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I received the 2nd stripe on my white belt last Friday. It was a surprise…aren’t they all? I am humbled by my training every time I step onto the mats. Although I am not training as much as I want to, I try to make the most out of the time I do train.
It is time to step it up though…because in December I step onto the competition scene once again for the NABJJF World Championships. Time to get serious about my training, diet, and overall mindset. The goal is to be on the podium.
LET’S DO THIS!!
5 Minutes. 300 seconds. That was the length in time of my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fight at the recently concluded NABJJF L.A. Open.
For those 5 minutes there was some other guy trying to do me harm. It was an experience that I will never forget.
Although I was defeated by my opponent on points, there were a lot of positives that I learned from this experience.
I learned that when faced with adversity, I can apply my knowledge and skills that I have learned in Jiu-JItsu and SURVIVE!
I learned that I still have that desire to be competitive in sports at my age.
I learned that my Jiu-JItsu journey will never be complete. It is ever evolving!
I learned that my teammates at Gracie Barra Pasadena got my back!
I learned that Jiu-Jitsu is fun!
So with all that I learned last weekend…there is still more to be learned and the only way to do that is to get back on the mats, with my teammates and
continue this lifelong journey.
The Great Grand Master Carols Gracie said it best…
“When I get my black belt, I don’t want to look back and say I should of entered more tournaments.”
~Jeff Obar, Purple Belt, Alliance BJJ & Coach at Sityodtong, Los Angeles
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel all over the world and train Jiu-Jitsu? Experiencing different people, cultures, customs but they all have one thing in common…their love for BJJ.
Christian Graugart who hails from Copenhagen, Denmark did just that a few years back and he’s written a book about his adventure. It’s a great book to read and learn that BJJ has no limits and no boundaries. People from the poorest of countries have that love and desire to learn BJJ and it doesn’t matter where they roll. Whether it be on the beach literally, or in a cold dank warehouse with no mats…BJJ is for everyone.
Read more about Christian and his book here:
Your submissions will lead to positions.
Shawn Otomo, Purple Belt.