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Patience in Jiu Jitsu: 8 Reasons You Need It

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

patient-catIf I had to describe with one word what (in my mind) is required for a successful journey in jiu jitsu, I would have to say: patience.

I find the idea of “no ego” misleading in the short-term, when trying to figure out how to live day-to-day life. It’s like telling a kid in a candy store to have no ego. For myself, it’s better to tell that inner kid to be patient and instead give him a salad.

Speaking of patience, you will probably need a lot of it in order to get through this post, so instead, just skip ahead to the parts you find more interesting:

1. Working on a New Technique in Training

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

Learning a new technique (or position/concept) in training requires that you stick to that new technique even when it is failing, in order to learn how and why it is failing. The result, however, is you might do a lot worse in training than you usually would. For example, I’ve been working on a weird cross-collar grip while passing. Conceptually this solves a few  problems in my game, but for a while it was allowing many people to off-balance me and sweep me easily. Every time I got swept, I learned something. But I’m also human, so if I get swept, I get a little frustrated, and patience is the process of silencing that frustration and sticking to the new technique anyway. By the way, I’m not in the school of thought that says frustration is bad. Frustration is good. Frustration is the fire that inspires progress.

2. Survival: Escaping Bad Positions

Turtle-Guillotine-ProblemsThis was a tough one for me, still is, especially in competition. As a wrestler, my instinct has always been to act in all bad positions as a wrestler acts when he is getting turned to his back. Basically: go berserk. This is often not a good idea in jiu jitsu.

The moment you stop going berserk, you also have to face that weak-ass negative voice inside yourself that says: “Shit, shit, damn it. I’m losing. I’m going to lose.” I have seen some incredible competitors, more often than I ever expected, get in trouble by being swept, get their back taken, or even put into submissions, and… escape to eventually win the match.

The kind of patience required here is very zen. It’s a calm under fire, staying relaxed and focused on defending. Jiu jitsu is a game where taking a step back is sometimes required in order to take two steps forward. As absurd as it may sound, it is difficult to dominate in good positions without the confidence that you can defend yourself in bad positions.

3. Stalemate in Training or Competition

There are several kinds of stalemates in jiu jitsu. One is because the other guy is blatantly stalling by having a controlling grip or position and yet not making any effort to progress from that position. Patience is required here because a lot of guys that do this are waiting for you to make a mistake and capitalize on it.

The second type of stalemate is when you and your opponent are evenly matched in a particular position, both with a controlling grip, and constantly battling to progress position without success. It goes on back and forth: attack, defend, attack, defend. Especially in competition, there is a big temptation here to throw in an unorthodox attack because your main A-game is being defended well. Patience is required here to stick to the game plan, stick to your strength. Unless you have a wild open style, leave improvisation for the academy and keep to well-tested techniques on the competition mat.

The last kind of stalemate is a tricky one, and comes from experience. In competition, you have to face a lot of different games and sometimes you get a weird feeling about a particular position. It may be one you’ve been in many times, but this particular opponent is doing it slightly differently. Patience is required here to “test the waters” and feel out what the opponent is looking for or maybe backup and try a completely different strategy of attack. Follow your instinct, but ignore irrational fear, if you can tell the difference between the two.

I’ll go to chess for a brilliant example of the third kind of stalemate. The following is a world chess champ V. Anand taking almost 2 minutes to think over a standard early position during a world blitz game (where he is given a total of 5 minutes to make all the moves in the game). Why did he wait so long to make such a simple move? Because something was off. His instinct told him to rethink the position and he was confident enough to calmly follow his instinct without letting the pressure of the clock break his focus.

4. Tournaments: Getting There, Waiting There

dmv-hellWhen you sign up for a tournament, most of your competition experience is not spent on the mat competing. You will spend anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days in transportation to and from the tournament (cars, trains, or planes). Once at the venue you will spend an average of about 6 hours at the tournament site, registering, weighing in, warming up, waiting for your first match, waiting between matches. And all that is for one division.

If you decide to do gi and no-gi, or weight and absolute, you can easily show up at 10am and leave at 9pm for a nice 11 hour experience. That’s a lot of dead time. Patience here is required in the same way as in any situation that needs waiting for a long time in an uncomfortable environment: relax and make yourself comfortable.

