Training For Warriors Thailand – Strength and Conditioning for MMA/BJJ
Hey guys, hope everyone is doing great!
This week I wanted to share with you guys my experience from training at Training for Warriors Thailand.
This was the first time that I’ve done any proper S&C routine to supplement my BJJ and I was really really happy with the results and the process itself. If you’re ever in Phuket, Thailand I highly recommend checking them out!
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Today was my last full day in Phuket and I made sure to enjoy it with great company. It was an amazing experience being here.
As hard, nerve racking and strenuous as it can get to live the life that I have chosen which is full of difficult moments of doubts and fears, everything subsides when I look at the big picture. I’m a very blessed man. At the end of the day I get to pursue my passion, constantly meet new and amazing people, make amazing friends and grow and mature as a man.
Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of these past 4 months!
A special thanks goes out to my two main coaches here in Olavo Abreu for all the support, the teachings and giving me the space and aiding in my growth on the mat and to Mark Mariani for helping me to get in perhaps the best shape of my life and igniting a passion in me for strength and conditioning with the passion and approach he brought everyday at Training For Warriors – Thailand. Also to my main two drilling partners Kevin Ciarniello and Vadim who helped me so much. To everyone who’s helped and inspired me on the mats to consistently challenge myself and also off of them to improve myself as a human being and continue to open myself up more. To the few guys that are over 40 and that had never done BJJ before who came in and did two a days, while getting smashed as new white belts while keeping on such a positive and grateful attitude. Your example was a constant lesson and reminder of how I should strive to be (you know who you guys are!). I can’t express my gratitude enough.
The last and most important thanks is to Minyoung Kim for just… well everything!
I’ll be back!
Much love to everyone!
Kobe Bryant’s Drilling System for BJJ — A Measure of Quality
Hey guys, hope everyone is doing great!Being a big fan of the NBA and of successful people who are known to have amazing work ethics I naturally admire Kobe Bryant. After watching a bunch of videos and reading blogs/articles about him I wondered what I could learn from and how I could bring his mentality and practice methods into the world of BJJ.
This is what I’ve come up with so far and it’s really helped me.
I hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think about it. If you go about drilling in a different way I’d love to hear about it!
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Kobe Bryant’s Drilling System for BJJ — A Measure of Quality
Hey guys, how is everyone doing?
So before we get into the current video blog post I wanted to share with you guys that imbjj.com has reached a little milestone as it appears on the first and second page of Google search under “BJJ vlog” and “BJJ video blog”! It’s really cool to see that the blog is growing and this week I had a person whom I’ve never met before recognize me and say that he enjoyed watching the entries about Thailand before he came here. I know I’m a nerd, but I thought it was cool. lol.
Along with that I took a bit of time to reflect about the blog, the vision I have for it and had some really good talks with some very helpful people. Needless to say I’m really excited as to what’s to come. Oh, and if anyone has any ideas for a cool logo let me know.
Ok, so on to this week’s blog post! In this week’s entry I share with you guys an experience every expat who lives in Thailand has to go through, the visa runs. It’s a very unique process that I have yet to completely understand its purpose and I thought it would be interesting for you guys to see.
Stay tuned in the following weeks for “Training for Warriors – Next Level Strength and Conditioning” and “Kobe Bryant’s System for Drilling Berimbolo’s – A Measure of Quality”
Please leave a comment and let me know if you enjoyed seeing something different like this and feel free to like and share if you did.
Visa Runs – The BJJ Lifestyle’s Less glamorous side
So my computer is back from the dead and so is the video blog. lol.
This week I wanted to share with you my experience from the Kata Beach BJJ Open that was held in Phuket, Thailand.
One of the hardest things for me out here is finding opportunities to compete so I was thrilled when the guys over at Phuket Top Team decided to put on a competition and was even more stoked when I got offered to be part of a submission only “super fight” showcase. Unfortunately, my opponent was a no show at the event and quite honestly I was very annoyed. He volunteered to compete against me and regardless of what reasons he might have had to bail on it (he was healthy) he could have said ahead of time and not deprived me of the opportunity.
Despite this the organizers were nice enough to enter me last minute into the gi portion so I still got to compete. It was a really fun and unique event. I had a blast and was excited to hear that they plan to make this a bi-monthly event! Anyway, here it is.
