Today, I worked out twice. My first workout was a mini workout at best. I was at the Westside Training Center. I was there early for a Belt Ceremony and Gym Celebration. I got two rounds of rolling in. I would like to congratulate all the my friends that got their strips and for my friend Todd to get promoted to purple belt today.
This school has been open since January this year. Their system of training is efficient and effective. The instructors are personable and caring. I'm glad to call all of them my friends. They've been there for my competitions and helped improved my game, especially my bottom game and choking game. They do a lot within the 1 hour of training for Jiu Jitsu.
After that, I took an hour drive from Culver City to Brea, to attend the charity event known as Grapplethon 2. I was extremely late to the event, since it started at 1PM and I got there at 3:40PM. I got 5 rolls in though.
I was able to get a lot of back takes and arm bar set ups in. I even went for the move that I worked on this week when my opponent went to turtle, I set up the swim to spider web to the arm bar transition. I worked on a lot of escapes from side control. I framed a lot to protect my ribs. I came out healthy today, made a difference, made some new friends and met some old friends.
My friend, Monta Wiley, did a great job with this event. He kicked ass for 180 minutes. Top that Ric Flair. The event was organized well. Everyone at the event was nice and helpful. The Jiu Jitsu community today made a real difference. Once again, I didn't even know the person that I was helping out at the Grapplethon, but the point is that we were raising for a good cause and we got to do it with something we love.
I had a great time for both events and I was glad that I was able to attend both, despite the different in distance. I learned a lot today about my game and I felt that I'm expanding my game by trying a couple of moves that I've worked a lot on with the training dummies. My arm bar transitions and back takes are getting a lot better. All the notes that I've taken from the JT Torres seminar that I took a couple of months ago are paying off. Thank you JT Torres. Mabuhay, Namaste, Dattebayo!!!
Ronnie Castro is a Big Filipino Strongman, Powerlifter, Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA practitioner, computer geek that reads manga and watches anime while saving the world, bringing back sexy, and eating like a madman at a buffet, one day at a time..