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Old 08-27-2008, 01:23 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Today was a great MMA class, but I got my ass kicked worse than I ever have. I'm sure it'll get worse before it gets better too.

Warmed up and stretched out, started with practicing takedowns. Step in grab behind knees, pivot around to the side, step forward and throw legs. We shadowed this for awhile, then teamed up and tried it on partners.

I noticed takedowns get a bit confusing when doing southpaw vs. orthodox. I think maybe stepping forward with the back leg instead of the lead leg first helps close the gap better.

Anyways, after that we learned to defend it by pushing their face off, getting a whizzer through to our leg, pivoting the back leg out of reach, leaning in to use their support as a second leg, then jerking out the lead like you're kickstarting a motorcycle. Seems like a good time to bring that leg back in the form of a knee onto your opponents face.

Practiced having a partner hold our leg while leading us around the gym hopping on our free leg for a few minutes, **** that was exhausting but I pushed through.

Then we sparred takedowns/take down defense. Exhausting. I suck at wrestling, which should be a given because this is my first real experience at it. I find myself too long and lanky to get in tight and be explosive.

After this we rolled starting from standing. I got ******* annihilated. I don't know if it was just the difficulty of the class or because I hit the gym today (well obviously it was both), but instead of gassed I was fully burnt out in everyway possible. The talent has definitely gone up as well in the class, we've got alot more experienced guys that are as heavy as me and shaped like thick wrestlers, these guys were on me as I got tossed and pounded for round upon round. Finished it off with being paired up with a guy whos had a few pro fights who needless to say raped me on the mat. I think it was something like 4 submissions in 5 minutes, starting from a stand. At that point I figured if anything I'd see how much heart I had as I got up right away to get going. I felt like a big clusmy oaf too exhausted to do anything but resist; I felt like Forrest Griffin.

I've been reading some submissions on http://www.lockflow.com as a supplement to my slow progress in BJJ. It's good to brush up on the finer points of things I'm getting used to. Once I get a partner, I'll be practicing more new stuff. I went into class today with the goal of landing a Kimura or an Armbar on someone to get comfortable with a new submission, almost landed a Kimura twice but they reached over with their other arm and got free. I'll carry this goal over to the next class.

**** I'm sore. Determination has only gone up though.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:32 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Woke up in the middle of the night and one of my big toes was KILLING me. Looked it up on the net and I beleive I sprained it. Sometime yesterday I was stepping backwards and my toe tucked under my foot and my weight went onto it. It felt fine so I thought nothing of it until later on that night. I thought I might have 'Turf Toe' and would be out for a month while it gets better, but it was only relatively painful and stiff this morning, and now it's only painful when it's stretched one way or another. I'm missing class today to make sure it doesn't come back to haunt me. Should be able to get back to class tomorrow.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:07 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Toe is still somewhat sore but definitely much better. I took off the rest of the week because it won't take much to send it back to where it was. Sounds like a cop out but whatever, I'm staying injury free for as long as I can and your main legs big toe gets used in more than you think. I did go to the gym today though. Upped weights again for the most part successfully.

Squats 8, 8 @ 175lbs
Deadlifts 8, 8 @ 175lbs
Bench Press 8, 7 @ 155lbs
Military Press 8, 8 @ 95lbs
Wide Grip Pullup 6, 5 @ bodyweight
Cable Rope Crunches 15, 15 @ 190lbs (maxed out)

Bodyweight is up to 211. Thats 9lbs up from 3 days ago (wtf!!) and a total of 16lbs up for the month. I'm shocked at how fast it's coming back, I just hope my returning strength can maintain it's momentum as that's what I'm really after.
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:39 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Today was suppossed to be my training partners first class back at the MMA gym but it was closed for whatever stupid holiday it is today. Not wanting to waste the day, we went to a field to drill standup. Alternated between combos on pads, then kicks and clinch knees on the sheild, then practing jab/straights on pads while the opponent is trying to evade the punches. Got a good workout out of it.

I'm a little worried because that toe that I hurt feels a bit stiff. No pain, but there was no pain at first before. I don't want this to be a nagging injury.

I still feel pretty fresh so I'm going to hit the gym tonight with another full body routine.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:32 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Ended up not going to the gym last night, went this afternoon instead.

Squats 8, 8 @ 185lbs
Deadlifts 8, 8 @ 185lbs
Bench Press 6, 6 @ 165lbs
Military Press 8, 8 @ 100lbs
Pull up 7, 6 @ bodyweight
Cable Rope Crunch 10, 10 @ 165lbs (this machine was harder than the last)

Weight is down to 205lbs now. Definitely lots of fluctuation going on right now. Seem to have reached my sticking point in my chest and upper back. Everything else is increasing well.

MMA class this evening.
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Old 09-03-2008, 12:06 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Could u enlighten us on yr diet, since you are trying to eat for maximum energy and power?
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Old 09-03-2008, 02:17 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Another day, another dollar.

MMA class was brutal but good once again. Warm up run then a really brutal warmup where you partner has your legs and you walk forwards with your hands, then you do one where you walk while doing pushups on each step, then on the third lap your doing pushups exploding forwards. Technique today was shooting in for the knee and taking down. Practiced then sparred it. After that we rolled and I got my candy eaten. First up my partner was throwing up from the training so he was out, so the trainer went with me and put on a clinic. Still I struggled well and at least stalled his advances and did what I could to get into better positions. Next was up against a kid who was much smaller than me yet pwned me into guillotines constantly. Then I went against a thick wrestler dude who also tossed me around and subbed me twice. I just sucked it up and took the pounding pretty well, if I'm not gonna win I'll at least build up some endurance and encourage that fighting spirit.. Went over to my other gym and went into a hottub for some recovery.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:04 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Jiu Jitsu class. Pretty slack compared to yesterday. Just practicing passing guard. Man I'm sore. Meh. Tomorrow I'll hopefully train with Jose "Pele" for the first time, pretty stoked.
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First class with Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons.


The dude is pretty badass. It was suppossed to be kickboxing only today but we did an MMA class afterwards. There's definitely a language barrier but I'm pretty used to that from Thailand. There's alot of just showing what to do and him making funny noises to emphasize movements.

Started off shadowboxing then he gave us a few combos to do. Its funny how viciously brazilians/thais shadowbox. They swing with full force and intensity like they're in the thick of it instead of not using power but focusing on being quick and precise. After that he had us practice a few moves in the clinch/breaking the clinch as well as a break + takedown. Sparred that stuff for awhile. Then 100 kicks on a partner with a pad moving and holding it in different places. Exhausting, but my kick still had decent power by the end of it. Also practiced shooting for one knee and then taking down, except in the opposite direction than we normally would, weird but good and gives you free access to his back. In MMA, we learned a few submissions, starting with the side choke. Then we practiced breaking a clinch, taking down and straight into the side choke. A pretty sneaky move that got put on me a few times today. Then as the guy turtles up we practiced sinking in a rear naked choke, and then a kimura that I didn't get the hang of because I seem to be a slow learner. Then we rolled and I did pretty well despite not submitting anyone, I stalled their advances alright and only got a few submissions put on me. Definitely didn't dominate anyone though. Good class!
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