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Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier – Training to Win

Hey guys, I am here with a special BJJ Lafayette blog tonight. Tonight I will stray a little bit from the path and focus on one of our teammates who will be walking through the fire of competition tonight. I am talking about Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier. I have been knowing Dustin for almost 5 years now. We met at one of Tim’s seminars at Cajun Karate back in 2007. To say Dustin has come a long way from that day is an understatement. I have been lucky enough to witness his amateur and professional MMA career. I can attest to the fact that his game has grown by leaps and bounds and he has become one of my close friends at the gym. Here is my story on The Diamond from the outside looking in.

Like I said before, I met Dustin during one of Tim’s training seminars at Micah Lopez’s school, Cajun Karate. Tim had just gotten through demonstrating a flying armbar technique from the single leg defense and Dustin and I had matched up to drill together. At that point, to say Dustin was new to the BJJ world would be a very accurate statement. I remember him having trouble hipping out for an armbar, must less locking it in. He was just like any other beginner I had trained with except he did not quit when the technique did not work, he kept at it ad nausea until he felt comfortable with it. To me, at that point in time, it was admirable but I still had no idea that the dedication I saw that day would translate into the success we are all witnessing today. I had seen Dustin a few other times as he would drop in from time to time at Cajun to train but I never really trained with him consistently until Tim opened up Gladiator’s Academy of Lafayette. Tim might as well have opened up a monster factory because before I knew it, that is what Dustin had turned into.

Tim opened up Gladiators Academy in 2008 and with that came a play land for those of us who think a big empty mat, a stereo with tunes blaring and nag champa equal the most amazing combination in the world. It was while I was training here that I remember seeing Dustin come in to train. I had remembered him from Micah’s school but never really got to hang out and train with him consistently. At Tim’s we would train together a lot more and I was able to witness and be apart of Dustin’s BJJ progression. It started off much like at Cajun where when we would roll I could maybe pull off a submission or two here and there. As the weeks and months progressed, Dustin’s game became tremendously better. Those one or two submissions I was able to lock in quickly disappeared and my wrestles with Dustin became intense battles that would end with us in some crazy ass position as the bell would ring. We would both grow as competitors and practitioners each in our own right through these battles with a respect and friendship that grew just as strong. We both progressed through the ranks together and the day I received my purple belt from Tim was the same day that Dustin received his. It is crazy and inspiring to look back and remember how far he has come in such a short period of time. At the same time, it is really no surprise either. That same tenacity that I saw on the first day I trained with Dustin during that seminar is the same tenacity that I have seen him train with everyday. He is relentless in his quest to be better while also taking the time to be a great training partner to those around him.

Tonight, I will sit in front of my TV and watch one of my great friends go to battle in front of the world. It is amazing to look back and know that we both come from the same gym and both have our separate journey that we take on every day. I know for certain that he is well prepared and will put on an amazing performance. With that being said, I was there when he got his purple belt and I sure as hell can’t wait to be there when they fasten another belt around his waist, the UFC Featherweight Championship belt! Give ‘em hell D!

Til next time, train hard and train often,

Bear

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BJJ Competition and You!

300px-GABRIEL_VELLA_vs_ROMINHO_51Hello everyone! My name is Jared “Bear” Conques. I am a Purple Belt under Tim Credeur, instructor at Gladiator’s Academy of Lafayette, head instructor of BJJ Revolution Team Alexandria as well as a fresh face here on BJJ Lafayette. I am coming at you with 4 top-notch knowledge bombs dropped on me by Master Tim Credeur over the years. Use these tips to help you cope with the stress of one the more rigorous aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, competition.

TOP NOTCH TIP #1

Don’t over hype the tournament to be something bigger than what it is.

View each match at the competition as you would a regular sparring roll at the gym. Work the techniques you are most proficient with. Whenever you find yourself in a tight spot, don’t panic. Instead, revert back to your favorite escape and realize that as long as you did not tap, you will live to fight the rest of the match. If it has worked for you in the gym, use it in competition. Competition is not the time to be trying out new techniques like that inverted-double over hook-foot in the face-tornado guard. Bring the tools that you know will work for you to the mat. Remember, while competition is important to our growth as BJJ players, a competition loss is not the end of your BJJ career. I have gained more from my losses than my victories throughout the years.

TOP NOTCH TIP #2

Be yourself.

