Still loving Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training and I mixed in some standup to build MMA experience. I’d strike more often, but considering all the public speaking it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to show up on stage with a black eye or worse. *Amazing that hasn't happened already.* Still pure BJJ is extremely physically demanding and at the same time incredibly cerebral. Skill and by extension belt levels take forever to increase. For example 3 years in I’m still only a blue belt, one up from white, but I have high hopes of earning purple this summer. My 5 year old girl also comes with me all the time so she can learn the moves. Let me tell you, if you let her take your back, she WILL tap you with a rear choke and don’t even mess with the arm bars from the mount. Makes a father proud. :)
As most reading here know I travel quite extensively which makes keeping a weekly BJJ schedule difficult to maintain. So instead of stopping periodically I decided to travel with my Gi everywhere I go. Over the last few months I’ve trained in about two dozen academies across California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, New York, Winsconsin, and probably some others I’m forgetting. Every academy I’ve been to the instructors are really cool and experienced , having different strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly have chill students where big egos are rare. What surprised me the most is the varying styles. When I first started grappling I simply didn’t appreciate or even notice the subtle differences that I do now.
When I train in other schools I do my best to refrain from tapping people with higher belts than me because of, well, lets just say I had a bad incident. However under no circumstances am I to get tapped by anyone, let alone someone of the same belt level or lower. My instructor gets really emotional about that sort of thing. :) I'm proud to say that I hold my own with any blue belt or even purple for that matter and hope to prove it in competition soon. The few times I’ve had the opportunity to train with a brown I get my ass kicked bad, embarrassing like. While I enjoy developing my skill, my weight is always on my mind cause I want to enter a tournament. I started off BJJ at 300lbs (136kg) and needed get down to 221lbs (100kg) to enter the super heavyweight class.
Currently hovering at about 240lbs, the last couple of months of weight loss has been painfully slow, even though I'm noticeably thinner. That’s probably because I’ve focused more on fat loss and muscle gain to be stronger, faster, with more stamina. One thing I’ve learned is that most people can only physically train 2-3 BJJ hours a day at the most because after that the body just can’t take any more. This is quite different that what I’m used to in technology where I can burn 12-14 hours a day, week in and week out, until I master a given subject. In BJJ this is simply not the case, so when you are in the gym you better make the most of it. I did find that cross-training helps tremendously for fitness on the mat. While my BJJ muscle scream in pain, I can usually still weight lift, run, stretch, swim, or do something else with only moderate discomfort.
Aussie Rules Football is right around the corner so I have to make sure I running stamina is ready to go.