Recently, my instructor has shown his philosophy quite a bit in conversation. Maybe his English is better, he is trying to get through to me, or he just feels chatty, but I respect deeply what he says because of his experience. He has an MMA record of 17-7-2 (13 submissions), a 1st degree black belt under Eugenio Tadeu, trains 11 professional fighters and 1 (now 2, as of October 16th) amateur and has over 380 grappling fights, winning over 350 of them. This is all verbatim from his broken English. On some teammates (1 pro and 1 amateur fighter) spreading themselves too thin in their training (specifically going to less elite gyms to train other aspects such as pure boxing, training with college wrestling teams, taking conditioning classes based around boxing and sparring with amateur fighters at other gyms): "They think they're going to be super fighters, winning in every aspect, but if they can't guarantee winning in one area, they will never win. You have to be a master at one art and then begin working on your missing areas. Look at most of the champions. They train in everything now but each one is an expert at one art." Talking to me about my first 2 amateur fights, scheduled October 16 and November 11: "I am looking for cards for you to fight on because I appreciate the work you have been doing. You dedicated yourself to Luta Livre and worked on it and took things slow, making sure you get better. If you take your time, the good feeling lasts longer. Other guys have been forcing everything, rushing into fights, and they won't last as long." So, what are some profound/wise/inspiring things your coaches have said to you?