Do you know what this is?
Yeah, it’s my fourth blue stripe on my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt. That was easy. Do you know what it really is? It’s two months of rolling around and about 15 billion calories burned. Oh yeah, it’s also a lot of sweat.
This is my last stripe for this belt. The next step is a blue belt. To me, this is huge because the blue belt is a big leap. It’s going from nothing to being a force to be reckoned with. Seriously, blue belts have gotten pretty knowledgeable about what they are getting into. They can hold their own.
I’m excited because I have been putting a lot of work into this stuff and I like knowing I am getting somewhere. By the way, when I get my blue belt we are going to have a parade. You should really stop by.
So a lot has gone on at our club in the past few months. I attended my first seminar with a world champion Jiu Jitsu black belt. His name is Brian Johnson and he comes from Seattle Washington. Check out one of his videos. This is when Brian wins the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Regionals.
He is a really nice guy and we learned a lot.
Lately, we have been having guys from a few different schools come by to work out with us. It’s really helpful because we get some great exposure to different styles and techniques. The visiting guys love it because we have a nice club. They get to learn some stuff and we get to learn some stuff. There usually is a healthy variety of belts. We get some white belts, blue belts, purple belts and even two brown belts. The brown belts are really awesome to roll with because they offer simple but very effective tips. They don’t just beat us up. They kind of draw us out to see what we need help in and then tweak us to make whatever we are doing better. I picked up three really cool techniques that I have been incorporating into our classes.
I think there is a bit of a buzz about our school out there. A lot of guys are stopping by with big smiles. They love working out with us and, you know, this is the new year. You might like it too. If you live in the Hartford area, check us out.