Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
It's Been a While
It's been a while since I've posted in my training log, but a lot has happened (as it does as time goes by).
What might have been a fight contract with Wargods (which put on the Ken Shamrock show I almost landed on the undercard for) has deteriorated for lack of a 125 pound opponent. I'm taking some time off and working on some of the quirks in my game as well as working towards gaining some muscle mass to move up to a weight class that has some substance in the United States.
At the moment, I'm working to learn judo and adapting what I learn for no-gi. I'm sure that I'll compete in judo at some point (so I'm learning competition), but I've seen a great increase in my throws which I'm hoping will add another element to my throws from the clinch (which, up until now, were mostly just Greco-Roman and knee picks).
I'm also working on my kicks. I've always had good leg kicks and great knees, but my left leg (which I lead with) has never been a serious threat beyond the outside leg kick. After watching Anthony Johnson knock out Kevin Burns with his lead leg, I've decided I should really be training to make that a weapon too. I've also developed a lot more strength and speed with my leg kicks, with the help of my new kick boxer coach, and my legs, generally speaking, are a lot stronger and more explosive at every level.
The on-campus BJJ program shut down, which is one of the reasons why I've taken to judo. I'm very frustrated, not being able to roll matwork as much as I'd really like to, but I'm going to make sure I revitalize my jiu-jitsu game as well as add some elements of the judo pins.
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