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  • Welcome to The Brigade

     Robin Shropshire updated 2 days, 16 hours ago 17 Members · 26 Posts
  • Jocko Willink

    June 29, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Let’s Get Better

  • Robin Shropshire

    June 30, 2020 at 2:39 am

    Hi Jocko, Wanted to let you know that today, – I participated in my first Jui Jitsu class. Yikes. I went to “watch”, but one thing led to another and next thing I knew I was wearing a Gi. Intimidating, scary, mentally challenging, hurt a bit. Effing Awesome. I turned 51 this year and have been searching for how to Get Better. An hour and a half later as I left Helena BJJ – I asked the instructor if he had any advice. His response.. “Get a Gi”

    I’m working on a longer, funnier story about how I got to the point of walking into a Jui Jitsu gym here in Helena Montana. But on the day that you guys launched EF 2.0, I simply wanted to wanted to say Thank You!

    • Leif Babin

      June 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Way to get after it, Robin. Choose your training partners wisely. Tap early and often. Remind yourself often that, in the training environment, winning is learning.

      • Robin Shropshire

        July 3, 2020 at 12:07 am

        Thanks for the advice. It’s been a few days since I attended the class and have been reflecting on all your feedback and the things I learned. Your advice is so spot on. I feel like I could write a chapter on what I learned just getting to the gym door and walking in. Another chapter on watching the class before mine. Probably two chapters on everything that happened in the single hour of my first class. I feel like I’m replaying it all in my head over and over and still reflecting on it all. Not sure it’s appropriate for this site, but would love to hear from others. Maybe a separate thread/discussion on Jiu-Jitsu would be ok?

        Here is an extremely abbreviated list of a few things I learned:

        1) How to spell Jiu-Jitsu (oops – spelled incorrectly in my initial post).

        2) If you can’t tie a knot… tie a lot.

        3) Had no idea about the importance of the training partner. I don’t think I would have appreciated this to the extent I do now, if it had not been due to this first experience. I was matched with a blue belt that I think wanted to put me in my place. Not sure if it was a choke, but they put their arm on my neck and it gave me a total head rush – felt like I was going to pass out. Pretty intimidating when I hadn’t been taught what a tap was. I would have tapped if I knew what that was. I definitely would have tapped right away ( I think). It all happened very quickly. This experience was pretty fascinating on so many levels.

        4) I realized it is surprisingly hard to tell someone that they scared you and to go easy.

        5) Watching and doing are two very different things. I don’t think if you told me a hundred times what it’s like, I would have understood all the things I experienced in a single hour of “doing”.

        6) I want to keep doing it.

        Thanks again for your advice. Simple not necessarily easy.

    • Robert Madison

      July 1, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      Nice. I think Jocko might have some thoughts about where you should get a gi, if I’m not mistaken! 😉

      Note: I’ve been doing BJJ for about a year, but up until last week, I had only attended no-gi classes. Last week I went to my first gi class, and – holy $#i+! – I felt like I was wearing a suit made of handles! GiJJ is very different from NoGiJJ!

      And Leif’s advice is solid on all three points. It’s tough to turn off the competitive desire to win (or at least “not lose”, which is often the best a white belt can hope for), but to the extent that you can re-calibrate your definition of winning to include learning, you’ll be a lot more at peace with getting tapped all the time.

      Roll Well!

      • Robin Shropshire

        July 3, 2020 at 12:13 am

        Thanks Robert! I will definitely check out the link. Still thinking about a single hour of experience. Such an insignificant amount of time. Nevertheless – it seems like a considerable amount of time was spent on pulling on the Gi. Hadn’t really appreciated how different the experience would have been without one. Handles! Makes total sense. I couldn’t agree more that Leif’s advice was so solid. Really appreciate your comments. Stay tuned!

    • Jocko Willink

      July 1, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      Right on Robin. Welcome to The Jiu-jitsu

      • Robert Madison

        July 1, 2020 at 5:27 pm

        Jocko => Note for possible site improvement: Might want to ask the website guys if they can set it up so that hyperlinks are clearly visible in comments/posts. I linked to OriginMaine in my reply to Robin (the word “where“), but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. You’ll only see if it you do a “mouse over” the hyperlink, which means most people won’t see it.

        Robin, here’s the link I wanted you to see:

      • Robin Shropshire

        July 3, 2020 at 12:20 am

        Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Valentin Borisov

    July 1, 2020 at 4:08 am

    It is an honor and privilege to be here. Thank you Jocko, Leif and EF Team. Thanks to all members.

    • Leif Babin

      July 1, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks for joining us, Valentin.

    • Jocko Willink

      July 1, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      We are all privileged to be here. Thanks for joining us.

  • Domenico Solazzo

    July 1, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Great to be here and thank you for all for the great effort you are putting in this platform!

    • Leif Babin

      July 1, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Appreciate it, Domenico. Thanks for being a part of The Brigade.

  • Steven Noeller

    July 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Leif thank you for lessons you and Jocko have taught me over the years and making this platform better! I’m ready to Get After It!

  • James Crocco

    July 1, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Could not be happier to have stumbled upon EF Online. Looking forward to more to come. Thanks for putting in the work and making this possible everyone.

  • Jeff McGreevy

    July 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    This Brigade has helped me navigate the last several months of professional challenges. Getting better every day. Thanks Gents.

  • Patrick Mullarkey

    July 1, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Ok – Tell me how to begin this journey Shipmate … I am ready to GET IT ON…

  • Jefferson Foust

    July 1, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Can’t wait to continue to learn and become a better leader.

  • Vijay Kumar

    July 2, 2020 at 3:47 am

    Thanks Jocko , Leif . Looking to get better . This is a great platform and opportunity . The Corona breaks are fantastic to connect and move up a version . Thanks for the leadership , guidance .

  • Aaron Kowalski

    July 2, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Hi Jocko, Leif, and the rest of the EF Team (and Echo :),

    It’s been an honor to have been introduced to EO so many years ago. The endless positive impacts on my life seem to be endless when I put them to a list. The impact that BJJ (est Jan-2017) made on my life was life changing, no question about it.

    I am happy to see this new iteration of EF Online. Thank you all for putting so much hard work and effort to give us this portal at such an affordable rate. The training modules and production are excellent.

    For the rest of the troopers joining EF Online, I look forward to learning from you all. Thanks for being here.


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  • Christie Wiebbecke

    July 2, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you to all of your team for what you do. I joined EF Online about a month ago and really appreciate the LIVE Q&As and relevant topics you start each discussion with. I am looking forward to making more connections here and learning from each other.

  • Mathieu Paquet

    July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks to all the EF team. It’s really empowering to have access to the training and especially the Live Q&A sessions.

    Special thanks to Jocko and Leif for writing Extreme Ownership and Dichotomy of leadership. Looking back, I realize I progressed a lot since I read those books. Yet, I know I have to work harder to improve and that’s why I joined EF.

  • Rock Lambros

    July 2, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I am excited to be part of this community. This community, and current events, have set me back “on the path” to achieve the following two personal goals by the end of this year:

    * Get back in to fighting shape

    * Significantly improve tactical shooting (not just pew pew at paper targets)

    Looking forward to GETTING SOME as a community! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.


  • Bernardo Cuellar

    July 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Hell yeah… always strive to improve, to seek out and overcome challenges, to learn and give back. Thanks to all of the EF Team for the legit lessons, inspiration, and supporch to help keep us on the path.

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