Any BJJ'ers here?

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  1. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

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    A few of the guys at my gym ride motorcycles, so how many of you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

    I've been training for 4.5 years now. I'm a purple belt at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu here in Minnesota. My upcoming goals are to compete in the IBJJF Chicago Open in March 2012 and the IBJJF Pan Ams in March 2012 as well. Other than that, I want to keep competing, keep training to be as good as I possibly can and keep assisting with teaching. I would love to take a motorcycle trip around the world and travel to as many gyms as possible to train--wouldn't that be an awesome and unique trip?

    So, any other BJJ'ers here? :ear
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  2. petefromberkeley

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    Most certainly not.
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  3. ballistic_ken

    ballistic_ken Helmet hair victim.

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    Sounds dirty:eek1
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  4. Tellydoug

    Tellydoug Troubador of joy

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    BBBJ? What?
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  5. PunkinHead

    PunkinHead Moobless Adventurer

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    How do you wash the taste out of your mouth after one of these training sessions?
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  6. Sabre

    Sabre PrĂȘt? Allez!

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    That second J makes all the difference, doesn't it?
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  7. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    bj or not,,I'll kick yer ass in a fair fight!:1drink :rofl


    and,,there ain't no such thing as a fair fight.:deal

    is this like,,sorry we had a fight sweety,,then, make-up sex?
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  8. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Not going so well eh? :lol3 Might work better in the Sports forum, or whatever it's called. But, yeah, I like a little BJJ. Don't mind leaving off the second J either... still like it.
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  9. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    This was clearly no time to abbreviate. :D
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  10. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

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    Clearly haha...I'll try the sports forum :lol3
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  11. sloMark

    sloMark Been here awhile

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    Yes, I do. But its a whole different ball game when you throw some striking into the mix, try that. Use the little 4 ounce MMA gloves. I train this way for work, its just a little more realistic for me.
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  12. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Ah, it was moved. Here's our special place to play.

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  13. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

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    Indeed! I've tried it many times and I've done some striking for 6 months as well. I much prefer watching and training straight BJJ, wrestling, Judo and sub grappling though. I do appreciate a good striking match as well though. I find when I train mixed that I use my BJJ to defend the strikes and then take down and work for subs. It's fun and shows you how to defend yourself against strikes. As a matter of fact, I have been jumped twice now. BOTH times I got away safely and relatively uninjured!

    Cool! Are you in this pic? How long you been training?
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  14. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Nope. I took the picture. I wrestled in high school for 3 years, a long long long time ago. After something like 25 years I started Judo. Did that for about 2 years, then switched to jiu jitsu. Been at that for about 5 years, but was out for about 2 with injuries (damn motorbikes!).

    I'm just a lowly blue belt, slowly collecting stripes. Don't know if I'll ever make purple, and really don't care. I'm an older guy, 54 now, and really, I'm just in it for fun. Fantastic exercise too!

    It's a family thing here too. Mrs. Skowinski trains jiu jitsu, she is a white belt currently. But, before I met her she pushed herself to black belt in judo, and competed in the nationals once.
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  15. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

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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 :clap 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!
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  16. PoundSand

    PoundSand Long timer

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    :wave new blue belt here.
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  17. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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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?

    Awesome, congratulations! :thumb
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  18. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

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    Congrats! :clap

    Alliance BJJ MN
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  19. petefromberkeley

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    Hey, Gracie has a dojo not five blocks from where I am sitting. It's in Berkeley on Ashby/ Sacramento.
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  20. schwartzkm

    schwartzkm Adventurer

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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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