Sup! ¬†Kevin here with a bit of some blog action once again. ¬†As always, tons of stuff is going on in regards to METAL¬†and SHOWS and GOOD¬†TUNES. ¬†Tonight¬†is the Candlelight Records tour at El Corazon with ABSU. ¬†If you've never heard Absu, I'd recommend it. ¬†They're basically a black metal band from Texas with a singing drummer. ¬†Check this out, this is from their performance at this year's Maryland Death Fest back on Memorial Day Weekend:
So yeah, this is something you probably don't want to miss if you've got the ability to make it to the show tonight.¬†¬†Tickets are still available.¬†¬†You can get them at the door or by clicking here. ¬†Steve and I¬†will be there tonight, so come up and say hey if you see us, but don't buy me a drink this time! Let me explain:
I¬†would never have time to talk about stuff like this on air, but a blog is different which is why I'm excited to finally have one for the show. ¬†I¬†can talk about whatever the hell I¬†want!¬†¬†I¬†may have mentioned this briefly in the past on air, but my rememberer isn't what it used to be. ¬†For the past 9 months or so, basically right around the time Thee Ted Smith fought Double R¬†at the Throwdown in T-Town back in October, I've been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. ¬†It was something I was always interested in but never had the time to pursue due to work and my band's schedule and what-not. ¬†Ted was learning BJJ¬†in addition to boxing and he invited me to come check out the club after my band broke up and I¬†had time. ¬†So, I¬†did and now I'm hooked. ¬†If you have no clue what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is, just watch this video. ¬†Marcelo Garcia is one of the best in the sport right now and my personal favorite grappler. ¬†He's the ultimate when it comes to a little guy working over bigger dudes. ¬†Watch how fast and slick he is!
Long story short, I've been training 3 days a week since then, learning tons of stuff and getting into really good shape. ¬†3 or 4 of us from our club have signed up for our very first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition. ¬†There's a tournament in Bonney Lake on July 11th and it will be my first time ever officially competing in a grappling sport. ¬†I've since given up drinking and junk food to prepare. ¬†Basically, for the last 6 or 7 weeks before the competition I¬†am living 100% clean. ¬†Nothing but the healthiest foods and nothing beyond that. ¬†If I'm going to do this, I¬†might as well go all the way and prepare myself as best I can.
So don't buy me a beer because I¬†won't drink it, even though I definitely appreciate it! ¬†Keeping my focus for this tournament is something I¬†really don't want to lose track of, because I've never been in a situation like this before and I¬†want to challenge myself and see if I¬†really can stick to the program and see it all the way through.¬†¬†I'm really excited to see what kind of shape I can get myself into and how I¬†feel the farther along I go.
BJJ¬†has definitely changed my outlook on life and especially myself. ¬†It's so hard to explain, but I¬†think it can be summed up pretty well by simply saying you never know what you can accomplish until you just try it.¬†¬†I¬†was worried that it would be painful and I'd be really sore a lot, and I¬†might tweak my joints, and the possibility of a big injury would increase in such a hands-on, aggressive sport. ¬†All of this is true, but the thing I've learned most is that I¬†definitely have it in me go through that stuff to realize the payoff when it's over. ¬†I¬†might be black and blue and a bit sore, but I'm not lying when I¬†say I feel a million times better and stronger than I¬†ever did before I¬†started. ¬†Realizing this also puts your mindset in a better space.¬†¬†It may sound cliche, but martial arts really is exercise for the body AND¬†mind.
So wish me luck on July 11th!¬†¬†I'm excited and admittedly a bit nervous as well, but that's all part of the reason I'm doing this. ¬†What's the point of life if you don't try to experience things that take you out of your little comfort bubble?
If BJJ¬†sounds interesting to you and you think you may want to give it a shot, you're more than welcome to come check out the club. ¬†Shoot me an e-mail and let me know! ¬†I¬†train out of a place called Summit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Capitol Hill. ¬†Here's our website with general info and our Facebook page.
Aside from all that, it looks like summer is just about here. ¬†I don't know about you guys but I¬†am STOKED. ¬†I¬†come alive in the summer. ¬†The hotter the better. ¬†I'm definitely not a cold person.¬†¬†I'm ready for camping and longboarding until the sun goes down.