Despite many things, both personal and external, there is one over-arching factor that makes, or breaks most experiences… Your Coaches.
The prep for traveling is always a hassle, luckily I had the idea of training to occupy me while my wife did most of the packing. Rolling and training in a new environment is something I’ve wanted to try for a while and this trip seemed the perfect opportunity as any to try. I love the idea of testing the Jiu-Jitsu Professor Steve has taught me with a new group of practitioners.
Waving goodbye to the mountains we head East. The giant Denver airport looms over us before we know it. After hours of waiting in the airport the earth drops beneath us, wind lifts us above the surface, mountains give way to planes, and eventually the Atlantic Ocean springs to view. The idea of family plays strongly in my mind, still the need of Jiu-Jitsu lingers on. Videos from Jiu-Jitsu on the Go accompany me through the long and loud plane ride. An awkward relationship builds to my right, the new couple try to tear my focus (I can’t help but stare once or twice…) luckily the videos keep me going. I focus on the grip fighting and back attack series, if I’m going to visit a new gym I want to represent Professor Steve well.
200 pounds crush down, the weight slows breath, arms frame the onslaught. A brief respite against the pressure. Get to your side, get to your side I repeat to myself in silence. A slight chance opens, I slide out, the weight seems lifted, I explode. An obvious mistake, perpetual motion pushes the weight to my back. An arm wraps tight around my neck. Two on one, two on one I repeat to myself. Too slow… The action is futile, blood and air to my brain come slower than life needs. Biting down I try to withstand the inevitable. Blackness builds around the edges of my eyes, the release of death doesn’t seem far away. My hand taps my partner, air and blood flow back at normal speeds, a smile rests on my face. Rolling to my knees sweat beads off my forehead, head hangs low only for a moment. Deep breaths cement the idea I’m still here.
“Ready?” My training partner asks. A slap of hands and a knuckle bump start the process again.
Jiu Jitsu Style
In this video Steve covers a unique closed guard pass, utilising a C grip and underhook control of his opponent’s leg.
Steve Hordinski is a third-degree Gracie Jiu-jitsu Black Belt under Master Caique Elias. Starting his journey in 1997, while stationed in Hawaii during his military services Hordinski discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, beginning his training under the legendary Grandmaster Relson Gracie.
Learning Jiu-jitsu online has become a popular resource, enabling grappling students’ access to a collection of innovative and concrete techniques from many of today’s world-class Brazilian Jiu-jitsu personalities. With over 22 years of experience, third-degree Gracie Jiu-jitsu Black belt, Steve Hordinski has composed an unexplored efficient grappling system that has aided many of his pupils.
If you love Jiu-Jitsu and plan on sticking around you probably have a goal of becoming a black belt one day. On average it will take someone 10-15 years to be awarded the rank of black belt. I don’t remember who I heard this from but it’s very true for me at least, there are two beginner belts… white belt and black belt.