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Old 01-05-2011, 05:23 PM   #51 (permalink)
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still love reading your log bro.
Thanks for the support! Motivational encouragement is always loved!

I'm hoping next time I have better stories to share.
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Okay. Loggy loggy loggy log!

So its been a week and unlike usual, I'll post a buncha woohoo I'ma trainin and stuff! rather than, wah, wah, I'ma so sad, no workoutz man!


So I did some partner work that I was really happy about. It started out with some padwork. I worked the following:

jab-jab-cross-R. hook. In this case I was working on stepping straight back out after the hook. My training parter said nothing about it...so I mighta failed to actually move back out explosively...

jab-cross-R. head block-L. head block-Bob-R. hook. This one was all about countering. The boxing mantra stands. "If you gonna let dat foo hit you boyeee! Hit that mofo back! (courtesy James Toney!)

cross-jab-R. leg kick. In this case it was all about stepping around just before snapping off the kick in what gymnastics calls a "J step." This movement, at least for me, helps with defensive head movement, as well as helping change the attack angle.

jab-cross-L leg kick. Here it was pretty basic stuff. Make him focus on his face and kick him in the f-ing knee mutha ****a!

jab-cross-R. uppercut. Here was also a basic one. Nothing special, though I think this one is a nice way to set up a clinch, but I just f-ing love this combination.

From here we moved on to JJ escapes. I've always known my escapes were weaksauce so I figggurrred, "Les do it!" I worked triangle and back escapes:

Triangle escapes:
1. Subbed. I let my opponent seat it. Then just kinda was like "Whut am I doin again? Derp, derp."

2. Subbed. This one was special. I've never gone out from a sub. Well, I almost did this time! I almost escaped, but in my attempt, I actually think I made it worse. I've always heard you can never tell when you're gonna go out from a triangle until it's too late. Well that shit's true! I thought I was fine as I postured and tried to get my head free. That is, until my brain started hurting from lack of blood flow! I tapped, and then almost passed out when I stood up to shake it off! FUN!

3. This time I escaped. Instead of stopping there my training partner was like "Bruh! lets keep dis shih goin!" So we kept rolling after the escape. And I subbed him with a heel hook. I have never subbed anyone with a proper heel hook before. Shmiles all around!!!

Back Escapes:
1. Here I also fell into this same "Whut? Was I gonna do something?" mentality. I was subbed here pretty easy.

2. Again. I couldn't get my body into a position where I could roll over and get back to full guard. I was subbed again.

3. Finally! I got into full guard. I passed to half, then side control. I went for a kimura, which my partner defended. I said, F dis! and went for the mount. I then rolled him into an armbar. Sub! Again. I rarely succeed with armbars lately. I have really only had a lot of success recently (the past several months) with kimuras or americanas.

My training partner wanted to try his hand at back escapes so he got into that position. I went for the RNC, however he flipped over into full guard. He passed to half, but I was able to sweep and get my leg free into side control. I went for an arm triangle, but he escaped ( I swear I will never succeed with these blasted arm triangles!). He swept me and ended up in half again. He transitioned from half into the mount. Here he was like, "know what? I gotta do MY lifts tonight, so I'll say F it! I got the mount, that's good enough for me!"

Now on to lifting! (Oh yeah mofo, you read this far and we're only half done. How's that feel!)

I've been working with the idea of circuits, as mentioned before. With the overall goal being the development of my muscular endurance this month, while my training partner finishes his bulking phase before reactivating his cardio phase.

Something I've toyed with is, a main lift, followed by a circuit. I'll break down the three circuits I've done this go round before addressing my feeling on the subject and any changes I wanted to make:

Circuit 1
This was the circuit including the Couture Circuit found on the Tubes of U:
Punch Press 2/8
Medicine Ball Bounces 2/15
Couture Circuit 2/8
a. Bent over rows
b. Upright rows
c. Military press
d. Stationary lunges
e. Squats
f. Stiff legged deadlifts
g. deadlifts
Heavy bag throws 2/8 per side
Inverted rows 2/8

This circuit was vigorous and worked me hard. However, it was too...body buildy (if that makes sense) for me. Too much emphasis on lifting for bulk, too little on the endurance of the muscles. It still a good 'un and I'd do it again and again, if I had the endurance! (Irony!)

