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Old 06-07-2008, 04:40 PM   #191 (permalink)
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So, I've been working out more since I'm out of school. My goal is to spend most of this summer bulking up. Lots of pullups, lots of pushups and lots of squats, as well as plenty of burpees.

But, in more important news, I was working with one of the newer guys at my gym, and he's been training five days a week, so he's been getting in good shape. He's about 215 pounds, so he's about 70 pounds heavier than me.

I've been spending alot of time working from the back and I've found something very important:

Sometimes you need to slow the game down on the back and think more. Many people, myself included, go straight to a submission off the back and lose the position, but the more I've been thinking about how I fight off of the back, and the more I watch guys who are better than me, I learn how important it is to take the position and hold it. Patience on the back is important.

The more I watch guys like Penn and Marcelo Garcia, the more I see that they don't care about the points, and that they care more about the control that they have from the position, especially BJ. Plus it's a good practice to work slower and with more control.
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:23 AM   #192 (permalink)
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Power and Position

I'm starting to gear up to train even more this summer. I'm hoping I'll get to be on the mat as much as possible and am looking forward to it.

I was training tonight and I started thinking about what I should practice and really focus my attention on, and I decided that it would be a good idea to focus on transitioning through positions and using my submissions as a way to improve position, not finishing the fight until I was in the best possible place.

Interesting results:

Arm Triangle

I've been using the arm triangle from side control alot lately, and I've found that my opponents have gotten smart to it and started to weave their hips in as I work my weight up onto their neck to apply pressure.

Part of the arm triangle requires getting up off the hips and onto the toes (at least, the way that I do it) to finish the submission. Instead of using that finish, though, I tried using it as a way to get to the mount, and when my opponents would try to slip the leg in and get back to guard, I would connect my knee to the hip and mount.

It worked very well and it's a great setup for a high mount, because they can't block your knees down with their elbows. Plus, if you keep control of the arm, it works great for getting armbars.

Omoplata

The omoplata sweep is one I've gotten particularly good at, especially against bigger opponents, because the leverage allows me to slip into a high side control where I don't have to worry as much about being bumped off of my opponent's hips.

I try to ease the legs down and control the speed of the sweep, and it works very well. It's become a go-to move.

Kimura/Guillotine

All I can say is that the sweeps work. They cause my opponents alot of pain, but they get the job done. It's a great way to improve position and submit from the mount while maintaining control and bettering your position.

It scores points and gives the potential for a finish. Plus, it greatly improves the leverage of the initial submission attempt.

Favorite sweeps for guillotine/kimura: butterfly sweep (to the side of the arm you have trapped), scizzor sweep, scizzor sweep to knee push.

If anyone is curious about these moves, feel free to ask.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:19 AM   #193 (permalink)
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What do you mean by omaplata sweep?
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:35 AM   #194 (permalink)
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Alright, so basically as you normally apply the omoplata or the jiu-claw, you are going to let your opponent roll over (while keeping a grip on the ankle to slow them down, so they don't gain too much momentum).

Your opponent will be on their back, and you release the omoplata and take side control by rolling your hips.

The other variation is to, while you have the omoplata grip on, hook under your opponent's legs and roll over, getting to the side control.
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Ok cool that's what I figured you were talking about, wasn't sure. When going for the omaplata though do you always keep your hand on the foot? I remember being taught to put your arm across their back and hold on to their belt/gi to prevent the roll, but I've seen diff. variations
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:24 AM   #196 (permalink)
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When going for the omaplata though do you always keep your hand on the foot? I remember being taught to put your arm across their back and hold on to their belt/gi to prevent the roll, but I've seen diff. variations
No, you shouldn't grab the foot when you are finishing the omoplata, only when you are transitioning to the sweep.

If you are going to finish the omo, you should be up and wrap your arm around the waste, like you said.

The variation that I sometime do, if I can't get my hips out all the way, is the Marcelo Garcia omoplata where instead of going under the hips I hook my arm under my opponent's opposite arm and use that grip to increase my leverage.
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:25 AM   #197 (permalink)
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Chill

I've been thinking a little about wierd off-the-mat ways to improve my performance on the mat, and there are two things that I've found help more than anything (besides, obviously, working out).

The first is stretching constantly. Eddie Bravo has talked about it alot, and I've personally found that when I watch TV or am chilling on the computer or on the bus or whatever, I stretch. It keeps me flexible, and since I do use my flexibility alot in my training, it's really good to think about it, at least periphally, alot of the time.

The second is the one I really wanted to get to in this post (the first was just sort of a side note and a reminder-to-self).

When I'm not on the mat, the thing that I find makes me most productive is to take things less seriously. I don't always take my time on the mat hella seriously (I mean, I mess around with techniques and do wierd stuff, instead of the regimented BJJ and such, and I have a sense of humor), but I've found that just chilling out helps me to work much better on the mat.

I feel like this is just good life advice in general, but I feel like it's worth mentioning.

On days when I'm stressed out and riled up, I find that I don't feel as good about my performances, and then I get frustrated, and when I get frustrated, my game really goes all to sh*t (and this is true of most people). So just relaxing, keeping myself calm and not taking everything seriously keeps my happy, but it also keeps me productive.

