In the evening, I am working with Nick. He is a laid back dude with a Star of David on his mouthpiece. We are rolling randori (50%) and he is showing me the details of a guard pass that has never worked for me. He shows me a minute detail that I have overlooked for years and suddenly it all made sense. I began landing the pass! A few minutes later, Kyle Seal shows me why my single leg has been so difficult to finish. Again, it is an amazingly simple detail. Suddenly, I land it with increasing success.Coach Chad Lemoine worked with me. I had been getting caught in the darce choke a lot. Once again, it was a small detail. It was then that I realized, you cannot excel without focusing on the DETAILS of the move. I had known this, but it was in this moment that I understood it.
I stayed awake late that night running through moves in my head. I imagined the details. Painstakingly visualizing each technique in perfection.
Saturday afternoon I stop by the gym just before McSweeny begins a mitt session with Chad Lemoine. He asks me to video the session for him so I do. I have never seen a heavyweight move with such agility and ferociousness. The man can throw a flying knee well over six feet high from a stand still. I am impressed beyond words and struck by the notion that we have yet to see what this fighter has to offer.
After his work out, he comes to me. He remembers that I have a fight coming up. He wishes me well, shakes my hand and looks me in the eye. â€œFinish the fightâ€ he says. I assure him I will. He slaps me on the back and walks away. McSweeny is a quiet one. He is not the kind to speak without thinking. That he took the time to recognize me humbles me and I feel a new wave of determination flow over me like a shot of cold water.
Clay Guida is a beast. And apparently has a penchant for furry hats.
Just thought I would throw that out there.
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