Tomorrow Chinese people celebrate the mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Chinese legend tells of a hero who saved the people from drought and was rewarded with the elixir of immortality. He gave the elixir to his wife to look after but a neighbour tried to steal it from her. Desperate to prevent the elixir from falling into the wrong hands, the wife swallowed the elixir and became immortal. She flew into the sky but did not go to heaven, instead she remained on the moon so she could still watch her beloved husband. Enjoy your moon cakes everyone!
My nogi instructor @raspberry_ape recently conducted an AMA over on Reddit/r/BJJ and one of the most frequent questions asked was about his incredibly rapid bulking.
In BeeJayJay class we also train to stomp the groin, thank you @masterameriken for your wise teachings.
Great photo of Meerkatsu sponsored athlete @emilfischerbjj fresh before his fights at the recent Pan NoGi Championships.
We saw this at a comp once. A white belt with 4 stripes on his belt began removing all his stripes prior to his first bout. Why? Reverse psychology?
Jiu Jitsu is a funny ole game. At each belt level you enter competitions and face people who are more or less your peers. Then when you get to black belt you have to face people who were the heroes and mentors you looked up to when you were growing up through the ranks. Here’s a lovely photo taken by @ADP_PhotographyUK from this weekend’s National Masters Tournament showing Marc Walder and I enjoying a competitive tussle. Marc is one of the UK’s pioneering Jiu Jitsu instructors. He was among the very first home grown BJJ people to be awarded their black belts here in the UK. It was an honour just to be on the same mat as him.
Funny clip: this is me injuring myself last week on my already busted up hand when demonstrating a technique in class the other day. Totally my own fault. The pain was excruciating and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to compete at the Masters as I couldn’t close my hand to grip. It’s a bit better today. Apologies for the profanity.
Today I had the immense honour of competing against the legend Marc Walder at the National Masters Tournament in Hereford. It was my first competition as a black belt and the first for over five years. I had so much fun! The actual match lasted the full five minutes with no points scored for either person. Marc quite rightly was awarded the referees decision. I’m just so happy I got to compete again. Well done also to my student Steve who took silver in the master 4 middle heavy division. Massive thank you to all my training partners, to my PT @trojan_pt I felt in terrific condition throughout. Dave Coles and his team have done a superb job building this completion into such a successful event.
Big congratulations to @emilfischerbjj on winning Gold at the IBJJF Pan NoGi yay!!!