want to be an expert or gain experience for yourself, you’ve got to be willing to be a beginner – and to start from wherever you are. Take action today and tomorrow…but don’t wait until tomorrow to get started.

Almost everyone has something they wished they’d gotten started on sooner. Maybe it was to start training in the Martial Arts sooner, maybe it was to start a diet sooner or start saving money sooner. Maybe it was an art project, or spending time with their family or starting a business. If that describes you, realize you are not alone.

Learn from your past: repeat what works and change what doesn’t. If you have a tendency to procrastinate or avoid taking action, do something – anything – to break the habit. You’ve got too much to offer to be held back by such a limited belief system.

Change your approach and take action today, not tomorrow!
It’s never too late to start, and the sooner you start…the sooner you can start to see progress, results and changes.

Tyler’s Thai Kickboxing Essay

Tyler – age 15
The most significant change I’ve experienced since beginning the Muay Thai program at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is self-control and my overall physical shape. The improvement in my self-control came thru the intense workout at BBJJ provides and the constant help you can get from any of the instructors. Physically since I joined BBJJ I have lost close to 40 pounds and my endurance in any physical activity has gone from lasting a few minutes to an hour without stop. It has affected myself and those around me by making me more active with my family and my friends, being able to spend more time running and playing instead of sitting under a tree resting while everyone played without me. Personally its help me with my self-esteem as well knowing that I’ve slimmed down and gotten both stronger physically and mentally.
Tyler is standing to the left of Professor Glick