I’ve been gone for awhile with a lot of things happening, and to be honest it’s been tough to write much at home. I had a heavy course load for the summer session, and it got in the way of my writing and training. It’s ok though, because I got a lot of classes out of the way this summer, and while I have a few more coming up, they will be stretched out over four months as opposed to four weeks. I may not have put up much new writing, but I did get the photo section up, and the site is finally where I want it, so now I can focus on bringing you guys something worth reading. I’ve also made some great connections lately, and I look forward to hopefully working with some new people on writing in the near future.
I’m writing this as I sit and wait for my next adventure. I’m nine days away and counting, and it’s been a roller-coaster of preparing, planning, and wondering. I announced it through the facebook site, but here I can officially say that I will be training at CM System while in Curitiba. Cristiano Marcello himself has been kind enough to communicate with me, as well as people from his staff and they have been more than accommodating. For this I’m thankful, and I really look forward to training there. They have an awesome fight team, a packed schedule of classes every day, and what seems to be a great environment for anyone who comes to train with them. I’m also looking forward to taking my beatings and improving my game by leaps and bounds.
I booked my ticket a little earlier than I originally planned, but I couldn’t wait a minute longer. I loved life in Rio, and not just because it’s one of the most awesome places on earth. The training environment really does something for me. Maybe it’s a comfort zone, as at times the grind and the structure, along with the physical and mental challenges can seem like the Army in some ways. I truly just love to learn as well, and the camaraderie of living, eating, breathing, and sleeping jiu jitsu is one of the most fulfilling lifestyles I have ever had the pleasure of undertaking. I’m also real happy to add striking to the mix, as I have not trained it in a long time. It’s something I enjoyed in the past, neglected because of jiu jitsu and other things, and now have a renewed passion for. I’m sure after my first sparring session back I won’t be screaming its praise, but that’s part of the game, right?
Curitiba itself is a whole other experience on my mind. I’ve read a lot about the city, and from what I have found it’s an eclectic mix of cultures and lifestyles which is sure to make things interesting. I’ve been told by many people there that its residents are more closed off than say the people of Rio, but I think that comparison can be made to just about anywhere. On the same token, the people that told me this were more than willing to talk about anything and help out in any way possible. I’ll definitely reserve judgment for myself, and I don’t think I’ll have any problems making new friends and acquaintances.
I know a few people there already. As I mentioned in my last post, which seems like it was written a decade ago, my girlfriend Milena is in Curitiba. Well I’m happy to say that we survived the long haul of long distance and I’m really excited to reunite with her. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been well worth the wait for both of us. If I said she’s one of the biggest reasons I’m leaving early you all would think I’m getting soft, but you probably do anyway so I might as well admit it. I’m coming to you babe! Ok, no more of that, I promise (maybe). I’ve also talked to some of her friends over the internet, and they have been really great to me in the short time I’ve spoken with them. The gym seems like a tight knit place, and I look forward to meeting the other fighters that train there, as well as those that live in the apartment near the gym for fighters and visitors. The great thing about sports like jiu jitsu and mma is that it usually doesn’t matter what your background is, everyone is there for a common goal and most everywhere I’ve trained you get that feeling of family, even if your family is choking you or jabbing you in the face.
This weekend I saw some old friends, and I was surprised to find out that quite a few people read my blog. Not only do they read it, but they really support what I’m doing. I set out on this adventure because it’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t think anyone would think it was “cool”, or a worthwhile endeavor. I’m very lucky to have so many people that support me no matter what I do, and hearing those things from people I would never expect to hear them from really hit home. It really is the little things like this that make our lives worthwhile, and I’ll just train that much harder and experience that much more because of it. So for everyone I talked with this past weekend, the whole time I’ve been home, and everyone in my entire life that has supported me, this post is a huge thank you to you.
I hope you all decide to follow your dreams in some shape or form, whatever they may be, no matter what the outcome. Anything good in this life really is worth fighting for. Sometimes I have to remind myself of why I named this site the way I did, but life really is the fight. It’s hard and many times unforgiving, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I look forward to sharing yet another set of adventures with all of you, and as always questions, comments, suggestions, and verbal beat downs are welcome!