Posts tagged "Marcelo Garcia"

Continue to Burn On

For a couple of days now, I've been planning on how to write out my experience in Lisbon pre, during, and post matches at the Europeans. I planned to simply talk about my mindset going-in, what worked and didn't work for me in my matches, and what I hoped to gain from this first major tournament of the 2018 gi competition season. [gallery ids="225,226" columns="2" size="medium"] But, now I'm glad...

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Laying The Foundation

[caption id="attachment_192" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Gianni training with Ruan Alvarenga at MGA.[/caption] On every New Years Eve or New Year's Day training session since I was 16, I spend my time between rounds writing down my goals for the new year. It's the one day that I actually like to take more of a break between rounds writing down my goals because I feel like it is just as important as...

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Twice the fun at the New York Summer Open

[caption id="attachment_53" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo: John "Ric" Ricard[/caption] Have I ever mentioned that I love competing in New York City? Well anyway, this weekend I competed in the New York Summer Open and thankfully the results met my expectations going in as I won my weight category and the open class. I was really happy with the win as I always put an extra emphasis on winning at home and...

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Why I love competing in New York City

[caption id="attachment_48" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Marcelo Garcia and I at 2014 NY Spring Open. Photo: John "Ric" Ricard[/caption] Today is not like most Friday's. Instead of being home at 5pm on a Friday and writing out this post, usually I am across the Hudson River in New York City and at Marcelo Garcia's academy--probably waking up from a nap in the MGinAction room and starting to get myself prepared for the...

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A Reflection of Six Crazy Months

[caption id="attachment_10" align="aligncenter" width="960"] After receiving my black belt from Marcelo Garcia. Photo: John "Ric" Ricard[/caption] Through my first 10+ years of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I always wondered what the moment would be like when I would receive my black belt. I pictured all types of scenarios and all the different reactions I could possibly have when the moment finally arrived. I tried to imagine what I would say when...

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