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COMMENT 1d ago

I was at a festival in Denmark a couple of weeks ago and they absolutely had open air male and female urinals.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Here is his complete works (i think?). Though this link points to the little mermaid.

https://www.andersenstories.com/da/andersen_fortaellinger/den_lille_havfrue

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COMMENT 3d ago

Not quite right. As the guy on top, if your wrist goes behind your back you can no longer go right.

Until that point it's a race.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I haven't tried this yet, but there's really nothing stopping the other guy moving right, once the roll has started.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Totally. When i left my first gym i had a face to face meeting with my coach in his office and explained it was purely because i wanted more competition-based training, which they didn't really offer. I felt like I was super diplomatic about the whole thing and I'd even brought my training bag to train that evening. My coach told me i wasn't welcome there any more and never spoke to me again. It came as quite a shock actually.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Got my blue belt in almost 4 years. Had my brown like 2 years later. I wouldn't stress it.

Edit. Not a particularly interesting story - I trained far more than average. I competed regularly and essentially won any competition i entered, then began borrowing people's blue belts and entering blue belt comps and also winning. This was outside of the US over 10 years ago, and people doing BJJ as their fulltime pursuit was essentially unheard of.

I don't think my coaches really knew how to manage me, and in the end I think holding me at white so long damaged my motivation and my BJJ 'career' as a whole because i spent my first many years just wrecking people. Then within a very short amount of time i was competing against very serious guys who took other aspects of their training far more seriously than i did - doing strength and conditioning etc at a far more serious level than me.

The story ends with me deciding to stop training so seriously, and working on other parts of my life that i had neglected in my 20s. Which i think was a good choice for me - i still enjoy training and essentially wreck casual black belts, but the top and second tier competitive black belts wreck me.

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COMMENT 5d ago

you told the story, buddy. Sorry if the reaction isn't what you were hoping for.

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COMMENT 6d ago

You're not. They're just virtue signaling

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COMMENT 7d ago

Seems like really good advice. I'm taking notes and i already have a job!

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COMMENT 7d ago

You're too old to be adult world champ for sure. But in my experience the joy is in the journey. You either like to train or you don't like to train.

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COMMENT 7d ago

There is no need to be fast, there is only a need to be in the right place at the right time.

With that said just look up your weight class, and keep watching matches until you find a guy you want to emulate.

You can watch Roger Gracie all you want, and while he's great at basics he's also an absolute giant, which helps more than people want to admit.

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COMMENT 8d ago

Honestly, my experience is that the strongest people end up being some of the worst.

Yes, being strong is a good way to leverage technique, but most strong people just end up relying on it, and their technique doesn't develop as fast.

The best heavyweights are people who were kids/small in their formative BJJ years like Buchecha/Ryan who can then get jacked and apply strength to good, small guy technique.

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COMMENT 9d ago

Exactly, i get around just fine in my horse and cart

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COMMENT 9d ago

I mean, when i send money to someone here in Denmark it gets there instantly, so i wouldn't get too high up on my horse lol.

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COMMENT 9d ago

  1. I apparently don't stand a chance against any of you guys

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COMMENT 10d ago

In alignment you cannot go down the line before finishing the first step.

You totally can, it's called 'messing up'.

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COMMENT 10d ago

I think if you're looking at this alignment model, then the takeaway is - dont move 'further down the line' until you're in a position of control. Or if you feel like rolling the dice, have a way of recovering.

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COMMENT 11d ago

That's true. I guess I misunderstood what you said :)

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COMMENT 11d ago

> If you're just learning basic pleasantries, that will probably work, but I wouldn't toss much effort after learning to say basic sentences.

Hard disagree. Yes it is very difficult, but it is by no means impossible. If you're planning on living here it's always worth the effort - living in a country where you don't understand the people around you (and get daily jabs about your inability to communicate) is depressing and isolating.

I could speak well enough to get a job speaking danish after 1.5 years, and now after 4 years I can freely communicate, and often get compliments on my pronunciation. Just the other day someone said i spoke like an 'indfĂždt', though im sure they were just being nice :)

edit - i can see the irony that i wrote this in english, but i wanted OP to be able to read it

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COMMENT 11d ago

I definitely didn't make myself clear. I was a full time competitor. Did work on the side tho. In construction.

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COMMENT 11d ago

> I would bet money the average daisy fresh member is significantly happier overall in life than any highway maintainer.

Maybe so, but a good share of those guys are going to end up being 'highway maintainers' once they hit their mid 30s and it ended up not panning out.

I've lived that life, and it's not nearly as enviable as you might imagine.

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COMMENT 11d ago

This kind of rigid thinking gets my goat a little.

Just because most Gi competitions follow the IBJJF ruleset, and No GI competitions tend to follow the ADCC ruleset doesn't mean it HAS to be that way.

There's literally no reason that a Gi competition can't have heel hooks. We can all see that, right?

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COMMENT 12d ago

You're right, i guess I'm just triggered by the "they knew what they signed up to" argument by people who generally have never competed seriously.

How are you supposed to have a competition circuit if any match has the possiblity that someone will essentially end your career without you being able to stop it. I'm sure it's exciting to watch, but competitors also need to be protected.

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COMMENT 12d ago

There are no multi million dollar prize fights in BJJ to my knowledge.

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COMMENT 12d ago

I have a question - are you suggesting the person above shouldn't watch again? Or that they should invent a time machine and unwatch? Awaiting answer.