Chillin at the IBJJF European Open Championship in Portugal

Alright, I’m in Lisbon, Portugal for the IBJJF European Open Championship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and here’s a blog post inspired by a simple question asked by my friend Asbjørn on Facebook , and the simple question was none other than “Hey Michael, will you be blogging from your trip?”. My first reaction was “Hmmm, No” as I really want to focus all my energy on the competition tomorrow. The more I thought about it I changed my mind and decided to write up a blog post from my trip this year. And here it is, just continue reading below! 🙂

On a personal level I have to say that I feel pretty amazing as my life and attitude has changed positively the last few years, especially after I went through a break up with my now ex girlfriend and also left the BJJ academy,that I’ve been training at for more than 10 years. I feel stronger both mentally and physically as I also started practicing yoga and meditation on a more serious level which I hope will at the same time give me a huge boost in tomorrows competition.
I will try to write more about my yoga and meditation experience in a different blog post. All I can do is recommend yoga to everyone. Go enlighten yourself and feel a different type of consciousness connecting and finding the balance within your body, mind and soul.

Now about the competition tomorrow I am not worried or nervous in any way. I look so much forward to step on the mat and compete in the Black Belt Master 1 featherweight division. Previous year I competed as a lightweight and I always weighted in like 5-6 kilos under the maximum limit which will not be the case this year. I will be on the -70kg limit precisely. I have been eating healthy and training a lot of Jiu-Jitsu with all the amazing training partners at ArteSuave. To mention a few Josh, Marco, Mads, Frej, Salar, Shanti, Janni, Ida, Shimon, Anders, Kyle and all the other great people at the academy. And of course with all my students at the FightWorld academy in Valby.
It’s a great honor to represent both my students and ArteSuave / CheckMat.

I also look forward to meet old friends I haven’t talked to in a long time. I know my friends Espen and Tommy from Noway will be there competing for the gold medal in the Purple Belt weight and open class divisions, and of course my friend Dominique from Switzerland and also Dadi, Halldor, Olaf and all my friends from VBC Checktmat in Iceland.


Now it’s 10pm in Portugal and I’m getting ready to go to bed. Tomorrow it’s competition time! Time to focus on putting in an awesome performance or go home early 🙂

Just to remind myself, here’s some things I’d like to write about in later blog post.

Teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for kids (Graduation day for my kids class, bring a friend day)
My goals for 2015 (Increase student base, improve website, write more blog posts etc.)
Teaching Jiu-Jitsu in North Wales
Positive Thinking
Russel Brand – Revolution

Thanks for reading! Stay positive and keep it playful!