Hello Again!

I have been far too lazy recently.  I’ve meant to update this a few times, but never seem to get the time.

Well, I started back training in August after a pretty serious meniscus injury.  I have been training steadily for these last two months and have not had a single injury *KNOCK ON WOOD*.  My knee feels better than ever, and I feel like I am finally committing myself as much as possible to training, instead of just showing up and going through the motions.

Unfortunately, I never made my goal, which was to compete for the first time in 2009.  I missed the ADCC Texas because of my injury and by the time the year ends I will just finally feel back in shape.

August was hilarious, nothing like seeing a fat blue belt come back after 3 months off and huff his way through some sit-ups and shrimps.

Marcelo “Uirapuru” Azevedo has been instructor recently at Gracie Barra Texas, as an assistant to Draculino.  Draculino is also present but he has given Uirapuru the reigns of many of the classes during his stay here in Houston.  He is a great instructor and it is nice to see how different blackbelts games have developed.

His chokes are insane!!!  I got on the bad end of one and tried working my way out of it…bad idea. The next day I had about a million tiny speckles on my face from broken blood vessels.  It looked like something out of CSI.

Speaking of Marcelo, he competed in the real ADCC in Barcelona this past weekend, where he submitted Mike Fowler with a leglock and went on to lose a decision to K-Taro Nakamura, who I still can’t believe lasted for something like 2 minutes in Marcelo’s Brabo choke, which is a feat in itself!

We all are very proud of him at Gracie Barra Texas and feel privileged to call him Professor.

Oh yeah, and Marcelo gave be my first stripe on my blue belt last week. So I finally feel like I am progressing again.  Now only 11 more stripes and 3 belts to the black! lol!

Until next time, I hope all is well!

~Kyle

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