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Old 06-28-2010, 01:35 AM   #621 (permalink)
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Had a good weekend. Missed burpees. More tourism. =)

Yesterday we went up to check out Christ the Redeemer. It's pretty much a must visit in Rio. It was cool. A long winding taxi ride up and a spectacular view. We snapped a few pictures, took the view in, then went back down to catch the American's losing to Ghana in soccer.


Christ's view




The Redeemer himself.


Goofy gringo grin =)


Fighting for Jesus.



Me and Danielle, a girl at the house from Holland. She has a ton of kickboxing fights back home and has trained with the likes of Overeem.



Beers afterwards, of course.

Today I met up with Isabel from last weekend to follow her up on the promise of showing me around a bit. She took me up this mountainside that we got lost in for awhile. Then we finally found a semi-treacherous path leading to a nice little pool under a waterfall.





My camera is shitty.

A few other random pics.


Apparently it's totally normal to have monkeys hanging around in parks



Lots of cool graffiti around town.



Three monkeys. "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"



Back to training tomorrow. I'm competing in the Rio Open near the end of next month so I'll try to get a couple two a days in this week. Maybe every other day? We'll see as we go. My shoulder still feels tweaked.

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Awesome, awesome pics. I had no idea that the view from the Jesus statue was so speechless-rendering. I want to go to Brazil even more now, which is saying a lot.

The picture in the pool below the waterfall with the chick looks like a "visit beautiful Rio" travelogue picture. And you almost got side boob.

Would you say Brazilians are like Australians, as in "work to live" rather than the "live to work" that Americans are notorious for?
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Gringo Class

Technique was half guard sweeps. First was a simple but effective technique to get the underhooked. When they have the underhook, bridge diagonally and extend your hand straight out, tucking your head to your arm. Then drop your hips low, while bring the extended hand underneath, elbow first, to take the underhook.

First sweep while curled in with the underhook, free hand reaches under and grabs his far foot. Then reach around the legs with the underhooked arm and pass the foot to this hand. The bottom elbow slides out for base, and the bottom hand now goes to cup at the knee. At this point you can drive them over, keeping control of the foot, and sprawling your hips low, walking the once trapped foot around to side control. Now that they're tipped over, pass the foot off to the other hand again, underhooking their legs and using your now free hand to creep up behind their neck.

Second sweep works off the failure of the first. Curled in with the underhook, reach under and trap the foot. Reach around with underhooked arm and pass the foot to this hand once again. Now we're assuming they've twisted their hips against tipping them over, so we go in the other direction. The free hand on the bottom scoops under their shin, pushing your arm deep through and wrapping around their thigh, then throw your body underneath, spinning them around to end up on top. At this point you can once again sprawl hips, and shimmy into side control.
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Awesome, awesome pics. I had no idea that the view from the Jesus statue was so speechless-rendering. I want to go to Brazil even more now, which is saying a lot.

The picture in the pool below the waterfall with the chick looks like a "visit beautiful Rio" travelogue picture. And you almost got side boob.

Would you say Brazilians are like Australians, as in "work to live" rather than the "live to work" that Americans are notorious for?
This girl is awesome. I don't know many hot girls that will take their shoes off and treacherously climb a mountain side. She thought it might be too cold, but when I said I was going in she tosses her dress off without hesitation. You should have seen the view from behind. =)

Yes, it's even more laid back than Australia. Brazilians are notoriously late for things, and seem to do alot of sitting/standing around. Even in training the Brazilians do almost no technique or drilling. Just straight to rolling and sitting around.

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Gringo Class

Warmup was half guard sweeps from yesterday. Today's class was more half guard sweeps, this time using the gi. For all the techniques, you start off getting that underhook, pushing out their far knee. Pull out the far side of their lapel and pass it around back to the underhooking arm. Keep a very tight grip, pinching at their armpit.

For the first technique from here, get a palm up grip on their far knee. Normally you could at this point use the punching motion of this palm up grip and the pulling motion of the gi trapped at the armpit, moving out hips underneath them to sweep them. We assume that they're going to post their free arm and prevent the sweep, so once that free hand posts and your hips are underneath them, you change the angle, sitting up towards their leg. Since their other leg is trapped in your half guard, they have nothing to post here so you roll into their half guard and an easy transition to side control.

