Braking walls, building bridges and crushing boxes

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I started my martial arts journey in 1996 in Guam at the old judo hut in Tamuning. As there was no Brazilian jiu jitsu instruction at the time, my love for grappling arts was satisfied (momentarily) with Judo. Judo taught me many things. But the closed mindedness of my then instructors, to other aspects of grappling quickly turned me off. I didn’t understand the many rules and didn’t like the attitude of only thinking inside the box. Later on Brazilian jiu jitsu was more accessible and not only did it have me thinking outside the box, I feel that that box was crushed. Some Judo practitioners were quick to downplay the effectiveness of BJJ and a lot of them wouldn’t give BJJ the credit I felt it deserved. If any grappler knows their sports history they would know that BJJ was the precursor to modern judo. Jiu jitsu’s primary purpose is and always will be for self defense. Judo is for sport. Fast forward to yesterday, March 3, 2014. I was asked by Sensei Nishizawa, head judo coach of Tokai University and 2x World champion Hitoshi Sugai, technical director of Tokai University to conduct a seminar on newaza (ground technique) for their college competition team. Judo is evolving as well with European and American judoka integrating more jiu jitsu technique in order to combat the technical throws of the Japanese judoka. It was a great honor for me to be able to share technique with them. And for that i am greatly humbled. I was impressed with their eagerness to learn and their ability to apply what was taught. When I think about it now, modern judoka are crushing some boxes of their own. I am and always will be a big fan of Judo. It is a beautiful art that has produced many great athletes and countless practitioners. I look forward to seeing the evolution of both disciplines by building bridges, breaking down walls and before you know it we are going to run out of boxes to crush.

Jiu jitsu problems…meniscus tear from bjj

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I had a goal to compete in 2 IBJJF tournaments this year.  A first rd loss at the Master/Senior Worlds was a lesson and I came back stronger to a black belt title at heavyweight senior 1 in Tokyo at the Asian Open.  This was the results of a great training camp of 14weeks that included fantastic mat time with my students and fellow black belts coupled with strength training by Fit360. My wife Dara is the best partner when it comes to monitoring and supporting our intake (she competed alongside me in the purple belt div).  The by product of a healthy diet and all this extra training was a loss of 26lbs. and increased cardio output.  All fantastic stuff until Friday the 29th of Nov. Torn medial meniscus in the right knee. Pretty sure of it. Had surgery on the left knee 5 years ago for the same condition. This time was scary…my knee locked up for 9 hours until the cartilage came out of joint. Scary feeling of helplessness to say the least. So I will be looking at surgery in the next week. I’m more prepared for it this time and I accept that this is part of the jiu jitsu life. I will post the day to day progress and happenings. A whole nutha fight ahead of me.

Typhoon time!

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Its been a while since we had a typhoon. 2012 was the last…..never too soon. Kinda ironic the price of all the good surf this past 3 weeks.

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BREAKING NEWS: Guam now in COR 1
For Immediate Release
JIC Release No. 20
October 17, 2013, 0100hrs (ChST)

As expected, Governor Calvo has declared the island in Condition of Readiness-1. This means that Guam can expect damaging winds in the next 12 hours or sooner. GovGuam and public schools will remain closed.

Typhoon Francisco is now 130 miles West-Southwest of Guam. Expect heavy showers and winds of 45mph with gust up to 55-60mph across our island. These winds are expected to begin around 3:00 a.m. and end around 3:00 p.m. Closest point to Guam is expected to be about 90 miles west at around 10:00 a.m.

Monitor information on radio/TV outlets, the Governor’s Facebook page and Guam Homeland Security Facebook for storm updates. Please stay indoors and do not drive. Contact your village Mayor should you need evacuation to the nearest shelter.

Be safe…God bless…surfs up

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