Circuit 2
This one was totally original and included an initial main lift, followed by an eclectic circuit:
Main lift:
Squats 3/3
Stationary lunges 3/3

Circuit:
Punch Press 2/8
Medicine ball bounces 2/15
Sprawl deadlifts 2/8
Inverted rows 2/8
Bent over rows 2/8

This circuit felt too short. In more than one way. It seemed like it was done too quickly sets wise, as well as felt to small exercise wise.

Circuit 3
This was the newest circuit. It felt much better than the previous one, but brought up new nagging questions.
Main lift:
Deadlift (to max)
Stiff legged deadlifts 3/6

Circuit:
Punch press 2/8
Medicine ball bounces 2/15
Squat thrusts 2/8
Military press 2/8
Shoulder shrugs 2/8
Russian curls 2/8
Heavy Bag straight punches 2/50

This circuit again felt too short. Its the sets that are the biggest problem for me. I need to add an additional 2-3 sets be achieve what I'm looking for at this level. I feel like a seven exercise circuit is sufficient, but this brings up a few more questions:

Should the circuit focus on a specific muscle group?
Should this muscle group be the same as the main lift?
Should I focus on Type 1 or Type 2 muscle fibers?

The answers to these questions are:
Yes
Yes
Both

So, I scribbled out a little criteria for any circuit I make for myself from here on:
1. Seven exercises minimum.
2. Total 4-5 sets to be sufficient
3. Focus circuit on one muscle group
3a. This should be the same muscle group as the main lift
4. Split the circuit between both Type 1 and Type 2 fast twith muscle fibers. Focusing more heavily on type 2 for endurance, with Type 1 for explosiveness.

If you've read to here. I commend you for your scholarly nature!

My diet has been back and forth this week. I went to the grocery store and spent about $116 on mostly healthy food, with a bit of selfishly purchased snacks included (luuuuuuzzzzzzeeeerrr!). But overall it has been decently healthy. At work, the place where I eat the worst. I've almost completely eliminated greasy fast food as a whole, and drastically cut back on sugary happy drink (soda) intake.

Mental stuff. I sat down with a piece of paper and wrote out all of my questions for myself. These are questions that a lot of people have to address at one point or another, so I figured I'd get them all down, and find my answers for each:

Where is my mind at? How dedicated am I? How can I increase my focus on my goals? What motivates me? What do I want from MMA? What is it that I'm truly dedicated to? How much do other people effect my dedication?

I don't have most of those answers yet. But those questions feel like the locks standing between me and all I've wanted. I just have to find the keys.

Overall. I feel really good this week. Eating better, combined with working out heavily again, and even a more balanced social life, is making me very happy with myself as a person and as a fighter-in-training. I'm actually looking forward to continuing training and keeping a hold of the upbeat Ben (holy f*ck my real name!) and actually achieving my goal of winning my first MMA fight before 2012!
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Should the circuit focus on a specific muscle group?
Should this muscle group be the same as the main lift?

The answers to these questions are:
Yes
Yes

3. Focus circuit on one muscle group
3a. This should be the same muscle group as the main lift
You might've already considered this, but I thought I'd point it out just incase. If you spread the workload out over more muscle groups, your body will have to work harder to pump blood from one muscle group to the next, and then back again. So hitting multiple muscle groups in one circuit would give you a better workout in terms of endurance training. Not trying to be like "ur doin' it wrong", just givin' some food for thought.

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You might've already considered this, but I thought I'd point it out just incase. If you spread the workload out over more muscle groups, your body will have to work harder to pump blood from one muscle group to the next, and then back again. So hitting multiple muscle groups in one circuit would give you a better workout in terms of endurance training. Not trying to be like "ur doin' it wrong", just givin' some food for thought.

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I think if the goal was cardiovascular endurance then that would be ideal, and after you're done bulking that's how I'll reallign it.

However, the goal is muscular endurance. Which is to say, developing the muscles to take longer to fatigue, and enable them to work at a higher level when fatigued. In that way, a single muscle group specific workout (at least to me) makes more sense.
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Lo, and the log was two days earlier than a week, and all the homies rejoiced.

Okay, so as I finished off that was length of the redic, I had decided to focus the circuits on a specific muscle group. I have experimented in that regard with two separate workouts and have found a mixed bag.

