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Old 04-20-2009, 03:23 PM   #261 (permalink)
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Burpees (5x3 minute rounds, 1 min rest)
1 - 28
2 - 22
3 - 21
4 - 19
5 - 19
Total - 109

A burpee or two added to each round. I want to get some sort of wristwatch to use to time rounds and show me my heart rate. I have a feeling these rounds have my heart rate near it's max. Everything feels good. BJJ tonight.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:19 AM   #262 (permalink)
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Warmed up with pummeling. Then drilled a few guard passes, hook and sickles, armbars from guard, and spinning to an armbar from knee on belly. Technique was breaking down someone turtled. Most techniques involved reaching other to feed the lapel to the opposite side, then getting your knee into their midsection and foot behind their ass and rolling forwards into back control, or, foot into their shin and rolling them inwards into back control.

In guard passes I did pretty well. When I was going for a kimura sweep my partner was wise to it and based down, so I hipped out and went to finish the kimura. He was gripping pretty tight on his gi to protect himself but he eventually tapped because he wasn't getting out. In rolling I also did well and got lots of good rolls in. Almost snuck in an omoplata on a guy. Ended up in mount and finished with an americana using the technique I found today hereto make it harder to escape. Was also mostly dominant with a bigger blue belt and stayed on his mount and back for most of a couple rounds.

I knew today was going to be good shit. There's days where you don't want to go but you make yourself go anyways or just go out of habit. Today was one of those days where I couldn't wait to get out on the mats and roll. This attitude is ******* sweet to train with because it's tough to have a bad day. I found myself relaxing in the bad positions and refusing to give up, then exploding into safety at the right time. I was full of energy and instead of going through the motions of what I normally do, I started baiting then going for something else, and trying things that I either forgot about or am not confident about. Good shit.

Knee was giving me a bit of warning soreness today but I managed to avoid hitting it on anything and it's fine now.

Don't know what I'm doing tomorrow morning, maybe something light but important like rounds of skipping and shadowboxing.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:06 PM   #263 (permalink)
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5 Rounds of shadowboxing. Couldn't find a rope so I couldn't skip. I was doing it on hardwood floors and slipped off a kick and fell flat on my ass HARD. Good thing nobody was around to see that. MMA tonight.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:19 AM   #264 (permalink)
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Thiago Gonclaves is back in Canada. He trained us before, he's a Brazilian Noguiera black belt that left to help Anderson Silva prepare for his fight. He's much more relaxed and easier to understand than Pele.

Warmup run, pummelling, technique was a pretty simple twist from the tie up that Thiago said is good when they're pushing you towards the cage. Basically from the over under your under is pushing on their hip while your over is pulling their torso, then you just sweep out the foot as it steps towards you. Took awhile to get that one down. Then we did some work from side control...transitioning to mount, also trapping their arm with your legs to work ground and pound ala Hughes on Penn. Then worked on americanas and kimuras form side control.

Lots of good rolls again. Once again I was mostly dominant and ended up in mount by the end of my rolls.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:52 PM   #265 (permalink)
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I've been out a couple days. I caught some sort of cold or flu. Not too sure what but aside from harsh cold symptoms I've been really light headed and getting chills. Feeling mostly better now, just congested. **** these little obstacles are getting tiring. You never get so many illnesses and injuries until you're booked to fight. Go figure.

In the meantime I've been sitting around at home studying up on BJJ material. Watched Demian Maia on back control, Ryan Hall on triangles, and have been flipping through my Fedor book for ideas. As I'm getting better I'm slowly finding it easier to transition something I'm watching into live rolling. Still takes alot of memory games and feeling it out. Also just ordered two books Saulo's BJJ University and Anderson Silva's MMA Striking. I've heard that Saulo's book is a real unique take on BJJ books and Anderson's is supposed to be better geared towards MMA striking as opposed to my traditional muay thai book.

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Warmed up with some ball hockey, followed by some pummelling. Jumped into drilling a basic guard break. After drilling that for awhile we start increasing the effort. Eventually we did straight up guard passes, except the guy holding guard can't use his hands. I like doing this, it gets you thinking about how much you've been how much extra possiblities you've been missing out on by focusing on what your hands are doing. Then we did guard passes with hands. I landed a kimura from guard, woot.

