Well, I'm back in Bangkok now and it's official, the New Year holiday has come to an end. Not that I'm complaining but it's nice to get back to my normal routine. Got to spend plenty of time with the family traveling through parts of Northern Thailand like Mae-sot, Chiang Mai, Pai and Chiang Rai. Returning to Bangkok just in time to catch the countdown, the wife and I were too tired to head out and join the crowds. Our New Years Eve was a quite one with pizza and movies.
I want to extend my condolences to those that lost friends and family members in the tragic fire at Santika that evening. Before having heard the news, I received a number of texts and e-mails asking if we were alright. Thank you for your concern. If anything, this tragic lost will spur some real change in how things are regulated in the city for everyone's safety.
On other news, the new year is already off to a quick start with the first tournament of the season in Phuket, Thailand with NEVERTAP ASIA this January 17th. Unfortunately I will be away on busines during this time but I'm sure there will be plenty of coverage coming from the host team MMA PHUKET.
I'm also working on an interview and some material regarding BJJ federations and what does that mean to the community. I think there are some good questions out there that effect all of us so hopefully it'll spur some healthy dialogue. Of course with the holidays I didn't train as much I would have liked but it did give me time to reflect on what I was able to accomplish in 2008 and what changes I may need to make for 2009. I may not have a specific new years resolution to share with you but probably just a reaffirmation of what my priorities are/should be. FAMILY, WORK, BJJ(EVERYTHING ELSE). I'll admit the blog and my own training have have made other parts of my life feel as though they were 2nd tier and I have to address that. Some big changes are about to take place as my wife and I are expecting our first child. So it looks as though I have some gowing up to do, hahaha. It's probably the most exciting thing to happen to me and I am very much looking forward to this new stage in my life. I won't know for sure how different things will be until the baby arrives. So, bare with me as things may or may not be as consistent as they have been. I will also have to kick things up a notch with work which might be a surprise to some, does not involve BJJ. I am a jewelry designer and produce my own line of men's jewerly under the name LUKE SATORU. The site hasn't been updated for a bit so that's one of the first things to get done in the new year. I've been wanting to create a line for 'fighters' but haven't produced anything just yet so maybe that'll be a new one for 2009.
Anyways, hope everyone had a safe holiday season and looking forward to the new year.