Warrior Way Picture Day Monday October 17th from 4:15-6 All Warrior Way Little Warriors, WW Kids, and Youth Students can get pictures upstairs before or after their class. Students must wear their WW uniform. ... See MoreSee Less
A unique competition that will surely provide for some awesome action! If you are interested in competing in a three man team please speak with Brandon Fracassi-McDaniel ASAP!Alright here's the next one. First 8 teams to send us their money and a list of names is in. Shoot me a message and share the post. Let's get it going. ** ** Looking for sponsors for this one. Reach out if you're interested in supporting in any way. ... See MoreSee Less
Deon Thompson Jiu Jitsu always provides an amazing opportunity for competitors to test themselves. This event is No-Gi only and will follow the IBJJF rule set. Registration ends this coming Wednesday. ... See MoreSee Less
***Helio Gracie Day*** Today marks the day we celebrate the life of Helio Gracie and his amazing achievements! Several of the instructors at Warrior Way were fortunate to have spent time learning from Grandmaster Helio Gracie and his message is alive and well at Warrior Way! ... See MoreSee Less
When you watch any MMA or grappling event you will see competitors out there performing to the best of their ability at the highest levels of the sport. Win or lose, the fighter will stand in the center of the arena and accept the outcome of their performance. Seemingly alone, they are praised in victory and questioned (or even pitied) in defeat. However, what most people don’t see is the person behind the fighter. A person who has put in even MORE time than the athlete, preparing for competition. Though the preparation is more mental than physical, it is no less taxing on the person and requires a great deal of trust, dedication, and commitment.
Of course I’m speaking of the coach… A true coach will dedicate time to studying film, strategy, strengths, and weaknesses of the opposing athlete. A fighter’s job should be solely on getting ready for their fight, free from mental distractions that take their focus and energy away from the task at hand. A good coach will go even further and shield their fighter from the distractions surrounding fight camp.
Though extremely important, coaching can be a thankless job most of the time. A coach doesn’t coach for personal gain or recognition (though this unfortunately happens on occasion), but rather for the love of their craft and an unspoken bond to their athlete. A dedicated coach will forgo their own training for their athlete and will often times be forced to neglect the responsibilities and relationships in their lives, to ensure their fighter is prepared. A coach will never complain or waiver in their commitment because they know that will only have a negative impact on the focus of their fighter. So they sacrifice, plan, and worry behind the scenes. From the safety of outside of the cage, they feel the pains and injuries of their fighter and share in the joys of victory and feel the disappointment of defeat alongside their fighter.
When I began fighting over 20 years ago, little was known about the training and preparing for fights. Training sessions usually consisted of sticking around after class, lining up an array of “tough guys”, and putting the fighter through extra rounds of punishing training. Over the years, fighting became more of a science as athletes became more specialized in their particular martial art. Movements and tendencies had to be studied so fighters could be as effective as possible during new, shorter time limits and rounds. At that time in my career, I left my old gym and began training at Warrior Way. Professor Brandon Fracassi-McDaniel was new to BJJ himself and was barely old enough to drive himself to Jiu Jitsu classes. When I needed someone to corner me for my fights, Brandon eagerly stepped up and took on the responsibility.
Though we essentially had no idea what we were doing, it was still a comforting feeling knowing that I had “someone” there with me. In reality, that is probably the most important job a coach has… to let the fighter know they are not alone in this adventure.
Competing was one of the greatest endeavors in my life and provided a lot of structure and purpose for my training. In the time I have been unable to compete I have found a new purpose in trying to give my best to every student who steps on the mat at Warrior Way. Great write up Angelo Aimee Popofski. - Prof. Brandon Fracassi-McDaniel
It's true, I've come to find over the last year how important good coaching is to really elevate your game and the support you receive heading into competition and after is priceless. True coaches help you analyze your game, find the holes, and make changes as necessary. They are the first ones to get you back on the mat to show you what needs to be done to be successful for the next tournament or game. They are the ones who are the first to call you and lift you up after an injury that has you depressed. They help you physically and mentally reach the levels you didn't even know you were capable of. They believe in your skills even more than you do and help you to build those skills day in and day out. They care about your game and you being successful and they will analyze your matches to see where you go wrong, they will look at other competitors footage to see what kind of game plan will work for success, and then they are there with you to implement and repeat as necessary.
Very well said and written. Much respect for you and your team 👊
Your conclusion is very accurate. Once things start, you forget who's there or isn't but it could also be the difference between someone walking out there or not.