So on Monday night we had a seminar with Saulo (you all know which Saulo I’m talking about) and at the end we had several momentous promotions- black belt promotions, actually, and I was one of the students promoted.
It’s funny, and a little weird- it’s something you strive for, but never focus on: first, because that sort of pressure can be overwhelming, particularly in the beginning- and second, because the process of getting to your black belt is just as important as the rank itself. More so, actually. Think about how much you learn when you start training for a competition, how your skills sharpen- all for what, anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes of actual competing? We continue on this journey- we learn, we laugh, we cry, become frustrated, experience epiphanies when something all comes together and finally makes sense for us-it’s all a part of the experience that culminates into preparing you for your black belt.
Earning your black belt is a tremendous achievement to be sure, but it’s definitely not the end of the journey. There are still techniques to learn, positions to drill and commit to muscle memory, more experiences to be had- not to mention more opportunities to teach, and learn from one another. Also, while I am one of the ones who received the black belt, it’s really an accomplishment for the team and the academy in general. None of this could have happened if my teammates weren’t there with me, and I am tremendously thankful for that.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store- not only for myself, but for my teammates as well. I’m thrilled not only to progress, but to train with my teammates and see them make the same journey as well.
So, um, in closing- black belt, yay! 😀
So last night we had a seminar with Black Belt/Head of the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association in Brazil/really nice guy Rodrigo Pagani, and in short, it was pretty great. The techniques he taught weren’t terribly fancy with almost superfluous movements, and definitely made sense, which was a nice middle of the road sort of approach: something that the higher belts could sink their teeth into and learn, while the lower belts could follow along, and not feel like they were just dropped into the middle of an advanced algebra class when they just mastered addition and subtraction.
Pagani’s (current) signature guard, the curu curu guard sounds like it’s going to be super crazy and overly fancy (like Berimbolo part 2, Electric Boogaloo) but rather still had that same style of staying fairly efficient and still giving you a lot of options to counter a variety of possible reactions from your opponent.
So, overall it was a great seminar, and I’m really looking forward to working on some of the stuff he showed us.
So there have been some great things happening IRL which I’m happy to share with you:
Photo Borrowed from Foobooz: click on the photo to read the article
My teammate’s cafe, Little Spoon is now open! Hooray!
We’re having a seminar tonight with Rodrigo Pagani, where we’ll learn the intricacies of the “Curu curu” guard… I have no idea what that entails, but I’m sure it’s going to be interesting.
Also, Jen Flannery of 50/50 BJJ just got her black belt! Another hooray and congratulations!
And finally, I’ve been shopping around for gi’s recently, and in my searches I found this gem:
…Oh yes, my friends, that’s exactly what you think it is.
Shell and all, courtesy of the brand Modern Flow.
So, that’s all the good news (and great finds) I have: how are you all doing? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!
While I don’t quite imagine Saulo as my imaginary boyfriend like SharkGirlBJJ does, I can see the appeal. Many of the positive points she mentions in her post are the same reasons I am happy to be a part of the Ribeiro Association- Saulo promotes honor and respect among the jiu jitsu community, perseverance and seeing your true colors on the mat.
Anyways, check out the video on SharkGirl’s page and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!
So this week is still sort of crazy, so in the meantime please check out Xande and his video on why you need to incorporate judo into your jiu jitsu.
….And have a great day everyone!
Prepare yourselves everyone, because you’re about to get a whole bunch of photos from Pans.
We brought a teammate with us on the trip to act solely as our photographer. So thanks Rob! I know it’s a lot of photos of me (sorry) but if I wait for permission from all my teammates for all the photos, I’ll be posting this, oh, next month or so….Anyway, here we go!
Getting ready to compete- hooray! IBJJF also took some photos during my finals match in the Open Division:
That is the look of surprise- I knew I did everything I could, but neither of us had scored, and it’s always sort of nerve wracking to leave it up to a ref’s decision.
It was great to head out to Pans with all my teammates, a little over 20 competitors- we ate together, hung out together, and it was a really good time. It was great to watch everyone compete, to cheer for them and really watch each teammate work hard and really put themselves out there.
And after the competition we went to a trampoline park! It was super fun!
Overall it was a great trip and I’m super proud of our team. Yay!
Holy butterfly guard, Batman.
Last night our academy had the pleasure of hosting a seminar with Xande Ribeiro. Both Ribeiros have sort of different styles, and personalities if we’re being honest, but you can’t deny that they are pretty damn effective. And bonus, they are pretty awesome teachers and great guys all around.
I’m pretty short on time today, sorry, but it was a really great seminar- there were some pretty solid, key concepts that I would like to incorporate into my game, or at least really try to be mindful of when I’m in certain positions, so I consider that a win.
Anyway, just wanted to share with you guys. I didn’t take any pictures last night, but I’ll post some when they become available, and get permission from their owners, of course. Have a great day everyone!
Xande has basically been doing an East Coast the past couple of days, stopping in on different Ribeiro Association schools to teach and train. He got into Philly last night and will be holding a seminar at our academy tonight- hooray!
I’ll let you guys know how it goes- have a great day everyone!
What better way to spend your Sunday? Thanks for the great team training guys!