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Old 03-02-2009, 03:55 PM   #211 (permalink)
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lucky you, I would love to train with PELE
He's awesome. He's crazy, there's a huge language barrier, and he always says cliched fighting sayings in broken english. It can be a bit frustrating in his classes sometimes, but it's usually a good workout overall.
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:57 PM   #212 (permalink)
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Get you a Portuguese dictionary like I did. I assume his first language is Portuguese.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:54 AM   #213 (permalink)
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warm up run, jumping jack/squats/pushup drill, some ab/neck exercises, a few different guard pass drills, an armbar drill, escaping north south drill, an armbar escape drill. It was drill day apparently. Then guard passes, first guy I passed a couple times and didn't get passed. Second guy passed me once, and I got stuck in his half guard and couldn't pass in time. Advanced classes techniques were an escape from back control, escaping the triangle, and maybe something else... that's about all I remember.

Then rolling. First guy I kept in my guard pretty effectively. Ended up taking his back and going for an armbar. He tapped early because I think I fell on his shoulder and hurt it a bit. He's alright though. Second was a blue belt, we were back and forth quite a bit, he gave me mount on purpose and tried a collar choke but didn't do it right or something because I took his back. I was working for a choke and he did something to my ankle to make my knee pop. Damn, didn't think it was that easy to do that unless you crossed your feet while on their back. There was probably an obvious escape but I didn't know it so I tapped right away. Third guy we were to even a match and ended up fighting alot in eachothers guard. As soon as one would get a dominant position we'd get swept and back to grinding in guard. Fourth was a very small girl that apparently did judo for 20 years and was just starting out. She had an injury so I was told to just play guard. So that's what I did, practicing closed and open guard and giving her a light sweep when she was majorily unbalanced.

Good class. My shoulder popped a bit during the armbar drill, but it seems okay now. My knee got a bit of a stretch in that submission, but it feels okay. I was happy with my endurance during the rolling, definitely getting that gas tank back.

Muay Thai tomorrow morning.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:55 AM   #214 (permalink)
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Get you a Portuguese dictionary like I did. I assume his first language is Portuguese.
Good idea. I should at least look up a few words where things tend to get confused in class.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:27 PM   #215 (permalink)
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Here's Kajan's fight from last weekend. http://kimjudas.blogspot.com/2009/03...e-claveau.html The commentators raving about his ground skills kept a smile on my face.

Muay Thai

Stretch, 3x3 minute rounds shadowboxing, 5x3 minute rounds on the heavybag, stretch, sauna. Everything felt golden. Next week I'm going to make an agility ladder on the floor with tape and do footwork drills.

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Old 03-04-2009, 12:18 AM   #216 (permalink)
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Stretch, warm up run, then we played some warm up dodgeball. Plyo pushups across the mat. Did drills alternating between doing jumping back and forth or doing some sort of bodyweight exercise, then a combo on the bag. Then switched off to knee or push kick the wall. Got 3 rounds of sparring in. My shin splints are being a bitch. My second trip to the fortress happens tomorrow. Bringing that mouthguard too.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:34 AM   #217 (permalink)
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Today was my first real day at the pro gym, since the first week I forgot my mouthguard, and the second week I was getting over puking and shitting my insides.

Got in, stretched, waited around for them to start. We started off with muay thai sparring with takedowns. There was switching off but generally we did two 5 minute rounds at a time, and we all did about 6 rounds in all. I got my ass kicked. I was swarmed by the little guys, taken down plenty, eating hooks and shit. I would pop off a jab or a 1-2, and I was landing kicks, but for the most part smaller guys were closing in on me and lighting me up. I was told that I fight like I'm the smaller guy. I also was told I wasn't utilizing the jab. It's all good though, I expect to be a punching bag here for awhile until I can fully relax, have proper striking endurance, and know what the **** I'm doing. Honestly, I just felt out of gas and my shins, hips, and shoulders bailed on me so I couldn't throw well. So anyways, 30 mins of sparring beat the hell out of me in pretty much every way possible. After this I thought we'd be done but instead he went to give us drills. We did a variety of drills for throwing combos with punches and kicks and checking them. We did drills on the bag with a guy on each end so we're kicking it to eachother. We drilled push kicks so we're pushing it everytime it's coming back to us. We drilled knees. I totally fell apart around here and looked like a noob. Everyone starts somewhere.

