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Old 09-29-2008, 12:46 PM   #221 (permalink)
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I have always liked your writing. Even on this forum your posts show knowledge in well expressed ways. It is nice to read your posts. You will do well, Much better then my "articles" back at the Station. However I did get an interview with Elvis Sinosic.
That's cool. I've heard he's a really funny guy. I may be coming out to Australia for my semester abroad, and while I'm down there I may work with him.

I did an interview with Matt Lindland not too long ago, and now I'm looking at interview with Xande (now that he's 1-0 in MMA), Saulo, Dean Lister and Marcelinho.

Like you said, just moving on up.

I do hope you're keeping up the writing though. It's always fun to do.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:40 PM   #222 (permalink)
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Collegiate Regimen

So, I realized that I haven't really talked about what I'm doing in college in terms of working out, so here's the short version of my training regimen.

Monday: 1-3 PM, full contact training; 4-5 PM, cardio circuit.

Tuesday: 8-9 AM, Judo; 3-5, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (gi); 5-7 PM Wrestling

Wednesday: 9:30-10:30 AM, cardio circuit; 1-3 PM, full contact

Thursday: Same as Tuesday

Friday: 12-3 Weight training

Saturday: 12-3 Weight training

Sunday: Day off

Not quite as good as my summer workout, but I'm getting in better shape because I'm pushing myself a little harder.

EDIT: My wrestling sessions are two hours, which makes more four hours of straight grappler, and since I spend the last hour of BJJ sparring, I'm generally pretty worn down before I even start wrestling.
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:58 AM   #223 (permalink)
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Wrestling

Wrestling is hard to learn, especially when you are 18 and have no training in it before, and lots of habits developed from jiu-jitsu.

While I'm not sure I'll wrestling competitively (we have a pretty good club team at Fresno, so I might), it's really pushing my fight conditioning, which is great.

I spent most of last night wrestling with a guy who had seven years of experience, and I found that pushing straight in is really effective when he's drilling his head into my head, as it opens up a lot of shots as soon as he backs off.

That said, we did windmill sprints and frog jumps at the end of the workout, after lots of wrestling (and, for me, at the end of a 5 hour day for grappling).

I am getting some help from some good coachs, so hopefully my shots will improve and my power and explosiveness will get even better. While I'm going to make sure not to create any bad habits as a wrestler, it might be nice to understand a little better what those habits are.

Also, I can use the twister in wrestling. Apparently, they call it a guillotine, but since it sets up off of the turtle (a very common position in wrestling, it seems) I should have no problem catching it on guys who don't know what to look for.
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Schedule looks really good, wish I could push myself to workout that much. Just a question though how do you get in all these workouts do you have a job or anything like that?

Anyways keep up the good work.
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Schedule looks really good, wish I could push myself to workout that much. Just a question though how do you get in all these workouts do you have a job or anything like that?

Anyways keep up the good work.
I'm a full time student at Fresno State, but I also write on MMA a lot and I get paid for that sometimes.

I just make time and I fill it with workouts. Over the summer I teach BJJ, and I get to train even more just because I get to hang around all of the time.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:21 PM   #226 (permalink)
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KnowYourMMA Update: Polls

I've been putting some polls up on knowyourmma.com, and they haven't really gotten any response.

I definitely recommend people join the community and I also suggest that people vote on my polls.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:17 PM   #227 (permalink)
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Royler Gracie Seminar

I'll be attending a Royler Gracie seminar at Rocha Jiu-Jitsu, in Oakland, on November 17th. There will be pictures up on my profile on knowyourmma, but right now, I'm just really excited.
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Prepping for a Return

Perhaps it sounds a little epic, but I've been training for my return to my old jiu-jitsu school, because I want to be impressive with guys who just cleaned up at the no-gi Mundials (it was a little while ago, but we had a bunch of medals).

I've been working my wrestling alot, and working my jiu-jitsu even more. I've added the X-guard to my arsenal, along with a lot of improvement in the half guard game.

This may sound weird, but I wanted to give you guys something to think about in this post, so consider this concept that I've started to figure out to deal with X-guard and to use it effectively.

