Hi folks. You'll have to bear with me as I get settled back in and get a rough approximation of my sched figured out. Recent Developments:
I decided, after great deliberations that when I return to Hamilton, I'd roll at a new club, Pura. Not a light decision. Actually, rather a heavy one. Why the change? I started with PJ (the guy at the helm), who I consider to be a good friend of mine. I'd always dug his game, and I wanted to see more of it. I'm only in Hamilton for 4 months, so the time for this is very finite.
Joslins, and all the people there, are still awesome. It will be a bummer to see these guys less.
Pura has been all Raindrops/lollypops. Very cool vibe, I love the instruction, and the people on the mats are great. It's fantastic to have a crowd of ass-whoopers like that, and have it all be sans ego. A fantastic group.
Lifting Heavy things!:
Terrible! Mohawk has the worst gym I've ever seen. I knew they didn't have a bar or squat rack of any type, but it has deteriorated beyond the acceptable point. I went today and managed to get a work out in, but it wasn't very satisfying. It's garbage, mostly just cattle equipment (treadmills, elipticals and the like,) broken/missing dumbells and 18 year olds doing bicep curls.
They are getting better equipment. Apparently someone ruined the Smith Machine (Thank you!) and they have decided to replace it with something useful. A rack and a bench-press. Unfortunately, I can't wait until mid March for it to come in.
I'm gonna get a YMCA membership and TRY to make it in. Proximity of the mohawk gym was what was going to make this do-able. I'm hoping I can still scam some time from my schedule to get under the bar.
Thoughts on leaving Ottawa:
I've beat it to death already, but I am going to miss those maniacs...
I didn't realize until training back at Pura how much RoninMMA had improved my game... I'm getting compliments on game "tightness." Awesome. The Ronin crew definately force a tight game...Be tight and technical, or they're gone.
Never thought of it at the time.
The strength training I did in Ottawa helped as will, I dare speculate. Grip strength has been noted by my new comrades.
Also, did some "from standing" recently. Felt wicked. Judo has done a ton for me. Can't really train it while I'm down here though...crappy...
And in other news:
I have a wicked, red beard. It's fantastic. Beards are fantastic. I'll never receed back to shaven-ness. Beard Power is Canada's greatest natural resource.