Jul 242012

Having a great time training in the new home of Phantom BJJ in Covington, WA.  We have about 12 or so guys regularly attending each class, and the personality of the school is really beginning to gel.  It’s pretty cool to see Bing putting things together.

Now that the school is in its own space, Bing has the latitude to open up some more classes. In addition to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we’re going to have a Tuesday night class along with a no-gi class on Thursday nights.   While there are plans to eventually incorporate a weekly Judo class, along with some drills and conditioning classes or beginners classes, the core group of students is still pretty small.  It makes perfect sense to keep the number of classes low for a while.  Better to have five full classes per week than 10 classes with three people in each class.

It’s a pleasure to be rolling regularly again.

In other news, Elena Stowell, a blue belt down at Foster BJJ, published her book: Flowing with the Go.    While the official synopsis is below, I can tell you that Elena is a tremendous human being who is a true inspiration.  And she’s my kids’ high school science teacher, too! 

For what seemed like a lifetime and probably was, Elena Stowell wandered aimlessly in a personal prison of self-doubt and lack of purpose after her fifteen-year-old daughter Carly died suddenly before her eyes. By some combination of miracle and necessity, she walked into a Seattle area Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym and rolled for the first time in her life. Through that experience and others that followed, Elena discovered the tenets of the martial art form and healing were the same. With a ripping raw honesty and refreshing balance of humor and introspection, Elena’s story reminds us to never stop panning for the gold within ourselves.

Check it out.  The book is $14.99 in paperback or I think it’s only $3.99 on the Kindle. She deserves the love, guys.

And one final bit.  I’ve been dying like crazy lately.  The picture attached is of a Navy Blue Koral.  I was surprised that the stitching in the lapel patch actually took the dye, but in person it looks pretty cool.  This was a used gi that was getting a little dingy along the collar due to some serious use, and cleaned up well.

I also did a couple of new gis for the same guy in two colors that I hadn’t used before: Brazil Nut and Gun Metal Gray.   Brazil Nut is a very cool, dark brown color.  The final result is almost flat brown.  Gun Metal Gray is also a dark color.  The gray has a lot of blue in it, and in person is a very unique color.  I’d say both are colors that I think would look good for either a woman or a man, and once he gets some patches on them, I think they’re going to be really badass.

I’ll post pictures of both soon, but here’s a question for anyone who might have read this far.  How can I get good, accurate color reflected in these pictures?  I would like to take pictures that are pretty close to the actual, in person color and I can’t seem to strike a balance.  If I use a flash, it washes out the color bigtime, and if I don’t use a flash, I end up with a photo that’s too dark.  I don’t have the money to buy a big, fancy, expensive digital SRL camera.  So, other than that, do you have some suggestions?

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    Fortunately, DSLR cameras aren’t as expensive as they used to be, unless you buy in a bundle :-)

    with that being said, a decent point and shoot should be sufficient. No flash, a light background (such as a light colored wall or bed sheet), a steady hand and may a free photo manipulating tool such as Gimp should do the job.

    here are some free “photoshop” style programs http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2011/04/10-best-free-or-open-source-photoshop-alternative-software.html

    Speaking of pictures, I have pics of the brazil nut and gun metal colored gis that I will have for you in a couple of days :-)


      oops means to say ” steady hand and may be a free photo manipulating tool such as Gimp should do the job.”


    Thanks for sharing about Elena Stowell’s book, Flowing with the Go! Such a good book!


    Pics of the gun metal and brazil nut – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjbaltierra/sets/72157631138604366/


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