Sunday, August 12, 2012

Petition to stop petitions about BJJ in the Olympic Games

Are you also tired about petitions, facebook status updates and forum posts about how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu should be in the 2016 Olympic Games, when you know, there is not a chance on earth that it is going to happen?

BJJ is galaxies away from being recognised by the Olympic comite, not to mention that the deadline for new sports in the 2016 games was three years ago.

Sign this petition and let's stop the madness together!

Thank you

Christian Graugart

Thursday, August 9, 2012

While I wait...

While I wait for my back to get better, I have decided to let science have it's go at improving my body. I love science, and will do my best to be half man, half machine, when I finally return to the mats full force.

Yesterday, I got an x-ray of my back and will have answer soon whether they can see something there or not. Next step is most likely an MRI to determine exactly how bad things look down there.

Today, I had an ultrasound scan and second shot of adrenal cortex hormone in my shoulder in an attempt to kill the inflammation that has kept me away from weight lifting for a year now.

Next step is laser eye surgery. I might just as well have it done now, while I have nothing else to do. I am tired of bringing glasses for competitions anyway, so appointment made for next week!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Open training camp in my gym, November 5-11 :)

For anyone interested, we are doing a training camp in my gym in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 5-11. Everyone is welcome, regardless of affiliation, team, nationality, gender or experience. I met so much hospitality out in the world on my round the world trip, so now it is time to pay some of it back :)

I think we have a pretty good line up with instructors and it will be one hell of an action packed week for everyone.

Check out for more information or sign up on the Facebook event.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Shaolin-style test of patience

Apart from a one-year break in my teens after I stopped Taekwondo, right now is the longest period away from training I have ever had since I was seven years old. It is a real test of my patience, and I feel like I am in some Shaolin temple and a munk has told me to sit still for months and watch a thousand trainings to train my mind. E.g. it fucking sucks.

 Things are moving forward a bit though, I believe. I am getting an x-ray of my back soon and I have started to test my back a little, by doing very little and very limited sparring to see how it reacts. So far, the results have been mixed. I feel something in my leg (a bad sign), but it is not as much as it could have been (a good sign).

In the weekend, I went to Bornholm, a small Danish island, to do a seminar. There is a little group there of 6-7 people who are trying to start up a gym. It is hard work in such a small island, where most of the youth leaves for the mainland when they are in their late teens, but I think they are doing a great job, and there is a lot of potential for them. Since we were training no-gi, which exposes me to less jerking and fighting for posture and thereby is not as bad for my back, I was tempted to roll a few rounds with the guys.