Monthly Archives: July 2008

Rusty. Really Rusty.

I’ve made it to only a few BJJ classes so far, with several days in between for recovery. It’s going to be a slow process. This has become pretty evident – I turned into jello for the entire next day … Continue reading

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The Post-Fight Newbie Phenomenon – or – Spot the Newbie

I’ve noticed more and more these days that following a big MMA fight, there will be at least one or two brand new newbies at our academy – sometimes more. This held true for class last night, although it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Bruises and Whatnot

I knew I was back to BJJ when I woke up this morning and saw a few bruises on my legs. Sigh… I missed looking like someone was abusing me. I’m planning to start swimming again next week, so it … Continue reading

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I’m back!

Went to my first class in more than two months today – I was standing on the mat watching the instructor demonstrate a move, and I just kept thinking, “I like this. This is fun.” I hadn’t forgotten how much … Continue reading

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I am a Washington Post Reject!

This one is a bit long, but it’s an article I wrote for the Washington Post’s “New Voices” call for submissions. They didn’t want it.  Perhaps it’s because they recognized the inherent cheesyness, or perhaps it’s because it’s the same … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments – BJJ Style

What do you do when somebody recognizes you and you have no idea who they are? Nod and smile? Admit that you have no idea who they are? Walk quickly the other direction? Somebody recognized me at work the other … Continue reading

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Who is Grappledunk?

  So, you ask, just who is Grappledunk? Interesting question. Hard to answer, sometimes. But here are the basics, at least:   I am a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and have been training for about two years. I am … Continue reading

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