This is a continuation goal from last year. I have one more test to take (TSHOOT exam), before I can get certified. I past the ROUTE exam last month, and I'm taking the TSHOOT exam this Thursday, before the current exam expires.
2. Become a BJJ World Champion
This year, I plan on competing at the IBJJF Masters Worlds, IBJJF NoGi Worlds, and the SJJIF Worlds. I no longer have my mats and grappling dummy. Also, I'll be training less this. Another baby is on the way and my responsibilities at work has increased.
Based on what happened last year, I know that if I trained at least twice a week on the mats and twice a week on the weight room, that I'll still be able to progress in way to be able to compete. Injuries played a huge role last year, so I had to find ways to train and compete around them. Since, I'm training less, I should recover well from all the various forms of training.
3. Become a BJJ Purple Belt
This is totally based on my instructor grading me on this. I’m up to four stripes now, so I’m really close. At this point, I just have to stay committed and be consistent. I will need to show up to class at least 2-3 times a week to show commitment and consistency.
I added some more go to submissions last year, along with adding some more passes and sweeps.
4. Write An Article Once A Month
I think it’s important for me to share knowledge and I would like to branch out my website by doing this. Last year, I was able to write at least one article, so at least I got something in.
5. Take Videos of My Training and/or Competition Once A Month
I would like to see myself in training and competition to see exactly what I’m doing right and wrong. It doesn't hurt to get some criticism from others, if anyone has something to say about my technique. I got one video in last year, and I think I can do way better than that this year.
I cut the goals in half this year. Last year, I my commute went from 1 hour a day to 3 - 4 hours a day. That affected me the most for training, since I was raising a newborn, studying for certification exams, and doing more projects for work.
This year doesn't get any easier. I will have another baby on the way, I'm still studying for these certification exams, and I'm doing more difficult projects this year. Based on last year, I have developed a template on how to train around these situations. I'm pretty focused on all these tasks, and my results last year were pretty good, since I won 1st place at the Brea Jiu Jitsu In House Tournament, Copa Pacifica, SIJJF Worlds, and NABJJF Nationals.
I'm lucky to have the support group that I have. The major thing that I learned last year was about making all these small adjustments to make small improvements. All the small improvements added up to being big results.