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Old 04-18-2008, 09:52 AM   #171 (permalink)
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i am now going to the first free week of bjj class at crossfit and i have to say so far i enjoy it, whether or not i continue depends on college plans
Do you know where you're headed for college? If you do, then check out the gyms out there. I'm going to Fresno, CA for college, so I spent a day checking out the training scene out there and found a few places. I'm going to talk to the instructors to make sure that they're solid, but both gyms have pro guys coming out of them. (one is Pacific Martial Arts, Doug Marshall's gym, and the other is New Era Martial Arts, home to Tosh Cook and some small circuit guys; right now I'm leaning towards New Era, because of their facility)
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:50 AM   #172 (permalink)
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Do you know where you're headed for college? If you do, then check out the gyms out there. I'm going to Fresno, CA for college, so I spent a day checking out the training scene out there and found a few places. I'm going to talk to the instructors to make sure that they're solid, but both gyms have pro guys coming out of them. (one is Pacific Martial Arts, Doug Marshall's gym, and the other is New Era Martial Arts, home to Tosh Cook and some small circuit guys; right now I'm leaning towards New Era, because of their facility)
its a possibility that i might be going to University of North Carolina at Pembroke, but thats a tiny college and when we visited the campus it was like in a desolate town haha so i don't even know how close the nearest gym is but i know they have equipment and stuff and if there are no gym near there i will workout and stuff but if i don't go there i will probably go to wake tech. community college and won't have to move, so i will be able to work, go to school, and still take bjj and maybe muay thai at crossfit
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:33 AM   #173 (permalink)
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its a possibility that i might be going to University of North Carolina at Pembroke, but thats a tiny college and when we visited the campus it was like in a desolate town haha so i don't even know how close the nearest gym is but i know they have equipment and stuff and if there are no gym near there i will workout and stuff but if i don't go there i will probably go to wake tech. community college and won't have to move, so i will be able to work, go to school, and still take bjj and maybe muay thai at crossfit
I was sort of in the same position. I went and looked at a school in Santa Fe for college and, while I had other problems with the school, the fact that I'd have to drive an hour to get to a decent academy threw me off. (I outranked the BJJ "instructor") on campus and when I rolled with him, I kicked his ass.

Now I'm going to Fresno State (I start in the fall) and I'm going to train at either New Era Martial Arts or Pacific Martial Arts. I'm going to check out the programs there pretty soon, but I was up for a day a little while ago and looked at the facilities, and both have nice setups. (new era has a cage, which is awesome)

Frankly, MMA wasn't a huge factor in choosing where I went to school, because it's something I felt like I could do anywhere, but now that I'm going somewhere where (at either academy) I'll get to train with pro-fighters (though not the top tier guys, honestly) I'm sure I'll be much happier.

It's a nice security thing for me to have. Even if I have issues with roommates and sh*t, I can still go to the gym and workout. Training is a great relaxer for me.

Anyway, we'll see how it goes. I'll say this, the fitness center at Fresno State is the best conditioning gym I've ever been in.

Also, you should see if the CC has wrestling. It's a good thing to try out, especially because it's not so competitive that they're going to force you to learn those details that are detrimental to MMA (they do that to alot of D-1 guys, and it's actually the one advantage Tito had over alot of the top wrestlers, though they tend to beat his ass for other reasons).

Still, keep up the training. Plus, staying at home will save you money and you can focus on your training a little more instead of having to worry about money. That's not a thing I'm seriously looking forward to in college.
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:43 PM   #174 (permalink)
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yea im trying to get a new job so that in the case that i do stay home i can pay for bjj and/or muay thai classes cuz my parents won't pay for it, so i have to say its extremely hard but i will find some way
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:22 PM   #175 (permalink)
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IronMan what do you eat after you weigh-in?

I have 3 bottle of pedialyte that I plan on drinking through first. Then eating smaller quantities of simple carbs (white breads, pasta, etc) every 30 minutes. I weigh-in on friday at 5pm then we start rolling saturday at 11am (estimate).

I didn't have anything specific planned.

Also, when you do the neck-crank to open up someone's guard and they negate it by interlocking their finger's and pressing back on their own forehead... is there a way to pass that?

Finally, what are your ideal/favorite open guard passes?
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:05 PM   #176 (permalink)
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IronMan what do you eat after you weigh-in?

I have 3 bottle of pedialyte that I plan on drinking through first. Then eating smaller quantities of simple carbs (white breads, pasta, etc) every 30 minutes. I weigh-in on friday at 5pm then we start rolling saturday at 11am (estimate).

I didn't have anything specific planned.

Also, when you do the neck-crank to open up someone's guard and they negate it by interlocking their finger's and pressing back on their own forehead... is there a way to pass that?

Finally, what are your ideal/favorite open guard passes?
Depending on how much time I have, it changes. I always have a can of FRS (which is an energy drink I've been using since the Pan Ams, when I got my hands on a free sample), and I recommend it to everyone. It's endorsed by Lance Armstrong and now, I'm endorsing it too. The ideal meal for me is a sandwich. Some carbs, some veggies and some protein. Plus, it's easy on the stomach if I'm rehydrating, because something heavy on the stomach can make you sick.

As far as the counter that you're talking about, that means you are not doing the can-opener right. You need to make sure you have the grip on tight, like a thai plum, and twist on the neck with you whole chest and forearms. Way more power then their interlocking grip. You should be able to power through it just fine.

As for my favorite passes, when I'm doing straight grappling, I tend to pass by sprawling over one leg and passing to the side from there. In MMA, I tend to back out of guard and do a toreando, drawing attention from the pass with my strikes.

I do use standup passes every once in a while, but they're pretty easy to counter so, if my opponent has any jiu-jitsu, the only reason I would use that guard break is to set up an ankle lock, though I also set up the sub when I back out of the guard.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:04 PM   #177 (permalink)
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Rolling with a Teacher

So, in case you're wondering, the subject at this school is one of my high school teachers, not one of my martial arts instructors. (they do enough to kick my ass when we're on the mat already)

One of my teachers, a religion teacher, actually, and I were talking about martial arts and he thinks of himself as a little bit of a martial artist (no BJJ training, no sambo training, and so on down the line of every grappling style), but he had a high school wrestling background (almost 30 years ago now), so he wants to roll a little bit.

I agreed to do it, but I'm not really sure how I want to handle the situation. Do I whup his ass and take some of his students respect (it's not like he disrespected me, so there's nothing personal about it)? Do I play around with him a little and do some interesting stuff? Do I stick to the basics and keep in BJJ 101?

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Old 04-30-2008, 10:10 PM   #178 (permalink)
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:11 PM   #179 (permalink)
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When in doubt, kick ass. You're no longer his student anyway.
Actually, I am.

I'm in high school, in case I haven't made that clear.
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oh i'm sorry i was thinking in terms of yr. martial arts instructor

Only kick ass a little then, ie project controlled dominance, technical superiority without the brutal beatdown, making it clear to a practiced eye that you let him win.
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