We have been pretty lucky over the last couple of years as our competition team has really grown. Its kinda funny because 95% of our members are recreational, but it seems that we now have some form of competition event in either BJJ or Muay Thai every second or third week. Our competition programs have really developed into great programs that give our competitive students the opportunity to compete in several different venues and platforms. The Sudbury MMA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Teams competes in local amateur shows for both Submission Grappling and Muay Thai Kickboxing events as well as tournament format competitions at local, provincial and now international events. This week is an example of how crazy our schedule can get.
Saturday, we have two athletes, Davin Reid and Ricky Collinson competing in an amateur MMA match at the WRECK MMA event in Sault St-Marie. Sunday, we have Sonia Paquette competing in a women’s only fight card, Fight like a Girl, in Guelph and Monday, I leave with four competitors Davin, Ricky, Fiona and Piper for the Mundials (World BJJ Championships in California, USA).
This is an exciting time for us as it will be the first year that we bring competitors to the highest level of competition in BJJ. I truly believe that to be the best, we need to compete at the highest levels, and win or lose, these students will be bringing that experience back home with them, which will in turn help motivate and bring international level experience to our home academy in Northern Ontario. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for all the weekend updates!
See you on the mats!
I was having a conversation with a couple of students and it really dawned on me that sometimes, the only thing that is put out on social media is our PR (Public Relations) version of life. People only post the positives.. or only what they want others to see. They only post their best pictures.. and would not dream of posting a bad picture.. because what if “so and so” sees it. They never post anything that could leave them feeling judged or criticized. Even in our class pics, its always the busiest classes, craziest drills… things that are appealing and we hope will want to make people come and train at Sudbury MMA. So now I will tell you all bout the truths!
Training is hard sometimes… getting in shape is hard! Heck.. even trying to get back in shape or getting in better shape is hard!! My body actually hurts right now from 3-4 days of pushing past my comfort zone. I would rather roll (train) light. I would rather stop when I am tired. I would rather eat sugary “stuff” and poutine salads. I am also debating if I should stop at Dairy Queen on the way home because I have eaten .. “OK” this week and met all my workout goals. This is the reality. This is what I believe all normal people think. Do I think this makes my everyday efforts of trying to eat better and train harder invalid.. Not at all. I think the majority of people feel this way sometimes an we should not feel guilty. And I think that we should all accept our reality. Balancing everything life throws at us is challenging.. now, add in all this crazy healthy eating and working out stuff and we are really crunched for time! We work hard at achieving our goals .. and sometimes we deserve to reward ourselves. And sometimes we deserve to make up reasons to reward ourselves. LOL.. Sometimes we take short cuts.. everybody does, even in training. But that is where the SMMA Army comes in.
We motivate each other to push past our limits. A small example for me where the SMMA Army pushed me past my comfort zone was Wednesday. I tried to take an extra break in Randori, the students just kept coming.. No Breaks! It may seem small, but i got the extra push from my team.. that extra push to help me reach goals quicker. We help each other through those difficult moments that seem so hard and rejoice when we have those great moments! And.. we take a pic and put it on social media for our Public Relations!
See you on the mats!
When you look around the mats in your next class, I really want you to make sure and try to make everyone feel welcome and without being the “weird person”.. take a moment to appreciate your training partners. I sometimes think this is commodity that people take for granted. Its easy for everyone to talk about their instructor’s etc.. but I would have to say that although your instructor plays an important role in your development, so does the several other people in the room.
Your training partners can have a bigger impact on your training and life than even your instructor. Not only are they also there day in and day out chasing the same vision you are… they are there helping you get better too. They are also there, often being a supportive friend when things are tough in other areas of your life. They rejoice in your success and feel the pain of your losses. They really do become an extended family. I am positive that like me, you miss them when you don’t see them around for a week or so. And When they finally come back to class, well of course you rib and maybe tease them a little… but you are sooo happy to see them. Your training and your overall martial arts experience would not be the same without them. I have literally had friends for over 2 decades who share a common passion of martial arts.
So I am sitting here and as I write this, thinking of so many people… I can truly say I miss a lot of people. I see that some training partners (from literally 20 plus years ago) are still training, and training with the same passion that I remember us having when we were in our late teens. It is awesome to see. I see people who may not train anymore but they were such awesome people, I am sure they left a huge impact on everyone who they crossed paths with in life. Of course, I also think of the few friends in our martial arts community that we have lost of the years.. those ones hurt the most.
This blog was not meant to be sad.. rather the exact opposite. Tomorrow, (or tonight if you are reading this Monday)… Go to your martial arts academy, train hard but most importantly laugh, have fun and connect with your team while we all try to self improve. Enjoy the friendships your training partners bring. That is all that matters.
See you on the mats!
Let me explain! No matter what stage of life you are in, or no matter what area of life we are discussing, you need to be selfish. To be successful, to be the best, and just to be happy in general. Be selfish! Of course, Not all the time, because there has to be give and take, but definitely sometimes. One of the biggest obstacles, I hear from people about training is that they have no time. If you are struggling with this, Let me give you some advice.. You need to MAKE TIME!!
I agree that we are all busy, but I do believe that everyone needs to find their passion and make time for that passion. Life is about living for our families and our passions. For some people, our jobs can be a passion, our business can be our passion… for the purpose of this blog, I believe that for the readers, martial arts is our passion and for any of us to be truly happy, we need to be training. Think about the last time you missed classes for an extended amount of time. You probably became cranky, a little miserable etc.. That all changed as soon as you were able to hit the mats again. Here is a fact. If someone is happy, they are a better employee, a better spouse, a better parent etc.. Make yourself happy first and then give your all to everyone else!! By being selfish first, you will never have regret or resentment when giving your all in other areas of your life.
So for everyone reading who may have felt guilty in the past for taking some time for them… to do anything, read a book, hit the gym, go for coffee, play music, or hit the mats… stop feeling guilty and BE SELFISH!! And after your Selfish time, give your ALL to the other areas. Life is about balance. Everyone will thank you for it!
See you on the mats!
The Sudbury MMA Team is pretty excited as this will be the first time that Professor Matthew Hache will be teaching a seminar at our academy. Professor Hammer is the head instructor at OAMA HQ and consequently, does not leave Ottawa too often!
Hammer is one the province’s most respected black belt instructors and has had direct impact on the development of our sport’s highest level competitors within the province for the past several years. Not only does Professor Hammer bring a high level of technical ability, but he has a gift of being able convey information and share knowledge, connecting with students of every level within his classes. For those of you who know Hammer, I am positive you are already excited about the seminar and for those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting him yet… get fired up, because Professor Hammer always delivers!!
We still have Early Bird spots available until May 10th! The seminar is Friday, May 26th, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Hope to see everyone there!!
Today seems to be the definition of the Monday Blahs!! It really is! Its dark, gloomy, raining on and off.. its cold! And on top of all that, its Monday. Blahhhh. That is probably what the majority of people are thinking today as they look out their office window. But that is THEIR perspective!
NOT US! We are thinking that tonight is a new week! Its BJJ, Muay Thai or FIT Chicks night!! We are thinking about all the moves we are going to catch people with, we are thinking that it’s Sparring night! Or we are thinking that we will crush that circuit tonight!
I hope that everyone is as Pumped about it being a new week as I am!! I hope today’s small blog has turned your frown upside down.. And I look forward to seeing you all tonight on the mats.
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