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Posted 04-16-2010 at 08:00 AM by EASTVANMMA
I've been training in BJJ for roughly 6 months now, and have yet to earn my first stripe on my whit belt. I've missed about a month or so due to injuries, however, i competed in an in house tournament(lost), and consistently tap out 1 and 2 stripe white belts. I've also submitted 2 blue belts. I cant fathom why i haven't earned my stripe yet. My Academy is quite large (Gracie Barra) so we don't always get the most individual attention, however guys that have joined well after me, have already received their first stripes. guys that i still tap out. I definitely don't want to bring it up to my professor as that would be whiny and disrespectful, i know a stripe is just a piece of tape but it would be nice to be recognized for my effort. Any ideas or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 03-26-2010 at 02:43 PM by Bloodhound
So I've watched MMA for years now. Always whenever I was lucky enough to be around a buddy with cable when TUF or Fightnight was on Spike. Always on the internet though. All the while I never considered the worldly opinion of MMA. That is, until I started living at my grandma's house and working where I do now.

I was watching some nobody fight on Spike. Just two guys in their UFC debut brawling. It wasn't even a good fight, a couple nice shots and some decent footwork, but nothing at all to write home about. My grandma and her friend/friend's stepdaughter were entranced and mortified by it. And when it went to the ground, they were disgusted when they kept going at it.

On another incident, my dad and I were watching Never Back Down on Showtime. He loved it. But I got bored and turned it over to Spike when a TUF rerun started. I explained the premise to my dad and we got into a discussion about my own MMA aspirations. I told him about Shotokan, and about kickboxing, and the ameteur wrestling and GnP. And in his wisdom said, "You should learn Jujitsu, you can mess someone up with that." I tried to explain crosstraining and why it was important, but the concept was lost. On the same day. My grandma's friend's brother watched some of an episode of Fightnight rerun on Spike and said, "This is nothin' compare to a good old boxing match!" I again attempted to explain crosstraining and how all of those fighters know some boxing and work alot of it in their fighting, but he would hear none of it.

Or when there was a local fight occuring at an empty store in the mall that had been retro-fitted with a cage and stands, a guy at work refered to it as "that wrestling stuff atthe mall." I wanted to say something, but I didn't think it would matter. And honestly, at this point I'm getting really tired of explaining it to people.

Recently there was coverage on T101 on Satellite TV about Pacciano's(spelled it wrong) fight to retain his boxing title and he was refered to a thousand times as the "number one pound for pound fighter in the world." I wanted to scream that Pacciano wouldn't standa chance in MMA, that by calling him the greatest "fighter" you were comparing him to guys like Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianko. It was laughable to think of them fighting him, but at the same time, everyone on the show said he was the very best. The ignorance kills me!

On a much more recent occassion a comercial for the Nightly News ran a piece about some religious guys who fought in the cage and how they thought it brought them closer together and to God. And they refered to MMA as a "Brutal Mixed Martial Arts Bloodsports." It was sickening. All they were showing was three guys prayign and one stuffing a takedown.

I realize a sport where it can in fact become very bloody will always have a social stigma that will never be completely overrun, but things like this still bother me. Whether its the disrespect from previous generations and the media. Or a simple refusal to look at something with an objective eye. Its an innevitable thing, I think, that MMA will become socially accepted in the same way boxing has. Its already well on its way., however I fear that it will be ruined in the same way boxing has been.

I can only hope things get better. :thumb02:
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Posted 03-09-2010 at 08:10 AM by TheGrizzlyBear
Ok so yesterday I started the diet, so far so good, wasn't hungry at all during the day, had plenty of energy at the gym so im feeling good about making it all 4 weeks.

My weight is at 243 as of last night, I'm looking to get down to 215 so I can get a fight at LHW. Then from there looking to get to 200 or so and start fighting at MW.

My shakes consisit of the following.

1.5 scoops of GNC Whebolic Extreme 60
1 scoop of Milled Flax Seeds
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Posted 03-08-2010 at 07:53 AM by TheGrizzlyBear
So today I am starting the Velocity diet, which basically is a liquid diet and eating one full meal a week. This is my test run today, to see if just having these shakes will hold me over and give me the energy needed to keep training all week.

I'm going to try and keep this Blog going for the 4 weeks you're supposed to do the diet, Ill post my weight and times I took a shake and everything else im taking too...
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Posted 02-04-2010 at 01:45 PM by nathan.keith
I am tired of having two competing companies. I can't wait for UFC to buy out SF. I want to know who the best fighters are, not who the best fighter is in this company and who has the belt in this company. Maybe it's just me but I think it's annoying. Can anyone give me a reason for this? I'm sure the fighters enjoy the competition for their contracts though.
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