One of the big bonuses of training with Checkmat and living close to the tournament venues. Is we get guests from time to time. It just happened to be that this group of guest were really big guests. World Champion and founding member of Checkmat, Rodrigo Cavaca, came through with his team for a light roll on the Friday night before they competed. But their light roll is me fending for my life! Awesome training with some really talented and nice guys.
Its been 3 weeks of being on the road and 2 weeks since I have seen my home mat. It feels really good to be home even if its for just a short period of time. Its great to roll with people I don’t normally train with to gain perspective on what I need to work on. But home is where the heart is. Looking forward to being home for the majority of next month.
For the last 2 weeks I have been up in NorCal for work. Sometimes it sucks to travel and be away from home. But getting the opportunity to see my friends is a definite benefit. I feel bad that I don’t get to see everyone (Sorry Al and Peter). But work can get hectic and leaves me with little time to chill.
I did get to see my buddy and coach Leandro. He has since moved to San Jose to head up the program at AKA. Got some good rolls in this week and even got to have a nice candle lit dinner with him. Hopefully I can make it back up here sooner than later.
Getting ready to go on yet another trip. It dawn upon me what happened on my last trip. I’ll never forget to pack my gi, but I will end up forgetting something like underwear. I guess I have my priorities in line.
Got some good training in with some old friends. Its been a little challenging finding a place and a time we can all meet up. But with Bao opening up Rounders, we all have a place we can hang out at and get a roll in.
Went to go check out my brother compete the other day. I usually just put up the raw footage of his matches. But this time around I decided to spruce it up a little. This is my first attempted at editing a video. Tried to use the tips Phil used to teach me. Let me know what you think.
A couple weeks back was the Pan ams, at the same time the Formula D season opener was going on. I was playing double duty going back and forth between Long Beach and Irvine for both events. A surprise was that Phil came down for some work stuff. It was gnarly trying to balance everything out, but it worked out in the end.
Since I am not working for any teams this year, I spent most of my time at Pan Ams to watch my team mates compete. My brother was also competing, so I made it a point no to miss his matches. He ended up doing pretty well, losing to the guy who won the whole event. This is always the best, as it makes you feel not as bad about getting beat.
Going to all these events, I realized how much fun it was to go to jiu jitsu tournaments. There are a ton of good matches and there are a ton of even better looking chicks. Well the second one doesn’t have anything to do with why you’re there, but it sure makes it better.
Props to Giva for going straight from the airport after Bao’s fight to coach everyone. They guy was there everyday until the end to make sure that everyone had someone coaching them. LOTUS CLUB/ Team Oyama