The Quiet Before the Storm

Here we go! 2500 athletes (including me) are heading to California to compete in the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. It’s like the 30 minutes before a skydiving jump where the plane climbs to 15,000 feet. You can look down and see the ground getting farther and farther away. And suddenly you realize that you are going to have to return back down but without the help of a plane. And when it’s time… You stand up, walk towards the open hatch, and suddenly there is no more ground to walk on and you’re off…

That’s pretty much how I feel. I have the technique to win. I have the cardio to win. I have the game plan to win. The rest is just heart. I’m going to give it everything I got, one match at a time. I have 126 guys in my division (see below), but I only have to beat 7 of them to win gold.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me financially. I’ll send out a couple cool videos to you guys (after I get back) and to anyone that still might chip in a few bucks. I didn’t quite reach my goal to cover the full trip cost but it definitely made my journey a lot easier.

I’m very fortunate to have been a part of the judo and jiu jitsu communities in these last few years. I’ve only been doing jiu jitsu two and a half years, but I feel like it has already changed my life.

  1. Absoluto BJJ Horatiu Balint
  2. Absoluto BJJ ion pinzaru
  3. Academia Atitude/Gracie Humaita Ricardo Vargas
  4. Akxe BJJ Tony Torrisi
  5. Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ greg west
  6. Alliance Raphael de Castro Vieira
  7. Alliance Rehan Muttalib
  8. Alliance Atlanta Kaice Reilly
  9. Alliance Atlanta William Edmondson
  10. Alliance Ecuador James Robert Saa Marin
  11. Alliance Ecuador luis alfredo Arboleda Subia
  12. Alliance International Gert-Jan Vergauwen
  13. Alliance International Lucas Jose Alves de Oliveira
  14. Alliance JiuJitsu San Francisco Toby Marroquin
  15. Alliance JJ James Blake Hansen
  16. Alliance JJ Shane Adam Sorensen
  17. Alliance Los Angeles Samuel Christian Rice
  18. Alliance Marcelo Garcia Taylor Wayne Bright
  19. Alliance RJ Ryan Shackleton
  20. Alliance SP Ramzi Farzad Abdulwahab Ahmed
  21. Alliance USA Richard Pinto
  22. Alliance USA Wanderson Cardoso
  23. Atos Jiu-Jitsu Fabio Rodrigo Bortolon dos Santos
  24. Atos Jiu-Jitsu Julio Cesar Figueiredo Ferraz
  25. Barbosa JJ Alef Felipe da Silva
  26. Barbosa JJ Ygor de Arruda F. Y. de Souza
  27. BJJ Revolution Team Dominique Hoskins
  28. Brasa Warrior International Jim Barrett
  29. Carlson Gracie Canada Joele Cuenca
  30. Carlson Gracie Las Vegas Ricardo Cavalcanti JR
  31. Cesar Pereira Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – CTMMA Sean Quigley
  32. Charles Gracie Academy Steven White
  33. CheckMat Andrew Detwiler
  34. CheckMat Michael Anthony Torres
  35. CheckMat International Murat Yesildal
  36. CheckMat International Ryan Bustamante
  37. CheckMat USA Luis Morales
  38. CheckMat USA Omi Iwasaki
  39. Clockwork Jiu-Jitsu Josh Macin
  40. Clube de Jiu-Jitsu Pit Bull – San Diego ryan reed
  41. Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu Vincent Inoncillo
  42. Combat Sports Boston Jonathan Leung
  43. Drysdale BJJ Dio Alfonze Buan
  44. Easton BJJ John Combs
  45. Easton BJJ Juan J Segnini
  46. Fight Club Jonathan Greek
  47. Fight Sports Hunter Xavier Kainalu Ewald
  48. Frontline Academy Joachim Sveinson
  49. GF Team Lucas Laet Mattos Moutinho
  50. GF Team Renan De Amorim
  51. GF Team Sergipe Richard Hopper
  52. Gracie Barra Luiz Gustavo Rocha Fernandes Neto
  53. Gracie Barra Marverk Vinicius da Silva Santos
  54. Gracie Barra America Antonio Santiago
  55. Gracie Barra America Ben Dowling
  56. Gracie Barra Brasil huerre
  57. Gracie Barra California Carlos Mena
  58. Gracie Barra California erick a leon garcia
  59. Gracie Barra International Anatoliy Aksanov
  60. Gracie Barra International jeffrey milton
  61. Gracie Barra Irvine Ali Magomedov
  62. Gracie Barra Irvine Maxen Antenor
  63. Gracie Barra JJ Oleg Ryaboy
  64. Gracie Barra JJ Sergio Daza Suarez
  65. Gracie Barra Orlando Johnatas Da Silva
