Let’s get down to business. I haven’t been around these hear parts because it hasn’t been worth my time. I’ve been ill on and off for fucking ages now, and I’m hoping/praying I’ve finally got my shit under control, and I’m good to go. And you know what that means? Training.
I’ve not been totally out of the game, because I’m just not able to do that. I’ve dropped into the occasional Wednesday or Sunday class, here or there. I’m stagnant, I’m not able to do a lot of the stuff that I once was, but I’m well aware of why that is. Shit happens.
This week, I’ll be looking to return to proper training. I want to be able to roll with the best of them, and the worst of them. I’ve been actively taking an interest in those internet video things, because some people out there are so fucking graceful it’s hard not to learn from them, so that’s good.
The club has recently adopted a new black belt, by the way. As our luck would have it, a man called Yannis Papastamatiou somehow fell from the Jiu-Jitsu heavens into our laps.. He’s not ours for the keeping, he just happens to work/study nearby, and trains in a few clubs fairly locally, to impart his knowledge of the gentle art. I believe he was awarded his black belt last year at the De La Riva Academy in Florida, by Beto Nunes. He’s a marine biologist that specialises in sharks. Yeah, that’s right, he’s a badass.
I’ve only been fortune enough to attend one of his classes, but the techniques he showed were of typical black belt fashion, whereby you think, “Why the fuck didn’t I think of that?” whilst grunting at your tatty little blue belt. He’s certainly going to be an asset to the club.
I’m looking to go down to Newcastle again soon, to visit Speedy, as I haven’t seen him in a while, and anytime I do, my mind is literally fucking blown by his extremely vast knowledge of nasty locks. It’ll also be good to see his son, and a few of the other absolute monsters that are down there.
Things for the time being are positive. Expect a post later this week, after class to let you know how I’m feeling. Being that I have little to no cardio now. I’m going to attempt some flow rolling, if given the opportunity on Wendesday. Granted, that depends on whether my partner will be a fucking meathead smashy cunt.