Apr 042012

Still training regularly and having fun.  I watched the Pan Ams this weekend and it was great.  As you can see below, I went a little nuts and watched it on the 110” screen. 


I have to hand it to Budovideos.com.  They did a great job and really held nothing back.  They had an HD feed with commentary, along with dedicated feeds to all 12 mats.

I was switching back and forth, but even the "non-HD’” feeds looked okay on the big screen.  I mean, there was a little artifacting and pixellation, but nothing major.  Kudos to them.

The only suggestions I’d make is, if possible, throw lower-third CGs on the screen to show the names of the competitors and where they’re from.  I realize that this might not be possible for every feed, but for at least the main/commentator feed it would up the game somewhat.  Also, and I don’t know if this is possible, but either position the cameras or in some other way add the scores to the feeds.  It’s great to see the action, but there were several times when the fight was close and I wasn’t sure if the ref awarded an advantage or what.  

Class is going well.  I have to say that having watched the Pan Ams, I’m truly humbled by how effing good everyone looked.  Technical at every level. 

Oh, and I’m really working to eliminate animal protein from my diet.  I have no problem eating meat on an ethical level, although I have long tried to ensure that I’m eating meat that was raised in a somewhat natural state.  I’ll try to keep you guys apprised of how I’m doing. 

And finally, I’m still dying gis.  I have a ShoYoRoll Count to dye grey.  I didn’t get to it last weekend because of the Pan Ams, but it’s definitely on my list of things to do this weekend.

Apr 202010

I really want to congratulate all of my friends who competed in the Pan Ams this year. Jeff B. brought home a silver medal. Jeff is someone who I genuinely admire. He’s a warrior with a formidable work ethic. He’s also a genuine advocate of the sport, working tirelessly to promote MMA, submission wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Pac Northwest. Congratulation Jeff!

And then there’s Rick G. Big Rick, or Brick, had a tumor removed from his brain that was the size of a small planet just over a year ago. I’ve been at Foster BJJ for over three years now, and in that time, Rick has been a huge part of the school. He’s great with the kids, works hard, and as an older guy (older than me!) he’s proof that Jiu Jitsu is a genuine life sport, suitable for all ages, sizes, builds and you name it. It took months for Rick to sneak back in, suit up and start working some technique, and even longer before he was cleared to spar.

One of Rick’s goals coming out of surgery was to win a gold medal at the Pan Ams. This year, just over a year after his surgery, Rick ended up winning two of them.

Brick with 2 Golds Rick sporting all kinds of new bling: 2 Gold Medals and a brand new Brown Belt.

Congratulations Rick, on winning Gold in both your own bracket and in the open weight bracket. I’d say that I’m proud of you, but that’s not quite right. That’s not even the half of it.  I’m proud to know you. I’m proud to be associated with you.

If there’s any truth to the idea that you can measure a person by the company they keep, I feel pretty good because I’m truly lucky to be surrounded by such a great group of individuals.

Coach Foster awarded Rick his brown belt, as well. As an accomplishment, that’s so far away from where I’m at right now, I can only imagine how that feels. Damn.

So, I jumped over with Rick first chance I got during sparring.  I did what anyone would do when a 300 lbs brown belt is caught in your guard. I got the hell out, took his back and tried not to let go! Didn’t work.  I eventually got reversed and mnaged to only barely keep him in my half guard when time was called.  Fun stuff.

On a personal note, time to post is becoming increasingly rare. Things have been so hectic over the last few months that balancing work and home life has been difficult. I’m working on another project just for fun that I hope to share in the coming months. More on that later.

Rick after winning his divisionRick sporting the Gi we all signed for him while he recovered in the hospital following brain surgery.

For now, congratulations to Jeff B. and Rick for doing well in your divisions. Congratulations also to everyone else who trained hard for the tournament.

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