The most exclusive and prestigious nogi grappling tournament in the world is on next weekend! And yes, I'll be getting the webcast here at the house. (Local jits people, c'mon over! 6-8 hours a day of live streaming video!)
You can read more about the runup at Gracie Magazine's blog.
I'm especially interested in watching a few people... Marcelo Garcia, because as a smaller person his domination of the big 'uns makes me smile... Hillary Williams, a purple belt from Arkansas (and full time med student) who refs all my NAGA matches... (here's one of Hillary's interviews...) and Michelle Nicolini, teeny tiny but amazing...
I hope I'm starting to train smarter these days. As I've mentioned, I train 7 days a week, often more than once a day. But often it feels like those nightmares where you're running in slow motion-- I don't perceive myself to be making progress. Lately I'm realizing it's because I don't take/make the time to drill the moves I'm learning outside of class, so it's basically in one ear and out the other. As a result I'm making a concerted effort to drill even if it's only doing it ten times here, ten times there.
Phil taught a near-private class last week on turning a sidemount escape into sweeps and subs (still from the bottom) which is occupying my mind a lot... there's also Donald's series from knee on belly, and the seoi nage... Mark put in some time working on my double leg too. So I feel like a rubber band. Sometimes I stretch out further and further, just absorbing new techniques as fast as they come at me (though probably not digesting them, just holding them like a chipmunk with full cheeks). Then I shrink back down and start chewing, letting the new nuts flow on by without a nibble.
Just found out that my buddy Mark, who trains with Faixa Preta near Dallas, will be training with Eddie Bravo this afternoon and then going on to watch UFC there live tonight. Nice! Which reminds me, today after class I need to be making some foodies to bring to the UFC watching thing at a friend's...
Have a good day, ya'll!