Monthly Archives: May 2013

Work – you are killing my creativity!

Dear reader: my apologies! 

I’ve been away from my blog for so long that I nearly forgot my username and password!  For shame, Kris, for shame.  So I’m forcing myself to take this next 20 mins while I shovel a sandwich down my gullet between meetings to re-engage.  WARNING, EXCUSES: Yes, I’ve been working a lot lately, and it’s been challenging.  And the free time I get, I rather spend actually doing BJJ than writing about it.  As much as I enjoy writing, I enjoy rolling much, much more.

So while I’ve been away, I’ve still been on the mats.  And I feel that over the last few months, things are really clicking for me. 

Fear not – I still get my ass handed to me on a regular basis.  But, my positioning has improved.  I’ve been mildly successful and defending submissions.  I’ve been very patient to ensure I’m in a good position before thinking of a submission of my own.  Plus, my fitness/cardio has dramatically improved over the past 6 months or so…and I’m able to push hard through our entire class, which always includes 20-30 of live rolling.  (Note: More on testosterone supplements for 40+ yr old BJJ practitioners in an upcoming post.  Google “Onnit Labs” if you want a sneak peek.)  So all in all, I’m extremely happy with my BJJ progress.  Of course, promotions are coming up, and I’m motivated by the fact that I don’t want Professor taking a stripe away!!  Can you imagine? 

“Kris, you’ve been trying hard, but I’m sorry that I’m going to have to DE-mote you at today’s promotion ceremony.”  …as he ceremoniously pulls one of the stripes off my white belt, and puts it in my hand as I walk back in line

Krav Maga progress is a different story.  Having passed the Level I test, I should be rocking the Level II classes.  Only the timing is such that I can’t make it to the Mon/Wed Level II class.  And it’s hard to make it to the Tue/Thur class, because BJJ is a priority now, which would put me in the gym 5 days a week.  Easier if it was during the day, but the evenings are a bit harder.  So I’m a Level II Krav Maga guy, with zero experience in Level II classes. 

I did, however, have a conversation with Chasity last night after BJJ, and she agreed that if I start coming more regularly to Krav Maga, she’ll consider teaching me the five-finger-death-touch.  I asked her if we could start with Jean Claude Van Dam’s Dim-Mak…but she kindly informed me that “…bricks don’t hit back!”  So that’s apparently a non-starter.

Take care of each other.  Cheers.





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