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Old 07-01-2010, 04:03 PM   #631 (permalink)
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Gringo Class

Warmup with half guard sweeps. New technique was from half guard if you can't get the underhook. Bridge and reach out to get the underhook as usual, but this time their head is tight and there's too much pressure to sneak the elbow in. Instead use that arm to grip at their upper back/shoulder, bring the knee of your inside leg out and over their thigh to brace off for space. Put your half guard into the inside of their legs. Banana your back to create space to reguard. Second technique works of this, instead of reguarding you push off their face and move into an omoplata. Once that arm is trapped, knees stay tight, the far arm reaches over to grab their belt right away to prevent them from rolling. Other hand braces at their nearest leg as you scoot your hips away to flatten them out. Gerbils variation for finishing the omoplata is to reach both hands around their fair shoulder, pulling on it as you lift your hips up and drive your knees to the floor. I actually think I might execute an omoplata one day...I usually only get a sweep with it on a very rare occasion.

As predicted I didn't roll today. My knees are killing me. I might go in today to hit the bag though.

Looking forward to another Brazilian BBQ tonight to see Jonathon off, he's a purple belt from the states that has been out here for a few months. He has a big bottle of Jack Daniels that he might need some help getting through tonight =). And then maybe after that I'll head off for some drinks with Isabel... This Saturday Gordo's taking us to hike up that mountain I posted a couple pages back, then I get to watch my first UFC PPV in Brazil. I'm pulling for Carwin, btw. I think there's another Brazil soccer game sometime this weekend too. So I'll take some pics and hopefully have a funny story or two by the end of the weekend.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:11 PM   #632 (permalink)
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Today we had to go register for IBJFF or whatever the acronym is so that we can compete in the Rio open this month. That was a bit of a pain in the ass, and we had to cancel the gringo class to get it done.


Brazilian Class

Warm up, technique was omoplata from spiderguard. I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit too lazy to go through it.

In rolling I put up a good struggle but got collar choked twice by a big brown belt. I also sat in my half guard with a blue belt that was pretty much a stalemate...I'm frustrated that my bottom half guard is so weak. I beat a white belt but I was quite a bit bigger than him.

Today I saw a brown belt choke another brown belt unconscious, pretty intense. Yesterday we got a new guy in who'll be a great training partner for me. Blue belt, 6'5 and 200+ lbs. It's great because most of the guys out here are smaller, and all the bigger guys out here are brown belt or higher.

Tomorrow is open mats. I'm going to go in and hit the heavybag for the first time in like a month. I don't think I'll get much of a chance to work on my striking out here, but I'll do my best to keep what I have and focus on making the BJJ soar.
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:06 PM   #633 (permalink)
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Went in to hit the bag for the first time in forever. Did 5 3 minute rounds.

I got in a few more sessions this week than last, and I will try to step it up further next week. Tomorrow we have that huge mountain hike to do, so theres really no days off in sight. I'm thinking that I'll alternate between doing burpees and hitting the bag every morning. Well see as we go.

I'm also going to attempt to watch an hour every of BJJ instructional everyday on my own time. This is me making myself accountable for it. Today is Saulo's Half Guard from BJJ Revolution 1.
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We hiked up Pedra da Gavea today with Gordo and a bunch of us from the house. It's that mountain right behind our house that I posted earlier. Must have been 6-8 hours of a hike...started off at a strong incline but a few hours in it turned into some freestyle rockclimbing. Sketchy stuff, especially in skate shoes with no equipment, but I think I picked up a new hobby...the view from the top was incredible.



Heading out with the crew, this is the street our house is on








View from the top of Pedra da Gavea

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Gringo class.

Warmup with half guard sweep. Technique was from the guard.

1. Scissor sweep. Instead of going over it, I'll just note Jeremy's details. The knee going across his hips is lifting diagonally. Up and across as oppossed to just across. The leg chopping is lifted off the ground, as opposed to sliding along it to help prevent them from getting over it. The shoulder with the collar grip is close to their face, posting high off the other elbow, as you do the sweep, you are keeping your elbow bent and shoulder high, rocking your body back with momentum and then scissoring. The scissor sweep only works when they're driving forward...when they're posturing we go to the next one.

2. Scissor sweep but kicking the leg out instead. The setup is different in that the sleeve grip is being held as you twist your whole body, chest to the ground. Then instead of chopping at the leg you kick out at the knee.

3. This one goes off when you banana your body out and go to kick but they have enough space to walk around to the side. If you had proper position with your chest to the mat, you can drive the elbow with the collar grip high and outwards, while pulling with the sleeve grip outwards to subdue them enough to get to your knee and possibly drive them over.