Lifting
Firstly was the chest circuit which I have to say was a bitch. The circuit itself broke down like this:

Main Lift:
Bench Press (to max)
Chest Press 3/6

Circuit:
Punch Press 3/8
Medicine Ball Bounces 3/15
Handstand pushups 3/8
Decline bench press 3/8
Tricep Extentions 3/8
Pushups 3/8
Heavy Bag Punches 3/50

The goal here was twofold.
1. Add an additional set with the idea being to build up to 4-5 sets at a vigorous pace.
2. Focus on fatiguing a single muscle group.

The outcome was absolutely terrible. Firstly during the main lift I was a I was motivated Mandi about the max lift. So after completing it once, I attempted it again (thank God for the ambitious-but-stupid safety racks). I moved on to the circuit which in hindsight was poorly concieved. The handstand pushups were the largest fail of all. I feared that I would crush my face into the sparce quarter inch gym flooring covering the cement floor, so I didn't go nearly as deep as I should have. Also. I was putting excessive pressure on my elbows, which ached for two days after this circuit. During the decline bench, the racks were too high so with every rep the br bounced off the bottom of the rack, making each rep an annoyingly tedious process. Tricep extentions were fail. Simple as that.

All in all this workout must have looked like some zany episode of scooby doo. I think the biggest reasons for the failure were, 1. poorly planned out in advance, thus poorly executed. 2. poor endurance in my upper body. 3. Ambitious weights, unintelligent weights. The upper body circuit is in definite need of revamp before the next time around.

After the obligatory recovery day between major lifts, I moved on to a lower body circuit. As before, this one included squats as a main lift. Squats have always freaked me out (as said previously...like a bajillion times!). However as I have been doing the I'm becoming more confident that I'm not going to blow out my knees like my pansy self used to think. However I am still not ballsy enough to max on squats. The circuit is as follows:

Main lift:
Squats 3/3
Stationary Lunges 3/6

Circuit:
Punch Press 3/8
Medicine ball bounces 3/15
Medicine ball jumps 3/8
Squat thrusts 3/8
Squat front kicks 3/8
Shadow Takedowns 3/8
Repition Kicks 3/15 (per leg)

The lift itself felt very solid. When it was finished my muscles were tired. It wasn't the soreness one gets from building muscle, it was the exhaustioned of muscles fatigued beyond what they're used to. And that's the goal. I hope that after another once or twice through I can amp up the sets and be a man about it!

Also: With regard to this circuit, thank God for Flipsyde. I was considering quiting after the second set, but then Someday kicked on, motivational song is motivational. And I reminded myself that I am try NOT to be a wuss.

Cardio/Technical
Yesterday I worked out with my training partner. He suggested we wokout this day, confirmed the time of the workout and length, but didn't plan anything to do. I'm not gonna be mean and point fingers but da ****z boyo!

So the workout went like this:

Firstly it was kick defense and counter drills. This entailed one fighter throwing kicks (whatever kind of kick he felt like) and the opponent defending the kick in the proper manner and countering. I found myself using a variety of kicks and landing occassionally though my opponent's defenses. Which I felt okay about because its much harder to land a kick when your opponent knows you're not going to punch him. I landed a front push kick to the core which I was rather proud of, as well as a nice lead side kick to the shoulder.

In this area there were also a few frustrations. I seemed to have a serious problem countering after defending the kick. I'm not sure if it was because I was rusty, or if I've always had this issue, but I seemed to want to defend, the reset, then move to counter. It was conscious thought that allowed me to counter on occassion, not a conditioned mind.

Once this portion was completed, we moved on to the Thai pads. I only worked a few combinations on the pads. They were:

Jab-cross-uppercut (just loled when I saw I used two t's when I wrote it on paper)

Cross-uppercut-R. knee-body lock

I'm not sure why I did these as two separate combinations and not one longer combination since they're essentially the same thing, just with an ending.

After this for some reason there was no focus mitt work. I'm not sure why, and it didn't dawn on myself or my partner until after we were already feasting on noms.

After the Thai pads we moved on to grappling. My opponent wanted to work triangle escapes. The issue: I cannot for the life of me triangle a large framed 220lb person. My freakin legs aren't long enough. SO it was more him escaping from a triangle set-up rather than a triangle itself.

