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Old 08-31-2010, 07:39 PM   #731 (permalink)
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Brazilian Class. Technique was hook and sickle sweeps. Drilled guard passes for quite awhile. I kept getting matched with browns and blacks and was delighted to see that I was giving them some trouble. It was to my delight when I caught a very tired black belt off guard with a pendulum sweep. I saw his eyes light up in slow motion as I took it. I noted a myself in a few positions from my match in the tournament and fixed my mistakes. I was getting stacked with my legs underhooked in my guard, a usual inevitable pass for the other guy. The other day in the tournament I saw the most obvious thing, instead of struggling against it and delaying the inevitable, I rolled right over my head into a turtle and drove into his legs.

In rolling I got a purple who gave me a good match, I caught a triangle but didn't lock it on fast enough. I got it again and used it to tip him over and take mount. From mounted triangle I made a note not to repeat my tournament mistake and I held the position, looking to free his arm for the armbar. He started bleeding from somewhere before I could do that so a blue replaced him. Took his back but couldn't get past his defenses.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:59 PM   #732 (permalink)
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Technique was back taking from de la riva guard...yeah, I'm not going to try to explain it.

In rolling I got two browns and two black belts. Man, I'm taking it for granted how skilled the guys are that I get to roll everyday, I forget what it's like to be excited about getting to roll a brown belt.

Anyways, the big black belt was really good and was all over me, I struggled as best as I could but was tapped with an armbar and otherwise dominated. A brown gave me a hell of a time passing his guard but I did finally find a way though, though I couldn't do shit once I got there, at least I didn't get submitted. Same struggles with another brown belt trying to pass his butterfly guard. The final black belt I thought I was doing well with but got tapped out twice with collar chokes. Thiago, one of the browns was emphasizing that I'm leaving my neck exposed, and to drop my chin when someone reaches inside my lapel. A common mistake for me still.

Boxing we shadowboxed and then drilled simple combos. Once again we did retard sparring, where they tell me its contact only and they come at me swinging wildly. I also was told touch only with a beginner, which I did, and then the next round they told me to hit him. Then they wanted me to hit him harder. wtf.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:23 PM   #733 (permalink)
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Private with Gerbil.

Review of transition to reverse mount to kneebar to calf crusher. Two kneebars from half guard top, and kneebar from half guard bottom. Hip riding when attacking the turtle, dismounting, taking back from half guard.

New stuff today was darce from half guard top. Top hand whizzers through, reaching to the far side of their head, pull in and use your other elbow against the back of their head to help. Grip bicep with one hand while the other reaches over to their armpit, bringing your knees into them as you squeeze to finish.

The defense from bottom half guard with the underhook...non underhooking hand stops and holds their hand coming for the neck, the underhook hand grips the wrist, thumb down, with your elbow driving into their armpit. Move your hips under them as your drive with that elbow to sweep them over. This grip on the wrist can be used to sweep straight up from half guard, side control, and guard.

Also worked on last minute, kimura from half guard bottom, you can sweep easily by spinning your head to their legs and rolling over.

Man this shit is tedious to write out. Next private is my last and we're going to film this shit.

I feel pretty tired. It's lame because I don't feel like I'm training hard enough. I've got some mean knee joint soreness as well as what I believe are bone bruises that make a sport that puts weight on your knees a pain in the ass.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:38 PM   #734 (permalink)
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Private with Gerbil.

Review of transition to reverse mount to kneebar to calf crusher. Two kneebars from half guard top, and kneebar from half guard bottom. Hip riding when attacking the turtle, dismounting, taking back from half guard.

New stuff today was darce from half guard top. Top hand whizzers through, reaching to the far side of their head, pull in and use your other elbow against the back of their head to help. Grip bicep with one hand while the other reaches over to their armpit, bringing your knees into them as you squeeze to finish.

The defense from bottom half guard with the underhook...non underhooking hand stops and holds their hand coming for the neck, the underhook hand grips the wrist, thumb down, with your elbow driving into their armpit. Move your hips under them as your drive with that elbow to sweep them over. This grip on the wrist can be used to sweep straight up from half guard, side control, and guard.

Also worked on last minute, kimura from half guard bottom, you can sweep easily by spinning your head to their legs and rolling over.

Man this shit is tedious to write out. Next private is my last and we're going to film this shit.

I feel pretty tired. It's lame because I don't feel like I'm training hard enough. I've got some mean knee joint soreness as well as what I believe are bone bruises that make a sport that puts weight on your knees a pain in the ass.
keep on keeping on man...


my sore neck and shoulder isn't helping anything dealing with CHarlie and Ryan Chiappe either..

are u taking any gingko biloba or anything to help remember all this ish..

