It’s been a while since I’ve updated this website. A lot of crazy stuff has gone down. I moved to a different city, injured my knee…AGAIN, had knee surgery…AGAIN, got another staph infection that you can read about here, and started teaching and training at a new school. On January 20, 2013 I hit another milestone, my 8 year anniversary training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
As I get older, the more making it through another year of training means to me. I’ve had a tough path so far. I’ve moved 4 times, and in turn had to change gyms 4 times. I’ve had 3 knee surgeries, Staph infection 3 times, ringworm so many times I can’t even remember, 1st place victories, and crushing 1 minute losses in competition.
To make it through a year of training Jiu Jitsu, you have to have massive amounts of work ethic and determination. Let’s face it, this is not the easiest sport in the world. If you want to try to achieve the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you are going to have a long grueling road ahead of you.
You can’t always predict when your next belt or promotion will come, which is why I put so much emphasis on my yearly anniversaries. Just to make it through another year of training, is a milestone and a huge accomplishment in my opinion.
I bought several gi’s and cool new equipment in 2012, like my favorite gi…the Koral MKM Competition. I also just bought a new Lucky Diaz Brothers signature gi, which I’m going to post a review on shortly.
I am still not a blackbelt, but I know I won’t give up until I attain that goal, so I will just keep training each year…year after year no matter what is thrown my way. I think this is the attitude that someone has to have to reach such an accomplishment like becoming a black belt in Jiu Jitsu.
To celebrate my 8th year training I bought this classic picture of Helio from Budo Videos. I plan on getting it framed and hanging it dead center of my bottom floor in my loft.
I would love to hear how long you guys have been training, and when your anniversary of training BJJ is, so I urge you to leave a comment below to share your experiences. Keep Training Hard!