5. Losing in Competition

reality-mirrorReality is a bitch. And nothing hands you a cold hard dose of reality like losing in competition. Some people blame the ref. Some people blame cutting weight or not cutting weight. Some people blame doing adult instead of masters. And all these could be legitimate reasons, but deep inside you know: you fucked up. This knowledge will stay with you for days, weeks, and in some cases months. Patience here is required in order to channel the pain of that knowledge into productive learning and training, and not into self-pity and clever excuse-making.

6. Training Around an Injury

detour-signDamn this is already a long post, so I’ll hurry up, just three more…

Training injured is a big part of jiu jitsu. If I took time off every time I lightly hurt something I would never train. I have not been seriously hurt (yet) after 4 years of lots of competing, but take my advice for what it is: an opinion. My opinion is that the best way to avoid serious injury is to never take a lot of time off. If you take time off from the mat, you have to be drilling on a dummy or alone or doing yoga-type movements that mimic grappling at least remotely.

But if you are slightly banged up, you have to train around that injury. Patience here is required in order to take the ego hit from not being able to roll 100% or sometimes even close to it. In the grand scheme of things, your guard being passed by a white belt for a few days/weeks does not even come close to mattering, if it means you get to continue training, and living the happy healthy jiu jitsu life.

7. Training with a “Dangerous” Training Partner

trex7The previous one (#6) also applies for training with a “dangerous” training partner. Some people are VERY aggressive or spazzy or just not sensitive to the music of jiu jitsu. Training hard and training rough are very different things. You want to train hard not rough. So if a person has hurt you in the past, you should not try to go HARDER this time. You should go lighter. Let them submit you a few times if ego is an issue at all. If you are training for competition, you should still go hard but the #1 goal should be get from safe position to safe position without injury. Again, my opinion. Take it for what it is.

8. Training When You’re Mentally Worn Out

woman-cryingThis is one I deal with often personally, especially at this stage in my life. I have a lot of deadlines at work, and really my whole life at this time is my work, so sometimes the lack of sleep spills over to my training. Add women on top of that, and the idea of being mentally engaged in 1+ hours of hard rolling with purple, brown, and black belts is just… tough. Patience here is required to suck it up, enjoy the grind, and train your ass off through the mental exhaustion with a beautiful fucking smile on your face.

How to Get Back Into Judo or BJJ

One of the cool things I get from having this blog and competing a bunch is that people ask me for advice. I’m flattered, of course, but my advice-giving abilities are quite frankly shitty. I make no money from these sports, and so I have no interest in or practiced-ability of convincing people to sign up or get back into it. So my advice tends to be brutally honest and (I fear) not very empathetic. But I’m getting better. The beginning is always rough, and so most of us need to be guided gently at first, before we’re thrown in with the wolves.

Here’s where I’m coming from… I train jiu jitsu almost exclusively now, not having gotten my black belt in judo… yet. That’s where my current struggle lies: trying to get back into judo while maintaining a more-than-full-time job and a serious competition training regimen in jiu jitsu. Anyway, the following are good rules that have worked for me many times in the past when I was first starting or re-starting an activity.

1. Just do it, and never stop

uphill-both-waysYou don’t need a master-plan. Just show up, and keep showing up, until you figure out a plan that works for you, but never EVER stop showing up. If you are injured, have staph/ringworm/ebola, do something at home that physically drains you more than training. You can’t let your mind see an escape from training. If you get sick, you should be upset that you’re sick, because that means you have to do something that’s less fun than training, but you still have to do that something.

When I drill, there’s a tendency to not do it until I figure out a detailed set of techniques that I’m going to drill, but thanks to the infinite capacity of the brain to procrastinate, that approach results in me never drilling. What works is just doing it for 40-60 minutes, with or without a plan, and what happens is I actually quickly figure out a regimen that works.

No matter what, do not stop. If you’ve ever quit anything in your life, and I’m sure you have, you know that quitting gives your mind the knowledge that there IS an escape. And when shit gets tough, your mind will immediately against start looking for that same escape. You have to convince yourself that quitting is not an option. By the way, quitting is okay as long as you acknowledge to yourself that you are quitting and accept the consequences, but most people (like myself) gradually fall of the wagon without ever being brutally honest with themselves and quitting openly, clearly, and carrying the full weight of that decision.