Jeeez.. your doing good though -
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:08 PM   #735 (permalink)
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BJJ Was rough last night. We drilled a ton of rounds in dominant positions and surviving. Not fun when everyone you get paired with is a brown belt or sambo guy, the full body fatigue didn't help at all either. In rolling sambo guy sat in my guard and we had a stalemate. I got a pendulum sweep into mount but he kept the momentum and rolled right out of it. Then I got tooled by a brown belt. I just had no fight left in me after lifting beforehand.

The weekend has been quality so far =) Buffet and tower beers last night, and was at the beach all day today. I think its a long weekend for their independence day and the beach was PACKED.

Kajan is settling into a new gym in Vancouver this week. Looks like this could be my new home. My training partner and I are in talks about splitting an apartment right next to this place and then getting job at a nearby restaurant. Looks like it'll be happenning in November. Vancouver also has a Gracie Barra and a 10th planet jiu jitsu that I could drop in on for quality training partners.
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DB Bench 3x6@75lbs
Squats 3x6@205lbs
Deadlifts 3x6@215lbs
Military Press 3x6@110lbs
DB Rows 3x6@84lbs
Lying Leg Curl 2x6@150lbs
Leg Press 2x6@360lbs
Leg Press Calf Raises 2x6@360lbs
EZ Bar Curls 2x6@95lbs

Possibly last lifting in Brazil? Maybe one more. Upped weights on a couple things.
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my sore neck and shoulder isn't helping anything dealing with CHarlie and Ryan Chiappe either..

are u taking any gingko biloba or anything to help remember all this ish..

Jeeez.. your doing good though -
Yeah, those guys are beasts. I remember having Chiappe in my guard and I couldn't do a damn thing. It's like pulling guard on a tree.

No supplements at all out here. All I can do is write it down and hope some things stick. I certainly won't have anything too fancy when I come back, just improvements.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:39 PM   #738 (permalink)
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Guard pass drills, hip switch drills, one for one sweeps, positional drilling from side control. In rolling I got to play with all white belts. Fun times.

8 Days left in Brazil. I've still felt exhausted lately and my sleeping habits are still a mess. I think I need a job to keep me on schedule. Unfortunately there's alot of rain ahead which has put a damper on my last days here. Hopefully going to go hanggliding as my last awesome act in Brazil. Other than that, I want to climb that mountain again and rock my too small speedo at the beach with photos.
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Just 6 days left in Brazil. The weather is still crap.

I'm feeling pretty burnt out, to be honest. I feel the physical and mental symptoms of overtraining, yet I don't feel like I'm training enough to be overtrained. Either way, maybe an extended rest is called for.

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Grip breaks to takedown entries, guard pass drills, armbar triangle combos, drilled from side control, then rolled some white belts.

BJJ and Boxing tonight? Or rest? I dunno.
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Last few days in Rio. I've been taking this last week off to let my body recover since I'll be jumping right back into it when I get home and haven't had an extended break in 3 months.

Doesn't mean I haven't been keeping myself entertained though. The last week means it's time to everything I was hoping to on this trip. Foremost was hanggliding.



The feeling you get before you jump off the mountainside is akin to right before a fight. Pure nervous excitement. I wasn't sure how these take offs work. Turns out its just a downward ramp pointing straight off the mountainside. The guy flying me told me to never stop running, if you try to stop or jump off you'll probably crash. The words "never stop running" repeated over and over in my head until my turn finally came.

Hanggliding is really only an adrenaline sport in the buildup beforehand. Once we were off the feeling changed to a peaceful wonderous awe as I took in some of the best scenery you could glide over.





Moving along to today. At my going away party a couple of my friends decided to buy me a speedo in spirit of Brazilian tradition. What they didn't know, or decided to promptly ignore, was that this speedo was ultra tacky, too small for me, and more revealing than typical Brazilian standards. I had tried this atrocity on beforehand, felt embarrassed just standing alone in my room in it, and chucked it deep into my backpack to be forgotten. Until today.

I wore it under my bathing suit to keep it covered for as long as I could. As soon as I found some friends on the beach I told them what I was doing so that I wouldn't back out, then proceeded to order some beers for liquid courage. We went around harassing girls to take pictures with us, which went over pretty well. I kept the speedo hidden away until they had already agreed to the picture, then during the unveiling they would lose it with laughter and shock. One group even invited me to their church service tonight. Not sure where they were going with that one.





They refused to turn around with me. For such an ass proud country they sure are shy in front of a camera. Maybe it's too cliche.
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