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Jiu-Jitsu and Life: Lessons Learned on and off the Mat

Jiu-Jitsu and Life: Lessons Learned on and off the Mat

by Travis Tooke


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Growing up in a trailer park and trying to stay out of trouble, fifteen-year-old Travis Tooke had zero plans for the future. Then one night a friend brought over a VHS-taped UFC tournament, and together they watched a slender Royce Gracie dismantle his opponents with something called jiu-jitsu.

With that one fuzzy video, Travis’s life found direction.

Jiu-Jitsu and Life: Lessons Learned on and off the Mat follows Travis throughout his jiu-jitsu training from Houston to Dallas to Rio de Janeiro and back again. More than just a book about martial arts, this is a sometimes humorous, sometimes gut-wrenching look at what it takes to succeed—both in martial arts and in business—when you start with only grit, tenacity, and heart.

Along the way, Travis encounters mentors, charlatans, friends, and liars as he struggles to find sure footing in the business world to pursue his love of teaching.

With complete candor and endless wit, Travis leads you on his journey from his humble beginnings teaching out of his dad’s garage, pushing himself to learn from his many mistakes, on his way to establishing one of the most successful jiu-jitsu schools in Texas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610660846
Publisher: Writers of the Round Table Press
Publication date: 07/15/2020
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Travis Tooke has been the master instructor and CEO of Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts for the past fifteen years. He earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Carlos Gracie Jr. and currently holds the rank of fourth-degree black belt. Travis has been teaching jiu-jitsu for over twenty years and has trained thousands of students, including UFC veterans Andrew Craig and Yves Edwards. He is also an active jiu-jitsu competitor. Travis lives in Houston with his wife Ingrid, and, besides teaching and training in jiu-jitsu, he is a student of life. He loves expanding his knowledge, growing his business, traveling the world, fishing, and learning to play guitar.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Passion and Purpose

Chapter 2: Faith and Fortitude

Chapter 3: Leaps and Love

Chapter 4: Discipline and Dedication

Chapter 5: Motivation and Mastery

Chapter 6: Failure and Fearlessness

Chapter 7: Growth and Goofs

Chapter 8: Punches and Push-Ups

Chapter 9: Obsessions and Opportunities

Chapter 10: Storms and Stupidity

Chapter 11: Giving and Gratitude

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