2. Make a set of rules that cannot be broken

must-be-at-least-this-tall-to-rideAfter you started showing up (see #1), it’s now time to make the concept of “showing up” more concrete. You have to set a minimum number of times you’ll train every week. It has to be tough but realistic. This is a “rule” you can never ever break, unless you plan for it way ahead of time. You have to write down modifications to this rule for special situations like if you’re sick or you’re traveling or there’s a huge deadline at work or something you have to do with the wife, kids, family, etc. For example, for training, here’s a rule for a competitor:

  • Normal: Roll at least 40 minutes (actual rolling time) every day.
  • When a little sick: Run outside or on a treadmill (at home) for 40 minutes, at a pace of 7.5 mph or faster.
  • When really sick: Your body needs rest, but we can still torture the mind (in a good way)! So, watch 2 hours of instructionals, taking notes.
  • When hurt: Do any kind of exercise that doesn’t affect the injured area for 40 minutes at heart rate of 150 bpm or higher.
  • When traveling: Try to find a place, if not do the same as if sick.

That might sound like a lot, but it’s not. I’ve never actually have written it out like that. It’s just in my head. I have the same for reading, for programming, for learning.

3. Set a numeric goal

Tally_marks_counting_visitorsI write about this a lot, and those that train with me, know that I’m a big fan of spreadsheets and numbers. I like setting goals like: get 100 submissions in competition or do 30 tournaments this year or run 365 miles. A good goal is quantifiable, reachable, but tough. It should last several months, or at least a month. The point of a numeric goal is to get you to focus on progressing from 0% to 100% completion, one percent at a time. And while you focus on those small increments, time flies much faster, and most importantly: the habit of “showing up” builds. Once you get the habit going, everything becomes easier. For me, it takes about 3-4 weeks to build the habit of doing a new thing on a regular basis.

Hope some of this helps.

5 Ways to Avoid Injury in BJJ

I have had the good fortune so far to avoid major injury while still training hard every day and competing frequently. Let me dive right in, without warming up, into the list of things I do to avoid injury.

1. Warm up and stretch

sebastian-brosche-bjj-yoga-judo-jiu-jitsu-podcastI’ll start with one that seems to be a point of disagreement for people. I’d like to underline the fact that this list is what works for me, and not for anyone else. So take it with a grain of salt. I experiment with different approaches to training all the time and am always open to trying a new system. But since after high school, I’ve noticed that warming up and stretching has been a huge part of me remaining injury free. There is a lot of stuff out there that says stretches actually increasing chance of injury. For me, that’s not true. I ultimately need a good 20 minute warm up and stretch routine. And not just ANY routine. It’s important to warm up personal “problem areas” like shoulders, neck, hips, back, groin, etc. I just recently started doing yoga, thanks to the advice of a great competitor Sebastian Brosche and my instructor Phil Migliarese. I highly recommend Sebastian’s website, it has a lot of cool stuff for jiu jitsu guys.

2. Drill to build up muscles you actually need for your jiu jitsu

I think there’s a belief out there that you have to do strength training of some kind outside of jiu jitsu to building up the support muscles that help avoid injury. This is true conceptually, but often what happens is when you start strength training, you lose focus on jiu jitsu, and start strength training for the sake of itself, and so you build up certain muscles, neglecting ones that you might actually need for your particular style of jiu jitsu. For me, the most important way to build up the right kind of muscle is drilling, usually the fast paced kind. Depending on the technique, I prefer to do it on a dummy vs a real person, because a dummy doesn’t complain and I don’t need to split time with a dummy. You have to be creative. I don’t usually drill sweeps on a dummy, but it is very much possible. For example, here’s a guy drilling berimbolo:

3. Good technique

leverage-fulcrumThe best and highly unreasonable advice to avoid injury is: get good fast 😉 While you can’t magically attain black-belt-level skill in a week, sticking to fundamental principles of good technique is probably the best practical way to avoid injury. What do I mean by fundamental principles? Things like: elbow discipline, good posture, bent knees when standing, good base, good head position, don’t post your hands on the mat, etc. There are exceptions and variations to some of these, as you probably know. In fact, most of us know the good fundamentals, but we get lazy, and there’s nothing worse for injury than “lazy”. Note: there’s a huge difference between lazy and relaxed/chilling/efficient. You want to be the latter and not the former.

