6th of July I arrived in Torino
Grenoble - Torino 60€ for the tolls ... Aoutch, my wallet cried !
So i arrived in Torino and met my host, Alessandro. After 1 hour to prepare my stuff i decided to go to train. First academy :
i came in, seen a nice mat with on its students.
I met two BJJ black belts, Giseppe, the professor, and Leonardo.
These guys and all of their students were very friendly !
We had a lesson about a deep half guard. Actually it was really interesting for me, because i didn't learn it so much on my own academy.
The principle of the deep half guard is not so complicated .. Have de half guard, go deeper and closer to your opponent.
You need to be focused on mobility, secure of your external arm and be very close to the guy.
I already tried this technique, honestly i have some difficulties, but i will train on that :)
After we had some sparring that was soooooo tiring for me, the dudes were very tough haha !
And Guiseppe told me i've "very good bases", that's always a pleasure when you have compliments, especially when you feel tired and weak haha xD
It was an amazing time : train with them. I'm a bit sad because i wasn't able to train more with them..
I'll be back !
Second day in Turin
10h , after a woke up early (6.30 AM) i needed a coffe, let's go around the next academy
_ I went to the academy, under a church !! That was amazing, 'cos outside was so hot...
I saw Alessandro, the headcoach of the academy, who greeded me, said welcome and all...
He invited me to start to train with a bit of workout... Why not !
Huge crossfit room, nice stuff, a lot of kettlebells, very nice place. I did some streching, workout excercices, not too much because of the future trainings of the day :D
BJJ at 1PM :
Classical warmup and throw techniques, Old school judo techniques for BJJ, that was nice actually !
The guys were full of energy, strongs and fast !
Good training, simple techniques (i never saw it before by the way) and totally efficient.
To be honest, i didn't have a lot of energy, i felt bad during the training, i didn't sleep, drank , and ate enough during the previous days... So sometimes i was on the side, to focus on the techniques.
Nice training, not a lot of people but very nice :)
The rest of the afternoon was simple, had a nap, spoke with people from the academy... but i spent my time on this nice place !
Evening training : Professional Judo.
High Judo level !
Ok not my level at all, far far highest !
Quite interesting :
Static warm up : few way of sheathing, push-ups, and different articular warm-ups. We work our balance in the same time, with, for example, one foot - one hand sheathing.
After this warm up, few uchi komis (always in movement, never static) with a reaction of the partner. No news techniques, these guys don't need to.
Before the standing radoris, ne waza ! (obviously i was happy :D)
5 min, looking for the submission, when a submission is done, change immediately your partner, during 5 min.
And finally randoris !
So hard, the judokas there, as i already said, are on a high level. I didn't do every randoris, there was very tiring, but quiet interesting, i discovered some things, the guys were very patient, taught me some things about kumikata and positioning.
Finally, as my professor told us always, Judo is a huge family !
I'm very very happy to spent my day there, that was amazing.
Man, many thanks to the Torino academia for all !
Hope to see you soon :)
Finally, Torino was an interesting city with also amazing academies.
Even if i didn't visit so much the city, i loved to be there.
I will definitly come back when i can and i hope with my girlfriend. She needs to meet them.
Next step : Bologna
We do like to travel and train. After a trip around Europe, we couldn't stop doing it. Unfortunately, time is not always there. We try to update this globetrotting blog as much as we can !