MassBJJ Newsletter Dec. 2015

MassBJJ News

  • 2015 in Review
    I just want to take a moment to thank everyone involved in making the MassBJJ family what it is today. We support each other on and off the mat and continue to grow and evolve as practitioners of jiu jitsu and also as friends. I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished in Arlington in under 4 years! The gym went through an extremely stressful move while waiting for the new space to be completed and the uncertainty of not being able to stay in the old space while we waited. Then we got the go ahead to move over the 4th of July weekend and everyone stepped up to help on your holiday. I’ll keep this short but thank you for your hard work and dedication to the school and to the art. MassBJJ is more than just one person, it’s a collaboration of like-minded and hardworking men, women and kids who share a common interest. I think a lot about the future and both personal and professional goals but let’s not forget what we’ve gone through to get where we are. Now let’s go CRUSH 2016!!!!!!!!!

– Mike                  

  • Arlington Holiday Schedule
    • 12/23 Normal Classes
    • 12/24 Closed
    • 12/25 Closed
    • 12/31 Open Mat (go to Arlington’s Facebook for details)
    • 1/1 Open Mat (go to Arlington’s Facebook for details)
  • Acton Holiday Schedule  
    • 12/23 Normal Classes
    • 12/24 Open Mat – 12:00 – 2:00pm
    • 12/25 Closed
    • 12/31 Open Mat (go to Acton’s Facebook for details)
    • 1/1 Open Mat (go to Acton’s Facebook for details)

          Upcoming Events

  • MassBJJ In-House Tournament
    • Date:   Sat 1/16/2016
    • Time: 11am-3pm
    • Location: MassBJJ-Arlington
    • Double Elimination (2 match minimum)
    • $20 entry fee
    • Kid’s, Women’s, and Men’s Divison’s
  • MassBJJ Holiday Party
    • Date:  Sat 1/16/2016
    • Time: 6pm-10pm
    • Location: Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow, MA
    • $20 food fee, kids under 12 are free
  • Arlington Student of the Month
    • Make sure you congratulate Andrea Sexton! She was recently chosen as the Dec student of the month and has a great write up on the bulletin board in the school about her experiences training with us! Check it out!
  • Congrats to Scott Gamin on earning his Purple Belt!

Let’s make some goals for 2016 and take our potential to the next level. Here’s a quote to get your started:

“Everyone has talent, but rare is the courage to follow that talent to the places it leads.”

 

See you on the mat!

Mike

MassBJJ

 

 

Why do you compete? One students perspective here.

Roman Soboliev reflects on his experiences:

I’d like to start this note with three random facts about me: I believe that AC/DC is the greatest rock band of all time. I’m brown belt with four stripes in dad jokes. I don’t enjoy competing all that much.

After reading the above logical question is: “Why only brown belt?” Well, it’s complicated. I’ve been in US for almost 9 years and still catching up on pop culture and humor. The next question you might have is: “If you don’t enjoy competing, how come you did three tournaments in past half a year?”.

This is great question. And pretty loaded too. I’ll try to answer it to the best of my abilities handicapped by poor grammar and Word’s autocorrect, so bear with me. On an unrelated subject I recently found out that “bare with me” is actually an invitation to undress. That explained certain things…

Anyway, back to competition stuff. Before my very first tournament I was told I “need to go out there and have fun”. Well, the whole fun part didn’t happen since I was absolutely terrified. For crying out loud, I’m about to get in front of a dude whose sole purpose for next 5 minutes would be to take my head out. What’s fun about that?

After years of training I was able to build up sufficient level of confidence and trust in my technique to realize not only I can survive out there, but also be a threat. However time spent in a bullpen right before match still sucks. And in poorly organized tournaments you can be stuck there for an hour. The whole event can be lost while waiting for your name to be called even before the first match starts. So again, if these “pre-flight” minutes are so dreadful – why do it at all?

On philosophical level I believe testing technique in “battle” is necessary if practicing martial arts. That’s the only objective way to know if what you do works. And competition provides setting that is as close to real fight as it gets, yet still safe.

On personal level… That’s where it gets a bit dicey. To put it simply I was bullied as kid. To the point I didn’t want to go to school or run choirs  for parents in fear to run into certain kids. It’s important for me to know I can confront my fears. To see things through regardless how uncomfortable they make me. To be in control.