4. See positions in terms of injury potential

Snake_warning_signYour body bends and moves comfortable only in a small number of ways (relatively speaking). You need to understand these ranges of movement, and learn proper technique to avoid crossing to the line outside your comfortable range of movement. This is very much connected to the previous point of “good technique”. This means different things in different positions, or even for different body types and jiu jitsu styles. For me, I learn way to maintain a strong structure in most positions. You need to utilize the natural “frames” of your body (formed by using your arms and legs).

But, of course, unless you are perfect every second of every roll, you will be put in positions that place your body outside its naturally strong structural positions. This is where you have to be careful to allocate an especially large part of your thoughts to avoiding injury. That sometimes means telling your ego to shut up.

5. Don’t try crazy stuff with the wrong people

hockey-fightA big part of jiu jitsu is exploring new techniques, positions, and transitions. Obviously, that kind of exploration can put you in compromising positions. That’s good as long as both people are paying attention to #4 above. And that’s just it, when you are trying crazy stuff, pick your partners wisely. With some people you are safe to explore as much as you want, and with others, the combination of explosive power and ego can lead to serious injury in the compromising positions.

Bonus! 6. Avoid taking any risks in life.

Remember, that injury and pain are a part of life. So toughen the fuck up. You’ll be dead soon enough. None of this lasts forever, so it’s best to go out doing what makes you happy, and for me that means taking risks and challenging myself.

Morote Seoi Nage: Tips and Details

I have the good fortune of knowing, and being friends with, a couple of people who have a deep understanding of their art and the ability to teach and explain it to stubborn assholes like me. Josh Vogel is a good example of that in jiu jitsu. Niko Dax, an excellent judo black belt, is an example of that in judo. He often teaches me tiny details about throws that end up changing the way I see the throw. He did that with koga-style ippon seoi nage, with uchi mata, and now with morote seoi nage.

Morote seoi nage has been a mystery to me. As for many people, this technique when done incorrectly can wreak havoc on your shoulder. Every high level competitive black belt I’ve ever talked to always said that it shouldn’t hurt your shoulder, and yet every time I tried it I could feel how it could destroy my shoulder. As a basic rule I don’t do techniques that have a higher than normal risk of injury. It ain’t worth it. Still, the reason I’m very interested in morote seoi nage is that it’s one of the variations of seoi that are good for jiu jitsu in that the grips prevent the opponent from taking your back on a failed or successful throw. This is in stark contrast to my favorite throw: ippon seoi nage.

Niko explained a lot of details about morote to me, but he also put out a quick video, that has some of the excellent tips we talked about:

I like how he suggests to think of morote seoi nage as more like kata guruma (fireman’s carry). He also emphasizes that the kuzushi (off-balance) is done not with a strong pull, but with a turning of the torso while keeping a strong frame.

Of course, as with all judo techniques, knowing the correct details is just the beginning of the journey. You have to drill the crap out of those details. I’ve been focused on wrestling in past few months, but I will start working on morote seoi nage after the upcoming stint of July tournaments is over.

Here is a highlight of morote seoi nage. Some of the throws here are either variations of morote or not morote at all so take the highlight with a grain of salt. But you can clearly see many of the judoka execute the technique the way Niko explains it. In fact, Niko has worked with and learned from some of the best judo competitors in the world. I think that’s the best way to learn the basics: from the masters who have beat the best in the world using those very basics.

Avoiding Knee Injury Against Jumping Closed Guard

I firmly believe that the road to improvement in any sport should involve the mastery of injury prevention. I am constantly trying to understand what positions may lead to injury and look to avoid those positions or it least avoid the aspects of those positions that result in injury. Let me be more specific with an example from a recent tournament…

A common dangerous situation is when I’m looking to take my opponent down and they are looking to jump closed guard. In most cases, neither person has extensive experience with this exact situation. Most grapplers do not drill (nearly enough) jumping closed guard, and I certainly don’t drill shooting a double while a person is jumping closed guard. Those drilling sessions are too painful to imagine. What has happened to me in the past a few times is I made the mistake of not keeping my knees bent (even just slightly). There are a million reasons not to keep you legs locked out, but when you get tired you do stupid things. So when my opponent jumps closed guard, it’s tempting to step the straight leading leg forward. If they jump too low, this will result in their bodyweight slamming up against my knee. Here’s an example:

When your opponent jumps closed guard, they often pull you forward. This naturally forces you to step forward with as the person does in this video. Injury result when this step is taken on a straight leg not a bent one. The way to avoid injury is to keep a strong base and a bent leading leg. That way the leading leg can support the weight of the jumping person’s body. In general it’s good to have at least a slightly bent leg at all time, kind of like Olympic-style wrestlers do. With a slightly bent leg you can change levels quicker, sprawl back quicker, move around quicker, etc.

