Tomorrow morning I will set off on a journey that I have waited two years to take.
The 2013 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships, hosted in Beijing, China.
My ADCC 2011 run was a disappointment for me. Not because I lost or because I got injured. But I failed to live up to my potential.
This time around I feel better than ever. I am in the best shape of my life, and my technique has gotten sharper. In my last two ADCC’s, every match I won in my division (4 out of 6) was by submission. I plan to continue this trend, and finish all my matches.
One important lesson I have learned is to leave nothing in the referee’s hands. I will be coming out much more aggressive, and fight out of every bad position regardless of what the referee says.
My goal – to show the best possible version of myself and give an amazing performance. I want to win over new fans and inspire people with my grappling abilities and heart. I believe that if I succeed in this goal, the gold medal will be mine.
It may sound like a simple task to do your best, but it is actually the most challenging. Every technique I hit must be flawless. Each movement I make must not waste energy. My focus must be like a laser to allow myself to do with I have been training to do for years.
I am excited that my opportunity is just around the corner, but rather than think about my matches for the next week, I will keep myself distracted with books. I find that focusing on combat this close to the match makes one restless. I have had months of visualizations already done, that part is now over.
My body is in as good as shape as it is going to get at this point, as is my mind. Now I am just maintaining this state of body and mind and allowing my body to heal 100% so I can do what I do best.
I will keep you updated on my progress by blogging my journal entries here, but if you want to watch my training sessions in Beijing, make sure you join FFAcoach.