Saturday, February 25, 2012

Huge rehab milestone for my herniated disc

In august 2006, I got a herniated disc in my lower back due to heavy deadlift. For years, I couldn't life anything with my legs without being in pain for several days/weeks after, but today - after a lot of focus on rehab training - I finally reached my first milestone goal of lifting 100 kg.

Great feeling!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mission: Heal

Now the Europeans are over, I have made a decision to change my focus for the upcoming period. Since august, I have had some problem with my right shoulder, that has come and gone. It has held me from doing any upper body weight training, which I miss very much, and it also restricts the amount of sparring I can do per week. Apart from the shoulder, I have some other little injuries in fingers, (other) shoulder, knees and so on.

As long as I keep competing and thereby push myself, these things seems to not get better at all. Therefore, I have made a decision to change my focus 100% towards recovery of my injuries. I have to get back on track, so I can amp up the weekly sparring and also get back in solid weight lifting shape. My weight has been stable around 78 kg for a while now, and I really want to get closer to the -82 kg division's weight limit, since most of my losses are to guys, who are physically stronger than me.

Mission goals:
  • Recover from shoulder injury
  • Be able to lift weights again
My promise to myself is therefore to do the following:
  • No competitions
  • No hard rounds of sparring
  • Sparring only three days a week
  • 3-4x a week rehab training of shoulder, knee and back
  • Remember to ice shoulder after each training session
On a sidenote, my back feels really good. For a long time, I have wanted to start skiing/snowboarding, but I have been too afraid to do it because of the herniated disc. Since I have now successfully started to deadlift a little again, I took the chance yesterday and drove to a skiing slope in Sweden with my little brother. It was my first time on snowboard (I only skied once about 17 years ago), and it was a big succes. No pain in my back what so ever! Learning to snowboard will definitely be one of my projects for the future :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Nice weekend at Danish Open

Yet another weekend have been spent in a noisy sportshall, shouting instructions to my students on the mats. This time it was the annual Danish Open BJJ, which is a really nice and well organized event, that we like to attend each year.

I had a total of 41 guys from the team compete this time, and we ended up taking home nine gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals. I think everyone did really well, and it was pleasing to see them pull off stuff we have worked in the gym.

For many of the first-timers, it was nice to see them try to do the right moves, even though they still lacked the experience, timing and feeling to make them work. I think one of the biggest difficulties to overcome in order to be successful in competition as a beginner, is to stop "guessing" techniques along the way. Everyone looked disciplined in trying the right things, and it is only a matter of time and more competition experience, before they will start to create results.

Since my "old" juniors are now an integrate part of the adult team, I have started over with a completely new team of vicious kids training to become the champions of the future (meaning this years competitions, I am ambitious for them ;)). With the fantastic young athletes that came out of the last "season", it is really exciting for me to try and create a new team from scratch. They all looked really good, and I believe there is a lot of talent and potential amongst them. In the 10-12 year category, they took gold in every single division they participated in. Future, here we come! ;)

Friday, February 10, 2012

367 flighthours

Great training with visitors today

Friday is my favorite training day of the week. I've always wanted to train with everyone, especially in the different gyms around Copenhagen and Denmark. The problem have been to find the time to go to other gyms, when I was in my own basically every day.

When I got home from my round the world trip, I decided it was time to really do something about it. Going to other gyms was too troublesome for me in my busy schedule, so I had to let people come to me instead. I used to teach a class every friday evening, but made a decision to change it into a two and a half hour open mat training, open for every one, no matter where they normally train.

It has been a really big succes, and every friday, we have lots of visitors coming from different gyms to roll together. Everyone enjoys it, and in two and a half hours, we get a lot of sparring done with different bodies, than we normally train with. The social aspect is also very important, as guys training in different gyms, get to know each other better. At the end of the day, we are all just grown ups, who like to wrestle, there is really nothing more to it.

I highly recommend running an open mat session like this, if you have a gym!

Today was a special training, since I had two visitors in the gym, who I met on my trip. Jonathan, my sponsor and travel-partner from Kauai Kimonos, is here for a week, and Billy, a very talented young guy I trained with in the Dominican Republic dropped in for a one-day training. It was great to see them again, and we had some really good rounds of sparring.

In the weekend, I am taking 41 guys from the team to a competition here in Denmark - excited to coach and see them all have some good experiences :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Video from seminar in the deep, Russian winter

Just returned from four days of adventure in the Moscow. It was the coldest winter there in ten years, and the coldest time of year, so needless to say, it was a bit chilly. Never the less, it was a really interesting experience to see the city in a way, that not many other tourists will. Both because of the season, but also through Jiu Jitsu and the eyes and lives of the locals.

The group training there was a great bunch of guys, working hard to try and build up BJJ in a country, that is traditionally dominated by Sambo, Judo and wrestling. There is some serious talent mass there, and it can only be a matter of time, before the russians are becoming a force to be reckoned with on the international competition scene. I promoted four dirty, old white belts to blue and gave out a single yellow belt to a very good, young boy.

Like my last two trips, I have put together a little video of my experiences, training, sparring etc. It is about twenty minutes long and running in a slow pace, so don't watch it if you don't have time to sit down and enjoy it ;)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Off to -30°C in Moscow

Tomorrow morning, I am heading to Russia to teach a seminar in Moscow over the weekend. Apparently, it hits around -30° celsius at night at this time and -15° is the warmest it gets in the daytime. 

Definitely packing a thick gi for this trip! :)

Behind the scenes of BJJ European Open 2012

Here is a little video, I put together from my trip to the Europeans in Portugal :)