I trained at Hollywood BJJ, which is run by shawn williams. There was hardly anyone there because the holidays are coming up. I trained with this white belt, and killed him. I also trained with this blue belt, and killed him too. There was a purple belt there that I've known for about two years, he always used to beat me. This time was no different, he's just way too tough. Then I rolled with Shawn Williams, who has his black belt from Renzo Gracie. You can imagine how that went. The guy is just on a completely different level. Jiu Jitsu has to be one of the toughest martial arts out there when it comes to competition levels. You think you're on top of things, and then there's some guys out there who make you feel like you don't know anything. It was just annoying though, because both that black and purple belt were like.. You need to work on some of your basics, blah blah blah. The stuff they were showing me is stuff that I already know! It's just that it's not easy to make that stuff work when you're fighting someone who is just flat out better than you. I mean I had trained with both these guys before, and they beat me back then too. It's like a race, and both of them have a big head start on me.. what exactly do they expect?! I think they were just trying to imply that the instruction there is better than the instruction I get where I train. I don't think thats necessarily the case, I just think that tougher guys happen to be there. They have a ton of tough guys there, and that academy hasnt even been around six months. The more serious guys just happened to migrate toward this academy. Even if their teaching IS better, I wouldn't go there. I just don't like the guys there. There's a lot of ego at that place, even if it's not totally on the surface. I'm just not into it. I like my instructor because he's a nice guy, not necessarily because he's world friggin champion or something. I guess I'm a little frustrated with myself too. After getting caught in the same footlock for the fifth time by that purple belt. I just put a little bit more power into the escape I was using, and it worked. Then I thought, wtf, why didn't I just do that in the first place? I sell myself way too short sometimes.