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Old 03-04-2011, 10:36 PM   #61 (permalink)
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It is workoutz tiem? Yes, yes, it is.

Okay so, almost immediately after my previous post, I set up a training session with my training partner. It was a pretty good session, however I did cop out significantly near the end, which is regrettable, but something that can be recovered from.

It began with a refresher. During our last session of takedowns/throws I'd epic failed multiple throws because honestly, I couldn't remember the body mechanics. Which is annoyingly dumb right?! So this was the initial aspect. And in this area I felt alright, The over-under hip throw and the double-under throws felt solid once I took the moment to recollect what I was doing.

I also attempted a few guard sweeps I'd seen done, however these were fail, I suspect the video was of faked sweeps. Which makes me remarkably angry considering I took the time to sketch out the techiques and understand the mechanics.

Next came clinch grappling (3/3). As before this was a strike free segment, to develop a better understanding of how to control the opponent in the clinch, not how to attack. However during this work, I was training under the impression strikes were coming, so, in situations like, against the "cage" (wall) I would but my palm on the thigh to prevent knees, and either hook the other with my lower leg to limit movement, or hover my groin over the leg, making striking impossible without obvious prepatory movement.

In this area I felt like I was able to exert control more effectively than my opponent. I spent more time pressing him against the cage, rather than being pancaked against the wall. And in the cases where I was, I was able to circle out and gain the dominant position. However, breaking the Thai clinch itself was very difficult for me. Eventually I was able to pop the elbow and slip out and over, but initially I was simply pancaking my partner, and maintaining a body lock, while feeding my arms through the clinching hold. I also attempted a kind of crazy high paced movement which was designed to make it almost impossible for my partner to get a strong hold. He described it as being weird and unexpected, but not stressful, so it was fail. Technique over pace for now.

Next came takedowns/throws (3/3). I was much less able to effectively shoot on my opponent this time. After a post-workout conversation it seemed that I was less mentally there this time during the takedowns. Because while they were still "strong but slow" (partner's words) as my takedowns have been for some time, I wasn't dedicated enough to them to power through and get my opponent over more than a few times.

I was also able to sprawl decently well. I use a sort of head-arm choke set up position as a sprawl with one arm cross the chest curled down from the trap, and the other wrapped around ribcage, connected against my opponent's chest. This along with some good spreading out, kept me from being taken down the majority of the times he shot. However when he did they were surprisingly powerful, and I was not able to really do anything but close my guard before hitting my back.

In this area there was a sort of comical, horribly disheartening moment where I performed a perfect hip throw, however on the landing I jarred my knee strangly against my opponent's foot. It was white hot agony, followed by the dull pain of f*cked! I didn't say anything at the moment, but could tell it was going to stiffen up badly, so I wanted to bang through the rest of the workout as fast as possible. This led me to make a nice little meme to explain myself:




Next came rolling (3/5). In the first round, it was back and forth, I managed 2 sweeps from half guard, but he managed 2 as well, keeping in the top position. Here, I was also unable to work butterflies. I wanted to try and scramble back to my feet instead of "herp, derp, I'll just lay here." However my partner kept very tight and made it almost impossible.

Round 2. Here I damn near got a sub, and almost got subbed. I started in the top position, and managed to pass to side control, and into the mount. Here I went for an armbar, and nearly got it, before my partner freed himself and rolled me over, and over, before taking my back (not sure how the sh*t it happened). Once on my back he went for the RNC, but I was barely able to defend, and slip him off at the end of the round.

Round 3. This was my time to shine (and almost get subbed, AGAIN!). Between 2 and 3 I thought, "hmmm, I'd enjoy getting a mounted crucifix." So, in round 3, that was my goal. He started in the top position, and got the mount. However he was unable to secure it properly and I swept. Once full guard, he went for a triangle. It was pretty nicely in there, but I tried to stand and at the same time, inadvertently slapped my hand on the mat to posture up fully with a 220ish lb man attached to me. He loosened the hold and asked, "you tap?" I was like, "...no..." so we continued, but he couldn't lock the triangle back up as nicely and I got out of it. I passed to side control, and instead of going for the mount, I went for mah crucifix. And I got that mofo! However, in a straight rolling situation, a mounted crucifix is moderately useless, unless there is some sub from that position I've never seen or heard of? So I passed back to the mount before the end of the round.

