My goals this year compared to the last couple of years is way different. First of all, I'm looking to get back into powerlifting. Also, I'm reading more books and listening to more audiobooks. It's tough to beat last year's accomplishments, but I intend on improving myself and moving forward. The highlights for me last year getting my CCNP certification, winning gold at the SJJIF Worlds and winning three more medals in top of that, completing the Beach Cities Challenge, in which I completed the Surf City, Long Beach, and OC Half Marathons, and getting my MBA. It was a wild year, despite the long commute to and from work, being on-call, doing some personal training part-time, getting any kind of training in, and raising a family.
Since it's the Year of the Dog, it's my year. It's also my last year as Masters 1 in the Jiu Jitsu tournament. I'm a four stripe purple belt in Jiu Jitsu and I'm very close to being a brown belt.
I haven't done powerlifting since 2007, but I can still lift some heavy weights. The weight that I have been at in my entire powerlifting career was at 308lbs, even though my first powerlifting meet, I was over by 3lbs to be at 275lbs. This year will be the 1st that I compete at 275lbs. I'm currently at 280lbs, so I can make weight.
1. Become CCNA Security (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)
2. Become a BJJ World Champion
3. Become a Powerlifting World Champion
4. Break the State, National, and World Records at 275lbs for the Adult and Sub-Masters Drug Tested Division in the USPA
5. Read 24 Books
6. Listen to 100 Audiobooks
7. Become a Brown Belt in Jiu Jitsu
When it comes to passing the closed guard, I like to use my size and strength to pry open the guard and then smash to pass. Jean Jacques Machado's approach is more reserve and mindful of the opponent's strength in the guard. I like how he discusses on the positioning of the legs to pass and recover, once the guard is open.
This year, I completed two major goals: Become a CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and become an MBA graduate. I bought a planner this year to work on my goals. The one that I bough is called The Simple Elephant from Papercode. You can get it on Amazon for $19.99 plus tax. Shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime.
The goals that I have for myself for the rest of the year is to win the 2017 SJJIF World Championships in both the Gi and NoGi divisions and to become CCNA Security Certified. I think this will be the last tournament for me this year. I'm still debating to do the IBJJF NoGi Worlds.
For my weekly goals, I plan on going through 4 Audiobooks this week for continual learning. The audiobooks that I have listed for this week are Primary Greatness - The 12 Levels of Success by Stephen Covey, Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J. P. Pawliw-Fry, On Fire by John O'Leary, and Jump by Steve Harvey. Since my commute is 3 - 4 hours each day, I use this time to learn while I am in traffic and set the speed settings to either 1.6 to 2.0 to decrease the time to go through each audiobook. Also, I plan on reading half of the book, Tools for Titans by Tim Ferriss. I borrowed the audiobooks and the Tools of Titans book from Overdrive using my library card. I have to go through the material quickly, since I have about 2 - 3 weeks to borrow them.
I'm also reading about understanding the ASA. I plan on reading or watching 7 hours worth of material from Safari Books Online. Luckily, I get a subscription from work to go through this material for free. I also plan on reading 1 book to my kids, since I want them to be readers as well.
I wrote down in my journal to work on stretching for 10 minutes each day to help increase my flexibility for Jiu Jitsu. Also, I plan on getting 70,000 steps to work on my physical activity levels, since I am sitting down a lot throughout the day. Finally, I plan to do 3 days of Jiu Jitsu training this week to prepare for the tournament at the end of this month. I want to make sure that I keep my timing and strategies down pack before tournament time. As far as conditioning goes, I'm not worried since I recently did a half marathon and I stay in shape year round.
Check out this short film Catch As Catch Can by Matthew Wood. It is about Catch Wrestling, The Snake Pit & Roy Wood. This is a good film for all grapplers to watch.
1. Become CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)
I took the TSHOOT exam once last year and failed. I missed the cut off by 30 points. I'll be retaking the exam this year and rolling over this goal. It was an overwhelming year. Having a second kid, changing jobs, working farther, and having less time to study and train. I learned a lot about what I need to improve on my own self time management and energy expenditure.
I don't mind the challenge though. It is part of life. Always looking to improve myself in any way that I can.
2. Become a BJJ World Champion
Last year, I got my first win at Mundials. Lost my second match. I didn't get to do Master's Worlds, since it was on the weekend of my wedding anniversary. NoGi Worlds, I lost my first match. That was the first time that I got to compete as a purple belt. I got Third at the SJJIF Worlds. Last year was the worst year that I've had competition-wise since I first started competing in Jiu Jitsu. I'm rolling over this goal for life.
3. Become a BJJ Purple Belt
I finally was able to get to this goal in July. I was so happy and excited. I was sad that I never won Mundials at blue belt, but this year will be my first attempt at purple belt. Next goal will be the BJJ Brown Belt. Out of the 5 goals from last year, I was able to at least get one goal. Yay!!!
4. Write An Article Once A Month
I failed dramatically on this goal. I will roll over this goal this year.
5. Take Videos of My Training and/or Competition Once A Month
Once again, I failed dramatically on another goal. I will roll over this goal this year.
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..