It’s getting boring, it’s London again. Sorry nothing new, why do they have to host the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in London?
No, I like London, it’s a great city and if you started with BJJ and traveling, it’s likely that you will know someone in such a big city. In this case, it’s always great to see your friends, visit his gym and at this time do a little competition. First stop was Fightzone London from Checkmat, great Gym the level is really high and you will get some competitive rolls in. Good for me, they just did open mat and no mat fees, because a lot of the guys went to the competition. During the open mat, I got folded together, smashed and had an amazing time and left very tired, that’s always a good sign for BJJ.
The next day was the competition day. Everything was so good organised by the UAEJJF, I went to a lot of BJJ tournaments and I have to say this one was the best organised so far. Everything was on time, they had a large warm up area with a lot of screens to follow the on-going matches and as well the timetable for your own match. For the spectators they had a huge stand, so everyone could easily follow the matches. The show was great not so my performance, I didn’t survived the first round, you win you lose, just get better to win more, going back to improve for the next time.
No, the tournament was over, London without a pub visit wouldn’t be right, no happy drinking but a lot of drinking for my little liver. J Watching the UFC Fight night live would have been better but in a pub was still very good, even better because it was held in London. The only thing was, I had to pay the price the next day, good old hangover. Some sightseeing famous Bricklane a little bit different, if you wonder of the touristic paths you can see a lot of amazing street-arts, there are some free tours, if you get the chance take one!
And soon the weekend was over, new training, new experience and seeing old friends, almost can’t be better.