Grapple at the Garden

Collegiate Wrestling at MSG This Sunday Madison Square Garden hosted the worlds oldest sport.    Collegiate wrestling [invaded] Madison Square Garden for the first time in its illustrious 133 year history for the inaugural “Grapple at the Garden,” presented by on Sunday, December 16. A robust field of fourteen top notch wrestling teams including … Read moreGrapple at the Garden

Flow is the key to happiness

“When I am fighting I am keeping my mind empty from any expectations. I am waiting for something unique, completely new.” Rickson Gracie – 8th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rickson is of one of many, many great athletes that describe a heightened state of consciousness when speaking about their sport. I described flow at … Read moreFlow is the key to happiness

Killer practices, why work hard if flow is a calm state?

Push yourself today, to be prepared for tomorrow. Iowa Wrestling, especially under Dan Gable, is famous for its intense practices. Gable as a competitor was known for his uncanny intensity and toughness. In a 1973 Esquire article, John Irving wrote about “Gorgeous Dan, The almost undefeated life of the world’s best wrestler”: Dan brought this … Read moreKiller practices, why work hard if flow is a calm state?

Green Tea can make you brilliant!

Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, creates the same type of brain activity as experienced during flow. What do athletes feel during flow?   The same phrases and concepts are repeated when experts describe what it feels like to be at the top of their game: Intense focus Stopped or slowed time Effortless concentration Loss … Read moreGreen Tea can make you brilliant!

You can't zap your brain during practice!

The story of flow. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, talk about a hard name to pronounce. The father of positive psychology, Dr. C. developed the concept of flow. Wikipedia defines flow as “the mental state of … energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity”. According to Csíkszentmihályi, flow represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the … Read moreYou can't zap your brain during practice!