Author Archives: Dr. Timony

Bind Ambition; a rant

Ambition is the last refuge of failure. ~Oscar Wilde Hungry. Restless. Itchy. It is in your bones. You have it or you do not. I am not trying to mystify any constructs here, I am getting to the heart of the matter. Motivation. Ambition. You are always doing what you are motivated to do. For […]

What does it mean to be an Expert in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Expertise, that is superlative levels of skill in a particular area, has been studied since the late 1800s and in more recent years has become of much greater interest. As a graduate student and now as a researcher and full time faculty member, I have spent my time looking at various areas where Expertise plays […]

Seventeen and a half Inch Neck

Not everyone knows what it is like to be the odd man out. Lacking fit. I am used to it in lots of ways. Outside of education discussions, my most persistent experience with this is when I buy clothes. You see, I am built for speed. Not too high off of the ground so as […]

Sink Swim or Fight?

It’s been almost ten years since I began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and today it hit me. I need to decide to get better or I need to quit. I get into physical things–no matter what they are–in the spirit of Steve Prefontaine. At first it may be curiosity, or frugality (I do a […]