The day after the competition last week, I was pumped to go to training.
That hasn’t happened for a while! It was a good feeling. And when I got to training, I saw a load of the people who had been competing the day before were also there in the middle of warming up. Also good!
Nothing else to report for training, other than we are all aiming for the Grab and Pull Brighton competition in August, and looking forward to it.
There has been loads of great content around from the various BJJ blogs at the moment. This week, I have been mostly readin’ :
Meerkatsu’s amazing “So you think you can run a tournament” articles / interviews. These may make you think twice before you moan about things not being organised or not running on time – competitions are run by real human beings, just like you and me, and they are doing their best.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
And an interview with the Meerkat himself here.
Georgette Oden has been churning out some genuinely great content and at a hell of a pace! Loads of great stuff to read here.
I’m loving Steve from Steve BJJ’s adventures in gi-dying. Check em out!
Sponsored Scrambler Oli Geddes put his 2010 BJJ Mundials videos on his website. Check em out here!
And, Fedor lost on Saturday. Finally, it happened. But Fedor handled it amazingly well, never for a minute losing sight of the bigger picture. I am starting to think he may have been lobotomised as a child; does the man ever show any emotion?
He is still the greatest of all times, for me. He chomped up everyone who has been put in front of him, since the first time he stepped in the ring. End of story. And in a sport where anything can happen, to survive so long without a blemish on your record, you need to be truly amazing.
Fedor was the first fighter I could say was my “favourite”, along with Sakuraba. When I started following MMA all those years ago, most people I knew were into football or one of its derivatives. They could easily say who their favourite team or player was. Once I found out about Fedor, I could say who my favourite fighter was. I went to Pride’s 2005 Middleweight GP opening round in Osaka. The first thing I did at the merchandise stall was buy Fedor gear. I had a little pair of red and yellow rubber eagle wings with FE on them, that I hung from my mobile phone. I also bought a pair of blue Pride gloves on a keychain which were seriously sweet, but they literally fell apart after a few months. Wish I still had them.
I also managed to spot Esther from AllElbows in the ring after Fedor vs. Werdum, which was fun! You can see her awesome pics here.
Lastly, after a number of pre-orders over the weekend, I finalised the numbers for the brand new, full colour Scramble Newaza Hoody! Stock is now set, meaning they’ll be sold out soon. Grab one while you can. Don’t be one of the people emailing me in two weeks asking when I am going to make more! Reserve yours here now.