So now I'm in the most pain I've had for awhile. I don't think there's any injuries so I guess this is for the best. Right now I've got big blisters on my feet, shins splints galore, and legs that have been kicked enough to make walking up stairs an ordeal. Depending on what kind of condition I find myself in tomorrow, I might take a day of rest, or at least skip muay thai/mma and just do the endurance conditioning. We'll see.
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:23 AM   #218 (permalink)
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I felt alot better after taking thursday off. Still, my legs have the weirdest soreness to them. A little bit too much exertion on the shins and it feels like when you have a calf spasm, except in my shin. I think I just worked the hell out of them the other day, which will hopefully in turn get them stronger and vanquish these shin splints once and for all. I got most of my range of motion back, which is important.

Muay Thai

Skipping 15 mins. Shadowboxing 3 rounds. Then I got to spar with Kajan for 3 rounds. He was obviously going easy on me because I was actually doing alright. I'm getting better at retaliating, following up in combos, and slipping punches. He emphasized using my left side to do all my damage. Also told me to hold the center of the ring and work on cutting him off as he worked around me. All in all my shins were on fire but I did alright. My contact popped out like right away but I wasn't going to scramble for it, I'm going to lose contacts in fights so it's good practice. It's actually not too bad having one wonky eye, it's going to suck losing both though. I'll probably need a cornerman ready with contact lense, lol.

MMA

Warm up run, then we did a drill with a partner holding a medicine ball, punching it from a stand, then he goes to his knees and we knee it, then he goes on the ground, punches from knee on belly, punches from mount, breaking his guard and punches from there, then from my guard. Pretty cool drill. Did 2 rounds each.

Technique was based around being on the ground while your oppponent is standing in front of you. Learned to not lie flat on your back but instead on one hip and elbow, with a leg poised for push/upkicks. Learned how to get some decent power on a leg kick from there by swing your hips to the other side. Also learned the proper stand up to keep yourself protected and make space. Also learned a basic stand up move from guard where you fight for space then get your feet on his chest and do a big push, then do your stand up. We also learned how to do a good upkick. It's tricky get up on your other foot and hand and get the right explosiveness, but I got a few. apparently you're also striking with the ball of your foot, which I didn't know.

Then we just did a few rounds from guard where the bottom guy is trying to protect himself and stand up, while the guy on top is throwing light strikes, passing, putting pressure on, etc. Good stuff.

I'll evaluate what I'm doing tomorrow when I wake up. Depending on the state I'm in I'll -

1)Go train at the pro gym for mma sparring
2)Do strength or endurance conditioning
3)Rest (not likely)
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Old 03-07-2009, 05:12 PM   #219 (permalink)
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Absolute Strength Conditioning

Squats 6,6,6 @ 255lbs
DB Bench 6,3 @ 80lbs
Chin up 6,6,6 @ b/w + 5lbs
Deadlift 4 @ 255lbs

I could haved gone to MMA sparring at the pro gym, but I've had 3 days with sparring and only 1 day of conditioning so I'm going for some balanc. This was my first day of absolute strength in at least two weeks and I had the flu shit inbetween so I was expecting to be weaker. I got all caffeinated up just to make it fun. The squats were really ******* hard but I added 10lbs from last time and did em. Added 5lbs to the DB bench and failed early on in my second set. Added 5lbs to the chin ups. Added 10lbs to the deadlift but once again found my legs and back too strained form squats to be deadlifting on the same day. I didn't want to hurt my back so I stopped early. I was initially planning on merging my strength and endurance conditioning days into one ultra 2 hour workout, but my body wasn't up for another hour. I'm going to ponder how to merge my 3 conditioning days into 2 because I don't think I'll manage 3 sessions a week at this intensity.

Good day! Weight is 211lbs.

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Old 03-08-2009, 09:53 PM   #220 (permalink)
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Good job man, keep up the hard work! I remember getting my ass kicked when I first started training, except I was the small one getting beaten on by bigger guys. Fun times. And you will get used to the shin pain.
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