BJJ Seminar In Toronto Ends Early From Clogged Plumbing
We headed up to Toronto at the beginning of this month for a seminar where 6 other schools were going to join and have a weekend training bonanza. The excitement over the seminar drew people from all around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There were many athletes that were also preparing for the Jiu Jitsu Worlds In Las Vegas this weekend (August 22nd through he 25th). With the looming excitement of the World Master Championships in Vegas, and the overall enthusiasm to meet in Toronto for the weekend and train, this group was ready for an epic 2 day grappling binge. Some guys booked rooms at the Chelsea Hotel, while others found floors to crash on at the houses of our training partners. the hospitality in Toronto was unmatched, homes were open to anyone in need of a place to stay and every day when training ended we all met up for some Kinton Ramen in Toronto for some ramen bowls and a beer. The 3 day seminar started out Friday morning was scheduled to run through Sunday. The energy levels were through the roof on day 1, guys were excited to be there and preparing hard for the Worlds at the end of the month. Saturday morning came and the first group showed early to open and prepare the facility for training. The mats are scrubbed and sanitized to prevent fungi and infections that can cause things like athletes foot and other disgusting fungal growths. The gym typically only has 6-12 people in class per training day, the total attendance of day 1 was 33. With that many people crammed into a tight space, resources become limited. The mat space becomes limited, so we train in groups, then swap after 3 matches so people can rest. The bathrooms become heavily used, usually beyond functional means. Unfortunately this is what ended training early on day 2. On Saturday around 10am one of our members used the restroom, after flushing the toilet it began to backup rapidly. I believe there were some plumbing issues already in play here and that specific clog was not the result of a member using half a roll of toilet paper to clean up. It was an embarrassing moment for the young man as he exited the bathroom only to yell across the room to the facility owner that sewer water was backing up onto the floor. A few of us congregated to try and manage the overflow but it became obvious that this was going to be a plumbing disaster that was beyond our control. The toilet continued over flowing to the point that we had to shut the water off. Poop water had literally flowed out of the bathroom and into the training area where the odor became unmanageable. We scrambled to get the training mats off of the floor and save as much of the property as we could from damage. I jumped on my trusty smart phone to search for someone that services clogged drains in Toronto and found a company that was able to send an emergency plumber out immediately. The idea was that if we could get a plumber out to fix the toilet, maybe we could also get a cleaning service out to have it ready for training on Sunday. We found a cleaning company in Toronto that came in and sanitized the entire facility the same day. After a deep cleansing we aired out the room and came back the next morning and were ready to train. Sunday wrapped up nice, we all trained hard and ended the day on a good note. I finished my day on the toilet and was hesitant to flush it, but I did and nothing backed up so I was thankful for that. Maybe next year we will contact this BJJ School in Toronto to get a bigger space and more people involved.
Grappling Seminar At Mesa Affiliate Dojo
We will be holding a grappling seminar in Mesa, Arizona in September. There will be multiple affiliate schools joining us for the seminar. Schools from Arizona, Colorado, California, and Washington will be representing and in attendance. Myself and four other professors will be teaching various grappling techniques from different arts. There will be Newaza of Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido arm lock demonstrations that can be used on the ground, American wrestling techniques, Russian Sambo demonstrations and more. The art of grappling has evolved over the years and we have embraced the more complex versions of the sport and combined those arts into an extremely effective self defense curriculum. Our instructors all train and compete at the highest level and will be prepared to show you techniques that are only taught at the highest level. Each instructor will have an hour and a half. There will be an hour of drilling technique in live simulation and the last half hour will be available or a Q&A session. If there are no questions to be asked at that time we will continue sparring for the remaining 30 minutes until the next instructor is ready to teach. The Dojo holds about 40 people on the mat, that is about 20 paired partners drilling techniques. If we have more than 60 people register there will be 30 minute drills, then groups will have to swap partners so everyone can get some mat time. There will be a lunch break for 45 minutes, we encourage you all to snack light as the second half of the day will continue with drills and fight simulations. The last time we were in Mesa for an event like this our affiliate had not prepared the Dojo properly for our arrival. The mats were dirty and it was a very unacceptable environment for our instructors and students to teach and train in. In response to that we have created a set of guidelines to ensure that we can train in a clean, well maintained environment free of mat fungus and rodents. The Dojo literally had cockroaches crawling on the walls, we have taken all precautionary steps necessary to make sure that never happens again. There will be no Dojos affiliated with us that can not keep sanitary conditions for themselves and their students. We have advised our Mesa affiliate Dojo to hire a local cleaning service prior to our arrival and ask that the mats are thoroughly bleached to prevent any chance of staff infection or other bacteria that grows on training mats. The request was also made that a Mesa exterminator treats the property so that none of our out of state visitors experience cockroaches or scorpions in their gym bags and belongings. When this criteria is met, we will require pictures, and proof of the thorough cleaning. Once the property is cleaned and treated to our expectations we will reimburse our affiliates and cut them in on a percentage of the registration fees to help them cover any other costs associated with the event like water and electricity. Arizona summers are very hot and having the Dojo open for an entire weekend will probably cost them a few hundred dollars just gin air conditioning costs. We are looking forward to the event and hope to see you all there in a sanitary training environment.
