10 days in Brisbane and Australian Nationals 2012 (AUS Cup)
4:14am - I jolt awake, I beat my alarm by 1 minute, why up so early? I am off to the airport today for a busy week leading up to the Aus Cup in Brisbane.
The Dale brothers and I are meeting the SUB Apparel fightwear PRO TEAM for a gym opening and to shoot a promo commercial for the SUB brand. Things got off to a great start when Kit called me to tell me that he was just waking up and there was no way he was making the flight. Not surprised! Ha!
After a quick breakfast at one of AJ’s regular places we headed off to The Tough Spot in Albion for their grand opening. There, Kit Dale and I showed a few basic BJJ moves and led a 30min introduction to Jiu Jitsu. It was quite interesting to show people who have never even seen BJJ before! Afterwards, SUB had a open competition, if you could last 60 seconds with out being submitted by either Kit or myself you would win free SUB Apparel fight wear! There were quite a few guy and girls lined up to give it a try and after 45 minutes of rolling only a few lucky ladies were sly enough to last the 60 seconds and win free gear!! It was great fun!
The next day we headed to Axis BJJ on the Gold Coast for some sunday training with friends. It is always a fun time down there, everyone has a really good attiude and loves to train hard.
During the week Southside MMA and Sassom Fitness & MMA had Kit and I come down to teach a few night classes at their gyms. During the days we did some S & C circuits and lots of drills with Viencte Calvacante and Paul Stolyar and rolling and drilling with Hansel at Sassom. Thanks to the guys and the gyms for having us there. Its a huge help when gyms open their doors to us so we can keep up with our training and stay sharp!
Much love for all the SOUTHSIDE MMA team!! The team there is like one huge family and everyone is vey humble and I love training there!! Thanks for making Kit and I feel so welcome!!
Christian asked some cool questions. Here is the interview below check it out !!
Also I say in the video I started training in late ‘05 start of ‘06 BUT after thinking about it and asking my wife, I figured out that I started training in September 2006! Thursday the 20th being my first ever class and the day I will always remember getting my ass kicked by a woman and young boy. That makes it exactly;
5 years, 10 months, 19 days OR
- 185,673,600 seconds
- 3,094,560 minutes
- 51,576 hours
- 307 weeks
…from starting Jiu Jitsu until I received my BROWN BELT. A cool random fact!
As the week came to an end we tapered off our training to prepare for the comp on Saturday and Sunday. To keep up with my routine at home I made sure throughout the week to go to Yoga every morning at FLEX HOT YOGA and the final two days before the comp with less BJJ training, a couple of extra HOT YOGA sessions was exactly what I needed to keep my weight down and to stay feeling loose and comp ready. FLEX HY is also owned and operated by James Mantra a fellow JiuJitsu competitor and Yoga teacher. Thanks James for looking after me at your studio!
The competition time was finally here. We made it to the venue where a bodybuilding comp was going on at the same time I was a bit confused when we showed up and there where a bunch of guys in man thongs rubbing dark tanning oil on themselves.
Below is the BJJ area!
My fight was at 1pm, so I coached a few of my team members that were there. Megan and Jason did very well and it was cool to watch all their hard work come out on the mat during their matches. Stuart, Nicole, Dean, and the rest of our extended CIA Paulista family from QLD did very well, taking home medals and putting on some very great fights.
The way my bracket worked out I fought Gabriel Molon twice. In the first round we had a very intense fight that went the distance and Gabriel came out with the win. I then had the second round with Dennis from Axis. I ended up catching him in a triangle.
In the final, Gabriel and I both went for it, exchanging multiple positions and footlock attempts. After it was all said and done with the score 0 - 0 1adv Gabriel took the win.
My fist competition at Brown belt Australian Nationals Second Place. After the comp everyone headed over to Brisbanes worst vegetarian restaurant for huge steaks and good food. After dieting hard for the entire time i was up here it was great to have a big and well deserved cheat meal..
Our last day we spent shooting footage for a soon to be released commerical for SUB Apparel Fightwear brand. Shot all in HD and by a pro team, it should look really great, so keep you eyes out for that!
The whole ten days up in QLD was a great time and was highlighted by the competition at the end. Great people made the whole experience that much better!
A HUGE thank you to:
Jason @ SUB APPAREL
for the photos of me competing!
All other photos taken by me with my iPhone.
Thank to SUB APPAREL for flying me up and taking great care of me the whole time I was in QLD. Thanks to my Coach Carlos Vieira for working with me everyday to make my JiuJitsu sharp! Thanks to my awesome wife NOVA who never gives me stress and supports my JiuJitsu 100%! And thanks to all my other SPONSORS!