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Old 06-05-2010, 08:24 PM   #581 (permalink)
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Some pics of my ear... first two are prior to draining, next two are after draining. It's always going to be a bit ****ed up but I'll do what I can to reduce the severity. A week without any training has it feeling a lot better now, hopefully it completely heals by the time I'm in brazil.




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Old 06-05-2010, 08:27 PM   #582 (permalink)
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Ouch looks like it hurts! Hope you recover fast for Brazil!
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:35 AM   #583 (permalink)
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Random diary moment for me. The week following the fight has been lovely. No training, eating crap food every day, drinking, chasing girls, attention whoring my fight on facebook.

I'm starting to get the itch to train again, which is a good sign. I leave for Brazil in 9 days which will keep me from slipping into the unhealthy habits for long. It's good that I'm going out there following a fight, because I'm in shape and ready to go. 3 months to do nothing but relax and train and focus on myself. It's come at a perfect time in my life because personal reasons are driving me out of where I am now. Going to talk to my doctor about getting off the anti depressant and seeing how things feel. I think it's all going to work out nicely.

I'm excited to see how fast things are going to improve out there. I remember training in Thailand almost two years ago now. My striking was better in a month there than it has ever been. There's no substitute for the extra effort that comes with isolating yourself from your daily life and just training. New coaches and new perspective is great too. I don't doubt that I'll be near purple belt material when I return...I'm planning on hitting the tournaments hard when I get home to clear out blue belt divisions every where. I'm going to work on getting my striking back up to something I can be proud off too. Everything feels like slop right now in the stand up, so we'll do what we can. I'd also like to jump back into fighting right away. I'll send a few messages to management while I'm out there and hopefully they can line things for me up when I get back fast. I'm going to have alot of momentum behind me, and I think 2 more amateur fights by the end of the year is easily within my grasp.

Then we can start looking into pro fights in 2011. Who knows, with a few wins I can start looking for sponsorships and train full time. They're talking about doing a Canadian TUF, maybe the timing will work out and I can get in on that action. We won't get too caught up in that dream quite yet though.

So yeah, everything's in order and I'm going to take it easy until I get to brazil. Going to watch lots of jits instructionals and work on my portugese. My visa got through fine, so all I have to do is move my crap out of my apartment, pack my shit, and go. I'll be doing some lifting because it's been awhile and would like to keep my strength up. I don't know how much lifting I'll get done out there. I lost alot of weight in thailand and expect to do the same here. Technique and endurance is a good trade off for strength anyhow, and I know how to get strength back anyways. I'll also hit up the burpees at least once before I go so that they don't slip too far. Apparently Paulo Thiago is training at our camp for the UFC coming up in Vancouver. Maybe I'll head out that way and watch some of our guys spar with him. Shit, maybe I'll get to do a round!

I should also probably do one or two BJJ classes to get me in the swing of things. It's a goodbye of sorts too because our jiu jitsu instructor Dave Rothwell is leaving our gym for the most part to work on a new one elsewhere. He'll still be stopping in for grading and promotions, but it does feel like I'm out of a great coach and instructor. Hopefully I get some chances to train with Dave when I get back and show him what I pick up in Brazil. When I get back and make my move to the Langley gym I'll probably be absorbed into Bibiano Fernandes' class, which is pretty exciting too.

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Old 06-06-2010, 08:14 PM   #584 (permalink)
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Weighted Twist Crunch 20,20@45lbs
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Did the other half of my full body routine today. Will hit the weights once more before I leave. Doing probably my last jiu jitsu class before I leave tomorrow.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:49 PM   #585 (permalink)
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BJJ - just did the beginners class and we did a ton of guard passing. Did alright. Feels good to be back. My ear seems to be holding up to punishment but I'm a little sketched out about it. Going to look into headgear before I go to Brazil.

Some cool new developments - a reporter from our local newspaper wants to do an interview with me and get a picture after my mom harassed them a bit. Looks like I'm getting in the paper... For once my mom's overbearing antics have played out well for me.

Another point of interest - there's currently a contest to create a commercial pushing an energy drink. Top prize is 25,000$ cash, second is 15,000 and third is 10,000. My friend in film school contacted me about doing a thirty second commercial in which I basically act like a badass, maybe cut to some training, cut to some fight footage, endorse the drink. He knows what he's doing behind a camera and with film editing so I figure we have a decent shot at placing. Couldn't hurt anyways. We'll probably shoot a bit either wednesday or thursday and get him some material to edit down. We're thinking some shadowboxing and hitting the bag should do. I can also take him to the weights room and just hit some one rep maxes or something if he wants.

I packed up the majority of my shit today and moved it into storage. Visa for Brazil is good to go. Last day of work is Saturday. Also need to visit my doctor about some stuff on friday. Going to have a full day party to see me off on sunday. Also have to squeeze in a last minute booty call or two. Then all I have to do is take apart and move a bit of furniture, pack my bags, and go.


So yeah. I'm keeping busy.
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You're living the dream, meng. Here's hoping you have good webernetz working for you in Brazil, so you can keep us posted, and throw up lots of pics.

Def. link us to the newspaper article and the footage your friend shoots (Make sure there's film in the camera. I kid)

I'm married, so I live with my booty call, but getting some before training is an excellent idea. GODSPEED MY FRIEND!!
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You're living the dream, meng. Here's hoping you have good webernetz working for you in Brazil, so you can keep us posted, and throw up lots of pics.

Def. link us to the newspaper article and the footage your friend shoots (Make sure there's film in the camera. I kid)

I'm married, so I live with my booty call, but getting some before training is an excellent idea. GODSPEED MY FRIEND!!
It definitely feels like the hard work is paying off all at once and everything is coming together beautifully. Imagine if I won this contest and 3 months in Brazil is paid in full?

Then when I get back my friend wants to put together a quality training montage type thing. It will be fun as hell to put together and show off, and could go a long ways in finding sponsors... and in turn his work might catch the eyes of some of the higher powers at my gym and get him some work with some of our gyms actual stars.

So stoked!
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Hey guys!

Wow. So I've been busy. Not training, just doing a million little things.

Brazil is in less than 3 days.

We spent 3 hours to shoot the commercial for the contest last night. I'm very impressed with my friends cameramanship and it turned out quite nice. I have very good odds of paying at least part, if not all, of my Brazil trip with this, and who knows what other doors it could open.


This is where you guys can help me. We need to spread the word and get views on my commercial. Take a look, leave a comment, throw it up on your facebook! Thanks guys. Let me know what you think.

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Ear looks good, and the ink lends itself well to film.
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Ear looks good, and the ink lends itself well to film.
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