Last days in Knoxville…ready for Rio!

I got up early this morning, July 4th, to get one more mat session with Samuel Braga and crew at Gracie Barra, Knoxville. We had a great session with about an hour of drilling leg drags and berimbolos and then about an hour of specific training and free rolling. I have to say, these guys have been super-welcoming and I want to thank all of them for treating me like a BJJ brother! Oss!

Training with Samuel Braga ad Crew

Training with Samuel Braga and Crew

At the end of the two-hour session Samuel asked me to do a short video “testimonial” for the school. No Problem! These guys make it very easy to say good things about them.

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Tough sessions at GB Knoxville!

SO, I’ve been in Knoxville for about two weeks now and I gotta tell ya, I am SORE! Professor Braga runs a solid school here with Black belts, Brown’s and plenty of Purple, Blues and Whites.

Now, admittedly, I have been off my game a bit since returning from Mexico. I first noticed when I stopped by my home school The Ohio Combat Sports Academy for about a week. I was home just in time to catch the Kurt Osiander seminar and then to stick around and catch a couple days of open mats. They were beating me up pretty good. I reasoned that it was because I had been teaching classes more than being taught while I was in Mexico and that they had been training hard for the last four months while I was out “living the dream”.

All of the above is true, of course, but it turns out there was something more happening than I realized.

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Triumph BJJ, Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.

After returning from Mexico and prior to departing for Rio De Janeiro, I had about 6 weeks to travel around the midwest, USA and get some training in between visits with family. While I was in Michigan visiting my mom and sister I got the opportunity to spend three days training at Triumph Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.

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