It’s been too long since I’ve last written, but I will attempt to catch up and post more often.
For Christmas, got the Galvao book as well as the bag I wanted. Score! Drill to Win is helping me immensely, though I’m sure people hate it when I lead warm-ups in class and do some unnatural thing we haven’t seen yet as a group …
Since the New Year, I have been training inconsistently, but am working back to 4 or 5 times a week. Tournament coming up this Saturday, but I’ve got some kind of sinus thing going on and hope it clears up by then. Since I’m not training with anyone as a result of that this week, it means more work with kettle bells, solo drilling and running to maintain weight.
Participated in a Grapplethon in Laguna Niguel as well. Can’t say enough good things about the host academy (Optimus Jiu Jitsu), or the organizers (Montay Wiley and Brett Weekley). It’s always a huge plus when we can gather as a community and invest our time into those who could use our help, either financially or otherwise. Got to see some old friends, make some new friends and enjoy the moment. Also gave myself a bone bruise, but that’s another story.
Finally, saw Metamoris III this past weekend…. I don’t have an opinion on the final match, but wonder how many people will begin to learn things like the Electric Chair or Vaporizer as a result of it? Even though these are pain response techniques (meaning, not a choke and you’re counting on your opponent to respond to the pain of the stretch – similar to CACC), they were proven effective against someone who had never seen them before, even at an incredibly high level. This is the same thing the Gracies did in the 90s with the advent of UFC — no one had seen BJJ on that level, so when Royce decimated people (not saying Eddie decimated Royler), the martial arts world reaction was imminent (though not immediate).
That’s enough of the parenthetical asides for me. Hoping to catch up more soon.