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Old 11-29-2011, 04:06 PM   #16
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new blue belt here.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:22 PM   #17
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Sweet! I wish my gf had an interest in martial arts.I agree with you, I am a true believer that the number one reason for doing BJJ is the fun. It's the journey that makes it all worth it. Once I stopped worrying about the belts and improving, I started getting much better. I compete often, but I do it because it's fun for me. I enjoy the hard training and testing myself. If your heart is in it, just keep training and having fun and the belts will come!

Btw, the oldest guy at our gym is 68 years old. He holds a black belt in Karate and is in the TKD and Karate Hall of Fame. He's been training BJJ now for 5 years and is a purple belt. It's always great fun how BJJ brings so many people together I'm 22 and train with men, women and children from all walks of life (I assist in teaching the kids classes. I love those little guys. They're so smart, curious and ready to learn!).

If you're ever in the Minneapolis area feel free to stop by!
We have a guy who is 64. Every day I see him out on the mat I respect him more. He doesn't quit.

And, my wife and I were in Minneapolis for a big 4 day meeting last month! We were thinking about taking the gi's and looking for a place to check out, but in the end we didn't...

Edit: which school there do you train at?

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new blue belt here.
Awesome, congratulations!
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:23 AM   #18
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new blue belt here.
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We have a guy who is 64. Every day I see him out on the mat I respect him more. He doesn't quit.

And, my wife and I were in Minneapolis for a big 4 day meeting last month! We were thinking about taking the gi's and looking for a place to check out, but in the end we didn't...

Edit: which school there do you train at?



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Old 11-30-2011, 01:08 PM   #19
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Ah, it was moved. Here's our special place to play.

Hey, Gracie has a dojo not five blocks from where I am sitting. It's in Berkeley on Ashby/ Sacramento.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:15 PM   #20
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I do bjj and am a blue belt. I wrestled in school and did judo for seven years before jumping into BJJ. I have been going for six months now. Wednesday and Saturday is no gi and includes striking and take downs.



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Old 12-02-2011, 05:46 PM   #21
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Hey, Gracie has a dojo not five blocks from where I am sitting. It's in Berkeley on Ashby/ Sacramento.
Our school was just recently (last spring) changed to a Gracie school. Before that it was Mica Cipili's school, still is, but now with the Gracie tag on it.

schwartzkm - you must have learned a lot of judo in 7 years! I think the two sports should be put back together. That is the way they originally started, then diverged into the all stand-up of olympic judo and the (basically) all ground work of brazilian jiu jitsu. I'm trying to start going to some of our judo classes....

Edit: to add video - this happens a couple of times a year at our school. I think I'll stay at blue belt!

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Old 12-03-2011, 01:31 PM   #22
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:11 PM   #23
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Me too!

Purple belt at Dark Horse BJJ in Longmont, CO. Doing it now for about 6 years. I know a lot of guys who train who are also big into motorcycling, but great to see there are several BJJ players on ADV!
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:38 PM   #24
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Purple belt at Dark Horse BJJ in Longmont, CO. Doing it now for about 6 years. I know a lot of guys who train who are also big into motorcycling, but great to see there are several BJJ players on ADV!
Congrats man, purple is a long ways to go in this sport!

Don't think there are many of us on ADVRider....
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:09 AM   #25
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I've been a purple belt for 1 year now (I've been training for 4.5 years now) and I just got my first bike, a 2006 Ninja 650R a few weeks ago. The bike is all stock except for a fender eliminator and some frame sliders I just installed this week.

BJJ is my passion! When I'm on the mats, I feel alive. My brain "shuts off" and my body just does what it does. I'm just in the moment and forget about the outside world. I love the mental aspect of the game, I love the technicalities and the constant learning. I love trying to get better at something by giving it my all by putting in my blood, sweat and tears. I love the journey. I love competing and I love the community of teammates and close friends that I've built. I teach beginners and children on the weekends, I'm on the mats every day and I compete as often as I can. I'm moving towards a job in the martial arts industry and hope I can share the benefits of BJJ with others.

