If you haven't seen it, you need to.
The mat on Saturday was so god damn cold. It was snowing outside but didn't lay. I felt like I was crazy to go training at a place that only has steel walls and no insulation but the club was actually full of people. I plan to do more training on Saturday morning because I had some good rolls with people who are better than me. It's the only way to improve.
|Saturday morning training in single digit (Celsius) temperatures|
Saturday was our end of year gathering for drinks and food. Usually this is the time when people get promoted. Mine is a long way off so I didn't have any concern about that (although dropping a purple belt on me 3 years in was a shocking surprise and something I had a hard time adjusting to initially). We had 2 guys promoted to brown and a couple of whites to blue and a 15 year old kid who is very good promoted to Green. He will most likely be blue belt next year when he turns 16.
Yoshida-san was one of the new brown belts. He is very inspirational and I have enjoyed seeing him go through his BJJ journey as I joined about a year and a half after him. He is all round very good both at guard and passing, can roll hard or light, and has a very slippery feel when in guard and strong pressure despite being small when passing. I like how he intelligently thinks about jiu-jitsu in his approach to improving. It was his decision to start a Sunday 8 am - 9.30 am class just for drilling, something I had wanted badly for a long time. This drilling class has really helped me to probe into the small questions and ideas that I have in my head concerning BJJ techniques and to also work to fill the holes that I have. If he ever considers it, I think he will make a great instructor in the future.
|Yoshida-san congrats on the brown belt!|