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Thanks everyone!

I’m just over two weeks removed from my ACL replacement surgery.  Surgery went well, at least I think, would they really tell you if it didn’t?  This is not a sob for me because of my injury blog.  I see so many people posting little injuries on social media to hope to get some sympathy or attention in return.  The way I see it, is this injury going to make me quit Jiu Jitsu, no!  So instead of feeling poor me it’s just time to figure out how to get past it.  One thing I know is that the worst time in my adult life lead up to the best time in my adult life, so I am trying to enjoy the journey!

I have felt so blessed over the last two months, so many people have stepped up an offered a helping hand.  I just want to publicly thank some of them:

Thank you Professor Jesus Jose who has been leaving work for a couple hours to help out with the Tuesday Morning class.  Jesus offers a detailed description of the principles he uses to be successful in Jiu Jitsu.  I have learned some great details that I will implement into my own game.

Thank you Professor Andrew Brittin who has been there to lead our Wednesday Morning crew.  I have always appreciated Andrew’s Game and have learned some of my go to techniques from him over the years.  I can see my students improving due to constant drills throughout his classes.

Thank you Professor Claudio Rios for coming and teaching one night a week.  Claudio is one of the most sound Jiu Jitsu players I have rolled with.  It is amazing to see how many people consider him their favorite training partner, which is a true testament to him and his abilities in Jiu Jitsu.

Thank you to the back bone of the school, Brown Belts Coach Gene, Coach Andy, and Coach Will.  These guys have lead our evening crew and have expanded their roles at the gym.  I’m excited for these guys to have the opportunity teach more and develop more in their own games.

Thanks to the Purple Belts who have filled in for classes and lead by example.  Chris Zacher, Chris Buentello, John Drane, and Rolo Collantes have contributed in the teaching role at the gym while I have been out.

Thanks to all the Blue Belts and colored belt teens for stepping up in our kids program.  Having five or six kids coaches on the mat is what puts De Boa ahead of the competition, we couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you Heike and Deshawn, and several others that have helped out Leslie with the cleaning of the academy.  Cleanliness is next to Godliness in a Jiu Jitsu gym.

Thanks to everyone who prepared meals and brought them over to help out, I ate good the last couple weeks!

Last but certainly not least thanks to my super hero of a wife, not sure I could do this without you.  Leslie has been running the gym, teaching most kids classes, several adult classes, cleaning the gym, running the business side of the gym, and even teaching some rumbling classes.  Pretty crazy that she can do all that and still have time to wait on me every second of the day with a smile on her face.  Not only that she does a great job as a mother taking care of Seth’s needs, and as a Grandma G!  You are truly amazing, I love you!

If you read my long list of thank yous, know I have missed many others that deserve my graditude, so thank you to all those that I missed.   I’m too blessed to be stressed and can’t wait to see all the positives that come out of this season!

I said last but one more thing, thank you to my Lord and Savior for providing peace in the storm, I am comforted in the fact that God knows best!

Roots BJJ and Fitness

The Arizona BJJ Community recently added another awesome school to its already stellar Jiu Jitsu scene.  If you live in the east valley go check out Roots BJJ and Fitness and train under one of AZ’s top Black Belts Gerson Atoigue!  I had the privilege of meeting Gerson through years of being at the same tournaments, coaching against each other, yelling at him when he was reffing, and even competing against him.  I see him several times a year and feel honored to have him as a friend.  Recently Professor Gerson came out and shared techniques with my students at De Boa, giving them a guest Black Belt treat while I am out with injury.  If that isn’t enough for you to go check out Roots BJJ and Fitness, they also have one of the few sub floors in the state.  When I get healthy Roots will be one of the first gyms I visit.  Congratulations Gerson and best of luck brother, I know you are going to do amazing!

Day 15

Today is Day 15 of no training due to a knee injury and it  just might be the hardest day yet.  I had my initial consultation with the Ortho surgeon today, I was completely prepared to walk in and have them tell me they won’t know anything until the MRI.  Instead, after some painful jerking of the knee, the doctor announced that I had torn my ACL and after the MRI they would be able to tell what else is damaged.  Holy Crap!

I was pretty convinced that my knee had been healing for the last two weeks, to find out this news is a punch in the gut.  I’m starting to get mentally prepared for what is most likely to come, surgery and six months of rehab.  I’m hoping for better news next Tuesday when the MRI results are in.

I have had a laundry list of injuries; constant back pain, sciatica, slipped discs,  shoulder problems, sprained ankles, broken toes, dislocated fingers, broken ribs, knee sprains, foot fractures, the list goes on.  Fortunately up to this point I have avoided any surgeries and have never takenmore than three weeks off at a time since I started in 2005.  It usually only takes a couple days for me to go stir crazy when I’m not able to train, this should be interesting.

I will keep you all updated, I’m prepared to attack this injury and get back on the mats as soon as possible.  Pray for my wife while I’m not able to train!

No More Labor

Labor day will challenge my ability to work… It has been a bit of a rough week for me, a week of crutches, ice, and painkillers.  I always look forward to holiday open mats, and last Monday was no exception.  We had a talented group on the mats and the energy was rolling, like all days I was loving some Jiu Jitsu.  Unfortunately injuries are a part of the game and Monday was my day.  I was attempting to defend an inside leg trip when my knee went the wrong direction, “Pop!”  I rolled on the ground in pain, all I could think was oh no I’m going to be out for awhile, oh and damn this hurts!

I went to the ER, they established is wasn’t broken.  I’m working on getting a MRI scheduled so I can find out what’s wrong and start the process to recovery.  I’m not one to ever miss days at the gym, this week has been extremely tough physically and mentally.  I’m very lucky to have a supportive wife that has waited on me hand and foot and ran the gym.  Bigs thanks to all my upper belts and friends for covering classes and keeping the gym growing while I am out.

I have admittedly had a week long pity party, it’s time to move forward.  I’m ready to get back on the mats tomorrow , I won’t be rolling but I will be soaking up the positive energy of Jiu Jitsu.  I have to get better during this time off, my challenge is to become a better teacher, have a better understanding of Jiu Jitsu, a be a better person through this injury.

Right in the middle of my pity party this weekend I had the news on and watched all these people struggle through these recent natural disasters. Prayers go out to all the storm victims.  It’s easy to get self consumed and think your problems are overwhelming, it’s nice to open your eyes and look around.  The important part in tough times is to always move forward, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill


Fight To Win 37

Have you got your tickets yet?  I’m nine days aways from my third professional Jiu Jitsu Match at Fight to Win 37 in Scottsdale.  If you haven’t been to a Fight to Win production I highly recommend it, 30 super fights leads to a great night of entertainment.  I don’t know much about my opponent, as long as I play my game I like my chances.  If you are not much into Jiu Jitsu go anyways because this is your chance to see a Lloyd Christmas look a like put it on the line.  I have a good idea of what my walk out song is going to be but still open to suggestions, what do you think I should come out to?

You can your tickets here, select Scottsdale as the show and me as your fighter!   Big thanks to my sponsors for this event, Enois Clothing, Arizona IV Medics, OSS Arizona, Warrior GI Works, Apex, and Pennington Law!