Even through the snowy days and in the cold dojo we still had some great training. Hopefully the weather should be getting a bit warmer from here on out and make training a bit easier. Next month is the JBJJF South Japan and those planning to compete should be starting to dial in their training. In March I am planning to go to Tokyo for the IBJJF Tokyo Open it coincides with the IBJJF Asian Master so its a good opportunity for anyone looking to do a bigger competition.
Got back yesterday from Tokyo after competing on Saturday. Great experience and some good fights. In my weight category I fought Kleber Koike from Bonsai in the first round and had a back and fourth match until towards the end I got caught in a guillotine and was forced to tap out. I also competed in the absolute and was able to win my first match by disqualification because my opponent didn't show up. Then in the quarter finals I faced Jong Hyeon Park who fights under Terere I was able to get a good closed guard set up and got a finish with an elbow crush. In the semi-final I faced Keenan and though I tried to get something going he was able to get a quick pass that forced me to turtle and he got my back and finished me with a lapel choke. My teammates from California Nathan Mendelsohn and Travis Lindahl both did well, Nate taking second in middle weight and Travis winning his division. Disappointing results in my weight class but there is plenty to take away from the loss and I have lots of ideas on what adjustments I need to make to perform at that level.
Last week of training before the Asian Open. Now time to relax and recover and maintain weight. Will be heading up to Tokyo on Friday and look forward to competing, watching some good matches and seeing friends. Starting this week training will go back to a more normal routine and more technique and drilling. Good luck to all competitors and let go get some gold!!
Went up to Saga yesterday for the Dumau All Japan Gi and No-Gi competition. Was long but a really good day of competing and Jiu-Jitsu. I took home gold in the no-gi weight and absolute and gold in gi weight but lost the final of the gi absolute. Always room for improvement. Nakayama Ippei took home double gold in both weight and absolute of the gi purple belt gi division and put on as usual a great performance. Congratulations to him and to all other competitors from Kagoshima.
Last week of training before Dumau All Japan. Looks like its gonna be on the smaller side but we are bringing a good group from Kagoshima. Everyone is feeling strong and I'm sure will do well. Then right around the corner is the Asian Open. Going to keep the training pretty high intensity until then. Lets go out there and get some gold!
Another good week of training down here in Kagoshima. There are about 2 weeks until Dumau's All Japan and about a month until IBJJF's Asian Open. Time to make the final push and make sure to enter those competitions at peak performance. This months classes will all be focused on those competitions so the menu will be a little different and mostly hard sparring. At this point staying healthy and injury free is the most important thing make sure to train hard but safe! Diet should also be a high priority at this point making sure you have plenty of time to cut any weight that you need to. Lets train hard and bring back some more gold to Kagoshima. Oss!
Another great week of training. Been very hot so everyone please remember to drink a lot of water! More than you think! On days you are training you should be drinking around 4 to 6 liters. Hydration is very very important to your health and will keep you on the mats feeling stronger even in summer. Many people are dieting right now for upcoming competitions but you should NOT be restricting your water intake!! This will lead to poor performance and will affect your health. Water should only be a consideration for weight control in the last 24-48 hours before a weigh-in. Lets train hard and stay healthy!!!
Well summer is finally here. The days are hot and humid making for some very tough training but with goals like the All Japan in August and the Asian Open in September its no time to take it easy. I am hope we can bring a good group up from Kagoshima for the Asian Open right now its just me and Thomas registered. If other people are interested but money is an issue talk to me maybe we can split hotels or find a way to save some money on the trip. Everyone should be looking at that competition as a goal. Its the best chance to see what the real international competition is like. I want to keep the Saturday morning open mats going as long as the Budokan is available to use. Lets keep pushing to bring Kagoshima's Jiu-Jitsu to the next level!!!