After the triangle escape we just kept grappling for submission, rather than just stopping and returning to one. From this point there is a blur of changing positions and submission attempts. I remember in stark detail a few incidences:

1. Having someone in side control. I've never had someone in such a dominant position. I've had an opponent in the mount, but it is easier for me to escape the mount than side control. I was honestly taken aback with my inability to do too much from that position. I eventually hooked one of his legs as he sprawled a sweep attempt, and returned to half guard, and swept from there.

2. While he was in side control he attempted a couple kimuras as well as an americana. The kimuras I squirmed out of. However the americana was tight. I had the ol' derp, derp, whudoIdo? moment before defending. I seem to have a problem recognizing when a submission is being set up. I have a vague memory where I'm being arm triangled and I had to wriggle out of it, as well as possibly a guillotine, or kimura...? All in all I need more awareness when on my back.

I eventually got myself into side control, and after a failed attempt at a kimura, I thanked Jebis for all those times I'd heard "keep the thumb up!" When my opponent defended the kimura by straightening his arm, he was thumb up. I subbed him by straight armbar.

After this I worked a Judo technique I'd learned a long while ago, but hadn't really focused on. Its a failed triangle attempt, into a sweep armbar. How it works is as the opponent postures up to defend the triangle, you hook the leg behind the knee and roll him over into an armbar. We worked this a half a dozen times, but I was only really able to finish with it once. The other times I abandoned the position to gain a dominant grappling position, or my partner totally nullified it and we went back to one.

Finally, in the last area of the day, I worked on powering through takedowns. I've always wanted one of those badass explosive takedowns, al a Evans vs Rampage, but however much as I'd like them, I'm really not properly conditioned right now to perform them! So I figured, if I can get ahold of those legs, or a leg and the trunk and I can power through to the cage wall, or roll him over, its still a solid takedown, even if it doen't look epic! And that's what I worked. My opponent was defending nicely, almost subbed me with a guillotine because I shot too high. I think he might have kneed me at one point also, but I was shooting low, almost crawling to scoop him and roll him over.

Foodz
Diet has been blarg these past days. I've been trying to eat better stuff. Not because I'ma be a great fighta brah! because I'm tired of eating food that makes me feel uncomfortable. And that's what all that high fat stuff does. Makes me feel sluggish and lethargic. I was forced to eat family-fish. Which is horrible, the worst food that home can make. poorly prepared fish is poor. And I'd rather eat hamburger helper everyday than evar eat it again. (Bitching complete!)

Brrraaaaiiinnnnzzz.
I've been thinking. The taste of salt and brine from my sweat in my mouth after a workout. The feel of water that should feel ice f-ing cold feeling like Luke warm heaven, and the first second of relaxation after a long workout. Those are the things that I love about my day. And I think compared to some people who rarely find something to enjoy about their days, or people who have to rely on intoxicants to enjoy themselves, I'm pretty well off.



Edit: Another friggin long post. I need to post more often than once a weekish so these aren't so damn long!
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January in review:

Rather than a regular log entry I figured that this time I'd review the outcome of the last month. The goal this month was to develop muscular endurance. I spent the month using circuits to try and develop this muscular endurance over my whole body. It took some time to develop an understanding of muscular endurance (something I'll sadly admit I was lacking in!).

After a month of work in this area I decided to give myself a test of sorts. The goal was to develop endurance for MMA. So instead of just doing the workouts to see where I was endurance-wise. I spent a couple hours working the Thai Bag and grappling bag. The goal was to see how far my endurance had come, and how far it still needed to go.

I was more than a little surpised with the results. After about 45 minutes of bag work, my muscles usually start to fatigue. It starts to sting to hold them up in a high guard, and my defenses suffer. I usually start to plant my elbow against my torso and lower my rear hand. While my lead, which is usually fully extended and about chin level for reaching jabs/feelers, etc begins to drop and waver at around chest level.

After a month of endurance work. I reached the about 45 minute marker and was happily surpised to see that my muscles were laughing at my extertion. My guard was high, my punches were fluid and crisp. I felt great. I worked some more and made it to about 90 minutes of steady work (including about 20 minutes of initial warm up wearing only hand wraps) before I reached the previously described level of fatigue.

I moved on to ground and pound on the grappling bag. I train this area under the idea that one should throw 10 strikes (punches/hammerfists/elbows) then move to another position. The positional movements are, full guard, half guard, side control, mount, side control, half guard, full guard. Moving to the other side of the bag for the second half. I'm sorry to say I don't have the grinder's endurance. This has always been where my muscles have never lasted and I've felt like a loser.

