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Understanding

I have someone very important in my life that doesn’t understand.  She doesn’t understand that I need to train.  I’m an adult and I know I have responsibilities, but I haven’t really made training my priority time-wise in a very long while.  If I get two classes a week, that’s good for me.  I work 60 hours a week along with keeping up with a soon to be 4 year old along with whatever comes in the way and I think I do a very good job at it. It’s definitely not the most important thing in my life, nor do I want it to be.  I don’t want to do tournaments every month, nor do I ever think I will make it to brazil or japan.  It will probably be another decade before I get my black belt and I’m fine with that.  I have to train.

It’s more than exercise,  more than therapy,   more than keeping my mind alert and interested, and its more than just plain fun most of the time.  It’s all that and more.  I will make it home as soon as I can honey and figure out to make it up to you.

Onward….       So I’ve decided to use Bernardo Faria’s game-plan alot lately and its been working.  Face it, he is winnng alot lately cause two of the best in history are not competing right now for various reasons.  He is not flashy or the strongest out there, but he gets the job done.  He is a big fan of half-guard and heavy top pressure, double underhook etc passing and that’s my game too.   Several classes ago a really strong and fast purple belt was giving me fits isolating my arms whether from guard or from mount. I watched a few videos and got a few tips from my instructor and I was able to shut his game down for the most part.  I feel like i’m getting some of my stamina back and “seeing” things again.

 

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Rough class

Haven’t rolled in two weeks and I suffered for it.  Lots of mount work this month which is a serious deficient . My instructor focuses on two or three positions a month and goes from that, with minor deviations.  Last month it was open guard mostly, either passes or sweeps. My timing and endurance was off so when we did positional rolls from mount, I struggled but learned a fair a bit. Learned a good way of getting out of half guard, second time I pulled it off during free rolls so all and all a good class.

A purple belt I haven’t seen before showed up and roughed me up a fair bit.  Very active open guard, trying to triangle , armbar to omoplata constantly.  When he got mount he did triangle to armbar very quickly which he caught me once on that, and one omoplata, which doesn’t happen very often.  I get this alot which is both an ego boost and I’m sure disturbing to my progress but he remarked to my instructor that I was very strong.  I’m fairly strong for my size at around 225, but still carrying 25 unnecessary pounds and I guess either due to judo, growing up in the country something ; I don’t get muscled too much.   I really need to make an effort to get at least 2 classes a week for awhile.  This sucks.

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Disappointment

I was unable to go to training last night and it stung more than I thought it would.  My work schedule changed at the last minute , like it is apt to do and I got home around 6 pm,  or 7pm where I would have trained.  Story of my life lastely,  or at least it seems to be for the last 5 years or so.   I had at one time, trained pretty regularly.  Between a heavy work schedule and a family,  I went to judo 2-3 times a week along with bjj or various other things, at one time I was taking shotokan karate , as often as I could.  Brief history, but I injured my neck in class and then later, a car accident finished the job.   As I was healing, I got scheduled into a 2nd to 3rd shift job and my training got pushed in importance.

Point of note,  I love my wife.  Her name is Inky here. I first met her in judo class, a million years ago, and yesterday.  Despite being on a college campus, the judo club had very few women that stuck around for more than a few classes.  I was lucky to snag her.  Not because that she likes martial arts, but everything else about her.   Tough, tattooed while also the look of a flower child.  She both terrifies me and makes me want to hold her and take care of her the rest of my days.  I’m hoping that we start to train more often together, and perhaps life will let up, or at least not stand in our way too much.  Its a dream of mine.  Combining as much of my loves in the same room.

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Envious

I’m so envious of those that can train every day, or even several times a day.  I definitely wouldn’t trade my life for anything, but ever so often it bothers me.  I have tried to endeavor to train outside of class with various shades of success.  I have a home gym of sorts which i will post pics of later and have time at work to at least do a few things.  Really need to have someone that is flexible to train with a moments notice or during off periods.  The new school is closer and helps alot.   I have a class tonight, looking forward to it.

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Letting the blog do its thing.

Ended up not visiting any school while visiting St-Louis.  Slightly disappointed in myself, but I will try push through it.  The only good day would have been wednesday night and I basically punked out.  Work had been calling every night while I will up there and unfamiliarity of it worked against me.  Sometimes I wished there was a local open mat on Sunday,  for an hour at most.  Tuesday does seem to be on tap though and I will push myself back into the routine.  Tomorrow I will continue to setup my home gym and mentally get ready for the week.  A week ago, one of the maintenance guys helped me setup a pull-up bar at work.  I ended up doing all of the welding and it was easy after that.   No excuses huh?

Inky has only went one class since that no-gi and seems kinda blase about the situation but I’m sure I can get her to go to class with me tuesday.  Definitely needs to be one of those weeks where I get more than one class.

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St Louis

Currently i’m out of town doing a little bit training for work and will hopefully check out a bjj school and get a roll in or two.  There are no Alliance schools nearby but there are quite a bit available.  I have done my fair share of visiting schools in the past, but for some reason I’m nervous about it.  Perhaps cause I won’t know anyone there or anybody in their circle, at all.    Statistically speaking of course

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