Third Degree Black Belt – Professor Matt Barton Retires
Competitive Jiu Jitsu is definitely a young mans game, the old school cats will still compete in the Masters series but the days of high level competition has passed after the age of 29. When you hit your 30’s there are still great matches to be had and great competitors fighting for first place on national platforms. When you hit your 40’s the game definitely changes, the body just doesn’t react like it used to (trust me I know), things ache a little more, the hips and joints don’t quite shift and rotate like they once did, it’s just part of the aging process and if you have been an active competitor in any sport you know this holds true across the board. Watch old NFL guys walk up a staircase and you will see the hobble in those knees, a life of sports takes it’s toll on the body and injuries are harder to recover from, even worse, injuries tend to resurface and show their ugly faces as we climb this ladder of life. The beautiful thing about Jiu Jitsu is that you can continue rolling through your 70’s and 80’s if you wanted to. Guys on the mats understand the level of physicality to exert to an older cat. If you don’t see yourself rolling at 70, you can still be active on the mats helping teach the younger guys especially if you competed or hold a black belt in the martial arts. When that time does come though, (not looking forward to it) to hang up the belt and Gi and call it a day, it will be a difficult moment in my life and I’m sure it will be difficult for any other life long practitioner of the arts. Imagine doing something most of your life and one day walking out that door for the last time knowing you will never return to those mats, it’s almost like retiring form a place of employment which can also be difficult for people leaving their jobs that actually liked working. Well, let me tell you a little bit about professor Matt Barton.
Professor Matt Barton
Professor Barton dedicated his life to martial arts. He started in Karate, eventually transitioned into kick boxing, then kung fu, and in his late 30’s he began practicing Jiu Jitsu. He earned his black belt by age 40 and competed in many of the Masters Series level of competition. He took home 1st place many times against some fierce competitors. He stopped competing as he approached 50 and volunteered to teach the kids class at his gym. He trained and produced young champions during his time there. Parents loved Matt, he was an amazing teacher, friend, and jiu jitsu practitioner. Matt taught class for about 10 years until he hit his 60’s when he decided to retire and travel. Matt became a true globe trotter, traveling the world and training at gyms from the U.S. to Brazil. He maintained that lifestyle for about 5 years and returned to the states to settle in for a bit. He returned to the gym and started training again through his 70’s earning himself his 3rd degree black belt. This guy is a true inspiration and role model to children and adults the same. I’m sad to see him go, but he is officially ready to retire.
Joining Long Island Retirement Community
I want to officially send professor Matt Barton off with with the sincerest of goodbyes. Matt will be heading to Long Island, NY to officially settle down with his wife of 51 years. The two of them will begin living out their 80’s in comfort and style at The Amsterdam at Harborside Long Island Retirement Community. This retirement facility is one of the nicest 55 and over communities on Long Island. It’s a place for a champion and a man of Matts kind to retire and live out the rest of his days in style. There is a Jiu Jitsu gym on Long Island, I will be emailing Matt monthly to encourage him to go train. The mid, body, and spirit benefits from jiu jitsu training and at 80 years old I think he still has what it takes to get on the mats and rough the young guys up a little. Oss!
