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Old 11-14-2008, 10:42 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Muay Thai with Thiago

Jumping jacks, shuffles, knee raises. Split the class in half for drills. First one was jumping sideways over a heavybag on the floor 4 times then kicking a heavy bag 4 times. This was alternated with push kicking the wall. 2 rounds each. Then 4 crunches on the floor followed by clinching and kneeing the heavy bag. This was alternated with kneeing the wall in a constanst skip. 2 rounds each. Then 2 pushups followed by any combo on the heavy bag. This was alternated with shadowboxing. 2 rounds again. Class. I was a ***** and didn't do MMA today. 2 Days of rest and UFC tomorrow. Got my fight shorts today, man they're flexible and comfy. Get my supplements tomorrow, and the rest of my shit sometime soon.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:41 PM   #102 (permalink)
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I really enjoy reading this log. So you still planning on a December debut?
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:33 PM   #103 (permalink)
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I really enjoy reading this log. So you still planning on a December debut?
Not yet. I've got my first BJJ tournament at the end of this month... how I do and how I feel in that will probably have a big influence on how much farther I'd like to reach before I fight. I want to be ready and do this right. Stay tuned!
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:43 PM   #104 (permalink)
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Felt particularily weak, inexperienced, and unmotivated today. I have no real excuse for this....I'm sure that learning this stuff comes in spurts followed by speed bumps to humble you, and I think today was a bump.

In rolling I was positionally dominated and submitted a few times. In advanced class all of the tournament guys were sparring one at a time while the class watched. The instructor didn't pair me up so I didn't go. I'm still pretty new and don't have a stripe so I tend to fly under the radar in the Gi BJJ class. I was interested in watching the rolling and how the point system works, but later started to zone out and could've gone for a nap.

Then we rolled again maybe half an hour later and I kept feeling frustrated/claustrophobic while being dominated. Weird day, just going to do something to take my mind off of it and then start fresh tomorrow.

This is my last week before some rest which should refresh me.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:11 PM   #105 (permalink)
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This week I'm trialing a new conditioning set up that will limit the decrease in performance during evening classes and be more likely to maintain in the long term. Going to play with the rep schemes and introduce barbell complexes.

Put together a fresh workout playlist, had a big meal, grabbed a cup of coffee and was ready to get back in the gym after a week or two away from the iron.

Today was Anaerobic Conditioning/Muscular Endurance
Barbell Complex (45lbs/6 Sets/6 Reps/60 seconds rest)
Overhead Squat
Reverse Grip Bicep Curl
Good Morning
Bent Over Row
Military Press
Stiff Legged Deadlift

Ab Circuit (2 sets/120 seconds rest)
Weighted Alternating Crunch 20,20 @45lbs
Reverse Crunch 15,15 @bodyweight
Cable Crunch 20,20 @150lbs
Ab Plank 45secs,45secs

Barbell Complex was taken from my MMA conditioning book, it's a series of exercise done one after the other quickly without putting down the barbell. Once the series is done, you rest for a minute, then do it over again. You repeat this 6 times. It's suppossed to be great for what this day is meant for, and felt like quite a challenge. I'm going to rearrange my complex a bit for next week to help it flow better and increase the weight by 10lbs.

Everything felt great today, MMA class this evening.

Here's my new layout of the week..

Mon Beginner BJJ + Advanced BJJ
Tue Edurance/Anaerobic + MMA
Wed Beginner BJJ + Advanced BJJ
Thur Muay Thai + MMA
Fri Muay Thai + MMA
Sat Strength/Explosive
Sun Rest
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:11 AM   #106 (permalink)
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MMA, glad to see Kajan is back.

Wasn't so glad during the warmup, a run followed by the all familiar wheelbarrows. Walking with your hands, then walking with pushups, then explosive pushups forwards, then explosive pushups backwards, then a walking wheelbarrow facing up, then another of those except walking backwards. Damn.

Technique was passing the guard with a stand, posture to break guard, one knee slides over, underhook on opposite side, other leg follows into side control. Then a similar one except no underhook and a spin into a side control facing away from the opponents head. Then we rolled from standing. First guy dominated me positionally and subbed me twice with a guillotine and an armbar. Put up a struggle but mostly futile. I felt claustrophobic again on the bottom. I don't know why that's all of a sudden surfacing now. Next guy I dominated positionally but no subs. Practiced fake striking though. Next guy was more of a kid who I went easy on and practiced using the open guard. When he eventually put a headlock on me and I was trapped there, I got kind of annoyed and jammed my forearm into his throat until he tapped. lol. Next guy I also dominated positionally but helped him practice a few things. Caught him in a triangle. Good day today! Shorts (Sinister Gladiator II) and MMA gloves (Hayabusa) felt great on their test run.

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congrats on your first stripe brotha.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:01 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Brilliant class. Was pretty sore going in from the gym day on tuesday, but it went alright. Worked on a kimura, then a sweep from kimura, then an escape. The kimura sweep was one of the first techniques that I've learned and properly put into use in live rolling on the same day, I'll definitely be using that more now. In advanced we did the 5 minute matches again and I got paired up with a similar sized guy who's a little less experienced than me. I shot in for the double leg, got the take down, guard pass, side control, mount, and then fought for subs before getting the RNC. Then again take down, guard pass, he swept and he basically fell into a triangle. Glorious. After that we did more guard passes and more rolling that I did pretty good in. After a few tries I sunk a new armbar I was studying on lockflow, it's from mount but it's done over the opponent instead of falling off to the side.

Got my first stripe. Today I'm not doing class because I'm ultra sore and a Muay Thai class with Pele won't be the wisest thing for the upcoming tournament. Going to class on friday but only the MMA one...then lift on saturday and a week of rest with some light prep for the tourny.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:05 AM   #110 (permalink)
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Technique was a better set up for the triangle....lift hips, grab an overhook, pull them down, push the other wrist down, legs on their hips, bring leg over, sink triangle, pivot and put it on a 45 degree angle keeping them tight and squared to your hips. Should help my triangle land more often if I can get it down to muscle memory before the tournament. Then we learned to escape the triangle which I needed refresher on. Drilled lots of guard passes, mount escapes and rolling from a stand. I got alot of time with a blue belt my size who dominated pretty much the whole time and landed 2 arm triangles. I need to keep my elbows down while people are mounting or in side control. It's an instinct to bring my arms up when I'm being smothered so I can get some air but I need to suck it up and keep those things safe. It was nice to roll with someone more experienced and find lots of new holes to work on. Got a roll with my trainer which left me scrambling to defend but he armbarred and umuplated me.

My neck's got a bit of a kink in it right now, going to ice and make a call on going to the gym or not tomorrow...hot tub might be a good idea.

My trainer said to keep training hard until wednesday but I'm taking it light earlier...I want my forearm to recover completely so I can carry on with training right after the tournament.
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