Why I Still Compete

Two weeks ago, as I was sweating out my final 2 lbs in the hot Phoenix sun (topping 100+ degrees), I asked myself, "Why do I still compete?"  That pervasive thought ran thicker than the water-depraved blood in my veins. I always called those self-defeating thoughts, "mental demons," and could usually cast them from my … Continue reading Why I Still Compete

A Competitive Mindset

Are you one of those competitors that does extremely well in class but absolutely chokes when it comes time to compete at tournaments? Have you seen that training partner of yours that you normally slaughter, Monday through Friday, tear it up while you continuously get knocked out of competition in the first round? Having a … Continue reading A Competitive Mindset

NEVER Give Up…a prelude to the Pan Ams.

With the Pan American Championships right around the corner, I thought I'd write this week's post on determination. Most of you, like me, have been preparing since last year for this very event. We've been training hard, eating clean, working through injury and mentally preparing for battle. Now, that hard work and determination culminates next … Continue reading NEVER Give Up…a prelude to the Pan Ams.

Back at it!

Coming back from my bought with VRSA has been tough but I finally feel like I'm making progress.  My cardiovascular and strength levels are regaining stride and have almost reached the point they dipped from before hospitalization.  And, it's just in time for tournament season! We have some big events coming up for Team Shawn … Continue reading Back at it!

Australia

My trip to Australia was absolutely amazing. I'm quite positive that getting to see your little sister get married is one of the best feelings in the world. Standing beside her as her "Man of Honor" was by far the coolest experience I've ever encountered...next to proposing to my future wife. Even though the trip … Continue reading Australia