James = Giacomo = Giacobo = Yacub = Jacob, saint James = Sanctu Yacobo = Santiago = San Diago = San Diego! Stay classy, James!
I received these as a gift from professor @ekbjj a while back. Super cool patches from the @jjgfed. 4 years or so ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing master @ricksongraciejj about the inception of the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation, an interview which was facilitated by @tonypacenski and published by Blitz Martial Arts in Australia (many thanks to Mr John B Will for putting me in touch with the editorship there). I loved that interview (link in bio).
First time watching Spaceballs. So much fun!
Patch time: I’ve always been in love with simplicity of expression. One of my favourite aspects of the Gracie Academy’s original logo is that the two people in it look on equal footing. Neither of them looks at a disadvantage. If a logo has a clear “winner” or “loser”, it is easy for a beginner or prospective student to associate with the “loser” and feel “this is not for me!” You don’t get that with the @graciejiujitsuacademy logo. Everyone’s welcome. We’ll make a hero out of you! I bought these during my most recent visit in April this year. Learnt a ton (did 20+ sessions in 7 days). Had a great time and met lots of great, interesting people.
Brunch (lunch? Jerk chicken!) with a friend followed by a Jiujitsu private. Focus standing: defence against the headlock against the wall and against the guillotine. On the ground we looked at passing the open guard. Good day so far.
20+ in attendance during yesterday’s lunch time session at @ekbjj. Straight arm locks from guard against a striking opponent are super popular!
The first chapter of this book is nothing short of enlightening! Do you want to understand the odd traditions of BJJ that may or may not make any sense to you today? Investigate books like this that shed light on the period when karate made the move from quiet Okinawa to the Japanese mega universities.
I also went through a flag patch phase :)
Throwback to when @bjonesdj was rocking the house @hiibizaofficial. Sampling @saltnpepaofficial really made me think of my man Graeme :)
#comediansincarsgettingcoffee is really growing on me. Who else can identify with Jerry?
I can’t remember where I found this quote. I notice it all the time when I teach or coach, especially in the type of questions I get from Jiujitsu beginners (or young students in maths) compared to more advanced belts (or the older children) when looking at the same topic! As long as you’re practicing intelligently, trust the process.
One of my earliest gis as a white belt was a double-sided judo gi (white & blue). I thought this’d sit very nicely on the blue side. Still one of my favourite patches. Got it from Affleck’s palace if I remember correctly.
Tonight I met a 25-year-old who had no idea what the UFC was or what the term “cage fighting” could possibly mean. I tried to explain the concept and we both found it absurd. Instead we spent the whole night talking about music, food, politics and languages. Much wine and Sharon’s amazing Sunday lamb and Eaton mess was consumed! It was great!