We Are In Need Of A Property Management Company For Our Dojos
Hey affiliates, sorry for the recent spike in posts and email notifications but there has been a lot to talk about the last few weeks. Most of these emails are about good things, so you can feel good about receiving them, especially this one because it’s about the growth of our community. Forget the one last night about the white belt that needed dental reconstruction, not necessarily a positive email notification but it needed to be shared. Ok, back on track! We have more affiliate locations opening up the second part of 2018 and are in need of a property management company to help us locate properties that will be good for the growth of our affiliate community. We are also contemplating the purchase of these properties, that would be ideal as we continue to grow. Property ownership just makes our brand and our affiliate community stronger. We have discussed internally that we would be willing to float the note on these properties as our affiliates get up and running, property rent would be rolled into the affiliation fees until the property was paid off. We understand this could take a very long time but we are in this for the long haul. There are many benefits to hiring property managers, I won’t go into all that here, just click the link in the text to learn more about what I am talking about. We will also be looking to hire an administrative assistant to help with the day to day tasks we have here at the Dojo. This person will start as a part-time member of the team and eventually grow into a full time position with remote opportunities. Someone local would be preferred so that they could visit the properties, connect with local affiliates, and act as an admin for this project. We know that there may be an individual out there that is extremely qualified to operate as our admin and we are open to having someone work remote if that is something that should present itself. If you or anyone you know are interested in a position with Open Space Dojo, just reply to the newsletter that sent you here to this article. After we receive your request we will send you an interactive document that will act as a resume for you to fill out. We will take the first 10 we receive and send out another news letter asking everyone to pause submissions until we have had a chance to thoroughly read through all the submissions for the administrative position. Guys and gals, as always we are thankful for your participation in all of this, we wouldn’t be here without you. The emails will slow down soon as this period of growth comes to an idle and we resume normal activity. Thanks again for your support.
White Belts Brawl And Lose Teeth At Oklahoma Dojo
It was a great night of sparring, must have been 20+ guys on the mats battling for position when two newbies broke out in a fight. Guess what, white belts! For those of you that don’t follow my blog but are here reading this anyway, a white belt is the first belt you receive when training in any martial arts. From there, belt colors can vary as you make your way to brown and black belts. Those three colors though are the most common belt colors at the bottom and top of the totem pole. So when you’re a newbie, it’s best that you don’t get out of line when there are 18 other guys on the mats that wouldn’t have an issue straightening you out. These were some younger guys and they had gone at it before while sparring. Apparently they were getting too aggressive and one of the guys tapped and his training partner didn’t let the choke go. I get it, you wanna deck a guy that holds a choke after you tap, but there are two sides to every story and there are times when a guy doesn’t tap the body and instead taps the mat, that is no good for many reasons. There is a lot of noise going on while guys are training, and especially when they are sparring. If your partner is hard of hearing, he might not hear you tap the mat. When I’m getting choked, I’m either tapping the hell out of my partner or I am yelling tap with my last breath. A couple of swats on the mat might just sound like the guys next to you training hard. That being said, there should have been some sort of conversation that transpired after the incident, instead, the guy that got choked jumped up afterwards and started swinging! Well, it wasn’t his lucky day, he got caught with a right cross that knocked his front teeth out! Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up! He swung on his partner and got rocked! Obviously there was blood everywhere, they guys teeth were laying on the mats and people were pissed. Class ended immediately as guys scrambled to break up the fight and mop up the blood. The two front teeth were broken and this guy was going to need some cosmetic reconstruction on his teeth. The owner of the Dojo felt bad for the kid and found a talk radio podcast about cosmetic dentistry in Oklahoma. Apparently it’s a semi-affordable option if this guy wants to get his front teeth back. You can read more about Reflections Cosmetic Dentistry in Oklahoma here or even listen to the podcast. Seems like a legit option for any martial artist that’s had his teeth knocked out while sparring, or even when competing. Not the first time we have seen teeth on the mats, and definitely not the last time.