More coverage of BJJ!
Son Duong, who is a blue belt under Eric Burdo at Richmond BJJ in Virginia, has recently released his second documentary on grappling and grapplers, called Local Life: Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle. It is available here: http://www.vcutvhd.vcu.edu/shows/local/jiujitsu2.html
I'm featured in it (looking like ass), as a talking head and with some action sequences, though for some reason I can't download it or watch the whole thing online. I think my computer is tired. You'll also recognize some of the other people who are in it, so check it out!
Anonymous asked me to post pics of my shiner. I took some, and I'll post them eventually. I just need to brace my family first. I get shiners a lot, but this one is particularly colorful. (Sorry for making you worry, Mom and Dad. I'm honestly fine. Just insistent, for some reason, on hitting people's feet and elbows with my eyes.)
The referee certification was lots of fun. It was great to see Chris (Carlino, one of my coaches for the Turkey competition) and to learn more about the rules. Johnny, Felicia, Rudy, Jimmy and I had kind of a private session with Chris, and you couldn't find a dorkier group of people: we debated the finer points of things like whether a body triangle constitutes taking the back or whether you have to put your hooks in first; where the foot has to go before a legal scissors takedown becomes illegal, etc. I also got to roll with one of Jimmy's teammates, a sneaky and talented feller. What fun!