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Choir Ninja, with Ryan Guth

Jan 4, 2018

Success has a formula. Since this fall we have been talking to guests about achieving mastery, and now Melissa Lozano echoes those same lessons from a completely different discipline: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This world champion competitor brings her lessons from the ring so that you can apply them to your choir.

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Highlight to Tweet: “Martial arts...defines who I am, the journey I’ve made through life, where I’m going, and the impact I want to have on people along the way.” -Melissa Lozano


“Most of us define ourselves by the few losses we’ve had throughout the day. But few of us define ourselves by the 100’s of little wins we’ve had.” -Melissa Lozano


“Don’t let yourself be a cheerleader at the expense of your honesty.” -Melissa Lozano


“Medals are fleeting, but experience isn’t.” -Melissa Lozano

Show Notes:

  • The young teenage girl is a largely ignored demographic. They are considered “flaky” and unreachable. But they are a demographic that needs to be reached.
    • Overcommitted
    • Access to a lot of media
    • Huge amount of social pressure
    • They are unprepared for what we expect them to be responsible for
  • That skill can outmatch strength is an empowering realization.
  • Training instills confidence
  • How to avoid conflict
    • Tuck your chin
    • Square your posture
    • Make eye contact
    • Fake it ‘til you make it
  • It’s hard to shake anyone who truly believes in their own abilities.
  • Focus on the “inches.” Don’t worry about the impossible goal, break it into inches, and celebrate every little win. Talk yourself through each step.
  • Your “inch” may not be a win that anyone else recognizes. You have to celebrate yourself.
  • Take an honest look at your day: you have many more wins than losses.
  • Competition is vital to keep you honest about your skills.
  • Don’t let yourself be a cheerleader at the expense of your honesty.
  • A medal means you had a great day. It’s wonderful, but fleeting. The real win is the experience you gain.


Melissa Lozano is a World Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mother of 4, cancer survivor and studio owner. Her dedication to the martial arts has been a consistent motivating force in her life and has provided her with the passion and desire to assist others in their own journeys. As a studio owner, she's in a position to help others on their journey to healthier and more confident life styles. Due to the overwhelming need within our communities, Melissa has most recently designed a curriculum for Aggression Defense classes for young teen girls and is currently teaching them at her studio and as an elective to coursework at local private high schools.

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