WOOT! Or whatever the kids say these days. I have my own fighter profile page on the MHBJJ website. Regardez ici: Mill Hill BJJ Seymour Yang. Now, no one can ever say: No one remembers second place!
Training's been going ok. as I mentioned before I think, it's just business as usual since I got promoted. The guys who mullered me before, still do, and visa versa. But I have noticed a little change in the way I approach my jiu jitsu, I liken it somewhat to the time when I was training in traditional ju-jitsu. Allow me explain...
Way back when I was a keen brown belt in a Japanese style of traditional ju-jitsu, I trained my guts off for my black belt grading. We're talking 5-6 days a week of hard throwing, hard wrist-locking and hard (to remember) kata..ing. It was hard, hard physical work. but very rewarding and I am very glad I did it. but it was all spoonfed into me and I just drilled it like a well-conditioned monkey.
Then, two and bit years later, I trained hard for the next grade up - nidan - and it was a very different experience. Out were the very very hard throws, in came a ton of very complex joint lock manipulations, extended wrist locking sequences and quirky, goosestepping katas. It was a way more cerebral approach to old skool ju-jitsu. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I truly believe, learning all the stuff and training towards that second dan black belt made me think about ju-jitsu in a very different way. It was much less spoonfed and much more about self-discovery, if you'll excuse the pompous description.
So, back to my point about the purple belt.
I have noticed that I'm taking a lot more interest in the mechanics and concepts behind BJJ techniques. Stuff like the spiral guard or Braulio's Invisible Jiu-Jitsu series I probably would not have really been interested in 6 months ago. But discovering concepts and mechanics and other stuff for yourself is quite a revelation and far removed from the endless repetitive drilling (which of course is still important). It's only the beginning for me, so we'll see how far I get concepting with BJJ.
The Japanese people don't do Japanese ju-jitsu anymore. That died out an epoch ago. But they do love MMA and BJJ. Here's a really cool video blog, titled Grappling Dummies 2.0, by fellow blogger Martial Farts that I urge you to take some time out, sit down with some popcorn, or sushi, and enjoy!
Grappling Dummies 2.0 BJJ in Japan from martial farts on Vimeo.
Finally, I would like to say good luck to all my team-mates and BJJ buddies for the big BJJ tournament in Lisbon happening at the end of this week. I don't regret bailing out of my situation and sadly I've not been able to sell on my flight tickets (due to the scandalous re-selling 'additional fees' imposed by Easyjet) but I will eagerly look out for the familiar names when the results table get published.