Also, anybody who listens in to the show also knows how competitive Kevin and I can be in real life. It's a friendly rivalry, one where we both wish one another well and often give tips to the other on technique. But when it comes to training, we definitely amp up our respective levels.
I like to think of Kevin as a pacesetter for my own jiu-jitsu. He's somebody who I can often monitor my own progress and get constructive feedback on the things I need to work on most. In many ways, I'd like to think I do the same for him.
In doing so, I can honestly say that rolling with the guy makes me sharper. Kevin is a tough roll, he's good at many of the opposite things that I'm good at, and he has a very creative way he likes to aggressively attack. All of those things make me have to work harder. If things were different and we were in the same place training regularly, I am quite certain our respective jiu-jitsu levels would be even higher.
Nonetheless, I liked the time that we got to train. We nerded out on a number of techniques and spent a large amount of time trying to perfect moves that will hopefully become the norm. In the latest episode of the podcast, we talk a little bit about those training experiences. But I'd like to thank him and my wife for conspiring together for a truly wonderful birthday gift.
Having also now trained for Kevin (believe it or not, I did train some things specifically for rolls against him), I'll also be looking to put a new challenge on my plate. I think I have an idea of what it is and will share in an upcoming post. Until then, I hope you enjoy the latest episode of our show.
EPISODE DOWLOAD: Here.