After a decade and a few years, I was promoted to black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by an incredible group of people at The Foundry in Farmington, Maine. It was a long, yet remarkably rewarding road and I’m more than proud of myself for making the trek. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t like other martial arts. Belt promotions come few and far between, so it takes an enormous amount of commitment and dedication to make it to the level we all strive for. In this post, I discuss the event and show off a few photos.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
I've been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, otherwise known as BJJ, since April of 2008. I currently hold the rank of black belt. I was awarded this rank in March of 2020 at The Foundry in Farmington, Maine, one of the oldest and most respected clubs in New England. I continue to train regularly and teach once a week at our school. In this blog category, you'll find commentary on events I've attended, my perspectives on milestones I've experienced, and some of my opinion that I've developed during the time I've trained. I also like writing about technique and theory and offer many posts on those subjects. Add to that a few fairly old videos of yours truly rolling and you've got yourself somewhat of a full-fledged BJJ scene. For the record, I've trained Jiu-Jitsu full time in Glastonbury, Connecticut, St. Augustine, Florida, and in Farmington, Maine, along with visiting appearances around Palm Coast, Florida, Middletown, New Haven, and Hartford, Connecticut.
A few years ago, I visited a NAGA tournament to support a few classmates of mine. While I was there, I saw a kid, probably no older than seventeen or eighteen, competing in another area while wearing a bright red gi. I wasn’t sure what to make of the gi, but when I watched this […]
All right folks, I’ve got a few random thoughts this morning that I need to get out there. Just some areas I’ve been working on in my game as well as an update that has to do with a gi company I’ve never heard of, but that’s apparently quite popular with the rest of the […]
I’ve been getting into Jiu-Jitsu blogging for a few months now and I have to tell you, it’s been better than I imagined it could be. It’s like a small club. I’ve found many well thought out websites authored by many well thought out individuals. I’ve subscribed to their blogs by email and many mornings […]
This is terrible. I’m going to write a post that people simply aren’t going to want to read. They aren’t going to want to read it because, unfortunately, it ends badly. I’ll even give you the punchline to the title of this post right here, so you can close this page if you want to. […]
Good news. I finally remembered to bring my camera in last night. I handed it to Christy and she took it from there. Took it so far that I have at least 200 really good pictures of training from last night. I edited them slightly – cropping and stuff like that and then saved them […]
This post is in the same vein as my previous one about chess. Not completely, but since we’re talking about board games here, there’s definitely a relationship. And trust me, there’s a point to this post, but it’s toward the end. Bear with me and read the entire thing – you may get something out […]
My next few posts are going to do very much with more of an abstract view on Jiu-Jitsu. They won’t be typical “BJJ” in nature, so I thought I should really lay some groundwork before I spend all sorts of time writing. After all, if no one gets what I’m attempting to say, I’m pretty […]
I’m going to start off with a saying we’ve all been introduced to when it comes to beginning Jiu-Jitsu. It goes something like this – “Jiu Jitsu is like the game of chess. It’s based on strategy and various movements that can lead you to success.” Or something like that. If you’ve heard from someone […]
This morning, I sat down at my computer for my normal routine. I checked my email, checked my sites, finished up a few odds and ends from last night and dove into Jiu-Jitsu videos. I know, that last part doesn’t really fit with the others, but since I’m addicted to Jiu-Jitsu, it does. It really […]