Rhino, from the 1st post, to this current post. I have noticed a change in your demeanor.
Its great to see motivating post and people who KEEP training, lots of people out of shape quit BJJ. Rolling for 10 mins straight with new bodies shows your cardio has increased greatly!
and it only gets better from there. :)
Actually the first doctor i saw told me to wait 2 weeks and get back into it, but the toe was acting so weird I went to see this sports injury specialist, who told me to wait few months. But the toe has actually started to feel stable now even tough with a limited ROM. **** it, I'll get back to training next week, guess it's the only way to know for sure :D
Originally Posted by ermghoti
Originally Posted by koskenbleu
What did he tell you was wrong with it? Follow the advice of doctors, not random internet dolts.
Well the sports doctor just said it was a turf toe kind of thing (english is not my first language so i'm not completely sure about the term). After that went to "ultrasound"(?) imaging, that doctor said might have been a fracture.
Originally Posted by ermghoti
But even if it was, i don't think they'd do anything about it after all this time...
P.s. excuse all the OT people :)
Month 11...I slacked a little bit this month after training so hard for the NY Open, but I did manage to average about 4 hours of training per week. I feel like I'm going backwards again and always ending up in a bad position, but I know it's because I'm trying new things. I've been working a lot from bottom closed guard at every chance I get and my open guard has actually improved a little bit because of it. My endurance is getting better, but if I take a few days between training I end up suffering my first day back. I had a pretty good night rolling last night holding my own against some very good white belts and a really good blue belt. I notice everyone who trains consistently is getting better every day.
So at the end of class last night, Sinistro hit me with my fourth stripe. He also said that he wants me to train hard for the NY Summer Open in july and test for my blue after it's over. I was floored. I drove him home last night and told him that I didn't necessarily want to get promoted. He said it wasn't up to me. So I guess I'm gonna be turning my white belt blue pretty soon:)
Thats awesome progression, hard work pays.
Congrats on your fourth stripe. I've been following your accounting of your time, and it has been pretty inspirational. Its obvious you've worked your ass off. If your coach says you earned the right to test, don't question it :)
I've been going strong in BJJ since March, but I only train 2-3 times a week. I'm getting to the point where things are starting to make sense, and I'm catching more people in stuff (even if I can't necessarily finish it).
Keep going strong, brother. Hopefully after your next update, you'll be a blue.
Mid month update- tonight everyone in the gym beat the living **** out of me. It was brutal. Im still on the verge of puking. My cardio needs work so I'm rolling without breaks. The few techniques I am able to pull off are happening without any thought. I cant describe it. Its like im so tired and just working off of instinct. I couldnt tell you how many times i got submitted tonight, but it was a lot. Rough night. The quest continues tomorrow
On a side note..i watched the worlds today and it was awesome. I especially enjoyed watching the white belts. From the outside looking in, i was able to see many mistakes and missed opportunities. So I asked one of my purple belt buddies...do we as whitebelts really miss that many opportunities and make so many mistakes?...he responded..yes. You have no idea how much you miss....
Aint that a kick in the balls. Its funny. Im coming up on a years training and still feel very incompetent. But I do love it. So the journey continues.
Month 12 - Man this year flew by. I can't believe that I've actually made it through one year, and my passion for jiu jitsu has only grown stronger. I sometimes go off into a daze and just think about rolls and techniques I might be able to string together. My wife thinks I have a screw loose because I sat for four days straight in front om my computer watching the worlds. My 2 instructors did very well...both Zata Toscano(purple) And Sinistro (brown) took third place losing tough semifinal matches.
As far as my jiu jitsu goes, I feel I'm getting better but so are my training partners, so the I'm still getting beat up every day. I've been really working my guard as it is very, very passable. As strange as it sounds I find myself doing much better in half guard...I hear that most bigger guys have trouble with half guard/deep half guard. Training has been pretty intense for the NY Summer Open. I've been running the gauntlet with 3-5 220+ pound training partners for 4- 5 minute rounds with no break. I'm happy to survive and it's a huge difference from my first couple months when I couldn't make it through just one round without breaking. I'm finding that I've got a couple go to techniques now that I always try first with limited success.
We had a brand new white belt start the other day and I got paired up with him. I was shocked to discover just how little energy I used in controlling him. I didn't beat him up or anything, but I was able to sweep, pass, side control, and mount without any effort...then I let him roll me over and did it again. It was really an eye opener. I mean it really blew my mind...not that I was able to control him, but how little effort it took.
On a side note.....SINISTRO was awarded his BLACK BELT during a trip to Ecuador. His long time instructor Soluco gave it to him this weekend. I'm happy for him and I can't wait to see him compete in literally one of the toughest divisions out there...Lightweight...Lepri, Lo, etc...
Thanks for all the encouraging words and I'm glad this thread is helping some fellow noobs get through the very difficult, early stages of BJJ. Keep showing up to train...the rest will work itself out. The hardest part is walking through the door.
Month 13 - More of the same. I missed the NY Open and couldnt train for 8 days due to a nasty sore throat and fever. :( Anyway training has been really tough. Since Sinistro got his black belt, the intensity has been upped in a big way. We are doing a ton of specific training, and he is pushing us to and through our previous limits. I'm working on my guard and half guard mostly as they are what I'm the weakest at currently. Open guard is a very weak position for me. I'm learning the value of grips and fighting extremely hard to get them. I'll pull off a rare sweep here and there but for now my open guard is very passable. I've made some major improvements in escapes from both side mount and mount, and my half guard sweeps/reversals are improving as well. My guard/half guard passing is decent, however I'm very weak against people with a good spider guard. I can't seem to get a good base and get swept pretty easily. From standup, I have a couple of go to takedowns - single leg, and a sacrafice throw that we call the butter sweep - that have been working pretty well for me and I will focus on making them better.
Queens MMA is a relatively new gym...in business for a little over 2.5 years. Sinistro is having 8 of us white belts test for blue belt, which will be his first promotions. My test is tonight. For those interested, the test material is located here http://alliancebjjnyc.com/belt-system/. Wish me luck, as it will be an absolute priveledge to have him tie a blue belt around my waist. I have to say that I thank God every day for walking into this school. It has been extremely humbling, and I can't imagine my life without BJJ. I've made some real friends through my training, and good friends are rare, but the crew that we have is a group of great people and we are extremely tight, which is great.