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Old 07-08-2010, 09:56 PM   #641 (permalink)
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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.
I don't get a lot of veggies right now. I'm making the most of the amazingly tasty and cheap fruit they have out here instead. I have steamed veggies usually with my dinner which is carrots, zucchini, and some weird green vegetable that I haven't been able to identify. My multivitamin has greens in it too, so that helps a bit. As for as nutritional info though, I remember reading the darker the veggie the more nutrient dense it is. I don't really know, I'm no expert on the subject.

Protein powder is horrendously expensive because there's huge tarriffs (I think it's literally taxed at 100% of the value) on anything imported out here. Store price protein out here is 5-6 times what I pay to order my stuff online back home. Running shoes is another amusing oddity. Apparently a pair of Nikes will run you $200-300 U.S. They literally sell their shoes with payment plans. Crazy.

No pics of Karaoke...I keep forgetting to buy more batteries for my camera. Most of the debauchery that took place last night really shouldn't be put on the internet anyway.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:27 PM   #642 (permalink)
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Gringo Class

Technique was arm drags. First from a stand just to get the idea. Jeremy's arm drags are different in that he pushes the wrist into their body as he steps through, instead of just yanking the sleeve.

From guard we did the same arm drag when they're doing the pant leg grip, just kick out the gripped leg and arm drag into them into the mat. From here you reach around to grip at their back/armpit, you can get a quick submission by basically aligning your other forearm to their arm dragged arm, so that your hand is at their elbow and vice versa and then twisting your elbow out to put pressure on their shoulder. Even if it doesn't tap them it helps push them down to take back.

We also did the same arm drag but of off the double grip at the waist. Ack. My memories kind of shot right now and I can't go over this technique. I didn't grasp it very well today, I just don't seem to have any concentration right now so I'll try to edit it in later. I didn't roll today because my shoulder is giving me warning signs and I'd like to give it a solid weekend of healing. This evening I'm going to do some burpees instead of the Brazilian class.

Remember that stupid MMA tournament that I almost did a few months ago but it had retarded rules? Anyways, I went to watch it with my training partner and was really not impressed with the competitors. They're hosting another one two days after I get home (sept. 15), so we're talking to Kajan about entering into the tournament together, him as a middleweight. I'm absolutely down, but my only concern is that the 20 hours of flying will still be taking its toll on my body. I'm entirely confident that we stand a good chance to both take our respective belts home, winning 6 or so fights between us. My partner's been working hard on his boxing skills in anticipation of getting a boxing fight in the next few months. Let me tell you, his hands were already awesome as it was when I left him to go to Brazil...he's finally getting out to the pro gym for sparring and he's taking off even more. I'm really stoked that he's taking the dive into fighting and that we have a chance for a double night of glory at a venue close to home that all of our friends can come out to. Exciting stuff. I want to get back to training right now just thinking about it. =)

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Old 07-09-2010, 08:01 PM   #643 (permalink)
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Burpees (5x3 minute rounds, 1 min rest)
1 - 33
2 - 27
3 - 25
4 - 23
5 - 22
Total - 130

7 over last time. Gotta get doing these more. I'm going to start setting an alarm clock because I'm oversleeping, which cuts into my ability to train and also makes this vacation fly by faster. No more oversleeping!
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:36 PM   #644 (permalink)
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Weekend.

Saturday a few of us headed to the nearby beach. The weather was medicore so it wasn't the most amazing trip. We made a point of doing a set of chin ups and dips along every workout station as we walked down there, so we got a decent little workout in and got to show off our sweet gringo muscles.

On the way back we encountered a circle of 30 or so people doing Capoeira. I didn't have my camera on me, but it was pretty cool to watch. It was akin to this:


They were clapping out a beat while the leaders were beating drums and various instruments and leading a chant. Inside the circle people of equal rank would pair up, dancing around eachother throwing spinning head kicks and other funky Capoeira moves. Though it's not the most useful of martial arts, I got a shiver down my spine a few times as this general feeling of unity overcame me. Everyone was hugging, smiling, fully immersed into the performance and having a genuinely good time. It's very rare back home that you'd see people drop their ego and just be enthusiastic about a group activity. You certainly don't get that sort of feeling out of anything I train.

Moving along, Saturday night we decided to get really drunk and go to the emporium, the bar that I met Isabel at on my first weekend. It had been awhile since the house as a group went out to do something, and I was especially interested to see the UK guys finally throw down and drink with us....because I know how ******* crazy people from that side of the world behave when they drink. We got pre drinking at the house, and I introduced a beer shotgunning challenge, which proved to be pretty messy. Shotgunning beers is a decisively Canadian sport.



We headed to a bar by our house to continue the festivities. We started to get a little rowdy in the middle of the street, Joe, an indecipherable but charismatic fellow from somewhere around the U.K. (Scotland?), took an underhook on me, I swam in for the underhook and gently suplexed (lol) onto the street, took knee on belly, and started fake ground and pounding while everyone stared at us.

We had the most obnoxious bus ride to Ipanema, the beach that the Emporium bar is on. We took over the bus immediately, screaming and singing various Backstreet Boys and Journey hits in our drunken and overly exaggerated accents. It didn't take long for the Brits to start doing gymnastics in the bus.



Taking a very public piss at our destination. Right next to an extremely unimpressed Brazilian.



The bar was packed as usual. I spent my night running around between our people scattered throughout the bar... wingmanning for my housemates when possible and otherwise being charming/offensive to whatever girls were in range. We met two extremely cute sisters visiting from Sau Paulo. I didn't get a picture with them but if they'll friend me on facebook I'm sure they won't be too offended if I use one of their pictures.



