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Old 07-24-2010, 08:52 PM   #671 (permalink)
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Thanks bro. Your team represented well at the Rio Open today. Did you spend some time in Brazil as well? Are you still in Rio?
I can't get the time off of work and school I need to get down to Brazil to train. If I do in the next year or so I'll probably be in Sao Paolo (that's where Eduardo is from).

Royler's seminars that I did were in Oakland and then in San Diego at Xande's place.

I'm glad Humaita represented, though. It's a great team and Royler does a great job coaching his guys.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:01 PM   #672 (permalink)
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Burpees (5x3 minute rounds, 1 min rest)
1 - 34
2 - 28
3 - 26
4 - 25
5 - 23
Total - 136

**** yeah. Smashed last time's by six. Could be near my all time high, and this is a week after food poisoning. Maybe it's the 10-15lbs I lost, hah. Either way I'm feeling that drive to get training and working on that path towards my next fight. Going to try to catch 3 sessions tomorrow.

I'm also once again contemplating my next tattoo, I'm thinking an elaborate and bright piece to commemorate this period in my life. It could be in ten years, it could be in 6 months, but my life is going to settle down and be boring eventually. I think an elaborate tattoo to capture the more extraordinary period of my life would be fun. Thinking over a pec/shoulder/arm. I'd like to get a really high quality artist to do the job, and am looking at a couple in Canada and a place I know in Thailand. Here's a little montage of some of the eye catching work a couple artists I'm looking at have done.



As for what I want, like I said, it'll be a bit of a montage of this time in my life. I'd like to incorporate Brazil, Thailand, fighting, and sort of an underlying concept of self improvement, presence, and inner strength. This is all just sort of flying around my head right now, but maybe a landscape of Rio with a bright yellow/orange/red watercolor type sunset. There's also some drawings of muay thai fighters I saw around in thailand that really caught my eye, this is one of them

Then another to represent jiu jitsu, possibly in the same style but kneeling as they do in class pictures, maybe just black with a bright blue belt? These sort of things will tie in well with the whole 'This too shall pass' thing I got going on so far. On an even bigger and long term scale I could tattoo like a timeline of my life that reads from my left arm, across my chest, and down my right arm, space for whatever comes next, more world travel, new passions, kids, who knows.
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Nice one m8 on competing in Brazil. Have only competed over here in the U.K and never really seen many Browns and no Black belts competing. Also cool that you were at a Rickson seminar would love to here more about that as over here we've no chance. Although I have trained with Roger Gracie and Braulio Estima and they both really tighten up the basic principles of jiu-jitsu.

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Went in and hit the bag. When did my shoulders get so heavy? Did 5 minute round of shadowboxing, round of jabs, round of 1-2s, round of push kicks/round kicks. Way harder than it should have been. BJJ class this evening.
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Evening class. Technique was a choke starting from side control. Trap their far arm, come around to north south, lifting the trapped arm to put them on their side. Feed the arm closest to the ground under their neck and get a deep collar grip. Grab the lapel with the other hand, then throw your leg nearest their legs over their stomach and the other leg to keep their other arm from defending their neck. Choke.

We did positional drilling from side control for quite awhile. Luckily I was just watching Saulo's side control instructional again yesterday. Good timing. Lots of things clicked today from the side control. Less focus on the grips and more on the hip connection. Transitions between positions. Going for the choke then sneaking a knee on belly. Even getting and holding knee on belly in general. Survival on the bottom felt very good too, just relaxed into the defensive position and did stuff I normally forget to, like keeping them from controlling my head. Many of these things I know to do, but never really believed in them. Today things clicked.

In rolling I got a big purple belt, he submitted me with a choke from north/south, a big weakness of mine. I was angry about getting smothered and frustrated, so I unleashed the bull and forced to get on top when we restarted. Past half guard into full mount, he turtled but not before I got my hooks in, tilted him over into back control, bow and arrow choke. Then he was obviously mad at me and when we restarted he tackled me and I nailed my head on the wall. It was loud. Like everyone stopped rolling to look, but I guess my head is pretty hard because it was just a little headache. However, I don't recall who else I rolled tonight...bad sign? Oh well.

I got a sunburn at the beach today. I was tanning in the yard and had everything under control, but a girl from the house wanted me to go to the beach, so 4 hours later with a bronzing lotion and I'm looking a little....over bronzed. Makes jiu jitsu interesting.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:17 PM   #676 (permalink)
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OK, do you mean.........a self-tanner? They're pretty interesting for pale people who have to wear a gi now and then.

