Yes, this is a really late post from January 9th, 2016.
I am a big believer in knowing who you choose to associate with; this is something I hope to get across to my students. I am lucky enough to choose an awesome group of friends and mentors for my Jiu-Jitsu family.Professor Chris McCune, a second degree Rigan Machado Black Belt of McCune’s Martial Arts. Professor Micheal Ellefson and Tim Maheady of Midwest Center for Movement (MCFM) in Hudson Wisconsin, Black Belt Gina Franssen fo X2 Fitness in Minneapolis.
As such, students place a whole lot of trust in their instructors, and it’s one thing to say you are part of something, it’s another thing to see it for yourself. So for a couple months I was pestering everyone from the schools to come and get together, and I have to say for folks to leave their warm homes when it’s minus 9 degrees out to train is pretty great. We had 5 schools represented, McCunes, MCFM, X2, Minnesota Kali Group and my own froup Cryptid Jiu-Jitsu. over 45 people attended, they got to meet other students and roll with students from other gyms, some had different games, and experiences to share. Everyone helped the newer people, to show them what to do, how to do and give information openly. The rolling sessions were broken up about every 40 minutes to teach some new techniques and drill and then back into rolling. This was a 4 hour camp and it was a blast!