My First Sleep Away Camp

Now I know based on the title you probably think this is a story about when I was a kid; However, you be wrong. You see I never went away to camp when I was a kid, I never even went to day camp for that matter. I remember watching TV and there were always commercials for sleep away camps. The commercials made to camps look like so much fun and I’m sure they were. Then “Meatballs” and “Little Darlings” came out and I really wanted to go to camp. But let me get back on track here.

On Wednesday Sept. 7th I will be leaving for Camp Winaukee in New Hampshire located on Lake Winnipesaukee. Now you may be asking yourself at this point; camp, why is he going to camp now, school starts that week, and he’s 50 years old. Well I’ll tell you why, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I will be attending The BJJ Globetrotters USA camp 2016. I’m hoping this will be the first of many Globetrotter camps to follow. I am truly looking forward to training with people of all skill levels from all over the country, and world for that matter. There will be over a dozen instructors teaching classes from morning until night and I’m excited about the prospect of learning new technique and getting new perspective on technique I already practice. I’m also looking forward to rolling with some different partners, I believe this will take me out of my comfort zone which will bring new growth. One of the goals I would like to take from this camp is the ability to instruct at future camps and expand my involvement with the BJJ Globetrotters.

I think what I’m most looking forward to is meeting, training, and just talking with Chris Haueter. If you’re not familiar with him go to YouTube and look him up. Chris is a pioneer in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States. He was part of the “dirty dozen”, the first non-Brazilians to earn black belts which he did in 1996 being promoted by Rigan Machado.

I’m really looking forward to making new friends in the BJJ community from beginners to seasoned black belts.

I feel this camp will be the first step in taking my martial arts career to new heights.

Finally I would like to thank my beautiful girlfriend Tara for the gift of this camp. 🙂




Leave it on the Mat

When you get on the mats it releases all the outside distractions and stresses of life. You are pushing yourself physically and mentally and growing every session (whether you realize this, or not). You will have good days and bad days, days you feel every technique is working with minimal effort, and days it seems nothing you do is right. You may tap an upper belt, you may get tapped by a lower belt, either way you will learn something about your technique and more importantly about yourself.
Leave it all on the mats, don’t brag and don’t pout, never leave the mats angry..
‪#‎brazilianJiuJitsu‬ ‪#‎LeaveItAllOnTheMats‬

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Hero is defined as 1. A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. 2. A person who is greatly admired. 3. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. 4. A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

I think most Americans agree that members of the United States military are heroes, they go into a foreign land and risk their lives for the interest of the United States. That said, to our enemies they are no heroes, they’re villains destroying their homeland. I also believe that the majority of Americans consider law enforcement to be heroes, however there’s a large portion of people who consider the police to be bullies or worse. I think we can all agree that firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics are heroes. To kids growing up their favorite athlete can be a hero, to a young boy his father, and to a young girl her mom. The list goes on.

There really is no clear cut criteria, it’s all subjective, a hero to you may not be a hero to me and vise versa.

Courage – the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

There are lots of ways to look at this as well. It takes courage to go fight a war, go into a burning building while everyone else is running out, apprehend an armed criminal, get into a cage and fight another man, go to school on your first day when you don’t know anyone, fight cancer, tell you mom you did something you weren’t supposed to, admit to yourself your family and friends that you are gay, etc, etc..

Just because you may disagree with what others perceive as courage doesn’t diminish their perception of it. To compare someone who’s fighting cancer, to someone who lost a leg in war, to a transgender person is not fair. The phrase apples to oranges come to mind.

So did what Bruce Jenner did take courage? Yes

Is Caitlin Jenner a hero? To the others who are going through the same struggle, Yes.

I personally do not see Bruce/Caitlyn as a hero, but I do think he/she showed courage. Either way none of this affects my life so I move on.

Why are so many of you so angry over this? Keep scrolling, change the channel, whatever. Why must everything fit within your realm of what should be. We all need to accept the fact that we are all different, with our on views, needs, and beliefs.

And stop bring God into everything it’s irrelevant to the conversation, and from what I understand about Jesus he would be not only tolerant of all this, but helpful and supportive.


Mr/Ms Perfect

I’ve been a musician for a long time. I know my limitations, I’m not a great bass player, guitar player, or singer. I’m aware of what I do well and where I’m weak. I know when I have a good performance and a bad performance. By the way a good performance doesn’t mean I played every note perfectly, if it did I never had a good performance in my life. Being critical of every note is completely ridiculous. If thats how you listen to music you’re cheating yourself of enjoying the experience. Nobody plays every note perfect, and I do mean nobody. Musicians at the highest levels are not perfect 100%.

Another thing, although I like most music there is good and not so good in every genre. There is music I really like that most people I know think sucks. In my opinion (for what it’s worth). No music sucks. You may disagree with how it’s created, the way it sounds, whatever, that doesn’t make it suck.

Anyway back to my original point. I’m not the greatest musician, I make lots of mistakes, I have to read charts to play songs I’ve been playing forever. When I sing I go off key at times, hell sometimes I can’t even get back on. I have good nights and bad nights. But the most important thing is I get out there and do it. I put my fears and insecurities and social anxiety aside and give it my all every time I step out on that stage. Whether it’s the smallest bar with my cover band or a big stage with my original band, you get 100% of my heart and soul in every performance.