A Single Leg is Hard to Finish

I tweaked my hip yesterday and was limping all day like an old wise judoka. Add to that a lack of sleep due to a bunch of deadlines and stress at work, and I was a damn mess (and missed the usually very good competition training session at Marco’s). When I’m mentally drained in that way, I’ll drill at home and watch some instructional videos on the same several positions I’ve been working on over the last year. Here’s one: the single leg.

Look at 5:50 in the following video. It’s two minutes of AJ Agazarm trying to finish a single leg on Victor Silveiro in a brown belt match-up at the 2013 Pans.

I see this kind of battle a lot, especially at the lighter weights, and especially in no-gi, but it really spans all weight divisions and styles. As is often said in wrestling, the way to win this battle is early aggression. It’s best to attack in combinations before the opponent gets a chance to establish good balance on the one foot. For this reason, I don’t like the single leg in training. If the training partner doesn’t want to go down, there often isn’t a nice and controlled way to put them down. I like to work technique that don’t hurt people, because I want to get a lot of reps in, and it’s easier to get reps in when the other person isn’t being destroyed in the process.

A lot of jiu jitsu guys (Marcelo Garcia is a great example) like the “running the pipe” finish. I think it’s effective, but it never clicked with me the way the “sweep the leg” finish has. Kolat shows a good version of it:

Here’s a nice set of 9 videos on finishing single leg takedowns:

The way to finish a single leg is simple: (1) keep them moving, (2) combine attacks, (3) aggression. All that is a lot of work. I like to think of the single leg finish as almost a position in itself, and like any position my goal is to make sure that I’m expanding less energy than my opponent. I think I’ve often fallen victim to that adrenaline rush that goes with the feeling that I’m very close to taking the guy down. There is no “almost” in grappling or life. You have to do the smart thing up until the very end. Don’t throw technique and sense out the window just because you’re “almost” there.

Street Fighting Should Be Legal but Regulated by the IBJJF

USA. New York. 1950.I think a lot of the problems in public discourse (in real-life and online) arise from the fact that people don’t have to back up their words with action. That’s why I am usually more comfortable talking to a guy who has been punched in the face, or especially lost a fight, many times in their life. There is a humble reality-check that comes with that. Reality-checks like that can come in many ways, but fighting is a potent one.

I think fighting on the street (or anywhere) to resolve a conflict, when both people agree to it, is a great way to learn about the consequences of words except for the fact that people can get seriously hurt (or die). So I propose that Congress pass a bill legalizing street fighting but that it be regulated by the International Street Fighting Federation (ISFF) that will be a branch of the IBJJF 😉 The goal is to make illegal any techniques that can cause permanent bodily harm. No ground and pound on a hard surface, no slams, etc. If you do any of those things, you’ll go to jail, otherwise if both people agree to it, the fight is completely legal. You might get banged up pretty bad, but you’ll be fine a week or two later.

Obviously, this idea (much like A Modest Proposal) is not a serious one (especially about the IBJJF), but I still am saddened when I’m confronted with people in our society who hide behind the veil of the “I’ll sue you” threat versus the much more basic human threat of fighting. I think most of us (including myself) would be a lot more careful in talking crap if we had to back it up through fighting.

Training for Competition with Higher Ranks

damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-dontOne of my goals in training for competition is to train as hard as possible with as little ego as possible. What I mean by that is, I focus on attacking aggressively with control and good technique, but if I’m caught off-guard by my training partner, I don’t use crazy spazzy power rage mode to get out the bad situation like I might in competition.

In general, I have a geriatric training style, where I move slowly with a strong focus on never putting any part of my body in a weak position. That’s good for not being swept, passed, or submitted, and it’s also very good for avoiding injury.

