I didn't know how to start the article so I put a pic of what we have down the road. I think it explains how is it here... Ok :p
So, new school year, new place, new stuff. I got the chance to go in sport university in Messina and Gloria to do her last here in here to.
We did come here in early September (they got up to 50°C in august here, i wouldn't have survive).
I already visited my new and future academies, which are part of my university. Very well !
The BJJ academy is a part of Tribe Jiu Jitsu, well known and quiet big here in Italy, didn't get the chance to take any pics yet, but i certified that the technical level is very good. Even if the body shape is quiet different than Ireland or France here (i'm one of the biggest :( ), i'll get the chance to learn a lot for my BJJ and completely different of what i'm used to. That will be all good ! Glad about that !
I also have the chance that the neighbors are part of this very same academy and own a mat they display on our buildings roof to train.
On the judo side, I have the very chance and honor to have a twice olympian (in judo and freestyle wrestling) prof. Katarzyna Juszczak who provides excellent trainings !
I have the intention to compete both in Judo and BJJ this year, if my time and money is okay -student lol-, and i'm sure all those trainings would be very good for me, for my improvement and all the rest.
I can't wait to go back to training again !
How good is to come back home !
Home, Judo Family (because yeah, my club is my 2nd family), that feeling increases even more after living somewhere else. Personally i never did feel belonging here as much as now.
But this summer wasn't a lazy summer, we kept training judo as much as we could, but it unfortunately closes for summer holidays.
We got the chance to be able to train at home as well afterwards
With my club, we got the chance to do a demonstration in the middle of the city, thing i never did before. That was an AMAZING experience in my opinion. I was super happy to do it.
If you wanna check, there is few pics on the facebook page
And, finally we got time to visit a bit and relax !
That's a short article for a long summer, i know, but I just wanted to show the main parts of it !
After 2 years passed in Ireland, we decided to move for an other country.
Those two years abroad have been a very good experience for many things. We discovered a new country, visited it a bit (not as much as we wanted but whatever), meet new people and have taken good opportunities.
But people lives change and so we do.
For our last training we got the chance to visit a friends academy : Jungle BJJ. We do love to do globetrotting, we didn't get the time to do as much matsurfing as we wanted, but we did some at least.
Training there was a good way to finish up the Irish adventure and i'm very glad friends from others academy came as well to tell us good bye. Thanks for all guys =)
Also, we did get the time to say goodbye to our prof Alex. Leite, before leaving. We've been there for over a year, got our blue belts there, and that's something we can't forget for sure ! We learned a lot for our jiu jitsu but also in our lives. It's sad to leave all of that, but in the other hand, that's how life works !
Hope to see everybody soon again !
This week end we were visiting Glendalough in Wicklow.
That's an hard place to access without a car (few buses per day) but worth the go. It proposes you some different tracks for different times. We did the 3 hours one.
Well the walk is very nice indeed. The only thing a bit sad in my opinion is most of the walk has wood tracks to follow.
I do understand how muddy it can be, so very difficult to walk up there, but for me it makes the hiking too humanized to be really appreciable.
Beyond that, the landscape is absolutely nice. Even in early spring. You have a stunning view over the lakes and old Abbey.
Tip if you go : the hotel is crap. Taking a drink there was enough to say so.
Last week-end, even if we didn't train, we decided to go to visit a bit Ireland. Most of the people told us to go visit Kerry. It's what we did, more precisely Kilarney (Cill Àirne in Irish - as written up there).
Kerry has the reputation to be an excellent team in Gaelic Football. But this county in the south-west of Ireland has mostly the reputation to have amazing landscapes, i'm speaking about the ring of Kerry, Skellig Isles, National park and so much more !
Unfortunatly, being walkers and there just for a week-end, we didn't get the chance to visit as much as we would.
So, we arrived at Killarney with the train, visit a bit the city, which is not the most amazing part i have to admit, but still a lovely town.
But we weren't here for a town, so we decided to go out of it asap. and we got it right, started with an amazing view :
Then we got the chance to visit the ruins of a XIII th century northmen castle ruins.
The bad part of it is we forgot to take a pic of the ruins from outside.... yes guilty.
Then we coninued to walk through a golf club, had an amazing sunset and finished in a pub. (Irish style yeah !°
The day after we went for a walk towards Killarney natonal park.
At first, we have seen the Ross Castle :
For the story about the Ross Castle :
Ross Castle, Killarney
Then the Muckross house :
And finaly a last place, who has the reputation to be spooky as well, the Muckoss Abbey.
This place has the particularity to have a grown tree inside. Like if the nature comes over the human stuff. Pretty cool in my opinion =)
Muckross Abbey, KillarneyThe ruins you see today, the church, cloister and courtyard with a Yew tree standing guard are stately and well preserved, but they do not begin to tell the story of this 15th century home to the Observatine Franciscan Monks of Irrelagh and their centuries long struggle.
The gentle art of couple two hobbies.
Last Saturday we went to the Greystones BJJ academy opening, who’s moving from Bray to Greystones, with the instructor David Heffernan. They got a new local absolutely huge and amazing. Pretty sure they will have a few good event on it in the future (hope for them).
The session was under Alex Leite, my prof from De La Riva Dublin. Pretty cool session with some side control and babybolos. We naturally ended on few sparrings.
It was a pretty good session. Always nice to roll with people you don't meet often enough. Plus the new location is absolutely gorgeous, i hope they will have more and more people, they have plenty of space to afford it now :).
Last picture, group photo :
After this quite tiring training, we opted to go for a 2h walk through the Bray cliff walk. From Greystones (Co. Wicklow) to Bray. It was bit rainy, particularlygrey and muddy and we got no hiking shoes (just some shitty trainers.) Whatever i'd say, we are warriors after all !
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 !