Check out my grappling books on Amazon: Grappling Games: BJJ & Submission Wrestlers, Tapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission Wrestlers, Grappling for Newbies, 20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the Mat, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.
Re-up-up-up-update: August 25, 2012: I am a Purple Belt: I am handing out more ‘beatings’ than I am taking, but I’m still training to be the best I can be…
Re-up-up-update: May 16, 2011: Man, I am still a Blue Belt but I am definitely on the right path. I can bang with the big belts but I still catch many ‘beatdowns.’ I am training at a new Academy and loving it.
Re-up-update: October 14, 2010: I am still a Blue Belt-One Stripe (with Purple Belt tendencies). I am training under —— ——- now!
Update March 1, 2009 : I am a Blue Belt now and no longer train in Georgia, but in Florida at Combat Athletix. I am still a grappling fanatic and now, I can train as much as I want. I still think about and attempt to do something BJJ related everyday.
I am Bakari Akil and I am a Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling fanatic. I want to get better but my training facility only meets twice a week and its 30 miles away. On my birthday, Nov. 15, 2007, I had a bright idea. Why don’t I devote the entire year (365 days) to training in Jiu-Jitsu and see what happens. Imagine, 365 days. How good can I get? What can I achieve? What doors may open as a result? Yeah, I can’t go to class that often and I can’t train strenously everyday, but there has to be something I can do everyday.
This is my story….
Suggestions, Comments, Opinions and Insight are welcome….
Oh yeah, I am also an academic. So in my spare time I have been conducting research on grappling and MMA related topics. I will share that here too…..
But don’t worry, I am not going to write in an academic style on this website. I will save that for the people who employ me and their friends….