Now here’s the tricky part… There’s a catch 22 in training hard with competition-ready brown and black belts who are going at 100%. If I want to step up to their level and challenge them at least in some positions, I have to go 100% myself. But because they have superior technique, they constantly put me in vulnerable positions that threaten injury. So I’m less inclined to go 100% when there is a constant threat of injury. But if I go less than 100% then I have no hope of getting anywhere with them except inside a triangle or at the bottom of mount. That’s the catch 22.

I get a lot from rolling lighter with higher ranks, because they reveal the flaws in my game. But when I’m training for competition, I’m not looking at exposing the flaws in my game broadly speaking. I’m looking to pull every training partner (white belt to black belt) aggressively into my “A game” where I at least have a brief chance.

I’m not quite in competition mode yet, but these are the thing I think about, and have recently had conversations with a few fellow purple belts about. In the end, no matter what, I believe that quantity of training is important. You need to do whatever you need to do in order to get a lot of sets in with minimum risk of injury and with maximum mental focus on constantly improving your technique.

Side note: I’ll often write blog posts that I’m not happy about, because what comes out on the screen is a lot different than what was in my brain. I sound like a tunnel-visioned asshole, while I think of myself as more of a big-picture asshole.

Two No Gi Grappling Styles: Hummingbird vs Viper

I came across the following picture that is now on display in Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C (source). The photographer is Bence Máté. This picture, like most pictures of animals in conflict, made me think of jiu jitsu.

snake-vs-hummingbird

It reminded me of the range of grappling styles in no-gi: from the super-quick back-take specialist “hummingbird” to the slow strong heavy-pressure-based “viper”. In gi, the hummingbird loses its “wings” because grips can slow down even the most creative chain of movement. But in no-gi this style can flourish. Note: this is the part of the post where I start feeling bad about overusing the animal kingdom analogy.

Being an aspiring “viper” myself, I like training with other “vipers”. I can go 50% with another slow deliberate pressure-based player and learn a lot from the experience while almost never getting injured. But when I go against someone who is very dynamic and constantly making quick sharp movements, I have to go closer to 100% in order to get on the same wavelength as them, and then the probability of injury goes up.

I like the fact that jiu jitsu allows a 130 lbs guy to go against a 250 lbs guy and it be an even match because they are each working with a different set of weapons. Very few combat sports have that. Being a 180 lbs middleweight, I get to see both sides of that coin. There are plenty of people who are lighter than me and plenty who are heavier. In the white, blue, and purple belt ranks I have definitely struggled much more with the 130 lbs competitor than the 250 lbs one. But when I watch the black belt divisions, the picture is reversed. Size does matter after all, when the number of flaws in your game decreases.

Riding Out the Lows

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie

sisyphus-happyI got trampled by the flu last week. For the first time since I started judo or jiu jitsu or even just working out in general, I didn’t want to do any type of exercise, not for physical reasons but purely mental ones. It was a strange feeling, and a pretty dark one that I still haven’t quite shaken. But I’ve lived just long enough to know that all such feelings pass, and all you can do is smile and watch it pass.

I still showed up to train every day this week, but far from my usual pre-planned purpose-driven practice. I just showed up and enjoyed it in a very different way than I usually do. I didn’t care about improving, learning, etc. I just enjoyed the simple conversation with the usual suspects. I get a certain comfort from talking to people who are always there, especially black belts and old timers, knowing that they’ve gone through this shit hundreds of times before. Everyone goes through dark times: due to injury, due to tension at home or at work, due to just the way the Earth rotates about its axis.

One of the things that was particularly upsetting to me is how little I wanted to compete. There was a local tournament this weekend that I was planning on going to because a couple of my buddies were going as well, but I just hated the idea of stepping on the mat. I promised myself a long time ago, that I can be scared shitless, tired, not ready, none of that matters. But if I’m not simply happy to step on the mat, there is no reason to do it. I compete to challenge myself, but at the end of the day, beyond the stress and nerves, I just love the thrill of “battle” if you could ever call judo or jiu jitsu that 😉 So it sucked very much not to look forward to competing.

I’m going to take it easy, continue drilling, training, watching videos, and hope to do the following upcoming tournaments. I might do none of them, but I sincerely hope to do all of them:

  • NAGA Philly (Feb 3)
  • World Pro Montreal (Feb 9)
  • Boston Open (March 3)
  • Pans (Mar 23)
  • NY Open (April 20)