Many of the X-guard attacks and sweeps involve pulling the foot towards you while pushing the leg away with your legs (your legs should be above your hand). It's the same principle for most of the front sweeps.

People see the spider guard as obsolete in no-gi, but it's actually just the X-guard.

If you go to the X-guard and your opponent starts to reach down to push you off of their leg. When they extend the arms, they open up the entire spider guard game. Use what Eddie Bravo calls the "deep hook" (I just call it the tricept grab).

I set up a lot of triangles and armbars that way. It also helps, if they pull of, to transition back to the X-guard or to a leglock.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:06 PM   #229 (permalink)
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Local Tournament

I competed at a local tournament, actually on campus at Fresno State, yesterday. I was originally going to referee, because I didn't think they'd have any competition for me, but there were four guys that I could compete with (one who was a little bigger and one who was a little smaller).

I competed with the one who was bigger, who's actually a friend of mine. I've helped him with his game a lot, and he told me before that I was going to beat him, but I wanted him to really practice doing some of the stuff that he had learned, so I put him in my half guard and tried to work that game (as I wanted to see how it's been coming along).

I took his back with a standard sit-up and throw move (also known as the "sit-out" more) from the half-guard but he got his back on the floor before I sunk in the hooks, so I ended up in mount.

He snuck an arm out under my leg as I was getting the points and tried to go for the sweep, but I sunk in the triangle and he finished.

The other guy in the finals was the smaller guy in the competition, and after watching his match I thought that the guy I had gone with the first time was probably a lot better than him, and he was.

I put him in my guard, attempted a pendulum sweep, but he yanked his arms out and posted, so I took the back. I got the points, then he tried to scramble, and I just rolled around to let him put me back in his guard.

He did a good job keeping his elbows in and doing the home alone, so I couldn't get the choke.

I swept him to mount, but he did the same arm under the leg in before I could get the points and I locked on the triangle. He defended the triangle by hiding the arm under my leg, so I finished with the textbook omoplata.

There were two of my training partners, who are new to jiu-jitsu that I want to give shout-outs too.

Sean, who's got like 14 years of wrestling experience, absolutely killed his division. He fought for less than a minute in his two matches combined.

And then there's Ralph, who didn't win, but displayed a great triangle in his first too matches and actually broke his first opponent's nose in the triangle, giving him a nice bloody spot right on his crotch. He's also practicing judo and I think his girlfriend is a blackbelt (I mean, I know the girl is a blackbelt, but I think she's his girlfriend... either way, she's hot).

The Royler Gracie seminar is today, so I'll post pictures and a recounting of that later.

Now I'm off to Oakland, with my four hour train ride.
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No Down Time

I'm not training a whole lot over the Christmas vacation (though I thought I might make my pro MMA debut in February, I decided I want to improve my conditioning and standup a little bit).

I am a perfectionist, and that is a little bit of a problem, as I never really feel like I'm ready, and I always have confidence issues before competitions, because I focus on all of the flaws in my game.

Conditioning has always been a major issue for me because I hate weight training and, though I have great cardio, I struggle with developing the explosiveness I want even when I'm training with bigger opponents. I realize that sparring is suppose to be work, but I always feel, when going into a fight, that I need to be beating guys I don't normally beat, and that just doesn't happen.

I'm starting to slim down my midsection a little, really get the abs cut, while bulking up my upper body, strengthening my legs and back and building that explosiveness. I'm walking around at about 150 now, which is a good weight for me, and I'm in the best shape I've ever been.

I'd like to cut to 125, but finding an opponent is not realistic stateside. Frankly, the smallest guys are 135, which is why I'm starting to bulk up. Long term, I'd like to be up between 170-180 and fight at 155, but I'm perfectly comfortable fighting with the small guys now.

Still, I've been bulking up my upper body pretty successfully the last few months and getting cut fairly easily. The real question is whether or not I will be able to develop my wrestling and striking just working with jiu-jitsu guys over the break (as I'm home in Oakland). Since I plan to turn my first fight into a jiu-jitsu clinic, anyway, it can't hurt to get back to my roots and work with some of the best guys in gi grappling.
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