This weekend I listened to two recent interviews done by FightWorksPodCast.com. They were Royler Gracie (#200) and Chris Moriarty (#201). I also read Georgette’s World, her post "Why Compete" along with Liam of Part Time Grappler’s thoughts on her post entitled "On Competition Motivation". They all had a central theme in my mind, that was happiness and BJJ. It seems Royler is tired and needs to spend more time with his family. He has turned over teaching for the most part to others in Brazil and moved to the US. Chris burnt out on other’s expectations and over training. He had to scale back and do BJJ for himself and his love of it. Georgette competes for the rush of it while Liam finds coaching the most fulfilling. I think all are valid. I have been struggling with some of the same thoughts. I especially connected with what Chris Moriarty had to say. He admitted to being so rabid about his involvement with Jiu-Jitsu and so worried about what others thought of his game that he trained with ringworm on his face and denied it when asked. Royler and Chris talked about not worrying about winning every time you roll. Royler said you should prefect a technique against a white belt. Be willing to take chances and learn during a roll. You can lose and still win by learning. This is what I have found to some degree. If I let my ego go and worked on the technique I had a goal of mastering, instead of worrying about the win, I had a much better time. I lose now to people that in the eyes of others I shouldn’t but I think I’m starting to see the pay off. I’ve found my "Happy Place". I’ve seen the techniques I’m working on improve against more difficult opponents and I want to be in at Jiu-Jitsu each week despite injury. I hope this helps you find your "Happy Place" in BJJ. As always . . .
Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu.
A while ago I posted Top 10 Gi or Kimono Rankings. I have to say my rankings were based on empirical data from the three gis I owned and what I had observed as the most valued by those around me and in videos. Since then I have found a much more scientific approach at Aesopian.com. He posted Ranking Gis from Best to Worst. The data is based off of a far larger sample size of readers to his blog. Oh and his comes with cool graphs! I have done some gi reviews. They are:
- Koral MKM vs HSU Kodokan
- Atama Mundial #5 vs Koral MKM
But neither of my reviews compares to the one done by Meerkatsu entitled "Great British Gi Review". I know they are British makers. I know we are all not in Britain. But the quality of the review is a standard to look for in other reviews. Lets not forget the ladies when we talk about reviews for gis. If you want superb gi reviews for women check out Georgette’s World. She did one not so long ago entitled Women’s Gi Review: Fenom Gi, A1.
So you are out shopping for your first gi and you don’t want to put down your hard won cash for trash. These links should help you start figuring out what you want and why.
Westside Jiu-Jitsu where I practice is changing its logo. Georgette of Georgette’s World was taking thoughts for a slogan for a patch. All the Gracie’s have their school patches. It seems like you need a icon for your image. I really like Saulo and Xande Riberio’s pinwheel design. Everyone one who is anyone has something that gives them a branding. I don’t want to be left out. I have decided to help sponsor one of our purple belts, Richard Cesena, as he treks around the world going to tournaments. I have purchased a small space to put JiuJitsuMap.com on his gi. But as of right now I don’t have a patch, slogan, or logo. My original idea for JiuJitsuMap was "Mapping out Jiu-Jitsu". Not very catchy I might say but better then what I had. Where would I even go to get some patches made up if I had something to print on them other then my URL? If any of my readers have some ideas please feel free to share.