Good Movies Before a Tournament

I’m going to Chicago (my “hometown”) this weekend to visit my friends and to compete in the IBJJF Chicago Winter International Open:

I’ve had an insane several weeks of work, so the competition aspect of this trip is certainly not optimal. But it’s important to compete frequently, and guess what, if you let the excuses that come along with life decide when you’re “ready” to compete, it’ll never happen. So, I’m not putting too much pressure on myself, because due to the workload I’ve been under, and the consistent sleep deprivation, I’m already walking the line of jiu jitsu becoming a source of overwhelming amounts of stress. The bottom line is it has to be fun. Not “la la” fun, but the kind of fun that a starving mouse has searching the maze for the block of cheese.

Alright, enough of that. Win or lose, I’m leaving it all on the mat. That’s all I can do.

So now to the topic of this post… since I’m traveling, I get a chance to watch a couple of movies in transit (though I’ll probably just be catching up on sleep). My selection this time is two movies: Leon and The Grey. The former I’ve watched many many times. There are many bad asses in cinema that inspire me, but few I actually look up to like Leon. He is the man: introverted, fearless, and still hopeful enough to love another human being.

The other movie is “The Grey”.  It’s the type of movie that’s always been near and dear to my heart: man vs nature, starvation, death. Can’t go wrong with that.

0 thoughts on “Good Movies Before a Tournament

  1. Lori

    Just yesterday, someone asked me if judo was a good stress reliever. I actually paused to think for a moment before I answered. I love training and it certainly is my primary source of fun. However, there are periods when I think I’m not putting enough work in and becomes extremely stressful. So I think you’re right–at times like that, it’s important to put things back into perspective and remind yourself that training should be the good kind of challenging and not something that kicks us while we’re down.

    And “Leon” is one of my favorites. I watch that movie about once every four months. Also to help me put things back into perspective. 😉

    I look forward to hearing about your adventure this weekend!


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