Posts Tagged ‘livelaughlove’

Purple Belt !

April 17, 2017

So I have been a purple belt since the end of November. That being said I am 5’10 about 150-55 lbs. Not the biggest guy. Up to this point training jiu jitsu has been one of the roughest things I have done period. Constant beatings I have received are countless. I still have PTSD when coming to train and get on the mat from all those beatings. That is why I find it funny nowadays when people come up to me. Mostly white belts , ask my opinion.  I don’t know, I guess I would never see the day when people would ever look at me as  a tough role.  This is just crazy to me!

Being a higher belt tho, I do relish the opportunity to help my fellow training partners whenever they ask, challenge my self by either handicapping myself or even rolling with certain goal in mind. Teaching this art and bringing the peace of mind jiu jitsu has given me is something I wish to do full time some day. Teaching just like learning jiu jitsu is a skill that has to be learned and sharpened. So I guess for now I just do what I been doing up to this point. Just show up keep training, it has worked for me thus far and kept me from quitting when maybe I should have. Man this art is something!

Jiu Jitsu Life choose me!

February 20, 2017

I often get asked during open mat if I have been training everyday or how many times a day I train. I often reply without blinking for the most part,” I think every day this week.” Often times I tell people I even did  a couple two a days. But how in the world could this be? I don’t know man I just don’t have a desire to do anything else for the most part. For me the mat is my church, my therapy, my exercise, my chance to learn more about myself as I try my best to understand what it we are doing. Most importantly its fun, I don’t know how many times I have felt wreck emotionally, physically, or mentally and by merely showing up on the mats my spirit seemed somewhat lifted. I believe everybody has their own journey and has a gift  or prism in which the world might somehow make sense to them. To me it has been jiu jitsu of late and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

All of the hooo hummm aside what I have been working on is just simply revisiting the basics. Trying to gain better understanding  of why the simple things work. Trying to also get a better control of my de la riva guard game. Always on improving on my defense. Secretly my goal is to learn how to become untappable and to feel comfortable rolling with anyone. Long ways to go, one hip escape at a time.  Here is a great video on escaping side control with Firas Zahabi and Karel Silver Fox Pravec, a bunch of gold nuggets in here so take your time, watch it and sink it in. Then go back and watch it again and again! Till next time. See you on the mats!

 

Changes

January 30, 2017

Definition:

Change  1.make or become different.    2.take or use another instead of.

Man at 33 years of age I cant help but feel and wonder what else in life will change. To my dismay  or even disbelief today I sit here and reflect not only on my jiu jitsu but my life in general. And wow! All I can think of is “wow,” how I have changed. I started on this journey over 5 years ago late in my 20’s. At the time a young man still full of piss and vinegar. Immature good nature party guy who often gets in his own way. I did that in my relationships,  I did it with my studies, to a certain extent I still do it but man even though I am still the same person I look back and see big difference, life like jiu jitsu is hard. We will lose loved ones, we will be hurt, have our good days and bad one. Just like in jiu jitsu if for whatever our motivation keep showing up, endure, we will learn and grow from our mistakes. We will have an opportunity to become a better version of ourselves than we were the moment before. We will get to feel connected and have an impact on the lives of the people around us more than we will ever know. Blessed I am to live another day, to train and improve myself on a daily basis mentally, physically, and spiritually. This crazy roller coaster of life and jiu jitsu continues on!