This weekend is one to be remembered. Out of the blue (no pun intended) I make purple belt in BJJ (white - blue - purple - brown - black) and our GGAFL nationals footy team wins a regional qualifier for 2008 USAFL National tournament (we’re trying to make Division 1). Woot! I love both these sports.
I’ve been training BJJ seriously hard over the last year and a half since receiving my blue, typically 4 days a week when not traveling and visiting local academies across the national when I am. Sprinkle in some running, weights, and footy and my stamina/skill is somewhat reasonable. Now if I could just be more disciplined about my diet, 221 lbs should be in reach within the next 6-8 weeks for competition.
A dislocated shoulder about a month ago set things back and is taking forever to heal. Ugh! It’s extremely painful to push or pull when my arm is extended so I have to keep it bent and use my elbow for everything. I also have to make sure no one grabs onto it otherwise its tap city. And I hate tapping, the thing I failed to do and the cause of the injury (stupid). I’ve also noticed that when injured my technical game comes up a lot faster than it would have otherwise.
You see if you can’t use any much of any strength you are forced to rely more on technique and strategy. Speed, strength, and technique are basically the three ways to beat someone. At my size speed is unreliable :). For me if I stop training altogether to heal or get frustrated my game and stamina goes down fast. For those in BJJ they know nursing minor injuries is just part of the sport.
While I really hadn’t realized it over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been taping everyone in the academy (blues and purples) one after the other. I guess it looked weird for me to NOT have a purple belt, even if I’m early, so here I am. A whole new level, the realm of leg locks, and pursuing journey to the brown.
Hoff, we’re gonna have some fun at Black Hat. :)