I start 2010 as a newly promoted purple-belt which to me is a fantastic way to start the new year. I know it's not a gift but something that was earned but when traveling and visiting academies abroad, I definitely walk in more alert to what lies ahead. I know being a visitor or 'new guy' is no cake-walk and people will definitely push you when it comes time to roll. It's all part of the game and I always find this part the most exciting. For one, I get to see what aspects of my game work well since people aren't familiar with me and I see what doesn't. While I may be the 'heavy guy' at home, I'm one of many when training in the US, haha. So I take note of the guys that notice of me when I walk onto the mat for warm-ups and then take a guess at who'll ask me to roll first.
While this trip hasn't been as training heavy as I would have hoped, I definitely feel confident about what I can impose when it comes time to roll. Not to say that I've been killing everyone but it's nice to see that I can hang or take the opportunity to play my game. Everyone has been really cool and 2010 looks to present new challenges for sure.
I'm not big on 'new year resolutions' but with the promotion it's by coincidence that am looking to change things up. I've spent the better part of 2009 teaching the morning sessions at Bangkok BJJ which has helped me tremendously in strengthening my fundamentals. It's time for me to put in some serious time as a student and refine what I know and put it into action. I realize now it's as much what I do on the mat as what I do off of it. So ultimately I continue in my pursuit of being a better and healthier person. I ain't perfect but I am working on it.
I hope everyone out there is doing well and have had enough time to recover from the holidays. Catching up with a number of friends, they all happen to be doing detoxes in reaction to the eating/partying of the last month or so. I think it's a touch extreme but I like the energy.
Also, just wanted to wish everyone who's competing this weekend in Manila at the 2010 Philippine Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi and No Gi International the best of luck.