Also there is sense of camaraderie you build with teammates. You live through their fights, you cheer till your voice is hoarse and then some. Honestly, I’m much more nervous when my teammates are competing then when I’m on the mat myself. And when I am – it’s remarkable to hear familiar voices, even if words are muffled by the crowd. I can’t describe how awesome it is to catch wild eyed faces of your teammates when stealing a glance at score board. They are there regardless if they just won or lost. Or if they are about to go and probably should be warming up now. Or if they don’t compete themselves, but took time out of their weekend to come and support people they train with.

And then there is sense of deep relaxation after all said and done. Minutes of complete stillness during which months of preparation leading to the event, aggression during the match, joy of victory or sadness of defeat seem surreal and distant.

On my way home I start thinking what I’m going to work on come Monday. What areas of my game exposed by competition I need to improve. I usually have faint smile on my face thinking about next steps in my jiu jitsu journey, as I do right now. All those months of hard training and diet leading to competition, minutes from hell in bullpen – can’t wait to do it all over again.

I’d like to close by saying thank you to each and every one of you. Coaches, Mike and Nate, for providing not only place to train, but build long lasting relationships and sharing the knowledge it took many years to collect and perfect. Training partners because there is no growing without your help. Either it’s practicing techniques, support during competitions or tolerating my sense of humor.

In-House Recap and Belt Promotion From Acton Jiu Jitsu

In-House BJJ Recap:

Great job everyone yesterday at the BJJ In-House tournament in Acton. Competition fuels motivation, motivation fuels dedication, dedication fuels improvement! These BJJ tournaments are meant to do nothing more than provide an environment of stress for your skills and see how you handle it. I equate these tournaments to a financial stress test of a bank. Does the system hold up under pressure? Does your jiu-jitsu hold up under pressure? If not, there needs to be some reflection and organized assessment prior to establishing a game plan to fix the system.

If you competed, try and reflect on the experience and pick a few SPECIFIC things to work on. Don’t get overwhelmed with trying to fix too many problems at once, as it’s better to fix one issue permanently then fix several issues temporarily. This event is nothing more than to make our team technically stronger as a whole. Remember, iron sharpens iron!

Make sure you respect your opponents, as you can not be taken to your full potential without them. They are one of the most important ingredients to success. In this case, your opponent is also your teammate, build relationships and help each other improve. I always say at some point in your training you are going to need to take responsibility for yourself and what it is you need to improve on. Our BJJ and MMA gym in Arlington & Acton are full of people looking to help, so speak up if you have questions!

MassBJJ is more than just 1 man, and nothing could have been accomplished yesterday without all of the amazing people who helped out. From the check in and weigh in process to the brackets and reffing, everyone did great! Each event we get better and better and are planning our next one for around April/May in Arlington. Stay tuned.

BELT PROMOTION

Congrats to the 4 new blue belts in BJJ Arlington who were promoted right before the competition began! They were definitely caught by surprise being promoted right after the rules meeting! These guys performed beautifully wearing their new belts and their promotion was more than well deserved. Now all the upper level belts can sleep a little better knowing these guys no longer are wearing white belts!

With all that said, SEE YOU ON THE MAT!

Here are some pictures of the belt promotion.

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BJJ In-House Tournament in Acton Tomorrow, Sat Dec 6th!

The year end In-house tournament will be held on 12/6/2014 at our Acton Location! There will be no classes in Arlington on this day.
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  • Weigh ins between 10-11am and we will start soon after 11am!
  • Double Elimination
  • $20 to enter
  • Kid’s, Women’s and Men’s Divisions

Let’s have some fun and challenge each other on the wrestling mat!!

Email Mike@MassBJJ.com with questions.

Acton Jiu Jitsu In-House Tournament 7/26/14

In House Tournament for Jiu Jitsu in Acton

In-house Jiu Jitsu tournament this coming weekend 7/26/2014 at our Acton Location!T here will be no Jiu Jitsu classes in Acton on this day.

  • Weigh ins between 10-11am and we will start soon after 11am!
  • Double Elimination
  • $20 to enter
  • Kid’s Jiu Jitsu, Women’s,and Men’s BJJ Divisions

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Come support our local athletes in Jiu Jitsu in Acton and cheer each other on!!

See you on the BJJ mat,

Mike