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Old 06-18-2010, 03:42 PM   #601 (permalink)
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Warmed up going over the half guard passes we did two days ago.

Then we worked on some new half guard passes...The hip switch pass was something I knew already but the new detail is to get both underhooks, then grab at their collar and lift their arms up and out, basically removing their arms from the equation. Then you lift your ass and dry hump that leg free, switch the hips and kick free.

Going to be hard to explain the next. Jeremy called it a dragon tail pass. From half guard your far hand goes over their body and under their armpit, hand flat on the mat. Then you kick your legs over to the other side, facing their legs. The hand flat on the mat goes to their belt and your elbow pushes back to keep their arms up and out. Your butt scoots back to do the same on the other side. Then you use your free leg and arm to slowly pry out into side control.

The other thing works off the last pass, when you screw up the dragontail pass and get underhooked, you basically sprawl and do a superman spin back, with both your arms on the other side of his head, so you're perpendicular to his body but still in half guard. Yeah, hard to explain. Then we put it altogether in a combo of 4 half guard passes and drilled.

We did some guard passes just working to pass eachother's half guards, then Jeremy pulled out some tennis balls which we basically use as a handicap, so one person has to hold one or two tennis balls which really limits what you can do with your hands.

My shoulder got tweaked a bit today and my ear has filled up again so I'm going to drain it and take the rest of the day of. Today was the first day with headgear which seems to feel pretty good, probably something I should have started with earlier.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:29 PM   #602 (permalink)
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Today we all went for dinner at this all you can eat pizza thing where the waiters walk around with trays of pizza and you say yes please or no thanks in Portuguese as they try to make you eat their pizza. The types of pizza were crazy. There was the standard pizzas you'd expect, then there was like an omelette pizza, taco pizza, etc. Then for dessert, they had like banana cinnamon pizzas, crepes stuffed with chocolate and strawberries or marshmellows and white chocolate, white chocolate m&m pizza, raspberry puree pizza, banana chocolate cinnamon, etc. I starved myself most of the day so that I could make the most of it. ******* insanity. I forgot that you were supposed to eat the food with a fork and knife there so I looked like a bit of a caveman and got these weird looks from tables around me when I picked up my first slice and dove into it. I'm taking pictures next time. We're going to a Brazilian all you can eat BBQ tomorrow, then I think I'm going to my first Brazilian night club tomorrow to send a dude off. Apparently we get 5 new people on sunday so this house is going to be packed.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:46 PM   #603 (permalink)
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Burpees (5x3 minute rounds, 1 min rest)
1 - 31
2 - 25
3 - 23
4 - 22
5 - 22
Total - 123

Don't think I posted these other pics from my fight 3 weeks ago...looks like this is all that might turn up, I've had some communication and technical difficulties with the news site I'm trying to get them from. But here's a few good ones!



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Old 06-19-2010, 04:50 PM   #604 (permalink)
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My friend who did the commercial put together another little highlight reel with some of the extra footage we shot and sent it to me today. Man this shit is fun =) Check it out.

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Old 06-19-2010, 05:23 PM   #605 (permalink)
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By the way, if anyone knows how to embed these videos directly on the message board, please do. My internet skills are decent but seem to have a few holes.
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Okay. So my epic day yesterday. I gotta do this fast because I need to get to the beach for the soccer game party today. I rolled out of bed at like noon (I personally love doing this) and some guys were heading to the beach. We walk down there and the bodies on this beach were incredible... the whole Brazilian-awesome-ass stereotype is very accurate... I never knew where to look. I was a little distracted though because every ******* guy was in speedo briefs. It was really ******* gay, I felt overdressed in board shorts. I might need to pick up a more "local" bathing suit out here =). Another funny thing I noticed at the beach is there's little workout stations for everyone to get their muscles all jacked up before hitting the beach. I was really amused at how douchebaggy this is... but to tell you the truth, I'm going to start using these.

The beach was so nice. It was like 33 degrees, busy but plenty of space, you rent a chair and dudes come and serve you beers or coconuts that they hack the top out of with a machete and stick a straw in. The water was really nice and blue and the most perfect temperature...To be honest I was this ultra tall ultra pale foreigner frolicking like a little girl in the ocean for like 2 hours, stopping only to survey the women walking along the beach, never losing my shit eating grin. Amazing.

Then we went to the Brazilian BBQ thing, which was the most incredible ******* meal EVER. I'm putting pics up. They had a full buffet that I loaded up on, then little brazilian men in waiter outfits walk around with two foot long slabs of meat and a big knife that he shaves on to your plate. One of them came out with a cart of the most massive slab of meat with ribs, it reminded me of the Flintstones. The meat was AMAZING. I ate my face off of course until I thought I was going to have a hernia, then I farted and felt better.

