Most Popular Reads
A list of my most popular essays, ranked in order of popularity.
- Misery: The More You Use, the More You Have: Does catharsis really work? Or is the idea you can exhaust misery doomed to begin with?
- On the Martial Artist: I asked over 20 martial artists, ranging from Silicon Valley, Wall Street, to Hollywood, and everything in between, about the martial arts. What I learned is that, some get good at martial arts, and some get good at getting good.
- Why I Never Quit Martial Arts: Having trained from age six, my biggest challenge was never stopping.
- The Pink Gi in the Room: A comprehensive long-form discussion from the perspective of women about gender diversity and equality in the microcosm of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and how that reflects on the rest of the world.
- On Walking the Path With Enson Inoue: A long-form, philosophical discussion about the modern need for spiritual growth, featuring Enson Inoue.
- Learning How to Learn: Jack of All Trades, Master of Learning: When it's time to learn a new subject, the first thing I ask myself is: "How do I want to study?"
- On the Enjoyment Paradox: Why doing what you like isn't enough.
- On Exercise and Building Character: Physical exertion was and still is the first form of character building.
- Beyond Hacking: Why Trying Harder Matters: Practice, be technical in your craft and endeavors, and learn the proper tactics and strategies. Then prepare to fight like hell.
- How Jiu-Jitsu Healed My Body Image: "For decades I scrutinized my body, hated my body, but was attached to it against my will. Then I started jiu-jitsu..."