Thursday, November 14, 2013


I only got to train one day this week, because of an extended reserve drill period. We have to make up the days we were off for the government shutdown, so I'm here for four days instead of my normal two.

I've also been overwhelmed by homework. Luckily, I only have one more project due this week. Its large, but I think I can get it done before Sunday if I put a lot of work into it tomorrow. School is really starting to grind me down, and next semester is only going to be worse. Right now, I have B's in all my classes, which is actually kind of horrible for me. I just can't really bring myself to give a shit about it. I know that degrees are important, but I honestly can't rate my college experience very highly. I'm going to school through the VA's GI Bill. If I had to pay for this stupid shit out of pocket, I'd probably have quit a long time ago. The only reason I keep going is that I'm getting a free* education. (*=I spent most of my late teens and early twenties in places that qualify as "hazardous duty")

I really have started getting into the groove of BJJ. I'm getting really excited about how my performance plateaus for a bit, and then increases dramatically overnight. I'm getting in better shape, and best of all, I can think clearly while rolling. I'm starting to become somebody that blue belts don't easily submit. All of my instructors have been telling me I'm starting to get good, and that I'm light years above where I was just a few months ago. I have a feeling that I'll be getting striped in December when our affiliate black belt comes to visit, but I don't even really care about how many stripes I have. If I was promoted to blue belt tomorrow, the same people are still going to be kicking my ass. Though, I have heard some people are getting somewhat frustrated with the lack of rank progression in our school. We affiliate from a gym an hour away. We do have our own 2nd degree black belt, but he came in after we had already affiliated with the other black belt. He feels like if he promotes people, he's stepping on toes. Our affiliate doesn't like brown belts and purple belts giving stripes, so we are reliant upon him holding seminars or us going to his school for evaluation. Like I said, I don't really care. I'm just at a very happy place in my training right now. I've been going three days a week, so I'm going to try to dial it up to four days a week.

I've also decided that I'm going to do the tournament in February.