5. That aside, sometimes I do wish you were in Australia as I’d love to take you to training to show you the BJJ/standup side of things. This is not based on any ill intent, I genuinely believe that you’d enjoy the eye opening experience. Similarly, I’m sure it would be an eye opening experience for me to see your concepts explained and demonstrated first hand.
I’m sure I’d enjoy myself. I love sharing martial arts with people. And I have to wonder if Australian BJJ is quite a bit different from other factions of BJJ.
Not only have I played with, coached, and learned from BJJ practitioners over the years, but from people into related arts, like: Jiu Jitsu, Small Circle Jiu Jitsu, Aiki-Jutsu, Aikido, Judo, Wrestling, Sambo, Sistema, Kali, and more.
I worked out with a BJJ guy for a summer about five years ago. We had a great time.
And don’t worry about me being a mean guy; I’m not.
Note: I know that JKD guys, in general, have a reputation of being filled with a “know-it-all” type of ego. I hope I don’t fall into that category.
Recently, I attended a summer retreat with my teacher and peers. This private summer camp started 15 years ago.
Each year, we invite people from other styles for the purposes of sharing … both directions. 99% of them have commented how much they like the atmosphere … all egos are checked at the door.
We really do foster … helping … teaching … learning.
I can only think of one too-full-of-himself dude. Uh … he never returned to the camp. (As I said, we prefer sharing.)
I know that I’d have a great time in Australia … or so my senior student tells me. He had a blast there and in New Zealand.