Archive for June, 2014

” I can train tommorrow. ”

Maybe you can? Maybe you cannot?

Sadly, about six months ago, I met a guy at Jiu Jitsu on Friday and he passed away the following Monday whom was at least ten years younger than me. This very next Jiu Jitsu class could be the last one or one of many. Who knows? Thinking that there is plenty of time for everything may not be correct.

Aside from Jiu Jitsu, if there is something you would regret not doing in your life, you should do it.

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two japanese samariThis week, I made it to Friday’s fundamentals class, the first class I attended in the month of June. The class was taught by Professor Jaoquim. As I drove to the dojo,  I did feel ashamed, but once I saw people I knew and started chatting I stopped worrying about purple belt. Nobody cares. I was over it. It was good to see the other students and catch up.

After missing 21 days of study, it was as if I hadn’t missed anytime off the mat. I was worried that I would forget.  During warm up drills, the information was in the subconscious mind and was retrieved when needed.

This was the first time I heard what were the expectations for a blue belt.  The main goals of blue belt was: 1) Defending from bottom mount. 2) Escaping from bottom mount. The Professors maybe evaluating the students while in the the classes.  Interestingly enough, Professor Joaquim mentioned that offensive strategy would not be taught until 2nd stripe Purple.

In order to practice defending from the bottom mount and escaping bottom mount, I will need to do a lot more sparring. Unfortunately, I will be leaving, again, soon for New York to help the family but I will be back mid July.

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20140224-070138.jpgWho knows what the next day will bring? The sun will rise. .

Last post, we were on vacation visiting the sister of my girlfriend in a town near Sleepy Hollow, New York. It was the same creepy place as the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

On the fifth day, Tuesday, the sister, 48 years old, had a stroke while in New York City. She had business downtown. Luckily, the sister arrived NYU Langone Hospital, acute stroke care unit in time to be stabilized. She was released on Friday. If she doesn’t get better in a month, some doctors want to operate. She will need physical therapy for walking and speech therapy. It was all shocking.

We may move to New York for the summer so as to help the sister and family, or until the sister returns to normal, such as being able to drive and look after her daughter. Her husband was not handling the change well. He’s job requires traveling which means he will not be home often.

If this all happens,  I won’t be training for a few months. There is a train station near by. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour, one way to get to NYC. I’m pretty happy with the Valente Brother’s School. I’m not sure about training in NYC, or other schools. I will probably just wait until I get back.

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See you next week. The family vacation was bad timing in regards to the belt ceremony. I do need to spend time with the family, especially the kids. When I support the family, they support me in my endeavors, such as, Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Side note, I feel a lot more at easy walking around New York having Jiu Jitsu knowledge.



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