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Monthly Archives: October 2012
I have to admit, when I first saw the title “The French Triangle” I don’t know what I was expecting.
A mounted triangle while reading Le Monde and eating a croissant? Possibly while wearing a beret?
None of the above, unfortunately. Instead, it’s a triangle from the back, that looks pretty cool and interesting to consider.
Ok, I have been competing (albeit lightly) for several years now, so I know there are some things you expect when you go to a tournament: the food choices will be limited and expensive-however if there is acai present you won’t care- the locker room/bathroom situation will be awkward, at best, and the whole event will run late. And that’s fine: in the grand scheme of life, most events run late. Hell, there is a theater on Broadway-I can’t recall which one at the moment, that is known because the show starts at 8:01 on the dot. Which, if anyone was a theater geek like I was…am… knows that is pretty crazy.
Anyway, back to the event: maybe it’s because we were so close to home, maybe it’s because we were all required to weigh in by 9am and so had to leave Philadelphia by 6:30- all I know is, a lot of us were pretty pissed off at the even running about 3 hours late. My division was supposed to fight at noon- I didn’t step on the mat until about 3 pm. I know a majority of tournaments run late, but for some reason that just really got under my skin. It could have also been that I was hungry. Not that I was making weight, but since I didn’t know just how behind schedule the tournament was running, and didn’t want nausea to become an issue on the mat. I know some people can wolf down a sandwich and compete- I am not one of those people.
Things started to smooth out once 3- 3:30 rolled around, but I feel like this was an issue that could have been avoided. Obviously, I don’t know the entire situation or why it was set up the way it was and I know everyone was trying their best, but really, guys? That was a little ridiculous.
I finally did compete, lost my first match to a black belt, but felt good about it, because while I did make some mistakes, there was definite improvement from the last time I competed. I didn’t do the absolute, but looking forward to tweaking my game and competing again.
I love Halloween. Let me start off by saying that. I start thinking about Halloween costumes sometimes as early as July.
However, as I become older, it just gets later and later before I spring any sort of plan into action for a costume- and every year I have to resist the urge to use the easiest Halloween costume ever.
Wearing my gi in public. Slap on some medals, walk around in your gi and voila: insta-costume! If you want to get extra fancy, wearing some zombie makeup, or some vampire teeth- the possibilities are endless!
However when most of your friends are also grapplers, this is not quite as impressive. And by not quite, I mean not at all.
Anyone else get this urge?
So I’ve been taking some time to read around the internet and Shark Girl mentioned the dark (but sort of funny) side of BJJ blogging. The weird, fetishy side.
Unfortunately she’s had a more direct contact with the readers, but I believe almost every female BJJ blogger and a number of the fellas have gotten some weird search term results that are deemed a sort of…
Not obscene, but not exactly kid friendly friendly either.
I actually haven’t gotten any eyebrow raising search terms on my blog, unless you wonder why so many people need to look up why they need to cover up a black eye (and the obligatory but heartfelt side note, violence is never the answer to any domestic relationship. Ever.) I just chalk it up to one of those sort of odd, but sorta funny instances on the internet.
Hooray for weird, wonderful world known as the Internet!
This past Saturday our academy took the lead in celebrating National Arts day in Philadelphia- yay!
Throughout the day there were demonstrations both inside and a mat outside on the sidewalk, balloons, a kettlebell tournament- it was fun!
I will post some photos when they become available. Great job, everyone!
There’s something slightly demoralizing about re-injuring a body part. Right as you think you are out of the woods-BAM- you’re back to either where you started, or uncomfortably close to it.
It’s not as bad as before, but the idea of more than a week with this pain is frustrating, but there’s really nothing that can be done about it. Just play it smart and not make the whole situation worse.
Here are what some other people are talking about on the internetz…
Georgette explains the ABC’s of the latest Presidential debate.
David from the Jiu Jitsu Laboratory Offers a more in depth review and critique of the Metamoris fights.
Julia talks about her goals and methodology for a new project: Operation Tattered Belt– And references both Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so of course I highly recommend reading this blog post.
Rick from Middle Age BJJ got his purple belt!
And last but cetainly not least, Lapelchoke.com has a nice highlight video of Xande and Saulo during Masters & Seniors World Championship
Check them out!
So Sunday night I watched Metamoris, and I have to say it was a good start to what will hopefully be a number of these tournaments, even with the rough patches and broadcasting issues. The biggest problem I feel were the draws- which, I mean happen and are certainly understandable, it’s just I feel there should have been some other safeguard in place, or some measure that could be taken to discourage a draw.
Some options would include either some small reward for the fighter who made obvious attempts to drive the fight, but that leads to a whole new set of problems. One teammate suggested have the prize shrink in size as the match goes on, to encourage fighters to hustle, even in the face of the 20 minute time limit.
I feel this a good event and I would like to see more of them, but with just this one issue slightly tweaked while still maintaining the essence of “no points, just submissions”.
That, the inclusion of women’s matches, and 2 commentators who know how to fill the gaps between matches, rather than just one: I’m looking at you, guy-who’s-not-Rener.
PS: making this a quarterly or semi-annual event to offer an opportunity to include more top level BJJ practitioners from around the country would also be pretty sweet. Just saying.