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Metal Shop Blog #23 June 10th, 2009 ABSU and BJJ!

by Kevin
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.

06/22/2009 8:22AM
Metal Shop Blog #23 June 10th, 2009 ABSU and BJJ!
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