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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. 


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1st Jiu-Jitsu Tournament: June 22, 2013

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…


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In life there are times when change is required. Such is the scenario when it comes to my Jiu Jitsu journey. I was happy to train at Sityodtong. I was learning, and the people I’ve met there are lifelong friends. But I wanted more. I wanted to elevate my training and fully immerse myself in Jiu Jitsu and I believed that a change was in order.

Enter Gracie Barra Pasadena. This is my new home to Jiu Jitsu. It is owned and operated by Professor Orlando Sanchez and his brother Armando. Professor Orlando is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and competes at the highest level. Armando is a third degree blue belt who has also competed and is also the coach for the kids program.

So far, so good. I am happy with my decision. The students at GB Pasadena are all very nice and all willing to help each other out. The atmosphere there is of the highest energy and everyone is so dedicated to the gentle art and learning all that we can about it. Professor Orlando and the team he has assembled is one to be reckon with now and in the future.

In the short time I have been there, Professor Orlando’s message to me is clear…
In all that we do in life, whether it is on the mats, in our personal lives, in our occupations. Do it to the fullest capacity, with all of your heart and you will be a CHAMPION IN LIFE!!

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Quote of the day: March 27, 2013

“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

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BJJ Globetrotter

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:

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BJJ Guideline:

This is good advice. Don’t be “That” Guy at the gym…ThatGuy

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Daily Motivation: 03.21.13


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Training Quote of the Day: 03.20.13

Your submissions will lead to positions.

Shawn Otomo, Purple Belt.

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Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Next weekend is the IBJJF 2013 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Irvine, CA.  A lot of the greats will be on hand competing and watching others compete.  Some of my teammates and coaches will be competing.  As for me…maybe one day!

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