I just got back from a family trip to Texas. We have family in Ft. Worth, so I got to train twice at Genesis Jiu Jitsu. A training partner recommended it to me a few months back, and this is the first change I got to train there. Great bunch of guys, they train hard and were extremely welcoming to me. They heard I was in from Minnesota and just opened the doors, both literally and figuratively.
I trained one session no gi with them (seems the only time I train no gi is when I travel and visit other academies) and one session gi. I matched up pretty well against guys of similar rank, I felt.
Right now, my jiu jitsu feels great. This goes back even to my tournament performance. I'm very happy with where my game is for the amount of time I've been training and how I'm able to handle myself against people with years more mat time and depth of experience than I have. I don't have a good competition game, and I'll be the first to admit that. We just don't get enough competitions in the great white north. If we want a decent depth of competition, we have to drive to Chicago, and that's six hours and a hotel room for a few nights. It's brutal. I think that if I had more opportunity to throw myself into the fire, I would have finer timing and quicker synapses in those situations. So my tournament results do not coincide with my confidence in my game. But I don't train for tournaments. I train for fights. I train for unexpected situations. I train for no time limits. I train so that I'm not the one who gases. So that I can outlast my opponent and take no damage at the same time. Of course, I've never had to use it outside the academy. So there's that.
And that's where I'm going to leave it tonight. Go train. Get better. I took the night off to stay with my gestating bride and pet my forlorn dog, but tomorrow night I'll be back on the mats. And Friday I get sworn in as an officially licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota. (If that's not weird, I don't know what is.) Still, I'll be learning, losing, and loving every second of it as often as I possibly can.