Alex Newsletter: Building Communities, Culture, Generations

Happy Tuesday!

Since I’m leaving China in a few days, I’m trying to give some important lessons to my students, just before I go. This week I was writing a lot about building communities, strong culture, and good generations. I use a capoeira group as an example, but most of it is true for any type of teams and organizations. Enjoy!

Last month of the year

There is one month left in the year. Most people are ready to coast to the finish line, but one good month can make the whole year feel like a success. What can you do in the next 30 days to build momentum and finish the year on a high note?

The beginning or end of the month is a good time to do a monthly review. Review your goals, review your system, review your habits. What worked for you? What not? What should you quit? What should you reinforce?

Some personal examples ahead.

Building a Culture

CULTURE: from the Latin cultus, which means care.

Culture is all a community’s beliefs, values, and attitudes, and how they influence the behavior of its members.

Culture in a community is like waves in a pond. When you throw a stone into the water, the ripples will surely reach a wider area than the initial splash. The initial splash is a leader of the community; he or she is the embodiment of the culture. Then comes an inner ring, and another ring, and another ring. Each ring influences the next one, but the initial impact comes from the center.

The question is: what can we do to make sure our ripples are spreading the right message?

Continue reading and find out more about strong culture foundation.


Earlier this week I wrote about the “Over the line” concept, where a teacher or a leader has to push people towards the common goal. It’s done through inspiration, motivation, information, teaching, and good leadership. But you alone cannot carry everyone across the line. You need to create a growth culture in your community. And what if you could create a generation of people where they start to help each other?

Some advice and common mistakes with generations

Other posts last week

  • Over The Line – one of my favorite lessons from Mestre Cueca.
  • Mindset and The Snowball Effect – The results we see are only top of the iceberg. What we don’t see is what’s underneath.
  • You Move, I Move – usually this is the first thing I explain during our team meetings. However, it is so important that it’s worth repeating.
  • Three Formulas: for failure, personal success, and building big successful communities

Until next week,

Alex Maltsev
Digital Creator, capoeira teacher, proud father