The Blue Wall.

Once again I find myself standing in front of that blue wall, we’ve all been there before, and hell, I know I’ve find my self here before many times.

They say that when you’ve spent a long time as a white belt you’ll eventually see the blue wall, that obstacle that represents validation of what you do and do not deserve; I’ve traveled a lot, moved a lot and most times I taught it was keeping me away from my blue belt, but now I see I was wrong, it was taking me where I was ment to be.

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For a long time not belonging was to belong, but now it has another meaning, with plants, cats, writing, blogging, photographing tournaments, traveling to open mats and training, my life is more Jiujitsu than ever. Still I See the blue wall in front of me. But like belonging or not,that blue wall has another meaning today,  I feel ready, I feel strong yet I also don’t at the same time, I’m no longer chasing a belt I was so eager to get a couple of years ago, I’m here for the long run, the tournaments, the open mats, being a part of a community that works like a family. Belonging.

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Recently some friends from back home came to visit for some tournaments hosted here in mexico city, I remember starting with them as white belts and seeing them as blue came with a bittersweet feeling, like I held my self back, like if I stayed back home I’d reached one one of the most important goals I’ve ever set for myself. But then I wouldn’t  be here, wouldn’t traveled, wouldn’t gotten lost, wouldn’t found my self and what really matters in life.

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We all face that wall many times in our Bjj journey sometimes its blue, sometimes purple; But we also stay, go around it or climb it, what can I say? I’ve seen it before many times, still I’m here doing more of what I love. Embrace it, its part of the ride.

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The Chowie Inviteishonal returns .

The second edition of the Chowie Inviteishonal returns in May 27th, the largest open mat so far, this time in Mexico City; The event that gathered more than 280 Jiujitsu practitioners last January in the city of Puebla for a single cause, enjoying the sport without any profit, hopes this time to gather at least 500 people.

By reaching these numbers, the participants would gather more athletes than any other national tournament in Mexico and in the history of this martial art .

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Without doubt, no other event has managed to gather so many athletes and world-class competitors for a cause so simple like enjoying, rolling and having fun. This time the organizers have planned it on a larger scale, hosting world-class sponsors who have decided to support athletes by admiring their cause.

Soon we will publish the who will compete in the super-fights, dynamics and maybe there will be  special guests.
All practitioners are welcome, all academies are welcome and all sponsors are invited to support; If you wish to be part of the event you can contact them through Facebook with Leslie Chow and Christian del mal.

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Mexico National Pro.

Last Saturday we found ourselves supporting several athletes in the Mexico National Pro, which brought together more than 140 athletes from North America, Mexico and Central America.

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We can proudly say that out of the 8 trips given to Abu Dhabi, 3 of them were obtained by Mexicans.

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Martin González (Entram-Atos)

The blue belts from Tijuana Martin and Demian Balderrama dominated the category until they faced each other and with a friendly hug Martin goes to Abu Dhabi.

Héctor Baldes (Bujutsu Chihuahua)

Bujutsu was the team with the highest number of athletes to take medals home that day, so it wasn’t surprising that one of his own took a trip.

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Alexis Alduncin (Renzo Gracie Mexico)

The young Renzo Gracie was the champion of the absolute taking the trip in his category.

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The performance of these great athletes shows us the growth of Mexican Jiujitsu worldwide, a couple of years ago the number of Mexican participants was not so great, little by little the sport has grown in Mexico to even host the trials this year; We will certainly follow them step by step in their preparation for the tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Alexa Grasso, no longer undefeated.

Last Saturday, Alexa Grasso had her first UFC loss to Felice Herrig, after a tough three-round fight Grasso lost by unanimous decision.

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The first round was fairly even, Grasso started proposing finishes, she tried a heel hook, but the fight was mostly on their feet. In the second round Felice was a little more active and Grasso was defending most of the time and counterattacking. Finally in the third round both fighters gave it all, but as we all know, you can never leave the decision in the hands of the judges.

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We could see Grasso’s surprise in her expression at the end of the fight, she clearly tought she had won, but accepted it with grace, we know she will continue to give us spectacular fights and that although he is no longer undefeated, she will continue to train hard for her next showdown.

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