I wanted to share with you guys a video recap of my fights from a BJJ competition I participated in a couple weeks ago in Bangkok, Thailand.
They hold a “Blue and White Festival” in Bangkok about 3-4 times a year and it’s a small competition that is open to white and blue belts. I was eager to compete as there isn’t much of a competition scene in Thailand and since from what I had seen through Facebook of the previous tournaments I would probably have a fair amount of competitors in my bracket.
I decided to fly up to BKK a day and a half before the competition. As it was my first time flying somewhere for a specific comp I learned a couple valuable lessons on what not to do when traveling for a competition. I’ll share them with you guys next week in an article called “The Three Nevers of Competiton Preperation”.
The tournament itself ended up being a surprising dissapointment as only three other blue belts signed up to compete and I was also told by one of the hosting gym’s coaches that “it’s not fair that you’re competing here today.”
I was pretty surprised at the situation, but it is what it is and I still was able to come away with a couple valuable lessons. The bottom line is I look at is as a valuable and positive learning experience.
Hey guys, hope everyone had a great new year’s eve!
I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone that’s been following the IMBJJ blog for all the support and to also share with you guys my mantra for the new year: To keep making mistakes.
I hope you enjoy the video and please leave a comment and let me know how you guys feel about what I said and what’s your mantra for the new year!
In this week’s video blog entry I wanted to share with you guys the reason I chose to move to Phuket, Thailand for a bit and how the BJJ/MMA scene here looks like.
“The Road” is something very unique and I haven’t seen anything like it throughout my travels. It’s pretty much a fighters’ oasis and offers anything you could ever want or need in order to live the BJJ lifestyle.
Hope you enjoy and I hope this will help spread awareness of how awesome this place is and convince more people to head over to Thailand for an awesome “traincation”!
Feel free to comment, share and pass this along to anyone who’s thought of coming over to train in Thailand!
Last month I had a really good friend of mine, Dan Simmler who’s a black belt under Renzo Gracie and Mat Serra, come down to Phuket for a BJJ “traincation” and he was willing to share some techniques for the blog.
I met Dan through BJJ when I was just starting out (as you’ll hear about in the video) and I kept bumping into him in Thailand and Brazil. Every time we would meet we would train together and I was so impressed with his jits and his teaching style that I actually ended up going to his academy to study under him for almost 3 months.
The guys over at WMMA were all super cool and welcoming. While there I really sharpened my game up by adding great details to everything that already existed in my tool belt while also adding some new moves that are now staples in my game. Me and Dan also found it hysterical to see how people’s jaws dropped when during my last day there he addressed the fact that I’m leaving and also mentioned that for the entirety of my stay there I slept on the mats… The looks on some of the guys faces were priceless. lol.
In this video he’s going to show some awesome knee on belly/ top game mobility drills. He showed me these drills when I was training at his place and they really helped bring my top game up to a new level. I’m sure you guys will be able to get a ton out of this!
In other news I started doing strength and conditioning with the “Training for Warriors” guys and am already seeing great improvements. I’ve also started wrestling again as my neck is feeling much better. I’m a sore but happy man!
Be sure to check in next week for a look at “MMA Road” in Phuket and the atmosphere in a part of the world which was designed to be an MMA, Muay Thai and BJJ training camp getaway. It’s unlike any place I’ve ever been too…
Hope you enjoy and please leave a comment and let me know if you want more videos like this with guest black belts!
P.S. This is the last blog post that was filmed without the new microphone, but I just wanted to film something with Dan before he left. From next week on the audio will be much better!
So first things first, sorry for not updating the blog these past couple weeks. I’ve been scolded by quite a lot of people about it (although Tauquil definitely gets credit for doing it in the most polite/British manner possible!). I promise you guys that this has nothing to do with my laziness/ADD, just a bit with my lack of organizational skills. lol. But on the bright side of things I have a new microphone for the Gopro so the sound quality on the Videos has improved tenfold!
I’m finally in Phuket and training BJJ under Olavo Abreau and also training a bit of wrestling under the Leone brothers at PTT . The lifestyle here is pretty easy and fun, especially compared to Rio. I train 2-3 times a day, I have a little scooter (moped) I cruise around on and I get to go to some beautiful beaches on the weekend and learn to surf. Life is good right now.
Anyway here’s an update of what’s going on, a look at Phuket and a preview of entries to come (which I’m super excited about!).