34th OJJ, April 20

Cross posted (kind of) at the OJJ blog.

Last night was the 34th gathering of OJJ.

As usual the training was very high level. Lots of coloured belts and tough guys. We had people from Paraestra Kumamoto come to visit in preparation for the All Japan BJJ championships, being held next weekend.

After a really great warmup (10 reps of any takedown drill followed alternately by ten situps, pushups, burpees, back-ups, etc.) we got straight into the business of sparring.

We sparred seven-minute rounds for about an hour and a half, so it was killer. I went up against Yamauchi-sensei, the purple belt teacher of the Kumamoto school. Naturally he submitted me a few times but I feel that I was able to hold my own a little. My confidence in my standup game has improved beyond belief. Probably because my confidence before was “zero” and so any kind of confidence feels good.

I feel that I am in good condition for the competition. If I lose, it is because the other people were better than me, not because of me not being in shape or not ready.

I managed to De La Riva sweep then triangle a very, very large blue belt which made me happy (although my shin didn’t speak to me for a while after that.)

I guess you could say my cauliflower ear status can be upgraded to “Brutal.” I am actually vaguely worried that it will affect me in the competition as it is very painful to the touch. But now that I think about it, you never notice small things like that when you are competing. Only when the adrenaline has worn off.

The dojo that cleans together, wins together! Or something.

9 Responses

  1. good god man drain that thing 🙂

  2. must… not… drain… must… endure…

  3. Oh damn… dude. Brutal isn’t the word for that ear. It’s nice and puffy now. BJ Penn would be proud.

  4. Is that cat in the middle of group shot all about subways $5 footlong promotion? Or is it a TD for the win!?

  5. Well those two kids in front of him are his sons. It’s an ancient Japanese tradition to make the size of a footlong above your sons head for good fortune.

    My ear is looking wicked now, like a dog chewed it and spat it out. Awesome.

  6. How’s the other ear look? for some reason my right ear is worse than my left, way worse.

  7. Not a scratch on it! Which is good otherwise I’d be stuck sleeping on my back all night.

  8. weird how that happens. Is it from a certain person or move? I used to get it bad, or atleast it hurt a lot when i’d get put in kase gatame (SP?) or the scarf hold as us white boys call it.

  9. I get it from a certain “intensity.” If I come out of a spar hardly able to breathe and face scratched red raw then I know my ear is going to swell up. I think people get it from a lot of takedown practice, too… pressing your head up against the other persons leg or body as they fall.

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