4. A standup from scissor sweep position. Instead of having your knee completely across their hips, the knee rests on the hip and the foot on the floor. Other foot is on their other hip. Hand on the sleeve posts on the floor, foot on the hip pushes off and circles out to do a technical standup. Instead of standing all the way up you stay semi crouched and get your chest on their back fast, spinning around to the back.

In rolling today we started from a stand to prepare for the tournament. I had some good back and forths. Lost to a blue and beat a blue, both positionally. Beat two white belts positionally. Rolled Gerbil and managed a guard pull and even a trip but I always ended up on the bottom before long. I tapped to something that started as a triangle that turned into an armbar that turned into a wrist lock that I tapped to. lol. I also got keylocked from my half guard. Good roll though.

I feel kind of sick today. My throats all pleghmy and I had an upset stomach and almost passed out after class today. Might be because I hadn't eaten much of anything.

I got groceries finally which was long overdue...and as I was looking at something in the aisle I look up and there's two girls that work there watching me. I continue past them and then there's two guys that work there also watching me. As I go to pass them one of them has a big smile and says "Thank you!" I'm like "uhhh...thank me?" Keep in mind pretty much nobody speaks english out here. He has a sparkle in his eye. The gay sparkle. You know what I'm talking about. He pets my arm and says "Thank you...you are beautiful". lmao. Not one to be out awkwarded, I embraced it with a "AWW! Thank you!!" smiled and carried on.

Anyone interested in what I typically eat in Brazil, here's a breakdown.

Wake up - Protein shake with milk
Pre workout - Some brazilian super fibre cereal with milk, cup of coffee
Post workout - Protein shake with milk
Afternoon - Cottage cheese, yogurt, kiwi, banana, granola all mixed together
Post workout #2- Protein shake with milk
Dinner - I go out to various restaurants once a day for dinner. Every meal usually comes with rice and bean sauce, then I'll usually get chicken breast and steamed vegetables. If I don't go out I whip up some whole wheat penne and tomato sauce.
Pre sleep - Protein shake

Various snacks throughout the day - peanuts, cashews, acai....and beer.

Often the protein shake is actually some shitty meal replacement type powder you find at grocery stores. I recently got my hands on some protein powder from a guy that wasn't going to use it though, so I'm happy about that.

The Rio open tournament's in less than 3 weeks. I need to lose some weight. I'm at 98kg and need to hit 94.3kg, so I'll tighten up my diet and stop drinking beer. Okay...I might have some beer on wednesday because Isabel wants me to go karaoking with her, and I need some liquid confidence... but other than that no beer.
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about how much vegetables are you eating, would you say? I'm very lazy about preparing them and my family will hardly ever eat them.

More particularly, I"m curious about which vegetables provide the most nutritional bang for the buck. I was amazed the other day that the icky broccoli slaw I was eating didn't have a ton more fiber, for example.

Why is decent protein powder so hard to come by there?

Can't wait to see pictures of the albino Bigfoot at karaoke charming straight women and gay dudes alike. I'm astonished that more people don't speak English there, esp. with all the tourism.
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Internet went down for like 3 days so I'll do some catchup.

Gringo Class

Warmup with scissor sweep and its alternative. Techniques today were kimura from guard and the traditional hip bump sweep, both of which I don't need to go over. Then we also did a hip bump sweep that we use when they're leaning more forwards...reach with one arm under their nearest hand to grip the sleeve of the further away hand. The sweep is less technical and more of a sneaky move, it's meant to be done with your back flat on the mat, get the grip, and then explode fast, keeping our hips lower than a typical hip bump sweep and turning your chest to the mat for momentum. Then after that we did another hip bump sweep variant that's somewhere inbetween the height of the traditional hip bump and the low one. The grip for this one is reaching across and cupping the back of their elbow. There's lots of things you can do with this grip, so they shouldn't know you're hip bumping until they're being hit with it. Gerbil also showed us to have a collar grip, then reach over to the other collar to threaten the choke, then cup the elbow and hip bump sweep. I'll work on these variants because the hip bump used to be my bread and butter but is almost impossible to land out here. Did decently in rolling.