However I was happy to note that I spent the full 30 minutes working this positional change and stiking exercise. That's a huge improvement from where I was previously.

This final test, as it were, has shown me a few things.
1. This circuit style is ideal for developing endurance.
2. My muscular endurance is still in need of dramatic improvements.
3. My cardiovascular endurance is in the toilet. It was twice during this workout that I went to a bucket fearing vomit. My heart rate was off the charts. I can't remember the last time I kept it that high and was acutely aware of the condition.

I've been thinking, and I need to spend another month working purely on endurance lifting. I've finally tacked down leg, back, and chest/core workouts that work for me. Now that these have been established, a need a solid month of work on them to get the most out of my muscles before trying to develop more strength and explosiveness. Which are the two other areas of muscular development where I feel I am also lacking. However before working on those, I think I need to address cardio in March.

Overall. This month has been a success on multiple fronts. I've gotten myself out of the multi-month-funk that had been KIIILLLLIIINNNGGGG my training. I've been able to negociate for somewhat better food at home, as well as organized some of the problems with my social life that had been a nuisance. Here's hoping I can keep it going!
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Well, another week, some more insights.

I've continued with the Endurance Series. There was a little debate between myself and my training partner as to whether or not all the ducks were in the right rows. However, the debate has only made me feel more assured that I'm on the right road to more endurance in the right ways.

I've been thinking about finishing up the Endurance Series a bit earlier than two months. Maybe six weeks. Meaning at the end of this coming week (approx). From there I'd be moving on to Cardio circuits. I've been writing down just some random ideas on the subject this past weekend trying to get things figured out in advance, rather than just going with it, like I did endurance.

I want to move on for a couple reasons.
1. The endurance segment, while being very effectual, is starting to get old. I'm not excited to lift as much as I was when I initially saw results. I think there is more endurance to be gained through this manner of workouts. But I can continue throuh the cycle of Endurance, Cardio, Exposivness, General Strength. On a 6 week rotating basis (improvisized plan that may be totally changed on a whim).
2. I seem to be putting my body through the ringer. And its not responding properly. I'm taking protein supplements, and joint supporters. But I'm seeing a deterioration in my joints that's mildly alarming. I attribute this to bulk. I have a medium frame, but am well within the HW limit. This is putting unnecessary stress on my knee joints. Which I already abused while in high school. So, getting my weight under my self imposed limit(215lbs), and building epic cardio() is priority 1. Everything else is secondary.

So on to techical/cardio work.
Worked out with my training partner on Saturday. Did padwork, as well as rolling.

During padwork, I left like sauce that is of the weak nature. My cardio was the problem. I felt fresh on a muscular level. I felt oxygenated to a certain degree. But man were my lungs aching after a pitiful amout of padwork. I also partially-gimped up my left leg, throwing a poorly timed frog kick against a bag swinging back at me. So suffice to say padwork was fail.

Next was the rolling. Here I was very surprised for a couple reasons.
1. My partner had spent the morning watching Youtube video's describing top control from side control. Ash-hole baz-tard! He easily controlled me and when I was trying to create space to stand I made the super-noob mistake of forgetting to control his knee with my palm. So as I slipped backwards to move back to full guard, he would slide right along with me. Fail guard pass defense was fail!
2. My muscles were working fine. Even when I was on the bottom. I didn't get at all fatigued during what was estimated between us as about 60-90 minutes of rolling. My cardio sucked but not my endurance.
3. I have remarkable difficulty finishing armbars out of nowhere. I managed to wrap up my opponent's arm twice but for some reason couldn't get my ass to fall in the right position to get the finish. Ass plant is fail!

Diet: I kind of fell off the bandwagon this weekend. I had soda, ribs, and other essentially disgusting foods. I'll blame Silva's staredown and Rothlisberger(sp?) hatred on my epic fail. But hopefully I can stay strong from now on!

