I trained twice this Saturday. I started out around 3:00 p.m. at the Tozi gym, which is owned and operated by one of my instructors Park Jun-young who happens to be the first Korean to earn a black belt in BJJ.
I absolutely despise taking the subway on the weekends, and I decided to take the bus to the gym. Unfortunately, there was a lot of traffic, and my fifty minute bus ride turned into an hour and a half excursion. I got to the gym a little late, and class had already started. We learned one sweep from deep half guard and an ankle lock variation.
I actually earned my purple belt from Park Jun-young, but I haven't been training at his gym because of the distance of the gym and time constraints.
There were some new faces that I've never seen before, and it was good getting a chance to roll with some new people (one of my favorite things). There were also two members of Team MAD who showed up; Heo Yoon, an MMA fighter (and brown belt under Bibiano Fernandes) who just won his last MMA fight in Road with a beautiful crucifix, and a girl named Jade (an ex-collegiate wrestler I think) who has her first professional MMA fight coming up in Japan next week.
It was a good training session, and I'm going to try and start making it every Saturday from now on (if my lazy butt can wake up on time).
I made it to my main gym around 5:30 p.m. I had intended to just show up and lift weights and hit the exercise bike, but I ended up staying and rolling for awhile. It was freezing out, and not many people showed up. We ended up just hanging out and having an open mat class.
I rolled from about 6:30 p.m. to around 8:30/9:00 p.m. I also met a guy named Graham from Austin! We talked for awhile, and he went to UT, too. I picked his brain for awhile about gyms in Austin, since I will be moving back home next year. I only trained in the U.S. for three months, and I've been training overseas this whole time (first in France and then in Korea). There are a ton of gyms in Austin now, and it stresses me out just thinking about having to choose and join a new gym when I get back home. Graham had nothing but good things to say about a guy named Jeff Rockwell. Another blogger I follow Slideyfoot also spoke very highly of Jeff, so I think I will definitely be checking out his place when I get back home. I've also heard that there is a BJJ club at UT now headed by Jeff that I would also like to visit.
I finished off the night by lifting weights for an hour. I rule!