Brazilian Class

Typical warmup. Technique was from the butterfly guard. Taking the back and rolling to mount. The back take from butterfly is to take one underhook and hold at the belt, lifting high at the elbow. Other hand grips their other sleeve and pulls it in. Shrimp out to the underhook side, popping your head out the back of the underhooked armpit, using the belt grip pull up to put hooks in. The mount take from butterfly guard starts gripping at the pant legs outside their knees, pull them deeper into the butterfly guard to get some lift. Then once again underhook a side at the belt, and again trapping the other sleeve and pulling in. Then use the feet to lift, driving the underhooked elbow and the corresponding leg up high as you pull on the other side. My butterfly guard sucks, but I'm going to make a note to try these the next time I get to roll with a white belt. We drilled from the open guard where the bottom is trying to sweep and the top is trying to pass. I got paired up with a good sized Brazilian blue and swept him once with the kick the knee out variant of the scissor sweep. He didn't pass me =)

In rolling I rolled Gerbil and definitely tapped at least once, don't recall what. I give him some resistance at least. Same with Dennis, the black belt that runs the house for us here. He got me with a collar choke from his half guard that frustrated me a bit. He also got me in an armbar from mount but gave me shit for tapping before it was extended. He'd rather I try the escape, which felt pretty pointless when a black belt has your your naked arm in an armbar, but I'll at least attempt a last ditch escape next time. Also got to roll with Raphael, the Brazilian purple that's supposed to be a brown, the one I described as akin to Jacare earlier. I gave him a good positional fight but he eventually got on my back. I defended well for a minute or two but eventually succumbed to a bow and arrow choke. Near the end of the round I actually passed his guard with a tackle pass, and basically had him mounted, with just one ankle trapped when the time was up. I think I'm slowly getting more resiliant to the onslaught...good class. I got to watch Dennis tap another black belt with a twister.

I weighed myself with my lighter gi on today and I'm 2 kilos over my weight class. Everyone went out to Burger King, which is ******* awesome in Brazil by the way, and I'm here alone eating whole wheat pasta. I put some icy hot type stuff on a few joints directly after showering after class tonight...BAD IDEA. I don't know if it's the sun I got today, or that I had just finished BJJ class and my sweat pores were open, but it felt like chemical burns all over my body. I'll wait next time. I'm a bit behind on my DVD watching...I watched Saulo's half guard, and half of side control. I'll finish the side control and
get started on the guard one tonight.


Gringo Class

Warmup with scissor and hip bump sweeps. Techniques today were based around the armbar from guard. The basic armbar, same side arm grabs the arm you're attacking at the sleeve, far arm feeds under their other arm and clamps at the elbow of arm you are attacking. Same side foot as the arm you're attacking goes to their hip, knee tight to their shoulder. Bridge up with the hips, then bring your other leg up and around the corner of their shoulder. A hand pushes against the side of their face to lift the first leg from the hip to the side of their head. Don't cross you're feet or Gerbil will have you doing pushups. From there we learned the stack defense. The free hand reaches under the arm being attacked, palm down on their far shoulder. Closest knee goes the the side of the head, the other leg pops up to a foot and stays tight to their butt. The free arm that is on their shoulder grabs at their knee, driving your shoulder down and your elbow into their throat. Using only your arm and not torquing the rest of your body, slowly yank the threatened arm free in small jerking motions. Once free, that hand goes to the knee while the other drives through their legs to flatten them out into side control. We drilled these all class. I wasn't going to roll but Gerbil wanted to film himself doing some rounds so I volunteered to do one. I got to practice swallowing my ego as he swept me and tapped me with a collar choke from half guard in like 20 seconds. Awesome. It sucks, but at least one of my biggest weaknesses isn't really applicable in MMA. Another downside is that somehow in my shortlived roll with Gerbil today I hurt my ******* shoulder again. It was just starting to feel strong again, but there it goes. I'll nurse it tonight, unsure if I'm doing the Brazilian class. I'll end the entry on a high note, I somehow lost like two kilos over night and am right on target for the tournament. Need to be 94.3 kilos and I was 94.2.


Brazilian Class

Missed Gringo class today...we had a late one last night and a long commute back to the house this morning. Karaoke was good. Didn't get a chance to sing because the line up to get one stage was huge but had a good time anyways. Imagine the karaoke room in Lost in Translation but pack 100 Brazilians into the room. Fun stuff.

Warmup. Technique was a sweep from spider guard. Basically just lifting at one arm, and chopping at the knee ala a scissor sweep with your other leg to roll to mount. We did guard pass drills starting from spider guard and I got ******* owned. For example, in the first ten seconds a black belt almost swept me, but I managed to balance out and then he was in a belly down armbar. I almost passed a brown belts guard but no such luck. In rolling I just rolled Gerbil who could have kimurad me but showed mercy because he knows my shoulder is messed. Other than that I managed to survive the round with him. Good class.
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