• Motivation: Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts

  • By: Chuck J. Rylant
  • Narrated by: Pete Ferrand
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

This is a collection of intimate and sometimes shocking conversations about motivation with 12 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts.

The end result is 12 fascinating and unexpected stories about overcoming adversity and achieving success in life and Jiu-Jitsu.

Jiu-Jitsu has often been used as a metaphor of life, but you can replace Jiu-Jitsu with any sport, business or ambitious pursuit - the lessons are universal.

What drives ambitious people is often shaped by our subconscious mind. We are not always aware of the influences driving our behavior, but you will discover underlying themes which reveal answers to the following questions:

  • What drives highly successful people?
  • Are they born ambitious or is it learned?
  • What is common among extremely motivated people?
  • What lessons have they learned during their journey?
  • Were the sacrifices worth the rewards?
©2016 Chuck J. Rylant (P)2017 Chuck J. Rylant

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Great stories.

Good book. The narrator sounds like he's mocking the speaker when he reads quotes making it hard to keep my attention.

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good book for those who still haven't found out

good book for those who still haven't figured out bjj is not about the medals, belts, and losses.

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The narrator was good, but those Portuguese mispronunciations and name butcherings were a detractor for me.

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jiu jitsu binds us.

Overall a real great book that reminded me how helpful jiu jitsu is in helping us to overcome adversity.

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Diaries of a white belt

I decided to listen this because I had began my Jiu-Jitsu journey last year. Having recently sustained a series of injuries I was looking for something to help me with my struggle. I’m glad I chose this book. It helped me and gave me insight for when I’m back on the mat. Recommend to anyone practicing or thinking about practicing. Only con is the narrator sometimes is a tad dry.

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Exactly what I needed to hear!

This book is what the title says Motivation. I’m still pretty new to BJJ and just competed in my first tournament. I’ve been so excited to get back in the gym after my tournament but a back injury has taken me out. I was extremely depressed about it but this book helped pull me out of the funk and realize that injuries happen. The important thing is that you go back when you’re healed.

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Nick

Chuck. Great audio book. Great stories about legends in the sport. Your chat at the end was great too. Thank you for putting effort into this and spreading the word of how much this martial art can improve one’s life.

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  • 02-09-20

Not what I expected

As an active BJJ practitioner I wanted more about the training and dedication aspect. I didn't care much for the narrator either. Would have been better if the narrator actually understood a little about JiuJitsu.

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Cool stories

I liked this book and would recommend it. It’s just a few short bios of BJJ success stories.

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Short Biographies of BJJ Black Belts

A collection of interesting condensed biographies of several jiu jitsu black belts. A quick and easy listen.

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  • Paul White
  • 05-19-22

It is what it says, a book of stories.

Nice stories of people coming from difficult begins to success. All have physical fitness and good work ethics.

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  • C. Carey
  • 03-17-18

Sorry, but no

I wanted to support this book on principle, but it just doesn't gel. The narrator sounds absurd affecting some of the casual language of the featured interviewees. Worse really the content is a drab list-like bio of no doubt extraordinary bjj practitioners, shame it doesn't reach the heights of its potential. Check out Sam Sheridan's excellent books or Joe Rogan's (podcast) for an insightful view of modern martial arts and motivation.