Totowa MMA: A look inside NJ United Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Let’s look at “motivation” differently!

The goal of discipline and ‘sticktoitiveness’ is certainly NOT to remain miserable and exhausted! Instead it’s to push through a tough season to reap skills and rewards that couldn’t be gained by stagnating in a comfortable, relaxed season.

In my last blog entry, I discussed how the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle combats depression by setting the body AND the mind in motion. BJJ is called “human chess” for a reason. When you’re present in the moment of a drill or a sparring match, and when you know there’s a way for you to win despite the odds, personal demons fade away and begin to lose their mastery over you. But what about those times when you’re “not feeling motivated” to get on the mat? Well, another cool thing about this recent vlog entry from Chewjitsu (skip to 3:50 in) is his take on that issue. The long and short of it is that motivation is far more than a feeling. It’s also a drive to reap the fruit of labor and training . . . which are often tough but always rewarding!

Your rank in your martial art is a reflection of your hard work, sacrifice, and hard-tested skills. Come train at an academy where the coaching and motivation is positive and always designed to bring about the best version of yourself!

A lot of workout programs are advertised only with feelings in mind. ‘Join this _______ program, and you’ll feel fantastic in less than a week,’ etc. etc. If you’ve dipped your finger into the huge ocean of fitness-related pump-up material out there on the internet, you’ve heard all that before. But the blunt, adult truth about this matter is that you can’t always trust or follow feelings. Sure, it’s better to feel well than unwell, at peace than at war. But the other side to that coin is that it’s often necessary to go through a tough period of life to gain the benefits and skills that you couldn’t get from just “feeling” relaxed and nice all the time.

I know, that’s nothing new or revolutionary. But I’m highlighting it because it’s a simple, indisputable reality that you’ll have to face if you want to achieve a fitness goal AND maintain your hold on that goal as a lifestyle. The good news is that everyone on the mats here at NJ United MMA is on that rewarding journey alongside you. This is true whether you train anything from BJJ to Muay Thai. In fact I’ll always remember the words of one of my current BJJ students from when he first started training: “Man, I’m tired of the gym and working alone with my headphones on in my own little bubble. I want to just train with you guys!”

Come train at NJ United Mixed Martial Arts and take advantage of our 7-day free trial offer! Whether you’re an aspiring competitor or casual student, you will benefit from training in our friendly, professional, and ego-free environment. Call us at 973-638-1570 to schedule your first class, and visit us on the web at for more info.

JJ Mike

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