In advanced we didn't do any technique, just started drilling escapes at full strength. Starting in mount, starting in side control, starting in back control with a choke on. I did real well getting out of mount and side control but I forgot how to escape the choke. Dave said that once it's on, it's a pretty low % escape so I guess that's alright. I did really well keeping my partner in side control and mount, I'm really getting a feel for how to hold a position for as long as I'd like.

Lots of good rolls again. Lots were back and forth positionally but I didn't get submitted and managed to land an americana and a triangle from mount. Endurance is still strong and getting stronger. I felt a bit faintish today but that's just the last legs of my illness.

Going to do morning condition tomorrow morning, then mma class in the eve. Hopefully I can get back to full power sparring this wednesday, and start doing 5 30 am morning workouts on top of my usual routine for thursday and friday. I'm about 7 weeks out from my fight so we're in full gear now.

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Old 04-28-2009, 05:15 PM   #266 (permalink)
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Conditioning

Burpees (5x3 minute rounds, 1 min rest)
1 - 28
2 - 23
3 - 22
4 - 20
5 - 20
Total - 113

A few more burpees squeezed in. Exhausting as usual. MMA tonight.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:56 PM   #267 (permalink)
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What Fedor book? He wrote a book on sambo, or a biography, or a biography that contains a lot of information about sambo?
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With thiago today...warm up run, sit ups, pushups, etc. He had us shadowbox with partners. It's always a little awkward doing that, but the brazilians seem to like it. We must have done 4 or 5 rounds alternating partners. Technique was jabbing + shooting for the double leg. First just the shoot, then the shoot and the take down. Then did jab, fake a take down to drop their hands, 1-2, then shoot for the take down. Then slipping the jab and stepping to counter with a leg kick, cross, hook to the body, or take down. Drilled all those for most of class. Then for the last 15 mins or so we rolled. Did alright here, landed a triangle on a guy. I think with that DVD I'm going to be finding my way into more triangles again. Had a particularily spazzy guy that I managed to contain pretty well.

I was feeling really exhausted today, probably the burpees earlier on plus the whole sickness thing. Pro gym is going to be a judgement call to make tomorrow.
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What Fedor book? He wrote a book on sambo, or a biography, or a biography that contains a lot of information about sambo?
I wouldn't say it contains alot of information about sambo, but he released a pretty thorough MMA book with victory belt this year.

http://www.amazon.ca/Fedor-Emelianen...0978753&sr=8-1
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Back at the pro gym after a 4 week? 6 week? hiatus. This is my first heavy sparring session since I banged up my ribs followed by twisting me knee.

I sparred 4 rounds in total, 5 minute rounds. It worked out nicely for me because with the way we switched off, I never had to do 2 rounds in a row. I sparred with Thiago, Pele, and then 2 newer guys. Did pretty well. I was told I've improved since the last time I came out. I was doing a better job keeping them at a distance with the jab, even utilized some push kicks, and was happy to land a few clean head kicks. Still need to throw more in combinations, but that's just being tired. I only ate maybe 3 or 4 truly clean and dazing blows. I still get taken down often, though this time I did manage to successfully sprawl a guy to the mats a number of times. I took alot less damage than usual. A bloody nose, and some soreness on my left leg, but that's about it. I also took an elbow to my ankle from a blocked body kick that isn't feeling too pleasant. My knee felt fine all day, **** yea. Paul was telling me today alot of good things as far as strategy for my body type and southpaw. Emphasize on constant jabbing, experiment with leading with the left straight, and work the left kicks for damage. Head kicks are my "money maker". :lol:

After sparring we started doing drills to emphasize making combinations involving punches and kicks. Also did drills working off parrying a jab and then counterattacking with a body kick or knee. Did another drill which is basically leg kicking your partner, he blocks, he leg kicks you, you block, etc...non stop for a round. Then you switch legs and do the other side. Did a round of just walking in a straight line kneeing. Did a round wrestling in the clinch. Did a round wrestling in the clinch with light knees. Did a round in the partners clinch where he's constantly doing round knees into your body. Finished with a round against the wall getting constantly punched in the stomach/sides. Done and done.

Tomorrow I'm up early as **** to do some light training before work. Then Muay Thai + MMA tomorrow evening.
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