As a proud member of the 'mighty 600,000' I decided to enter a few designs in the Fightworks Podcast patch-design contest. Well, this Sunday they announced my design as the winner which I must admit surprised me quite a bit. This is the first time I've ever won a contest like this so it makes it especially sweet that my design will represent the show that I listen to every week as you all should. Just wanted to extend a thank you to Caleb, Dan and all those involved in the selection process. I have no doubt there were some sick designs in the running and would love to see those get some attention in the future as well.
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I can't believe August is almost over as we're approaching the 3rd week of the month. I and a teammate will be heading to Taipei for the tournament this coming weekend. I will be sure to take a ton of pictures when I am not focusing on my matches. I think I learned a hard but good lesson from the last tournament in Hong Kong, haha so one thing at a time. I haven't been to Taipei in over 14 years so it'll be cool to check it out and see what I can remember. Another hilight will be the Baret Yoshida seminar which I hope to get a few minutes to chat and see what he's been up to lately. If you're not familiar with the Japanese BJJ scene, two local guys will be there as well to compete in the no-gi elite division. Naoya Uematsu and Makoto Aramaki. The first time I knew about Uematsu-san was as a brown-belt against Bibiano Fernandes at the Ground Impact comp. Great showing and soon after I believe he received his black-belt. Aramaki-san is now the head instructor at Kowloon BJJ, making his new home in Hong Kong. It looks to be an exciting weekend.
Don't forget, the following weekend will be nuts as there are three major events going on at the same time but in different locations. Tournaments in both Singapore and Guam + the Royler Gracie seminar in Bali at Syngery Jiu-Jitsu. SEND ME PICS! SEND ME PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OR REPORTS. I do a decent job of getting the tournament results from the organizers but I would love to post your pics and personal comments on the events that I can't attend. Take part and share your experiences!