Obviously, the two are interlinked. If I'm happy, I'm going to be able to learn more, because I won't have to deal with being frustrated. I'll be able to focus on training.

Still, there are alot of ways I've been finding to do this more.

The first is to schedule my days so that I don't have excess stress. I realize that it isn't possible for everyone to live like a Hawaiian (or, in my case, a Californian), but it really helps when I don't feel way too rushed. Just make sure that, if I do schedule alot of sh*t, some of it is sh*t I can look forward to and that will calm me down, so blood doesn't shoot out my ears.

The second is not to listen to hip-hop when I'm not either working out or in a club. I'll be honest, I love rap. I'm from the Bay, I've grown up on it, but it gets my heart rate going and my wheels turning and it gets distracting. I don't listen to rap when I'm working my jiu-jitsu (or my striking) because I like to be calm. I save it for runs when I want to push myself, and for clubbing. For the rest of the time, I listen to whatever sort of chill stuff I have around. This rule also applies to metal, which also gets me going too much.

The last thing is to not deal with other people's sh*t. If someone's having a crappy day, I just don't deal with them. No reason for me to go nuts over their messes. I've found that this is true on the mat and off. If I'm on the mat, rolling with someone who's having a frustrating practice and screwing things up, getting angry and overly physical and stupid, don't meet that stupidity and aggression with stupidity and aggression. Just focus on working the technique. Play your own game and let them deal with theirs.

I realize this is a pretty Zen post, but I thought it was an important thought.
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I stretch every day whether I work out or not, before and after if I work out that day. I am more limber than the teenagers in my class, and a woman who claims to have been teaching aerobics for 25 years. (she's very overweight tho, this might be a factor).

Not letting other ppl's bullshit affect you is harder if you're married with kids. Because if someone's in the wrong mood they will make sure you address their bullshit whether you want to or not and imply that you have a character flaw if yr. not jumping to attend to them that microsecond. In fact I think it's a constant struggle for anyone in that position attempting to improve in a martial art, or any kind of athletic endeavor that requires a synergy of different lifestyle factors/disciplines.

I listen to my iPod while running, jumping rope, etc. but not while working on the speed bag, heavy bag, my forms etc. b/c as you said, it's a distraction.
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Stupid People Get Choked

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this to anyone on here, but I recently gave up on training my brother (because, in my honest opinion, he's a whiny punk) and so he's gone to train with a friend of his at a local kickboxing gym where they offer an "MMA" class.

It's a karate and kickboxing school, but I won't mention the name as some of my past opponents who I still have some respect for train out of there and one of the instructors is a nice guy.

Anyway, I went to pick him and his friend up from the class and ended up talking to the guy who was teaching the class. I had noticed that there were a few submissions he was missing some pretty serious details on (he didn't get the whole "good triangle/bad triangle" thing and his guard was really off), but we just talked shop, about how my bro was doing and whether or not he should be competing out of this gym (I'm fine with it, he just wanted to make sure it was cool with me).

He through the idea of rolling out there, and I had my stuff in my bag, so I went and changed and put my gear on, and he decided to get a small crowd and clear the ring out so we could use it. I thought it was a little much, but I wasn't going to say anything, I just decided I'd show him what I had.

This guy decides to come out at me like I'm a serious opponent, I guess trying to assert his "alpha male" status or something, and so I pull guard and choke him out with a triangle in about 20 seconds when he starts flailing his arms on me (spider guard transition, for those who are curious). I didn't say anything about it, wasn't going to make a big deal out of it, but obviously, beating him in front of his students, he had to.

He does the whole "oh, I was going easy... you got lucky... you can't do that again..." bullsh*t, and so I offer to do it again.

Then this guy makes an off hand comment about my mother. I don't think it was intentional, but for those who don't know me, my mother is deceased, and it's a bit of a sore subject. My brother, and I'm a bit proud of him for this, restrains himself, but I decide, and I will defend this decision, to really beat this guy into the floor (at some point, it's not a matter of respect, it's a matter of him being a c*nt).

So, instead of coming out and banging with him, I shoot (which I don't do very often), slam him off the double leg, take mount and grind him out with the forearm until he rolls and I finish with the RNC.

I manage to calm myself off and leave, and apparently the head instructor, who I've met before and is a generally good guy, talked to him about it afterwards. Still, I'm not really sure if I handled the whole thing properly. I'm just glad I didn't let the hands go, and I'm glad I can handle him with my grappling (otherwise I might be picking his teeth out of my gloves).
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:47 AM   #200 (permalink)
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June 30 : Combat Training

2 mile jog (treadmill)
1 hour kickboxing (striking pad)
2 hours grappling, mostly guard passes
Simulated fight: 3 rounds, 5:30 minutes each (first day practicing with extended rounds)
1 more hour kickboxing and clinch striking

I made the decision to start overtraining by using weights when I jog and using 16 ounce gloves for striking instead of 12 ounce gloves, which means I'm basically adding an entire MMA glove to my hand. I also started using ankle weights for kickboxing and clinch striking. It's definitely alot more work, but once you take the weights off and hit the punching bag for a little while then you feel so much faster and stronger.
I completely agree ironman. I usually use ankle weights and dont laugh but i hold a 12oz. can of dog food in each hand and shadowbox for a while before i hit the bag. I like your training routine also.
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