So then a few of the people were going to the club, but I wasn't too down for paying over 50$ to get in. So me and some of the guys took a bus across town to a bar. It was super packed, even the street outside. We got in and grab some beers and stood around for a bit being awkward and not having anywhere to sit. I noticed this table of 3 girls sitting alone with a bunch of chairs and caught eyes with one of the girls. "Okay guys, here's the gameplan: I'm going to go over there and ask if they speak English, and if they don't, I'm going to be very embarrassed and awkward." Turns out they did speak english really well and were super friendly and awesome. So we had more than a few beers and it turned out to be a real good night. =) A funny moment happened when one of the girls left for a smoke and brought this...person...she just met outside back with her. We were introduced and then they kind of sat their awkwardly for awhile for 20 minutes and made very little conversation before leaving. The girl hadn't realized that she had actually brought back a prostitute to hang out with us. Not only that, but I noticed when she arrived that she looked a little....masculine. When I shook...it's....hand I kind of glanced at hers (I've learned this is how you check) and sure enough, those hands looked pretty manly. Weird moment. It's socially polite to kiss girls on the cheek when saying hello or goodbye so I totally kissed a tranny on the cheek last night.

One of the girls I met seemed to take a liking to me, I believe she's going to show me a bit of Rio next weekend

Gerbil's going to make a blog post about these recent happenings, and he's a better writer, so I'll have to link his post when he does it today.
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This is the view from the backyard of our house. Apparently this mountain is a good hike, I'll be attempting it at some point in skate shoes...pics will come.


Brazilian BBQ. You grab a variety of amazing shit from the buffet then....


Then these guys walk around with massive slabs of meet that they slice on to your plate


All you can eat.


I felt like I was a Flintstone. This looked like a slab of dinosaur meat.


Having a few beers at the local bar....tranny is not in this picture.
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Whew. Another day down in Rio de Janerio. Gym was closed on sunday... I feel like I've been slacking off, but I've forgotten how ******* awesome travelling is, and underestimated how ******* awesome Brazil was going to be. I can get back into training and boring journal entries tomorrow.

Today was another step in Brazil's quest for the FIFA World Cup. I personally don't care about soccer at all, but the amount of excitement it generates out here is insane. I went to Rio's big beach (I don't even remember the name) where FIFA had set up huge screens right by the water for everyone to watch. As I was walking along the beach to the party there was tons of vendors selling random soccer or tourist related things...one of the guys yells "Hey Amigo, you want flag?" I shake my head and as I'm walking by he whispers "You want cocaina? Cocaina?" Haha.

The game was alot of fun to watch out there. Brazil has such crazy energy. I'm a little tired, so I can't really do this story justice, but alas, I took pictures.



FIFA sets up big screens on the beach in Rio for showing Brazilian Games in the World Cup.




Aww, Jesse likes walks to walk on the beach during sunset =)



So this was my first outing past the grocery store without a more experienced housemate to lead the way. It worked out well getting out there, and I never felt alone for a second...however getting home wasn't the same story. I completely forgot which bus number was mine. I only had enough money for a couple bus fares, because I don't like to walk around dangerous places with my wallet. So not enough money for a cab, and to be honest I can't even give directions to where I'm staying in Portuguese if I tried. With no wallet, I also had no phone card or phone number of any of the guys at the gym. So I did what any idiot would do and rolled the dice, I guessed on which bus to take. Rio is a big city, with alot of buses. I ended up on the other side of town really fast. I walked around for a bit being frustrated, and spent a couple hours finding a bus back to the beach...I actually never found that bus back to the beach. Just the general vicinity. At that point I just walked around aimlessly looking for people that looked like they might speak english and could point me in the right direction after having a little laugh. I got pointed in the general direction of the original beach I was on but they said it was really far. They looked at me like I was a dead gringo when I explained my situation. I walked and found a diffrent beach, and decided I'd just follow the coast because it felt less helpless than random city streets. This lead me to a windy road with tunnels along a rocky that I followed for half an hour or so. Finally I stumbled upon a Sheraton Hotel, which was the ******* oasis in the desert today. Being a little stubborn, I walked past my glorious saviour just to see what was going to be around the corner, you know, in case I could save myself. It started to turn into a really shady area and the houses were starting to look like ghettos. Or 'favelas'. Eventually there were people hanging out, drinking, and blasting Lil Wayne. Knowing what kind of people listen to rap that terrible, I turned around and went back to the Sheraton. I explained my situation, got really lucky, spent my last 4$ to get on the internet, found the number for Dennis, called him, and he gave the hotel directions back to my place. Second time Dennis has been my 911.

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1) These pictures rock. Even if you do like to walk on the beach at sunset like a little girl. A tall, pale gringo little girl.

2) Brazilians are such meat fanatics, my vegan brother had to go ovo-lacto when he was there so he didn't starve, that's why their BBQ is so phenomenal.

3) LOL @ your expression in the club.

4) More Brazilian ass pics, please.
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1) These pictures rock. Even if you do like to walk on the beach at sunset like a little girl. A tall, pale gringo little girl.

2) Brazilians are such meat fanatics, my vegan brother had to go ovo-lacto when he was there so he didn't starve, that's why their BBQ is so phenomenal.

3) LOL @ your expression in the club.

4) More Brazilian ass pics, please.
Can't you just google that? I can't go to the beach and start zooming in on girl's asses. I'd feel like such a dirtbag.
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