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Randomus 05-09-2009 10:51 PM

Randomus' Training Log
Hello MMA Forum members!

Welcome to my training blog!

I currently train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) at two different locations, with a bit of muay thai and submission wrestling thrown in there occasionally as well. I train no-gi at Gracie Fighter Berkeley under Jason Manly and Jake Shields, while training in the gi at Open Door BJJ (Alameda), training under Sergio Silva.

I'll use this training log here on MMA Forum to outline the techniques that I'm learning, what I'm good at, and what I need to work on. I also work quite a bit of conditioning drills at the moment, so I'll be sure to include some details of these drills.

I just want to learn some submissions and make some new friends, though I'm sure I'll end up in a tournament or two later this summer.

The past couple of days have been crazy, but I'll backdate the next couple of posts in this training blog just to give you guys a feel of how this will all go down.

(As some of you may know, I write for MMA Opinion and also have a blog there, so don't be surprised if I often link to my blog entries on MMA Opinion. I'll always add some additional information and other ramblings to my entries here, so we'll see how it goes.)

Randomus 05-13-2009 07:27 PM

As promised, here's a training entry from a couple of weeks ago (after x-rays came back negative for my jacked up nose):

After one week off to fully heal my bumps and bruises -- and give my nose a chance to avoid getting hit -- decided to head back to Gracie Fighter Berkeley today to work some techniques and actually get the chance to roll again.

Jason had the class work on different take downs that led into kimura submissions. I love working take downs and take down defense since I used to wrestle and practice judo about 10 years ago.

But... having my takedowns flow directly into submissions proved to be extremely difficult for me, but turned out to be a great class. We drilled a couple of different techniques that I absolutely loved, though needed to drill them more than most other submissions, to fully learn what I was doing.

I have a love-hate relationship with the kimura, as it's one of my favorite submissions to submit people with, but I'm always a bit nervous when trying to get someone to tap from it. I've had people really work my shoulder hard when trying to submit me using a kimura -- something I desperately try to avoid doing to others when rolling.

I rolled for 15 or 20 minutes, loving the fact I was able to do so without having my nose click every time it was touched.

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