Think about that next time you say someone sucks. Especially those of you who have never put yourself out there for all to be critical of. So if you can’t even play the guitar you probably shouldn’t be talking about how much someone else sucks at it…

Just something to think about..



Just some more thoughts…

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There is a ton of great new music out there, you just need to go and find it. Don’t just listen to what the record companies and radio stations are trying to jam down your throats..

The fact that “Tips” are now called “Hacks” irritates me.

I don’t understand why it’s suddenly cool for the younger generations to like Tony Bennett. Yes he’s a great singer, I know.. But really….

If you keep mentioning K____ W____ every time he does something: he wins…

The Odd Couple was the best sitcom ever.

If you’re going to ignore me on social media, ignore everything, don’t suddenly appear when you disagree with me.

Slaughtered Grace. (I’m lucky to now be a part of it).

I have the best daughter in the world.

And the best, most beautiful girlfriend.


Rest Day/Overtraining Hogwash

Yes, your body needs rest to recover: that’s why you sleep at night. I’m a big believer in “listen to your body”, when you need a day off your body will let you know. I personally do not like to follow a specific schedule, I create a workout program: let’s say it’s a 5 day program. Each day will have its specific workout plan however it will not be assigned to a specific day, it’s just day 1, day 2, etc. So I start my new program on day 1 and I kick ass. Being that it’s a new program I will most likely feel soreness, this will not be so bad the next day, but 2 days later it may be brutal: so I may do 2 days take 1 off then get back to it the following day. I may not, I may be able to do 5 days before my body feels the need for a day off, or I may be able to go 15 days (which I have done at times, and more). I may need to take every other day of for the first couple of weeks until my body gets used to vigorous exercise.

Now for days off it’s the same listen to your body rule. If you have this schedule you have to follow, and the schedule says you have Sunday off to “recover” and start up again on Monday and Monday roles around and you’re still sore from kicking your ass all week, well then you need to take another day because your body needs it. Keep in mind your body doesn’t read a calendar every morning and say oh its Monday I’m ready to exercise. You have to listen to your body, Period.

And another thing, your abs are muscles just like your pecs or latts. So why is it that so many people (trainers included) feel that you need to rest all you muscles except abs? It makes me crazy when I hear people say “it’s ok to train abs everyday”. NO, it’s not. They are muscles (big muscles by the way) and they need the same recovery time as every other muscle group.

I just read a post on a Facebook group where one member told another who had just worked out on his “rest day” that he was “foolish” and had to take that rest so that his muscles could recover and it also helps prevent injury. Are you fucking kidding me? It helps prevent injury? What are you going to say next, you’ll “over train?
I hear this term often as well, “dude take it easy you don’t want to over train”. Do you have any idea what it takes to over train? I work out hard and often. I do Focus T25 every morning for my cardio. I lift 4 days a week and I train and teach martial arts and boot camp classes. The way my schedule is set I typical train 7 days a week. All my work outs are different and the intensity varies, so I’m working different muscles on different days and that gives my muscles time to recover. Well that and the fact that I sleep every night (that’s where the real recovery takes place).
So if you don’t want to take your rest day and you body is feeling good, then by all means go workout. If you’re scheduled to work out on a specific day and your body feels beat down, take the day off and pick up on the next, or the day after that.
Listen to your body and you can’t go wrong. Just like you shouldn’t force you body to perform when it’s feeling beat down, there’s no need to force a rest if you’re feeling good and want to work out. You won’t over train and you’re not risking injury. Just Listen to your body.. Oh yeah and make sure to sleep every night……

Meaningless Drivel

2 years ago I braved the freezing cold weather on the lower east side, working over nights, outside, on, and under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and various locations around Chinatown. I was working with a talented cast and crew to make a short film, The Chase. Well I just found out that tomorrow at the premier for The Zombie Chronicles 2 – The Infected, The Chase will also be viewed for the first time. I cannot wait.

Moving on, I haven’t watched a UFC event in quite a while. As I sat down to write this gibberish I tend to spew from time to time I noticed that a live event from the UK was about to start, and much to my surprise an acquaintance of mine who I train with from time to time is in the opening fight. So far he won the first 2 rounds, round 3 is in progress now. So far it’s looking pretty good.
Ok it’s going to the cards, should be 30-27 across the board, however the fight is in the UK and his opponent is from the UK so you never know what will happen. WOW split decision, how in God’s name (ha-ha) (read my blog God) did one of the judges see Matt losing that fight. Crazy.

Anyway, today is the day I’m getting back on track. My training, lifting, cardio, and martial arts have been horrible as of late. My body fat has gone up; muscle and endurance have gone down. Time to turn it back around, get back to the level I belong, and maybe even start to compete again. Part of this turn back around will be to start blogging about diet and fitness again; I haven’t been on topic for a long time now. I’ve come up with some really good new vegan recipes over the past few months and I will be sharing them as well.

Wow, that was a nice head kick; I can’t believe that dude got through the first round.

I need to sell my Line 6 guitar amp, anyone interested message me for details.

Damn this is a good fight.

Stay tuned my friends.


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