Becoming a Barata! (blue belt)

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  1. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    I am proud to say I am now a cockroach (blue belt)! It has been much harder than I ever anticipated.

    Luckily, I received tons of help from the upper belts. There was a time for beatings and there was a time to let me practice my stuff. I really appreciate them taking the time to teach me.

    I have competed in 2 tournaments (one large, one small) for a record of 1-2. I won my first match by kimura, and lost my second match 2-0 . Then, I lost my first match at American Nationals by armbar.

    Did we have a belt test? Yeah, after we passed, we got judo thrown by about 20 people from black belt to white. It was awesome.

    As for the test we demonstrated front rolls, back roll, hip escape. We had to know Single leg, double leg, tomo nage, ogoshi, and osotogari throws. A few guard sweeps and submissions, a couple mount escapes, a few sidecontrol escapes, a few different ways to open and pass guard, a few mount submissions and side control submissions, knee on belly, and escaping the back. We had to explain exactly what we were doing and why, as if we were teaching someone. We also had to perform self defense techniques from various positions such as bear hug over/under arms, headlock, throat grab, collar grabs, etc. The hardest part of the test was that our instructor wanted us to demonstrate different techniques than the other person.

    Anyways, thanks for reading. And thanks for the all the BJJ advice over the years. If it hadn't been for sherdog I might still be 'backyard brawling' :redface: thinking I am actually learning something. Now I really AM learning.


    *Update*

    Here I am with my instructor, Gerson Sanginitto (2nd Degree Carlos Gracie, Jr. Black Belt). I know some of you will know him from Nino Schembri's Omoplata & Side Control DVD and Gordo's Half Guard DVD. I feel incredibly lucky to train under him.

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  2. Gsoares2***

    Gsoares2*** Banned Banned

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    cockroach? i dont get it
     
  3. dreadedothrside

    dreadedothrside Colonel Sanders, salute your chicken superior.

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    Nor do I. I though he was telling us about how he was cheap at first.


    Well, anyway, congratulations.
     
  4. Jimmy Cerra

    Jimmy Cerra Amateur Fighter

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    Congrats on your blue belt! In Brazil, blue belts are often called cockroaches according to GTR.
     
  5. Gsoares2***

    Gsoares2*** Banned Banned

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    oh so he is in brazil?
     
  6. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    Sorry, bad joke maybe.

    I am actuallly very proud to be promoted, even if it is a minor accomplishment in the grand scheme of things.

    Thanks guys.
     
  7. Deloitte

    Deloitte Blue Belt

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    How long?
     
  8. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    1 year 5 months training religiously
     
  9. Jimmy Cerra

    Jimmy Cerra Amateur Fighter

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    Naw it's a good joke. TTYTT, sometimes I miss the backyard training. It was all so much simpler back then.
     
  10. bearcat4

    bearcat4 Orange Belt

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    Slithers,

    Well deserved my friend. I was at his test, and the thing did last awhile. He is more than deserving. These guy is a gym rat in every sense of the word!

    See you at the academy buddy, and congratulations again!

    Big Kris
     
  11. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    Yep. Gotta start somewhere anyways.

    Thanks for the kind words, Kris.

    I think we got the 'extended' test for some reason! Gerson would say do 2 sweeps from guard, then after executing those 2, he would say "Do another one. Do another one." I was running out of techniques. He likes to mess around with us, though.



    I have no doubt in my mind that Sherdog helped with some important lessons. Gym etiquette, the manner in which a person trains, technical insight, and training philosophies are all things I learned about from posters here and bloggers. So Thanks!
     
  12. bearcat4

    bearcat4 Orange Belt

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  13. wOg

    wOg Burien Top Team

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    Everybody gets a white belt. The blue belt is the first one that you actually earn. Congratulations.
     
  14. Mikey Triangles

    Mikey Triangles Bending Joints the Wrong Way Since 1985

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    nah, it was clever to those who know the reference.
     
  15. monkey roll

    monkey roll Green Belt

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    good work bro! For the record I got what you meant by cockroach.
     
  16. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    Thanks very much guys. I appreciate your comments.

    Jiu-jitsu is a big part of my life.
     
  17. ShanghaiBJJ

    ShanghaiBJJ Brown Belt

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    In Brazil they say the only thing to survive the atomic bombs are cockroaches and blubelts..
     
  18. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    Sweet! :icon_chee



    Here we are:

    6 new belts at Gracie Barra Culver City:
    Yeah I was pretty happy.
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    Saturday's attendees:

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  19. LuisHernandez

    LuisHernandez Banned Banned

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    congratulations, man. how many hours a week did you train? more or less?
     
  20. Slithers

    Slithers Green Belt

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    Thanks, bro.

    When I first started it was something like 3-5 hours a week (training 2 days).

    Then I was training about 8-10 hrs a week for a long time (training 5 days).

    I have more recently cut back to about 5-8 hours a week (training 3-4 days) to nurse a rib injury.
     

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