Overall. There were successes and fails this week. I am happy with the successes, and am not all that perturbed by the failures. I think the fact that I have a plan with which to address those failures is the biggest reason they don't bother me. I wouldn't want to be the ragequit guy again would I!!!
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I skimmed through my previous post and was surpised to find, I forgot to post an update. So here's the paraphrased version of the post I planned to make (minus all my epic randomz!):

A week in the past (insert harp music)

So I feel the need to take a week for recovery. My body is responding really improperly, and I've been doing a lot of damage to my knees especially. I've been limping from solo work. That's not right. So I'm taking a week off. During this week I want to continue working on organizing my Cardio Series which I'm really hoping will help me get things off with a bang. I'm also looking into adding a few supplements which I have been totally ignoring (aside from Fish Oil, Glucosamine, and a general multi-vitamin, as well as more protein mix).

Now, the present (more harp music)

Okay so, after my week off, I'm feeling much better. My knees have recovered decently well, and since I'm now taking supplements for joint support, I should be in the clear (hopeful face is hopeful).

As for training Its been around 9 days, so I've only been at it again for two days.

Firstly, I did a 3/5 on the bag just to kind of warm my body up and take a look at the technique fails from a significant layoff from dedicated stand up work.

My cardio was fail. I heaved like a baby back bitch! I want to get up to a high paced 5/5 on the bag as a peak of a workout, supplemented by all around lifting, and combos. To do this, my cardio needs big work.

That being said, I worked out with my training partner and was pretty happy with the results (including the headache!)

We started out with clinch grappling. 3/3 min (30 second rest). My training partner believed we'd both kind of been lacking this fundamental part of training, and honestly, he was completely right. Its was hella tough to break out of, or to sustain, a thai clinch. However I felt pretty good once I managed a body clinch, or when I was up against the wall (dominant or not) because I felt like I was able to use feigns of my movement, and plain ol' brute force, to get myself into the dominant position. However, out in the open, when he had the thai clinch, I was in trouble, real, real, trouble.

We moved on to takedowns. 3/5 min (one minute rest). Singles, doubles, and throws. I got taken down a few times, and when he took me down it was a strong takedown. On the occassions where he failed, I don't know if it was a technical advantage on my part, his tiredness compared to mine, or rustiness on his part. I'm more inclined to blame the latter. For my part, I was powering through my takedowns (like a boss!) and all but one or two of the takedowns where I shot deep and low and powered through I got. I found that by shoving his bulk around, moving in alternating directions, and always grabbing for the double when I had the single gave me a lot of success. Will I have this success once he's not rusty? Maybe, but definitely to a lesser degree. I attempted a few hip throws but they were reeeaaaalllllyyy bad. I definitely need to have him let me toss him around so my body can remember the mechanics. Another thing was that I was sliding forward slightly and tapping his lead leg, and guaging his counter movement. This was really helpful in me timing my takedowns, and also allowed me to keep pressure on his hips, forcing him back, if he tried to shoot.

Thirdly, rolling. 3/5 min (one minute rest). In this area I was trying to work sweeps when on the bottom, and finish on top. I succeeded in finishing once (americana), worked for finishes multiple times but couldn't seem to lock in an armbar attempt. And was using americanas/kimura setups as feints to set up mounting. I proudly state I gained the mount at least once each round. However lost the top position entirely in 2/3 rounds to a better bottom game. I was happy with my sub defense. my partner set up a sweet straight armbar with me on his back (how the F- did he do that!) and I did this snazzy breakdancing lookin move where I spun around his back like a top on my upper back with my legs way up in the air, that put me on the opposite side. I think I could have esaped, but he almost had the sub finished but forgot the armbar cardinal rule THUMB UP! I told him what to do, and he tapped me. He also got me in a RNC. I had gotten better sub defense and escape ability with my back taken, but epic failed in this case. He flatted me out and tap, tap, tap.

Next came the holy grail. Spizzarring! 3/5 min (one minute rest). Initally I was better of than him. I loosened up faster and landed about 40-50% of the time with punches and kicks. However once he loosened up it became much more difficult to land anything. My head movement felt okay, even though I was lacking it whenever I didn't think of it! But I was also trying to keep my arms moving around so he wasn't sure what, if anything, I was setting up. I didn't think to ask him if this was working at the time, but it might have gone unnoticed. He rocked me really good right at the end of the round. My legs didn't jelly, but he hit me right on the chin through headgear and 16ozers. If it would have hit me clean with 4ozers and no headgear it would have been at least a knockdown, posibly a KO. And since I've taken roundhouses clean on the chin through headgear and haven't been even close to rocked or contemplating a knockdown. Moral: My training partner's straight right hits HARD!

