Competition Preparation is Under Way

Today, we are 78 days from the 2013 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championships in Irvine CA.  Traditionally, Team Chard identifies this competition as the defining competition for the academy.   Additionally, the American Grappling Challenge, will be hosting an event in Northeast Ohio on 3/23/13.  So, we will be preparing two teams.

One of our mantras is that competition is the best benchmark of progress.  Additionally, I have posted about the  real value in competition.  So as we prepare, we will share our plans, our progress and our performance.

This month, for the first 3 weeks or so, the plan is to identify and create strategies for each Competitor’s performance.   It is essential, that you have a Plan A, a Plan B, and maybe a Plan C before you step onto the mat.

Stay tuned as we work our way to Irvine.

Building Our Legacy

There are many proud moments that I can point to in my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Career.   My Black Belt promotion, my first IBJJF Medal, and cornering at UFC 96 are on the list.  But, what will rank very high is my first Black Belt Promotion.   As a coach and ambassador of the sport, what I want most is for my students to flourish in this art and to pass it along to the next generation.  To graduate a member of my team to Black Belt is the pinnacle of our art and a portal to the next journey that awaits.

Congratulations to Paul Bartholet.