Monday, May 22, 2017
Went for a ride with my buddy, Brad, to get a Bullhawg Sammich from the Frontier Barbeque in Fairfield, PA. It's old-school Barbeque and they start making it early, so that by the time we got there, it's just an all out OM NOM NOM Fest.
If you go, bring cash (they don't take plastic) and know it's also okay to bring a firearm.
On the way home, find some dirt!
Sunday, May 21, 2017
I took a ride along the Susquehanna River. It's beautiful this time of year, with Spring just beginning. I started by heading up to the Carsonville Hotel. Carsonville is a bit of a misnomer because it's really just the hotel/inn and about ten houses. Still, there are some great roads up that way.
There's a pretty park in Millersburg, PA. It's always a good place to stop and stretch, and also get a couple of snaps. There is also a ferry to cross the river there, but it will have to wait for next time.
I got home, let the bike cool off, then gave it a bath and lubed the chain. Good times.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
I went to a Rener Gracie seminar in Baltimore last night at Baltimore City Gracie Jiu Jitsu. I rode down with my coaches, Dave and Monica from my school, Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as fellow students, Holly and Rick. Not knowing what to expect, it was good to be able to ask them what it might be like, and what to look for as the seminar unfolded.
Rener taught us moves from the guard, and it was, in a word, incredible. I am only a one-stripe white belt, so I REALLY wish I had a broader range of knowledge to build on what he was teaching. A large part of it focused on transitioning from "obvious" moves to surprising the opponent when they react to defend based on that assumption. I really liked the way he taught the technique, but also explained the theory behind the moves. Rener's passion for Jiu Jitsu clearly shines through, and he took time with every single person in the gym. And, he gave us tools that we can carry forward for the rest of our Jiu Jitsu journey.
The entire experience, like Jiu Jitsu itself, is its own koan: "I learned so much. I have so much to learn."