As you may have noticed, I haven’t blogged anything from days 21 through 23. It’s simple. I’ve been utterly exhausted. So here’s a quick summary.
Day 21: we started with our instructor/teaching exams at 09:00. We had to prepare a full lesson plan and then execute fifteen minutes of it where we introduced a new technique. The whole group was done around 13:00 and then we took a short lunch break. After that we had two hours of free repetition on everything we felt we needed to work on before doing a three hour session in first aid, injuries etc. and at the end of that session, around 20:00, we were given the written exam. It took about two and a half hours to complete it before going to bed.
Day 22: the technical grading started at 09:30 and ended at 17:30, with only a few two-minute water breaks. After the technical part, we did defenses against previously unknown attacks, 3on1 armed attackers and a couple of rounds sparring. Once that was done, we did eight rounds of 10 burpees + 20 attacks on the heavy bag. It was without a doubt the hardest physical and mental challenge of my life, which I knew it was going to be. After a quick shower, we headed out to a grilled meat buffé with the whole gang.
Day 23: at 09:35 I received my personal feedback from Emmanuel and Jes. I had passed the GIC with flying colors and graded as G2. I received a lot compliments for my strong mentality and my fighting skills. It really meant a lot hearing it from two amazing instructors like Jes and Emmanuel. After the diploma ceremony we headed back to Sweden and here I am now.
I am over the moon extatic about my performance and my results. This is only the beginning of my journey and I have a few people I’d like to thank: Rune Lind, Emmanuel Ayache and Jes Sørensen for being amazing instructors during GIC1 and GIC3. All my fellow GIC-colleagues for all the support during the GIC, for all the laughs and good times.
Tommy Blom, not only for being an excellent teacher during GIC2; but for everything. He took me under his wing in 2014 and has pushed me to become the fighter that I am today. He believed in me from the start and has been an amazing mentor throughout this whole thing. I look forward to continue working with him and I am truly thankful for being able to take part of his experience and wisdom. Thank you my friend, for everything.
Nona, my wonderful girlfriend who never doubted me for a second. Always believed in me when I wouldn’t and always saw something in me when I couldn’t. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without your love and support. Thank you for picking me up when I needed it the most and standing by me through everything. I love you.
A massive thank you to all of you 700 readers for making this blogging journey a lot of fun. I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey, I know I have and if you’re a new GIC student; push through the pain and smile. It’ll be worth it in the end.