This post is a bit of an experiment to see if there is interest out there for more like it. A lot of you will remember the World JJ Expo earlier this year for the match that didn't happen but I'd like to look at one of the ones that did. The match between Kron Gracie and Victor Estima was a back and forth battle that wasn't decided until very end. I had a request to map it out and below is the result. It's a little unwieldy but still interesting.
Elena Stowell wrote Flowing with the Go available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. With thanks to her publisher I was able to obtain an advance copy. I was moved by her story, impressed by her writing and awed by her struggle. After reading her book, I asked Elena for an interview. Here’s a few things she shared with BJJ Legends.
What have you been doing since you wrote the last page? Specifically are there any more stripes or tournaments? Have you competed as a blue belt?
I have gotten a stripe on my blue belt ... and I competed once in our local Revolution tournament. I backed off for a while because my 5 months preparing for Worlds was intense and took a lot of time away from my family... and like I said in the book ...I sort of thought maybe not again. What I had subconsciously decided was that I just didn't want to compete again until I went down a weight class. I was 190 when I competed at Worlds ... smallish for the heavyweights it seemed, (to me) but getting to 162 seemed daunting.
Of course, once you write a book about achievement your coach will say, "I believe there is nothing you can't do." From my heaviest depression-fatitude I've lost 35 pounds... about 10 more to go until the next weight class. I have US Open in my sights now that I've been told there is a master's category for women and my Brazilian buddy Jean (Jean Carlos Freitas) was coaching me on training to compete vs. training to learn new skills. I don't think I ever appreciated the difference. But he's back in Brazil ... I have to practice what he's taught me.