I continued my 3 miles (10,000 steps a day), 100 push ups and 100 sit ups throughout this time period. However, I didn't get much time to do martial arts being on the road. One stop I did make was to Master Joe Moreira's gym in Costa Mesa. I started training with Joe in 2008 when I took my first private with him while visiting Southern California. Joe is an 8th degree black belt and known as one of the most respected Brazlian Jiu Jitsu coaches and practitioners in the country. Master Joe is also considered one of the most controversial. If you don't do BJJ, then you have no understanding of the politics involved in the sport. If you do practice BJJ, then you are consumed with the politics in the sport. Without writing a dissertation about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, let's just say that Master Joe has gone against the grain of some of the beliefs of BJJ politicians...and I love that. For anyone to stick their neck and reputation on the line for a belief is a true leader and a thought provoking advocate. Master Joe doesn't care about politics, he cares about the gentle art. He doesn't care who your professor is, what belt you are, or what affiliation your with. If you want to learn BJJ he will teach you. Sounds simple enough right? I wish it was this simple and it should be. If you have hours of free time Google "BJJ politics".
Here are Master Joe's 4 Rules of BJ:
1. Don't ever have your center lined up with your opponent when your defending yourself. Move out of the centerline at all times.
2. Always have a base and four parts of your body touching the ground to stabilize. These can be your hands, feet, elbows, hips, head or shoulders.
3. Keep active and use your arms as your first line of defense. Try to straighten your arms to create space. Other lines of defense are your knees, followed by your instep and bottom of your feet.
4. If your attacker wants to move in a direction, let him. Don't try to resist what he is trying to do. Let his movement turn into momentum and use that against him to do a sweep or be put in a bad position.
Weight -211 (Using different scale, but a gain of .2 last week)
Sit Ups - 920
Push Ups - 700
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - 1 Day
(I fell asleep and didn't hit 10k for the first day this year and was so mad!)