I'm stealing Fraser's idea. I'll be honest and open about that. I've loved the concept of keeping a training journal to not just reflect on what you've learned but also to be able to look back and see how much progress you've made over the course of your training. When living in New Jersey I had the ability to train with some great BJJ instructors including Kurt Pelligrino and Fernando Cabeca. However, when life turned upside down and I made the decision to move to Austin, I didn't have a chance to get back on the mats for over a year.
Well, that year is finally over. I've established myself enough in Austin as well as on this site that I can figure out a schedule to get back to training. My time writing has also afforded me the opportunity to receive plenty of products from various apparel and gear companies which will be reviewed on the front page of this site.
So here is the first blog, an introduction to my goals and my realistic expectations. I'll be training at the Relson Gracie Academy in Austin. Hopefully I'll finally test for stripes on my white belt which I just never cared to do. I knew I had the knowledge, a stripe didn't matter to me. I'm finally in the mindset that I need to show that I know what I know.
My immediate goal is to drop 20 pounds by Thanksgiving. I'll be cutting out alcohol as well as white flour, sodas, and other processed sugars. I'm sure that the first weeks of this will be terrible until my body finally adjusts. The hope is that I can train at least four times a week on the following schedule:
Monday: Two hours of Gi instruction with open mat time afterwards
Tuesday: Two hours of No-Gi instruction with open mat time afterwards
Wednesday: Two hours of No-Gi instruction
Thursday: Two hours of Gi instruction with open mat time afterwards
Sunday: Two hours of Gi instruction with open mat time afterwards
I'll try and keep this weekly. I'm excited to start this new chapter in an old story of my life. I hope you'll enjoy the ride.