Second technique, with the lapel hold once again. Bring your half guard inside of their leg, your foot flat on the mat is pulling on the back of their calf as your body essentially bananas backwards, straightening your arm with the gi grip, twisting your body and stretching them out. At this point if you need to you can kick out their far knee to flatten them out further. Then use that gi grip to heave yourself up, since you're in half guard you already have one hook in, so you're just putting in the other to take back.

Third technique. Once again half guard inside their legs and banana out to stretch them. Then you trap their bottom arm with your free hand, releasing the lapel grip as you bring your top knee over their neck. Tucking the arm in tight, you want to turn so your knees are pointing towards his hips, with an armbar extended. They have nowhere to go but tap to the armbar or roll further into it.

Drilled from half guard and had a tough but patient grinding session with a purple. Then rolled normally but starting from half guard against a couple whites. Decent positional battles and I got an armbar or two.

Tonight I'll either try a muay thai class with Jack, a fighter from our house, or go to the Brazilian class. I'm leaning towards muay thai because with only two gi's and at least 24 hour drying time, I'm stretched pretty thin.
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Brazilian Class

Warmup, Gordo's technique was an arm triangle. Set it up from side control as they're using their far arm to cross face you. Move the crossface aside and push your head into it nice and tight. Lock it up at the bicep, transfer to mount, then to the other side control. Then switch your arm triangle to a 'arms crossed' type of position. I wasn't sure about this at first but when he did it to me, it felt like my head was going to pop off, so I'll work with that.

We drilled escapes from side control in which I got dominated and submitted by a blue and two or three brown belts. In rolling I had a great round with a brown but definitely lost, I got to practice my tapping today. I got a round with a smaller purple and I believe he tapped me with something and I got him with an armbar from mounted triangle. Good class.

I've been so ultra lazy lately. I sleep like 11 hours a day and feel super sleepy all day. I picked up some coffee to combat this. Hopefully I'll snap out of the crazy sleeping in so that I have time to go enjoy the beach and still have energy to train twice a day.
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Warm up with yesterdays half guard sweeps.

Technique was more from the half guard. First was get underhook, shrimp out bracing off their far knee. Other hand reaches out to grab their belt. Lift your shoulder tight underneath theirs so there's no space. Shoot your body back to clear your head behind their arm, and swing up to take back. Second technique you get the underhook and curl in, then feed their belt end through their legs, reaching around with your other arm and passing it to it. At this point release your half guard, come out and sprawl out against their back with your body, straightening your arm to drive their hips forward. Third technique you get the underhook, pull out the far side of their lapel with your other hand. Feed the lapel to the underhooking hand and keep it tight at the armpit. Gerbil calls this grip the 'insurance policy'. As they pass your half guard, the insurance policy prevents them from turning into you, which allows you to pop your head out and take their back.

I feel mega paced out right now, which makes remembering techniques a bit of a bitch, sometimes when I need it I just go blank. Lame. My sleeping's kind of messed up and I've been waning myself off some medications in the hopes to get off them ASAP, so this will improve shortly. Training tonight.
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Brazilian Class

Warmup, technique was a choke from when they're turtle in towards you. Left hand feeds their right lapel to the right hand, which reaches in along their neck and grips the lapel with a four finger grip inside. Then your left hand reaches under their armpit, through to cup around the back of their head. Then you gator roll, flatten out onto your belly to finish the choke. Nice choke, hopefully I get the hang of it.

In rolling I did decently, got to roll lots of brazilians today. Had a good back and forth with a blue, got his back and had mount a few times but couldn't finish. Brazilians got sick survival skills. Rolled a fat purple and had lots of back and forth with no submissions. I ended the round mounted on him but have no idea who would have won on points. Then a purple that was ******* crazy good and was all over me with shit. He tapped me a couple times with a variety of shit. My largest offence was when he was doing a step over to take mount, I shielded up with my knee/elbow and the knee drove hard and direct into his balls. I literally felt everything crush under the force of my knee until I hit pelvic bone. Ouch. I think I got the message through that I was sorry. I guess people don't wear cups out here. I've noticed very few even wear mouthguards.

My body's getting a good ache going now. I've been increasing my training frequency slowly but surely.

Optimistically I'd like to get to the 10:30 am No Gi class to try that out. I hear its an absolute slaughtering, with the majority of the participants being black belts. I will put forth a medium effort to make it to this class tomorrow. I need to start branching out my training because rotating two and a half gis and doing jiu jitsu twice a day when you're the sweatiest mother****er in brazil, whilst sharing one washing machine between 12-15 people, is very difficult.
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