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It has been a long time since I posted on this site.
It is not like I forgot about it, I just didn’t have anything to post, strangely Jiu Jitsu got complicated.
I didn’t have anything to post, because I felt like I was lost in this massively deep thing that is Jiu Jitsu, so there was nothing I could write about as I just felt lost. This is not a bad thing, but I felt it pointless to try and force something.
I think it was a bit of the old, ‘the deeper you delve, the deeper it becomes’.

Bjj4life is running another tournament in April, it will be a Gi submission only event, this will be my second competition this year.
The first bjj4life comp this year was my first no-gi competition and I had a really good time. Leading up to it I concentrated heavily on no-gi and it paid off(maybe not in the results of the comp but in general).

It was obvious that I had put more energy into Gi grappling, when I took the Gi off, I felt that I was not as capable. Recently I think I have reduced the gap in my No-Gi and Gi game and my new goal is to merge my Gi and No-Gi game, which I think is what my instructor has done and a few others I have rolled with.

The weather is changing, it is coming into Gi season(it is starting to seem very seasonal) so it will be interesting to see how that affects my POV on Gi vs No-Gi, but at the moment I see them as two sides of the same coin. I know I couldn’t do one at the exclusion of the other, maybe I’m just a product of 8020 and wouldn’t feel this way if I trained at a 100%(or primarily) Gi school.
I have noticed over the 2.5 year period I have been training(which I know is a drop in the ocean really), attitudes toward the Gi seem to sway, they have with me and while it may not be true for everyone I think it does happen and at the moment I think No-Gi is very popular and rightfully so for awesome events like Metamoris and EBI.
But I love them both.


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On Sunday 1st of February a whole heap of 8020 grapplers competed at the bjj4life no-gi submission only event.
it was a great day, everyone did really well and lots of medals went home in 8020 hands!

Dion put it nicely, that “you either win or learn”. This is really true and the Monday after the competition I could see the change in how the kids class was affected by the competitors and felt it myself rolling with someone who had passed the milestone of their first competition.

It was my first competition as a Blue belt, would have been nice to get a few more rolls but the next gi event is in April so its now time to put the Gi back on.

I have been working on the truck and as I was getting ready for the no-gi comp it was all no-gi. I am going to keep on playing with the truck and see how different the setups are and the position is in the Gi.

if only the weather would back off a little, it still doesn’t feel like Gi weather!


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Competition preparation is in full swing, although it is not really different to normal training, I’m trying to get my fitness up to a decent level and basically get my mind on the competition.

I have been out of the gi for what seems like a LONG time and it has really made a difference to my no-gi game, in terms of being more comfortable out of the gi, nothing beats time out of it.

For this competition we have 3 kids from the kids class entering, I’m pretty excited about this as I have been lucky enough to watch these kids grow into formidable little grapplers, 8020 is going to have a nice number of competitors at this competition covering a lot of divisions, it is going to be a great day!


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it has been a while since I have updated this site, I have been on a bit of a hiatus.
But I am going to make goals for 2015, to improve my Jiu Jitsu and myself.

Last year I made some resolutions, nothing to crazy, one was to not drink any alcohol and I did that was easily another was to compete as much as possible and while I did not compete at EVERY competition I did get to at least 2(maybe 3 ?) and while that is a small number really it almost covers all of the ones run locally.

So for 2015, I’m going to do more of the same.

  • Compete as much as possible
  • Further improve my diet and stick to the no alcohol policy
  • Become a technique collector
    • at this stage in my Jiu Jitsu development I am going to focus on as many techniques as possible to expand my game.
  • Teach some Jiu Jitsu
    • Teaching one class was a really interesting exercise which really made me aware of how hard teaching is and the benefits it has for the person teaching, I’d like to give it at least another shot, hopefully maybe a few times.
  • perform 5 perfect pullups
    • I am realizing how hard it is to do them perfectly and while this may seem like a small number, I feel it is more important to do them correctly than just numerously

And that is my 2015 resolutions, I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of new year resolutions and I also think that a lot of the times they can be troublesome, but it is a nice way to line your goals up to a calendar, even though mine do not really need to line up to a calendar.

well apart from one, but that is not Jiu Jitsu related, but I am going to do a 52 week photography project, which is going to be hard.


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One very positive part of training Jiu Jitsu is that you inevitability meet people, the people who you train with soon become your friends.

I have met a lot of people from training Jiu Jitsu, some of the coolest people I know are fellow bjj’ers
the social aspect of Jiu Jitsu is great, even though your trying to choke each other it is always a friendly environment.

No-one is excluded, if you train you become one of us. My Facebook page has pretty much become a means to keep up with my Jiu Jitsu friends.

I think it also helps with your development that you are friends with the people you train with, trust is something that is needed as you are effectively putting your safety in the hands of someone else.

I regularly read the sub-reddit /r/bjj and a familiar topic is questioning whether a particular move is a “douche” move or not, the common ones are egregious use of knuckles, cranks of necks and spines and generally going too hard.

My thoughts on this is that if you are friends with your training partners, this shouldn’t be an issue.
We look after each other so that we can improve our Jiu Jitsu, friends can talk and say “hey, can you avoid my right shoulder because of an injury”.

Jiu Jitsu makes friends, just one of the awesome things it can do.


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