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April 2013 NESO Re-Cap: The Days Leading Up To The Tourney

April 2013 NESO Re-Cap: The Days Leading Up To The Tourney

Eating We didn’t eat anything different, per se, leading up to the tournament, unless you count switching to the Gracie Diet 2 months prior. I guess you could, considering I lost about 13 pounds without trying, and came in under weight for the competition without unhealthy weight-cutting methods like the water elimination I’ve done the […]

All the old ladies and I are doing it

Why I Like Wrist Locks (Less Abashedly Every Day)

Does a submission get less manly as the joint attacked gets smaller? I certainly do not take kindly to finger bending. My longest-time training partners will remember the 2000 NAGA in which I was defeated with a finger “lock” (my opponent couldn’t pass my guard by leaning his forearm on my face, so grabbed my […]

Who wants some of Deebo?

Money, Meet Mouth… New England Sub-Only Tourney Here I Come

I’ve been in training for the New England Submissions Only Challenge for a while now, but tonight I put my money down. There’s definitely a difference between knowing you’re planning on doing something, and making the commitment to do it. (As coincidence has it, I also mailed the deposit and contract for our wedding location […]

Match Vs. Mike Mancinelli

GFV Training Is Heating Up For The New England Submission Only Tournament

The best tournament I’ve ever been to or taken part in has to be the New England Submission Only Tournament, and it’s coming up again in a couple of weeks. I liked it as much as I did last year because it was fun. I wasn’t overly concerned about being injured, because we are friends […]

Am I The Jerk?

No one is a bigger opponent of “douchey-ness” on the mat than me. Etiquette matters, as far as I’m concerned, at least insofar as our need to watch out for the safety of our partner and those nearby. I’m hyper-vigilant about this, going so far as to apologize mid-roll when there’s a chance a knee […]

Gracie Ansonia Visits Gracie Farmington Valley

Had a great Sunday morning of jiu jitsu today at Gracie Farmington Valley with guests, Doug Lindquist, and a handful of students from his school, Gracie Ansonia. I got to roll with Doug who has at least as many injuries as me, and around whom I can’t complain about the slowness of healing, because, as […]