A routine 6 years in the making

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It’s saturday morning and as always I wake up at 9:30 sharp. Theres no time to make anything extravagant so it’s time to dish outsome cereal and milk. In 15 minutes my brother Danny will awaken from his uninterruptible slumber and go through his own routine.

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9:53 am. I hobble downstairs looking for my gi. Jiu-Jitsu practice starts at 10:30and I still need to find my uniform. After doing this for 6 years you would think I’d learn to put the thing in one place consistantly. Oh well, Danny finally got his act together and is almost ready to go.

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10:17 am. I have my gi and I’m in the car. Danny is still in the bathroom brushing his Jim Morrison-like hair. He’s cutting it close… as usual.

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10:28 am. We made it just in the nick of time. It may be cold outside, but it’s nice and warm in here.   2014-02-23 10.31.5810:35 am. Everybody is suited up and ready to train. All the students line up in rank order awaiting Professor Garry(not seen in the above picture) and his introductory speech which is usually an update on upcoming events such as charity work or tournaments.

2014-02-23 10.38.1510:40 am. Time to get down to business. The most important step to a good start is a good warm up. We spend 5 minutes going through a warm-up circuit that prepares us for movements we will be doing later on in the class.

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10:46 am. Professor Garry begins teaching techniques. He usually starts with a standing position technique that leads to ground combat (as seen in the transition from the first image to the second). The primary focus is ground techniques and ways to protect yourself in close quarters assualts.

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11:25 am. After the basic class is over, students with at least a 2 stripe white belt can attend Randori. Randori is an hour long live training session where students spar one on one in a safe and controlled environment. By the time someone gets their 2nd stripe they have a general grasp of brazillian jiu-jitsu techniques.

By 12;30 pm, me and Danny are on our way home from a hard days practice. It’s tough but satisfying. I’ve spent the last 6 years devoted to this sport and can’t even begin to tell how much it has changed my life. I gained confidence and drive I never had before. Everyone at the school is like a 2nd family to me and Danny so it’s hardly a chore to go there whenever we can.

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