For the past few weeks I haven’t had the opportunity to get on the computer and make news articles for this blog, or updates to this site.That’s because there’s a whole helluva lot going on in the world of Alliance BJJ.
For my part – and the devourer of my free time – I’m a week away from the biggest competition I’ve ever done; the Pan-American BJJ Championships. Training has gone well. Time to do this. At least I’m past the phase which involves being utterly tortured by Dragan in the Basement (don’t ask). The event is in Carson, California on Sunday April 3rd. Joining me from Alliance Canada is my good friend, Jack “Jakuraba” Szatko.
But Cali must wait for a few days. Dragan, Baleia and myself are heading down to Atlanta for the all-star seminar grand opening of Jacare’s brand new academy. The room’s gonna be overflowing with jiu-jitsu. Set to attend are Alliance greats; Marcelo Garcia, Fabio Gurgel, Cobrinha, Tarsis and more.
On the same weekend of the Pans, our hometown team gears up for the second qualifier of the Ontario Grand Prix. I wish I could be there. Click Here for all the details.
See y’all on the flipside! For my teammates, I’ll leave you with one of my favouritest, most inspirational quotes. Think about it if you question why you put yourself through it all. Why you break down your body in training day-in, day-out. Usually without pay. Why you suffer the nervousness, worry, stress, long days, and even, at worst, injury, all for the love of competition.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
“Citizenship in a Republic” speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910.