Since I bought my bike I've been taking it really slow and haven't gone faster than 40 mph--mostly just parking lot work so far. I'm still getting used to the slow maneuvers and how the bike feels, but one thing I'm really struggling with is weighing the benefits of motorcycling vs the risks or injuring myself and dealing with the possibility of not having BJJ in my life Anyone else have a similar internal debate?
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Since I bought my bike I've been taking it really slow and haven't gone faster than 40 mph--mostly just parking lot work so far. I'm still getting used to the slow maneuvers and how the bike feels, but one thing I'm really struggling with is weighing the benefits of motorcycling vs the risks or injuring myself and dealing with the possibility of not having BJJ in my life Anyone else have a similar internal debate?
no. enjoy both. and be careful, but quit being such a wuss on thee bike and open it up a little. :P
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:09 PM   #27
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no. enjoy both. and be careful, but quit being such a wuss on thee bike and open it up a little. :P
Hey, nice Pooh Bear in your profile picture! Very cute!

I'm going to take the bike out this weekend on some back roads near my house this weekend and "open it up a little".
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:33 PM   #28
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Hi guys, good to see this thread getting some input! I'm off the matt for a couple of weeks, picked up some ringworm. Who brought it to the dojo I guess is impossible to know, but once it's there you gotta kick folks off the matt for sure. Good thing this is relatively rare. Oh well, more Lamisil!
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no. enjoy both. and be careful, but quit being such a wuss on thee bike and open it up a little. :P
I'm happy to say that I took the bike out on some country roads today for a short 20 mile loop. I got the bike up to 63mph haha! Also passed a bunch of bikers and waved, but got no waves back...oh well...

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Hi guys, good to see this thread getting some input! I'm off the matt for a couple of weeks, picked up some ringworm. Who brought it to the dojo I guess is impossible to know, but once it's there you gotta kick folks off the matt for sure. Good thing this is relatively rare. Oh well, more Lamisil!

That sucks. I actually have it right now, but I am on meds and can still train. I'm on Terbinafine oral tablets (terbinafine is the generic term for Lamisil) for 6 weeks. I went to a tournament a few weeks back and I am certain that I got it there. Lots of the competitors were walking around barefooted in the bathrooms and then walking on the mats. It goes without saying, but of course fecal matter, urine and grappling don't mix too well It started in my hair and then started to spread to my face and chest, I didn't catch it for about a weeks time because it was underneath my head hair and beard hair. The doc told me after about a week of treatment that you can get back on the mats, just keep the wounds covered and of course wash all your gear after class and make sure to wipe out the inside of your gym bag with disinfectant wipes. If you have a mild case of the ringworm, try using Selsun blue shampoo in your hair and on your body. It's cheap and it kills ringworm before it gets too bad! I'm going to now always bring some body wipes to tournaments to wipe down immediately after I compete. Taking a shower with antibacterial soap would be ideal, but it's not always an option.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #30
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....I just got my first bike, a 2006 Ninja 650R a few weeks ago. The bike is all stock except for a fender eliminator and some frame sliders I just installed this week......

...Since I bought my bike I've been taking it really slow and haven't gone faster than 40 mph--mostly just parking lot work so far. I'm still getting used to the slow maneuvers and how the bike feels, but one thing I'm really struggling with is weighing the benefits of motorcycling vs the risks or injuring myself and dealing with the possibility of not having BJJ in my life Anyone else have a similar internal debate?
Congrats on the bike!

Funny though, I have the opposite concern. I get worried that I will be injured on the mat, and then not be able to make a big ride, like the one coming up starting next weekend in Moab. Or, worry about the kind of thing that happened a few years ago - I was all set up to meet my brother for our once a year get together for a big trail run. Had flights booked, had spent several months building my mileage up and was in really good shape, ready to go. Then, on the mat two nights before I was supposed to fly out, and I really tweaked my knee. Had to cancel our run that we had waited months for! My brother was like "you idiot, why were you wrestling sweaty men just before our big run?"

Sounds like the terbanifine tablets are prescription. That would be the way to go. I've never had the stuff in my hair though, just a few spots here and there, hands, back of neck usually. My first experience with this rot was high school wrestling, that was a long time ago for me.
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