We decided to meet up for the world cup the next day. After they left I got kind of bored and found my bus home.

Watched the World Cup on the beach again. Blah blah blah. Kind of a long game and I got really hungry and there was nowhere to pee, which is apparently a regular issue in Brazil. So that was alright. An eye catching sand sculpture.



Afterwards we met up with those girls, and it was quite clear that my housemates already had developed interests in these girls. We went out for some pizza together and then I got bored of being the fifth wheel and went over to Isabel's place instead. She's leaving for Canada tomorrow, so that's a little disappointing. Our trips overlap and I'm going to see her for a month or so once I get home though.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:49 PM   #645 (permalink)
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Gringo class. Warmup with armbars, hip bump sweeps, and arm drag sweeps. I'm actually getting the hang of the arm drag sweeps, which is good news.

Theme for this week is open guard passing. Today we worked on when you're standing and they're sitting on their but, trying to grab a leg to sweep or move to De la Riva. The first move is just to flatten them out. You just grab at both of their ankles from the outside and lift them forcibly in the air, throwing them flat onto their back. From there you can close the distance with one leg pressuring the back of their knee, your elbow connected to your knee and your hands gripping the pants. The three techniques work off of this.

The first, as they flatten you basically sprawl straight down, face into their crotch and underhooking the leg. Yes, this is the eating ***** position. Anyways, from there you gable grip over their stomach, pulling them in towards you as you get to your knees, then pressing forward, stacking them, as you get to your feet. From there it's just a basic wrestler pass, walking your legs around and twisting your shoulders to take side control.

Second technique, after pulling out their ankles, they come back up and get ahold of your leg. You take the underhook on the same side of the trapped knee, and you drive that knee straight on into their chest to flatten them to the mat. The underhook keeps them pinned as you use your knee-on-chest to baseball slide throuh into the scarf hold position in side control.

Third technique, once again they come back up to trap the leg, this time you can't get the underhook. Instead of the underhook, grip at their elbow, and take a grip at the back of their collar with the other hand. Then once again drive that knee, lifting at their elbow. It's necessary to step forwards with your free leg past their guard as you drive with the trapped one. Once flattened out, the knee-on-chest can slide to their armpit to take mount.

We did positional drilling from either end of open guard, did decently, but had a size and experience advantage on my opponents. Brazilian class this evening.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:38 PM   #646 (permalink)
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Brazilian Class

Warmup, technique was taking mount from side control. In the reverse keta gatame (scarf hold), when your opponent has one leg resting across their other knee to block the mount. Grab the ankle laying across the other knee and push it to the mat, trapping it with your bottom leg. Then thrust with your pelvis (that's what she said) to force them to turn slightly on their side, you want their far knee to be touching the mat. Once they're twisted like this you can do a big step over to take mount in a grapevine. This is a more refined version of how I usually take mount so I should be able to put it to use shortly.

We did guard pass drills with all the browns/blacks starting on the mat. I didn't pass any guards. I almost passed a small black belt's guard, no lies, but he scrambled out in the nick of time.

In rolling I dominated a white belt but took forever to finish him from mount, eventually got an arm triangle though. Then I rolled Raphael, the extremely good purple belt my size and I did decently, only tapping once to a wrist lock in an omoplata. Going to do MMA class tomorrow morning. I promise.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:25 PM   #647 (permalink)
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Ack. Things have taken a temporary turn for the worst.

Went to my first MMA class and got my ass kicked. I ate alot of ground and pound. That's normally okay but afterwards my stomach was killing me, I figured it was the repeated punching and elbowing and that I might have some internal bruising or something. Anyways, I mustered up the strength to go to BJJ class and felt just awful. We did some more open guard pass techniques. Then I got home and sat in my bed all day feeling ******* terrible. I eventually ended up in the bathroom, blasting out the contents of my body from multiple directions. I think it's food poisoning. I haven't ate in a long time now and am just starting with liquids. Fun stuff. On top of that, the house is over packed with people right now and there's barely any breathing room. Oh and the weather in Rio has gone to shit.
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Ack. Things have taken a temporary turn for the worst.

Went to my first MMA class and got my ass kicked. I ate alot of ground and pound. That's normally okay but afterwards my stomach was killing me, I figured it was the repeated punching and elbowing and that I might have some internal bruising or something. Anyways, I mustered up the strength to go to BJJ class and felt just awful. We did some more open guard pass techniques. Then I got home and sat in my bed all day feeling ******* terrible. I eventually ended up in the bathroom, blasting out the contents of my body from multiple directions. I think it's food poisoning. I haven't ate in a long time now and am just starting with liquids. Fun stuff. On top of that, the house is over packed with people right now and there's barely any breathing room. Oh and the weather in Rio has gone to shit.
I hope you feel better meng. I loved the pic of the capoeristas. I know everybody hates on capoeira, but as I understand it, girls down there go do it b/c it's a great workout, and trendy.
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Thank **** that's over. What an enormous waste of time that sickness was. I'm itching to get back into the gym. Probably go in early to hit the bag, and do two classes tomorrow. Also get to see how much weight I dropped...estimating 8lbs.

I have the option of doing a 4 hour Rickson Gracie seminar in english this wednesday, but it's $250 US...I'm pretty torn. I can afford it, but I'm by no means rich, and that money would cover many other things...such as at least 4 privates with other black belts out here. I'm also not the most knowledge absorbant of human beings, I have no idea what would stick and what would be right over me. Opinions?
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