Purposelessness: A Knife to a Gunfight

There is a lesson in combat that might have some carry over elsewhere that I’d like to share. You see, my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu professor, Renato Magno, said something years ago that stuck with me. 

“Forget the belt. Black belt, white belt, blue belt… It doesn’t matter,” he said. “Never fight someone who has a reason to fight.”

While as you read this sentence you’re likely not needing to consider what fist fights you should or shouldn’t engage in, I feel that the sentiment is profound nonetheless. 

No matter where you go in the various arenas in life, you’ll be competing (so to speak) with people who have for one reason or another found profound purpose in what they are doing. There are folks who have incredible reason to be in marketing or at an audition or in your police academy or whatever else. 

I think what Professor Renato is saying is that you’ll get pummeled without purpose. No amount of attributes, experience, or advantage will compensate for a lack of purposeful desire.

If you’re going to fight, you’d better have a reason.

4/27/22 WOD


Complete 5 rounds for quality of:

 5 Weighted Pull Ups
12 Weighted Push Ups
:30 Weighted Plank (AHAP)

Then, complete the following for time:

Overhead Plate Reverse Lunges (45/25) (EACH)
Burpee To Plate

 *20 Double Unders To Start Every Round


Back Squat

Complete 3 rounds for quality of:

10 Plyo Squats
12 Alt. Split Squat Jumps
15 Tibialis Raises

Then, EMOM 12

Odd: 15 DB Deadlift
Even: 8 Box Jumps (24/20)