Though it did not translate to my tournament game, the past year has been stellar for me training wise. I truly feel I have made some serious leaps and bounds in understanding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Pekiti Tirsia Kali. And the progress I have seen in my students reassures me that my coaching skills have not diminished in the chaos of life. But this very blog is the success story of 2013 as I approach 5 years of consistent information and opinions on The Ground Never Misses. With over 300 posts for the calendar year I have collected the top blog posts per number of unique views. Check it out:
- Rener Gracie's epic seminar was one of my most popular blog posts, and quite frankly was one of the highlights of 2013 BJJ wise!
- 2013 unfortunately shook the BJJ world with the "Team" Lloyd Irvin rape scandal where "team mates" raped a fellow female member in a parking garage and left her for dead. In some insane sense these scum bags did not even get a slap on the wrist. It is imperative that we spread this post (and others) around the net to ensure future potential students in the DC metro area know the truth about Lloyd Irvin and his rape culture.
- A wonderful story of POW MMA club that helps veterans deal with PTSD and other related issues via training MMA. A most positive story for our vets for a change.
- Scotty Nelson and his campaign to end the senselessness that is 50-50 guard remains one of my most popular posts period. Support the cause and end "scissor banging!"
- Rare training footage of Rolls Gracie rolling with his brother Rickson is a sure fire hit every time. The Machado's hold Rolls in such high regard... his early death makes me wonder what amazing things the afterlife held for him.
- James Rhodes' excellent essay on life entitled "Find What You Love and Let it Kill You" is advice worth applying to ones life.
- My first coach, and longtime friend Mike Sherman's post was a popular one as well. A true inspiration and mentor!
- I FINALLY met Pete and Dedeco of Origin BJJ fame this year. As per usual Origin is blowing up and always on the forefront of innovation for the grapplers of 2014.