Our team has worked hard for the last several weeks. We worked on our techniques, getting our game-plan together, building our cardio. The journey to get to this point has been filled with a lot of sweat, endurance and heart. There is always a goal in mind. The goal was to get to our “Best Versions” of ourselves for the upcoming Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament.
We are proud of how our competitors performed at today’s Oregon Open BJJ tournament. There is always room for improvements, a lesson to learn whether you win or lose. I’m also proud of how everyone else in the team helped each other. As a sparring partner, as a coach, as a motivator, being there to help each other up. Everyone who came out to Hillsboro and made that 2 hour drive, to be there for the competitors and the team, shows the strong bond that we have. for each other.
We’re more then a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team or BJJ school, we are a family.
It was a warm 84* end of summer afternoon in the southern Eugene hills. We had a wonderful Potluck at Charity and Mike’s place, surrounded by goats, dogs and chickens in the field.
After getting all of the hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks cooked, and eating the shepherd’s pie, lumpias, thai sandwiches and pizza (and veggie skewer) … we set out to the garage and placed the mats and starting rolling for the next 2 hours.
The kids had a great time with the numerous nerf guns and foam darts at their disposal, with a little bit of Magic the Gathering in the living room. I should’ve taken more pictures, especially of the kids playing, but was too busy enjoying everyone’s company!
It was a beautiful afternoon with a wonderful group!
We have added a new striking class called Ballistic Boxing. This new class is instructed by Sigung Bobby Stroup.
Ballistic Boxing is Sigung Bobby’s mix of striking. With the foundation based in boxing and branching out to various martial arts. Martial Arts such as Kajukenbo, Jeet Kune Do, Kali and American Kenpo.
Sigung Bobby has over 30 years of experience and ranked the various martial arts (Kajukenbo, Jeet Kune Do, Kali and American Kenpo).
The new classes are every Wednesday 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with plans to add additional classes in the future. We hope you come and try out a class, including a class in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu afterwards.
One of the things that I have been looking forward to since opening the school, is having one of my students visit my roots at Babalu’s Iron Gym. To step on the mats where I trained for almost 9 years, where I was an instructor for over 4 years. To meet the training partners that grew with me, with blood and sweat.
Jose had a wonderful time training at Babalu’s Iron Gym while he visited his family in California. Picked up some great techniques, and created bonds of his own.
A B.I.G. Thank You to our family at Babalu’s Iron Gym!
Our first year has gone by very quickly and our school’s growth has been amazing. We had a great evening at Strike City, filling out 4 lanes. So much fun that we forgot to take pictures! We want to thank all the parents, students and teammates that joined us this evening to enjoy each other’s company outside of Jiu-Jitsu.
Looking back at our first year, we’ve placed in several tournaments. We grew as a team and formed a family. We were honored by Professor Babalu and family’s visit for our 1st Promotion Ceremony. We’ve shared meals together, laughed together, and even cried together (we’re always thinking of you Jesus Quinton).
I look forward to seeing the continued growth of what we are building together.