  66. Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro Josh Ramirez
  67. Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro patrick ryan
  68. Gracie Barra USA Lionel Gomez
  69. Gracie Elite Team Joel Hadden
  70. Gracie Elite Team Pedro L Migliano
  71. Gracie Elite Team America Vasili Nikolaev
  72. Gracie Fighter Justin Nero
  73. Gracie Morumbi Kai Ellison
  74. Gracie Morumbi Steve Barahona
  75. Heroes Martial Arts Michael Greco
  76. Hilti BJJ Jyvaskyla Tommi Pohjola
  77. Icon Jiu-Jitsu Team Gabriel Salles Muniz Almeida
  78. Kron Gracie Jiu Jitsu Ryan Barber
  79. Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts Joseph Formica
  80. Lotus Club Jiu-Jitsu Clifford Anderson-Bergman
  81. Lovato Jiu-Jitsu Devin Roan
  82. Marcelo Alonso Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Doohyun “D.H.” Im
  83. Nova União Cooper Cardinale
  84. Nova União Thiago Bracks Oliveira
  85. Nova União USA Jordan Shepler
  86. NYMAG Jiu-Jitsu USA Julian Hermosillo
  87. Paragon BJJ Academy gregorio santiago
  88. Peter de Been JJ Grant Cooper
  89. Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Berkeley BOLDERDENE ODSUREN
  90. Renzo Gracie LA Robert Lewis Grober
  91. Rey Diogo/Carlson KEVIN MARQUINA
  92. Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Aaron Jerel Eberhart
  93. Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Justin Jones
  94. Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu International Kenny Steeve Haunui Otcenasek
  95. Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu International Patrick Davis
  96. Roberto Traven BJJ Alexander McIntyre
  97. Roberto Traven BJJ tom pennington
  98. Rodrigo Vaghi BJJ Drew Dober
  99. Ryan Gracie Team Rafael Rosa
  100. SBG International (SBGI) david walker
  101. Serao Mixed Martial Arts Benjamin Silva IV
  102. Serao Mixed Martial Arts Lucas Fernandes Oliveira
  103. Socal Fight Factory Alex Jose Alfaro
  104. Soul Fighters BJJ Igor Matosinho de Paiva
  105. South Valley Jiu Jitsu matt buren owens
  106. SPMA Aydin Mrouki
  107. Team Lloyd Irvin Joseph Ruggiero
  108. Team Lloyd Irvin Matt Rihani
  109. Texas Punishment Crew Kevin Johnson
  110. The Avengers Jason Kaoud
  111. The Avengers Jordan Meister
  112. Toronto BJJ Pema Dorji
  113. Training Ground Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Tim Park
  114. Tribe Jiu-Jitsu Roma Luigi Di Francia
  115. Undisputed Daniel Carlson
  116. Unit Maf Ludwig Michael Muller Vizcaino
  117. University of Jiu-Jitsu Laurenz Pakter
  118. Urban Jungle Self-Defense john saldana
  119. Victory BJJ Nam Huy Dinh
  120. West Coast BJJ Brendan Kiley
  121. West Coast BJJ David Kennedy
  122. WinnerJJ Anderson Costa da Silva
  123. Yemaso Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Richard Bothun
  124. Z1 Angola Helder Alves Cardoso
  125. Z1 Angola Walter Faustino

0 thoughts on “The Quiet Before the Storm

  1. Dominique

    Good luck, man. I havd been reading your blogs for the last few months and i like the way you think about BJJ, its very similar to me.

    Good luck out there,and remeber don’t listen to that little voice.

    Reply
    1. Lex Post author

      Thanks Dominique! I remember watching a documentary on Renzo Gracie and during big fights he would deal with that little voice by making fun of it in his head. It’s good to know that athletes at all levels and just people in general have to deal with it.

      Reply
  2. Rob

    Best of luck fella,

    I am from a judo background and have recently started my journey into the world of BJJ.

    I too am hoping to compete at the “Big” tournaments in the future, and reading your blog is inspiring me in my journey.

    Give it your very best man,

    Enjoy

    Reply
    1. Lex Post author

      Awesome. I still have my feet in both worlds and hope to keep it that way. I feel like I can do BJJ into my 70’s while I’ll probably have to slow down on judo in my 60’s 😉 You should definitely try out the big tournaments as soon as you feel crazy enough to do it. It’s always a great experience.

      Reply

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