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  • Scottsdale AZ 85260 United States
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An In-Depth Look at Grandmaster Carlos Gracie’s 12 Commandments


1. Be so strong, that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
Have you ever been in such complete focus that nothing else mattered? Are you confident enough to walk past someone’s insult? These are the questions that you must ask yourself. Physical strength is often overvalued in society. It is however mental strength that makes great individuals who are worth remembers. You can always run into someone faster, or stronger than you. There’s nothing you can do about that. You are; however, in complete control of your mental state and how you handle any situation.

2. Speak to every one of happiness, health, and prosperity.
A negative mind never creates a positive life. In order to achieve happiness you have to believe it is possible. Every individual is in control of the energy they exert onto the world. Lift others up as they will lift you as well.

3. Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.
Real friendship in itself is valuable. In todays world of friend list and followers it’s important to know who your real friends are. Cherish that bond you have with others. There are 7 billion people on the planet Earth; it would be a shame to ever feel lonely.

4. Look at things from a positive point of view and turn positivity into a reality of life.
If all you think of is negativity that is the entire world will become filled with in your eyes. Every failure is an opportunity for learning, and improvement. Every low in life will make you appreciate the highs.

5. Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.
If you do what you love to do, you will naturally want to deliver your best work. Life is short; so you might as well make the best of it and do your best at whatever it is you do in life. No one ever became famous from being just okay at something.

6. Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of your own.
The people around you are struggling and striving the same way you maybe. They maybe reaching for different goals in life, but their experience are similar. Don’t ever put others down because of envy or jealousy.carlosGracieWinOrLearn

7. Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energy on the victories of tomorrow.
If you never make peace with your past it will impact your present and future. We all have events, or choices we’ve made in the past that we regret. We can’t turn back time so dwelling on those mistakes is a waste of the time you have left. You may not be able to change what has happen, but you are in control of what will happen.

8. Always make those around you happy and keep a pleasant attitude to all those who address you.
Surround yourself with people who you love, and keep them happy. Even strangers you should be pleasant towards because even your best friend at one point was a stranger to you.

9. Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others.
Focus on yourself. You can’t control what others do just the same, as they have no control over you.

10. Be too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear, and too happy to tumble in adversity.Emotions are a powerful thing. It makes us human, and the driving force for our actions. It is something however we are in complete control of.

11. Hold a positive opinion of yourself and tell it to the world. Not through words of vanity, but through benevolence.Let your actions speak for themselves. If you do great things people will take notice. There is no need to be boastful but its okay to share accomplishments. Be proud of the great things you have done.

12. Believe strongly that the world is in your side, if you keep true to what is best within you.
Your greatest enemy is yourself. Being true to yourself is the easiest way you can achieve what you believe in. There will only ever be one Michael Jordon, or one Bruce Lee. Don’t try to be them. Be your own unique self and share that with the world.

Learn About Gracie Barra Scottsdale

Gracie Barra is opening a new school in Scottsdale, AZ — one of many schools coming to Arizona, and the second in the state of Arizona. If you are interested in trying Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Gracie Barra Scottsdale you can email Or check out our Red Shield Founder or Barra Premium Memberships for the chance to become a part of Gracie Barra Scottsdale history. The first 50 members will save $100 and get a free uniform, and become a part of our history.

-Patrick J. Flores

@patjflores @bjjfotos

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