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Old 08-18-2008, 01:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How long are your jump rope and pad work intervals, respectively?
I guess i'm wondering about the specifics of your conditioning classes.

Also, have you had to cut out alcohol, or cut it way back?
Well the training before classes hasn't started yet. I'm first doing my classes and letting my body adjust then slowly adding more conditioning beforehand. Anytime we jump rope in class it's only like 12 minutes. Back in Thailand we had to do 30mins everyday and it was hell. I think as my pre class training comes into full swing, I'll be aiming to skip 30mins again because it improved my cardio dramatically. When me and my partner hit pads we usually alternate for an hour doing 8-10x3 minute rounds each, with a couple water breaks.

I've heard a few drinks when you're in maximum cardiovascular condition can really throw you off. I'm used to drinking quite often so I'm definitely cutting way down. Used to drink casually almost daily or every other day, now it's once a week, hopefully I'll be able to drop the habit completely or to just very special occasions in the near future.

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Old 08-18-2008, 06:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Went to the gym this afternoon. First time with weights in maybe 3 months now. I want everyone to take note of this because this is the weakest, most pathetic weights I've lifted in probably 4 years or more, and it'll all be uphill from here until I break old barriers.

I did a full body routine to adjust my body to weightlifting and to see how much damage travelling has done to my strength. It'll shift to the 3 day split and I'll add more combat oriented exercises in the near future.

Squats 8,8 @ 135lbs
Deadlift 8,8 @ 135lbs
Bench Press 8,8 @ 135lbs
Military Press 6,5 @ 95lbs
Wide Grip Pullup 6,4 @ bodyweight
Dips 6,6 @ bodyweight

The scary thing is how challenging all these weights are for me. Yikes.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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2nd Gi Jiu-Jitsu class today. Struggling to keep up and absorb as much as I can. Trying to get past the awkwardness and get good at seeing something and then recreating it yourself without missing steps. Had a decent time when we drilled trying to pass guard but I was mostly dominated.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:21 AM   #14 (permalink)
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MMA Class

Started with the various running warmups, then did a bit of gymnastics again; rolls, back rolls, cartwheels, and diving front rolls. Still awkward but everything's getting better and I'm not as disoriented as last time we did them. Today we worked from side control. Submitting from it (don't know what it was called but had to do with locking the wrist then lifting at the shoulder joint), getting into full mount, and getting out of it. Still struggling to memorize all the steps and then repeat but I got the techniques down eventually. Then we spent time practicing starting from side mount and trying to get full mount while the other guy trys to submit or get to half guard. I did alright here against a guy much heavier than me who said he'd been coming for a year on and off.

Then we rolled where I did alot better. I didn't get submitted, and I managed a guillotine, and 2 triangles. These are the only 2 submissions I seem to get on people when we're rolling because I'm comfortable with them, so whenever I get mount or side control I just simulate pounding on them. I'd like to master a few more submissions so that I can finish it from other positions than in guard.

I noticed I do alot better in no Gi. This may just be a noob observation, but I think that you can get away with shittier technique by making it up with strenth more so in no Gi. I feel pretty helpless rolling in a Gi because technique is a vague concept in my mind. Regardless I'll keep at Gi until it becomes comfortable, and I'm sure I'll pick up skills for both disciplines.
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:04 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Man am I ******* sore right now. It's the first day back in the gym that's killed me these past few days. It'll get better from here, but for the moment it's hurting my ability to do the classes. I'll definitely finish the weeks classes, but I doubt I'll do any training beforehand until the end of the week.

Today was beginner jiu-jitsu again. We did a sweet warm up today, the class is divided in half then everyones on their knees, set up goal posts and then basically play some chaotic hockey, using your hand to slap the ball. Also aloud to grapple with guys around the ball. Pretty funny and very Canadian of us.

Today we did side control like in M.M.A., it's different teachers so I don't know if they're coordinating or it was just chance. The drills were more basic, essentially just practicing coming in on a guy out of his guard, sliding, the knee over, or pushing the knees to the side then coming around for side control. No submissions. Then we practiced from guard trying to get to side control while they try to sweep or submit. Did okay, still get roughed around pretty easily in the Gi. Ah well, it'll come.
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:55 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Kickboxing today was better than last week because the trainer took us through a few more things. First was just shadowboxing, then practicing headkicks on a partner followed by light sparring using jabs to set up kicks. After that I pounded on the bags and taught a new guy to hold the pads for me and took turns doing that. I'm finding myself a bit more awkward on my feet than I used to be, it'll definitely come back once I get more training going outside of class. I've still got plenty of snap in my kicks at least.
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Old 08-23-2008, 12:28 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Good double class today to wrap up the week of classes. First off was Muay Thai, we had another guy leading classes today, another local up and comer. We practiced alot of fighting for clinches, breaking, knees, other striking, etc. Also checked lots of round kicks. I ate a knee squarely in the balls from a guy on his first day. It was my fault for not keeping my forearms down there and for not wearing a cup, but damn was I nervous after that. Note to self: Buy a cup tomorrow.

MMA class was also really good. More guard passing as well as triangle practice and I learned an arm bar. Still a bit awkward on the arm bar but it'll come in time. As we were rolling I got pounded on today, need to quit giving up my neck.. My neck got wrenched quite a bit, and my jaw popped and I felt this crazy hot rush of blood in my cheek like blood was spilling out of a vein or something. Probably just a pop and something I'll get used to. Also learned a chimera (not sure on spelling) from a friend, I feel pretty comfortable with that one now and think I'll slip it in on someone in the near future.

Tomorrow is suppossed to be rest but I may hit the gym again, probably do another light full body routine to continue easing in the extra training outside of class. Also definitely going to hit the hottub for a fair amount of time.


I've got a question for any knowledgable viewers as well: I have a severe underbite, and what this means is I can't shape a mouthguard to fit into my bottom and top teeth, because there's too much of a gap between. What I did with mine is I brought my jaw forwards so that my teeth are lined up as if my bite was regular. Now the problem is, when my chin gets put under pressure, my teeth tend to slip out of the mouth guard and get pushed back to where they naturally go, this ****s me up because I can't clench my teeth when this happens because my mouthguards in the way. Thoughts?
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:37 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Depending on what you're willing to spend, I believe you can get a mouthguard made and fitted for you by a dentist/orthodontist.

You'd probably have to have a job with some great insurance, though.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:11 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Another Jiu-Jitsu class feeling like a noob. Did alright, learned a scissor sweep and practiced getting out of mount for most of the class.

Looks like we have a new guest trainer named Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons. He's a seasoned veteran I beleive primarily a stiker with a pretty impressive resume including a KO over Hughes, a TKO over Militech, and a decision loss to Liddell. I don't know if he's only teaching one class, or maybe (hopefully) he'll run a Muay Thai class. I beleive there's something posted it on the wall but forgot to read it. Definitely going to be around to learn from this guy.

I want to go the gym tonight but feel some pain in my groin from class, so I'll take it easy and maybe hit it before class tomorrow.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:22 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Did another full body routine. Upped the weights on the 3 core exercises successfully. Improved the reps on everything else except for wide grip pullups.

Squats 8,8 @ 155lbs
Deadlifts 8,8 @ 155lbs
Bench Press 8,8 @ 145lbs
Military Press 6,6 @ 95lbs
Pullup 6,4 @ bodyweight
Dips 8,6 @ bodyweight

I weighed in at 195lbs on August 8th, now on the 26th I weigh 202lbs for a gain of 7lbs in 2.5 weeks.

Groin still sore today but felt fine working out, it only hurts when my leg moves sideways. Still gonna go to MMA class today and hope she holds up.
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