I guess I'm somewhat reassured, though it's unfortunate, to see that people get bent out of shape even at your level of training. I realize everybody's making an effort to be sportsmanlike in a situation like that, and it's too bad that somebody had to be Mr. Douche.
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Self tanner? No. It's beautiful in Brazil. My routine after waking up and eating breakfast is lying in the yard for half an hour. Tough life. =)
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:16 PM   #678 (permalink)
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Technique was attacking the turtle. First was moving around them when they're turtled facing you. Emphasis was staying very low, chest to their upper back and legs way back out. One hand's knuckles rests on the back of their head to turn into a crossface in case they roll, then you go around in the opposite direction of the hand on their head, spin to their back, far hand palm down on inside of their thigh, near hand on the back of their nearest tricep.

To take back from here, the hand inside the thigh provides a gap to put your hook in. Don't remove your hand until after the hook is in. As you remove the hand it feeds through under their armpit and grips their forearm to control. Then your other knee comes into the side of their leg as you roll them back, pop that second hook in and control the other arm with your elbow in and hand cupping over the shoulder.

Other technique is attacking the turtle from the side. Your back leg is on a knee and the other is on its foot, with your hips driving into them from the side as oppossed to diagonally from the back. Your top arm reaches under their nearest arm and then traps over their far arm, then you can drop to both knees, reaching with your other arm by the gap near their hips all the way through to cup at the back of their same far arm. Then you can readjust to drive into their side with your chest. As you tip them over, one hand goes knuckle down into the mat to prevent them from reguarding, as the other goes to their head. Finish in reverse scarf hold.

Next is from directly behind them. You stay low on their back, knees up against their thighs, feet at the sides of their ankles. Gerbil described it as "monkey ******* a football". Then you reach inside and get collar grips and pull them tight to their sides, then you hop your feet forwards exploding into a deadlift type motion to lift them, then fall back with your hooks already in.

Finally is another from directly behind them, when they're too big to deadlift off the mat, same position (monkey ******* a football), same collar grips, then move out to put your knees into their ass, then pick a side and step out, nearest foot against their nearest knee, then drag them to the side tipping them over. Walk back, dragging them and then dive your head into their stomach, with your feet out, like a tripod.

Then we rolled. Got manhandled by Gerbil once again, put managed one sweep when he was standing over me in my open guard. He pointed out a silly mistake I did, when I had side control on him I had my lower hand gripping the pants the hips, close to me. But then I reached over his body and gave him a deep underhook, giving up any control. Also had a few back and forths with a purple belt, and spent some time mounting a white belt but not being able to finish.

Going to watch some fights tonight. Also have a picture of some fake breasted women from the beach yesterday for everyone to enjoy. I'm planning on taking some pictures tonight, as I imagine MMA fights in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro could be interesting. Someone just told me there's cops with assault rifles, drug dealers with guns, people shooting for looking at their girlfriend, the ring getting rushed during/after fights, and brawls, so I'll put them up together...and if this is my last entry, tell my mother I love her.
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I love you, Jesse's mom!!

People from all over the world flock to Brazil for the cheap cosmetic surgery, IIRC.

Looking forward to your next post, hoping you survive the favela, now trying to visuzalize the interestingly named technique you mentioned.
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A few pics from the tournament. Gordo winning gold.






MMA Fights tonight. I got to see the ghetto side of Rio. It was interesting, but nothing extreme happened. I definitely stood out more than anyone in the building, but I find you're pretty safe if you act like you know exactly where you are and are completely comfortable. The fights were for the most part standing room only, and my height played out well for me. The fights were great, I paid R$10, which is the cheapest night of entertainment ever. The fights were all very high quality too, plenty of submission and KO finishes with only one going to a decision. A few guys from our gym fought and I'm pretty sure it was a clean sweep. Between fights Gordo, the head of our academy, was brought into the ring, no idea what they were talking about. Also saw him and Raphael Dos Anjos (from our gym, fighting Clay Guida at the next UFC) getting interviewed. Oh and the ring girls were thick bottomed women in Carnivale outfits. My camera is shite so I'll probably post more fights from tonight if I can get ahold of other people's photos.






Aaaand...some implanted beach hotties. You should have seen the rear view.


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