We’ve Got The Blues!

Grizzly Gym’s newest Blue Belts after running the gauntlet. Funny story. I went first and avoided most of the punishment by running really fast. lol. The next 2 guys walked. Ofcourse I felt like a woosy for running, so I HAD to go back through it at a walking pace.  Ahhh the male ego.

I need a haircut! 

Coming Up

On December 16, 2013 I will be testing for my Blue Belt in BJJ. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I want to say that I think I will be successful, but you never know. I’ve received the test curriculum and the main thing I see as being a problem, is remembering all the techniques. Let me explain…

At Grizzly Gym, our focus is on lock flows rather than 1 technique at a time. Each lock flow consists of 10 steps which may include takedowns, positions, sweeps, and submissions. They are done in a sequence so that they “flow” together nicely. There are 9 lock flows to memorize. It’s not the individual techniques that I will have a problem with but remembering individual flows and the order of that techniques when Mike says, “Anthony, show me lock flow # 7 on the right side.” I’ll have to print them out and memorize the list (including their correct names) like it’s a highschool project.

We also have to show some independent learning by demonstrating a takedown and submission that we have learned on our own.  No candidate may do the same as another, and it may not be a technique in the current list of lock flows.

I am sure that there will be some rolling as well.  Most tests have rolling or sparring.  I wonder if this would be enough to cause me to fail.  I can execute the techniques with accuracy when drilling, but throw me in a match and more often than not, I don’t follow what has been drilled in to me 1000 times.  Some people are good at the theory and bad at the application…  That’s me.

I have a tournament coming up this weekend.  My last at white belt if things go well.  I feel that because of this, I am under a lot of pressure to perform.  Like nothing will be acceptable but the gold.  I am going to try my hardest and make a real effort to use what I have learned.

It’s A Date!

blue beltWell, I got the word.  Last night my professor emailed me.  The subject: His intention to hold a blue belt grading date for myself and 2 others in the club!  Whoo hoo!  The tentative date he has suggested is December 16.  I get back from Whistler on December 15.  Hopefully I will not be too sore.  lol.  Actually, unless I have something in a cast, I will be there.  So, assuming that I am successful, I will have 1 tournament left at white belt.  It’s been a long journey, but the end is in sight!  Cross your fingers for me people!