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Surfing of course. As much of it as possible. Spending time with my family, my little girl is now six, my son is about 19 months now... and we have a third on the way!! Looks like it will be another little boy. Pretty stoked on that. Job is going well, wifey is great and her job is doing even better than mine!
Almost two years ago I signed my daughter up for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for many good reasons. I actually did quite a bit of research to find the best martial art training for a child, and BJJ and Judo kept on coming to the top of the list. I just so happened to be driving home one afternoon and noticed that a carpet store that had gone out of business and had been replaced by a BJJ school, just a couple blocks from my house. After a week of driving past it I finally pulled in and talked to a couple of the instructors. I had no idea what I was in for.
So, I took my daughter to one of the classes and she seemed to enjoy it so I continued to take my daughter to the classes. She still loves it and has since then continued training and now she is all the way up to her third belt and working towards her fourth. She's already competed in her first tourney and did great! As for me... well... I could only watch the action so long before I needed to start training myself.
I started on May 17th of last year. My goals were simple, acquire my blue belt in less than two years and possibly lose some weight & get in better shape. So I have been training hard. Really hard. I was progressing pretty decently, but then noticed that I was not progressing as quickly as I wanted to so I looked at my diet. I made a radical change and switched to the Gracie Diet right after the week of July 4th. By December I had dropped 50 pounds and my bjj had greatly improved. I have kept myself at that weight since. My new goal is to now add 10 pounds of lean muscle to my frame.
Regarding my first goal, it changed. After six or seven months of dedicated training, I was no longer concerned about the belt thing. I just wanted to learn as much good BJJ as I could. I am very lucky to have the levels of instructors that I do. I felt good enough about my training that I decided to put it all on the line and enter the Pan IBJJF Tourney, which is equivalent to the American Championships. I entered in the Senior Division, white belt class along with 18 others from around the world. This is one of the most prestigious events in BJJ, and I was pretty apprehensive. I fought four fights and won my first three and walked away with the Bronze. My family and friends from my BJJ school were all there to watch me and it was HUGE!! I was incredibly happy.
This is me to your left with my head instructor, Professor Fabio Leopoldo (he took Gold in the Masters BlackBelt Heavyweight div.)
A few weeks later, on April 15th, I was presented with my blue belt. I'm pretty stoked.
I still surf most mornings, if not I work out now in the gym. I also train BJJ now most nights for at least an hour or so, right after work on my way home. I've been busy, lol.
So... what have you guys been up to?
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