It’s been 4 months since I last posted about my Brazilian Jui Jitsu training. Well, I’m lovin’ it. BJJ is extremely demanding physically and equally so mentally. I’m still only a blue belt, but if I continue training hard, purple may come in another year or so. One thing I’ve learned is the ability to fight hard and think smart, while completely exhausted and in pain is what really separates people. As for myself, I have slight shiner underneath my right eye, the cauliflower ear is almost healed up, and the ribs only hurt when I cough/sneeze/sit-up/laugh/yawn. But it’s all part of BJJ if you expect your game to improve.
My goal is to drop down to 221lbs / 100kilos (from 270lbs / 122.5kilos, originally at 300lbs) so I don't have fight in the unlimited monster weight class. The training regiment consists BJJ (Muay Tai mixed in) 4-5 days a week, circuit training 2-3 days, running 4, and a dash of Aussie Rules Football sprinkled in. Strength is up, stamina way up, and my BJJ/MMA skills are coming along nicely. I’ve lost about 20lbs / 9 kilos and presently hovering around 250lbs / 113kilos. Weight loss has been a little slow due to increased muscle mass, but that’s OK since I’m visibly a lot trimmer. Everything is on track and in 6 more months I should be where I need to be.
The best part is I’m finally starting to hold my own in the academy. Takedowns have improved and I’m submitting people as often as I get submitted. And a couple of huge breakthroughs occurred recently. I tapped a BJJ brown belt from a visiting academy! I didn’t even know he was until someone mentioned it. To me he was just an opponent like any other. And then this weekend my instructor (Tom Cissero) took a couple of us students to a Tae Kwon Do academy because they wanted to be introduced to BJJ. We taught a few moves, performed a sparring demo, and at the end their instructed asked/insisted we role (spar) with some of their students. Two happened to be black belts in TKD, who fought full contact, and one guy obviously had some wrestling background. We took it a little easy on them, but tapped them all just the same.
Also my academy is starting to put up a few moves on YouTube. Cool stuff if your interested.