I also noticed a few errors.
1. My lead hand was dropping mid combination, but not every time, intermitently. Perhaps in reaction to certain punches?
2. My footwork was meh at best. I was moving straight out in reaction to punches. My reactive footwork is in need of major work to even be average. I have an idea of tying a rope between myself and my training partner, so I have to circle around instead of straight out.
3. Homeboy is too tall! I want to bend more at the knees. This rooting is helpful for explosiveness, as well as defending the shot, it just lends itself to the leg kicker's strategy. I'm griping about inches here, but they're inches that matter. It may be a result of the boxing and American Kickboxing, which both don't include really any need for rooting stances and are lended to the taller style of fighting.

Also: Fool axe kicked me in the f--king back of the head! What the hell! Shitz illegal son! I realize it was an accident, just added that for teh lulz!

As a whole it was a really great workout. It was around 2-2.5 hours. Which nears my goal of 3 hour sessions. I hope that we can get in the 3-4 workouts like this one every week (which is the goal). And additionally, I want to work the cardio circuits 3 times a week assuming I'm not exhausted like a beeeaaaattttccchhhh!

Diet. Supplementation is off the chain brah! I now am taking 6 different vitamins/supplements twice a day: General multi-vitamin, shark cartillage, glucosamine, b-complex, fish oil, and flax seeds, as well as protein shakes. I've been eating better than expected considering I took a week off. I had fast food once (oh my gawd!). But other than that. I'm ignoring food all together at work (and all that six meal science!), and trying to eat healthy before and after work. I've partially succeeding, snacking minially and trying to be healthy, non-shitbiscuit crackers, yogurt, etc.

Thoughts and sheeet! Feel pretty good. Its probably a result of all those vitamins and minerals, and vegitables, helping Osmosis Jones fight off the shit I've been pouring into my body for years. But still feel good! And feeling good is the first step to being good. So hey, being on the stairs is damn good enough for now! Been thinking about Thailand more. Really want to go to Japan and learn Judo, but Japan is way too expensive for someone like me right him. However Thailand is much more doable. Been looking at prices and travel arangements and such. And while I'm excited for the prospect. I'm a realist about it. Its a far off dream with no foundation outside the boney walls of my skull. My long term plan/goal/hope thingy: Be in the local MMA gym by the end of March. Apply for this legit (looking) MMA org in the area by the end of summer. Have a fight on a card and set up by 2012. Assuming I win, I'm going to start saving to train at Tiger Muay Thai. ****in-A! I really hope I win!
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Suckuary Review:

To be frank. I was an idiot to take any time off at all. For recovery or not. It was a stupid thing to do. I seem to have lost that mojo I'd found in January. But I have very high hopes for March.

This month. There's precious little to talk about. Only that the first time sparring in a couple months felt good. Aside from getting lazy, and innevitably, rocked everything was going well. I could land punches, my general footwork felt good. And my reactive headmovement was better than expected. My grappling is miles ahead of where it was even 3 months ago, as is my muscular endurance. My wind, while being poor compared to when I was training for pure kickboxing, is better than I'd feared it might have been. I still am winded too early, but that's to be expected after my lazines.

For March I'm looking forward to getting into the better gym in town. I've already talked to my training partner and EDIT: I'll be joining by the end of the month. My goal is to be in by the 2nd or 3rd week of the month (a payweek, so I'll have the dough to shell out). I expect to be grossly inferior to almost everyone in the gym. Whether this is accurate or not, expecting it seems like a smart idea. I spent the better part of the first 2 years of my training getting smacked around by my training partner before I finally started "getting it." So expecting something similar from those who've "gotten it" a long time before me is just another hurdle to overcome.

Diet's been pretty fail. Taking supplements, but haven't been lifting much, so I've ignored the protein shakes for now. But I've been eating badly. I was in a bind at work, so I tried to stomach some KFC a about a week and a half ago, but I vomitted it up about an hour later, which I'm thankful for in hindsight. Have to get myself on a better diet, which aside from getting into a gym, and workout motivation is my main goal, being motivated to eat healthy and following through with it.

Psyche: I've said "fail" more times in this one then I'd have prefered. I hope to stop that failishness (new word copyrighted) from continuing this month. I have a hope for a fight before 2012, so I gotta god damn well buckle down if I want to get it!
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