Here’s a quick story to demonstrate what I mean by this. After this one particular tournament, I went a swift 0-3 and ended my day rather quickly. I was 2 years into being a blue belt and felt the need that I had to prove to everyone in the gym that day that I was the Alpha. What transpired was anything but that. I put so much pressure on myself that I forgot to just be Jared and enjoy my time on the mat. Be yourself on the battlefield. My teammates have shared the spoils of victory with me, and more importantly, have never abandoned me after a loss. They love me and are my friends me because of who I am. They will do the same for you as well.

TOP NOTCH TIP #3

Leave your friends/girlfriend/wife/boyfriend/husband/parents/whatever at home if they are not competing.

This is a lesson many of BJJ players have learned the hard way over the years. Anyone who has been to BJJ competitions know they can be a war of attrition until your match begins. There is a long, and let me stress it once again, LONG time to wait before your matches most of the time. The wait for these matches can be devastating to your competition mindset as you abandon thought of the competition at hand and focus your attention to explaining why it is taking so long for you to have your match. Significant others, while we love them to death, also bring added pressure to the competition. We feel the need, even if it is unconscious thought, to impress them. Like I have stated before, competition is arduous enough, why would you want to make it harder on yourself? But Bear, what should I bring to the tournament? Bring your gi, board shorts, rash guard, bananas, gatorade or water, and a positive attitude.

TOP NOTCH TIP #4

Have fun and make friends.

While we all come from different teams and will be competing against one another at tournaments, we all share a common love for BJJ. I have made numerous friends throughout my years in competition. Friends that I still keep in contact with today and we always share a smile and a story before we hit the mats. The guys that you compete against on the local and state circuit will more than likely be the same guys you compete against your entire career as you come up through the ranks together. Competition creates a bond that is unique only to those who have experienced it together. Relish this opportunity, make friends and be a great representative for the academy in both victory and defeat.

I hope these 4 tips will be as much help to you as they were to me whenever Master Tim shined his light on me. I would encourage anyone who will be competing in the up coming weeks to try these methods out. They have worked for me and I am sure they will work for you.

Until next time, train hard and train often! Oss!

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BJJ Injuries – Don’t Be a Tough Guy!

bjj-tough-guyHey guys, its Bear with some more knowledge to drop. If you have followed this blog enough, by now you understand how much BJJ is a passion not only for me but for all of my BJJ Revolution Teammates. We like to train hard and we like to train often. We are known for pushing the pace in the gym and on the competition mats. Don’t lie, you have probably been one of those guys or ladies (yea, our ladies go hard in the paint) that say “Ahh, lets go light tonight bro. Flow roll, you know?” and then as soon as the bell rings you transform into an American Palhares ready to rip someone’s knee off and bring that baby home with you. It okay, I have been that guy. It’s okay to go hard and push yourself but there is a fine line between pushing yourself and pushing yourself too far. Bumps and bruises happen in this sport but sometimes the pain lasts a little bit longer than a couple days. At this point you may be asking yourself “What do I do? I don’t want to miss class and look soft.” This blog aims to address these questions in hopes of steering you in the right direction next time you body tell you “Chill bro.”

When you first think something is wrong, you need to ask yourself a gauntlet of questions. The most important question you need to ask yourself is if the injury is serious enough to where you need professional medical attention. If so, drive yourself or find someone to take you to the nearest ER or Walk-In clinic to have yourself checked out. Chances are if it hurts that bad, it won’t heal on its on and if it does you will walking like a jacked up mongoloid on a 3 day peyote trip. Not cool bro. Get the help you need to get you back on the mat as soon as possible. No one will think you are soft for taking care of yourself. As your teammate, we expect you to take care of yourself so that you can continue to be there for us at practice. But what if the injury doesn’t warrant an ER trip?

If the injury doesn’t warrant an ER trip, the next question you need to ask yourself is whether or not your pain will get in the way of you being able to fully participate and complete a team practice. Once again, no one will think you are soft for missing practice because you are injured. There is a difference between being hurt and being injured. Not to sound like a hard-ass because I am anything but one, but I believe my only practice where I was at 100% was my first BJJ practice. Since then there have always been little bumps, bruises and soft spots that hurt but never enough to inhibit me from fully participating in practice. You learn to push through the hurt but if you are injured, you are injured and no one will give you flack for that.

There is always a lot of talk about ego and checking it at the door. This applies not only on the mat while training but while also off the mat when dealing with injuries. No one expects you to be a tough guy and if you do try to practice injured you are furthering your injury while also harming your teams training time. Drop your ego and take care of yourself. We all love to train but our body always knows best and will let you know when you need to cool it. You just have to listen! I hope this blog answered any questions you may have during your next injury and possibly serve as a guide for how to handle it.

Til next time, train hard and train often,

Bear

 

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