USCS Grappler Spotlight: Dan Boyle Discuses the Sacrifices He Made Training for the 2012 BJJ World Championships
The 2012 BJJ World Championships will forever go down as one of the most emotionally driven events ever documented in the sport. Filled with mass controversy of bad referee calls, fake countdowns, and coaches getting kicked out of the tournament; the event created a negative stigma of the vices that displayed needed improvements in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
However in the mist of the entire chaotic melee also sprung a positive aspect which showcased hungry talented competitors laying it all on the line in hopes of realizing their dreams of becoming a world champion.
One competitor in particular, Delco BJJ/ Flow Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Dan Boyle, carried with him an amazing story of passion and dedication that has been expressed very openly through his six-year evolution in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
On many occasions you hear the same old speech from an aspiring competitor about wanting to be the best with no comprehension of struggle one must go through to obtain it. In his ascension up the competition ladder the long tenure has supplied Dan Boyle with the motivation for challenging himself.
Each battle along the pathway has always come out a positive incentive that has helped Boyle to become more self-aware of his flaws and drive his ambitions more to becoming the best.
This accumulation of experience would be greatly needed as he would find himself putting his skills to the ultimate test on the grand stage at the 2012 BJJ Worlds. However, the road to the competition would prove to be one of the toughest challenges in his grappling career.
Starting his day off on the medal chase in the mist of balancing a full time job the proud brown belt's devotion was geared toward his training to for the event which resulted in a shortage of him being able to spend time with his loving family. Nevertheless with a strong support system in his wife the encouragement would allow Boyle pursue his jiu-jitsu dreams.
"This tournament was big sacrifice for my family. I have a full time job, a wife, and a family I love to spend time with. My day would start out with a run or lift at 5am followed by work from 7am to 6pm," Doyle told USCS. "I would go straight from there to the gym to swim or bike and finish up with jiu-jitsu till about 9pm. When you are training like this every day of the week unfortunately it doesn't leave much room for the other people in life. However my wife was very supportive though and really wanted me to do all I could to follow my dream which was a huge help."
In addition the strenuous stint away from his family Boyle would encounter more trouble along the trail. Going through a serious of injuries while also attending to sick loved ones his mental and physical limits were greatly tested thus leaving a cloud of uncertainty as to if would be able to compete at all. However showcasing his heart and determination toward his goal these obstructions would block his drive to compete in the tournament.
"I also had a couple of family members fall ill during the training process which added some more strain because now you have to add in hospital visits to an already pretty tight schedule," he said. Finally about 3 weeks out I tore some cartilage in my ribs rolling and wasn't sure if I would be able to train before the tournament. After admittedly sulking for a day I realized I wasn't going to use this injury as an excuse. Even if I couldn't roll hard I could still swim, bike, and drill certain techniques so there was no way that I was going to worlds with any doubts in my mind."
As time flew by Dan Boyle soon found himself competing on the battlegrounds at the pyramid in Long Beach, California. Advancing all the way to the quarter-finals with three extraordinary victories to get there and although Dan did not win the tournament it can be shown as a testament that confirms his skills and talent of being able to go up against some of the best grappler on the grand stage which once again fuels his desire more to work harder.
"It was by far the greatest experience of my jiu jitsu career not only competing but getting to see all of the other top guys in the world compete. The biggest thing that I took away from the tournament was that I belong with the top guys in the sport at my division and that I have years left of competing. . It took me some time to get over the fact that I didn't win but now I realize that I am so close to my goal and that if I continue on the path that I'm on that I will reach my it."
Dan Boyle's Special Thanks
I would like to take the time thank all of the guys at Delco Bjj and Flow Jiu Jitsu including John Wilson and Ken Primola who have helped to make me the jiu jitsu fighter that I am today. I would also like to thank my wife and family who support me every day to follow my dream.