Next came padwork. This is where the fail kicks in. My knee had started stiffening up badly after rolling on it. And it shocked me with pain every time I moved laterally during a combination. I was also almost unable to put power behind my kicks because I was afraid it would buckle. I quit.

We headed to my training partner's house to finish the workout. Here there was pure lifting, gratefully no lateral movement was involved so there was only a constant throb from by knee, no sharp shots of pain. Which made it endurable.

The lifts included:
Squats (to max) sketched me the F out!
Leg curls 3/3 my hammies suck hard
Walking lunges 3/8 (per leg) felt iffy and not low enough but okay
Weighted squat jumps, which I bitch quit on, due to...bein a bitch!
Finally, the cool down: Sprints (6). I estimate it was only a distance of about 20 yards...not the snazzy 40 your supposed to use, but f*ck you! I don't accept that the number 40 exists, counter that fool!

The most important thing to take from this workout today, I think. It started at 10:45 and ended at 2:00. That's by far the longest workout yet. Almost 4 hours total. Which makes me feel really good in hindsight.

Ate like a shitty piece today after the workout. The whore of the hot wings called, and you're sure as sh*t I answered! But it was all I ate today, so from a caloric/fat stand point it's not as bad as other days have been, but from a health and fitness standpoint, it was a sucky choice. But hey, that's why they invented the future right, to provide the opportunity for better choices?

Psyche: Got my issue of Fight! today. Mayhem Miller is a funny muther f*cker. Also: I need a dramatic increase in the number of women in my life that do not have some form of daddy issue. Preferably increasing the number from 0 to any would be nice!
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:32 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Not actually logging at this point. Just encountered something that really pissed me off. And since it's regarding MMA, and since it's something that effects how I think and act regarding MMA, it'll go here.

I f*cking hate stupid fighters. Guys who don't adapt, not intellectually inferior fighters. I was watching Strikeforce Challengers and in lesser fight, names escape me, one fighter had the gameplan, dirty box, then GnP. He dirty boxed in the first, GnP in the second, then in the third rocked his exhausted opponent. F*cking turn the face away, cowering behind the hands rocked and this stupid prick, rather than finishing this chump, grabs him in a clinch and dirty boxes for an eventual TKO (three f*cking minutes later!). That kind of "oh, he's rocked, but I trained to grind him out, so I'm not going to go for the finish," bullsh*t is one of the very few things that I hate about this sport.

The ref ended up calling it when both fighters were standing because one was obviously just being held up by the d-bag who was man cuddling him against the cage. Good stoppage, bullsh*t fight. I. Hate. Grinders.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:24 PM   #63 (permalink)
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I hear ya on this man....not too long ago I got very pissed at some super-weight or heavyweight moron...

The guy had cut the eyebrow of his opponent...and apparently the eyebrow was dangling in-front of the guy's eye...this is no good, but the aggressor drops the guy and walks off dancing around the cage!

What kind of ...t! is this? In my view this is dishonoring the man you are fighting, the fans and the sport in it's entirety! If I was the ref I would have taken points away from the "victor" for not going to his full potential.
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I'm going to completely ignore the fact that I haven't posted here for over a month and simply say, come on, have you read my posts? Are you surpised I ragequit for a while?

Today's workout was just a solo gig with the bag before heading to work. The goal was high intensity "how much of a p*ssy are you son!" Turns out, not much of one. My dedication to lifting may be poor, and my distance cardio may be in the toilet, but my fight conditioning is what I'm proudest of.

My food intake was pretty solid today, being as its only four it could get worse, but I forgot my wallet at home, so I'm not buyin anything at work tonight! I think my diet has been iffy lately, but more solid than one would expect (assuming this senseless rambling makes any sense!...is that a paradox?). I've been eating more natural stuff, and homemade (not frikkin fried) foods, and eating processed junk very minimally (aside from BW3s last night). A significant lack of funding is helping make sure I don't eat out, since I have a new (2009 is new enough!) car I have to pay bookoo bucks for (comparatively speaking). I'm still drinking moderately, and I'm not stopping the one thing I enjoy doing besides getting punched in the face for anything!

In my head. The obvious is obvious. Ignoring the stupid is paramount to staying focus from now on.
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Today was a short workout.

I hit the bag for about an hour. Initially the goal was just to move around, bob, and work some combinations. The combinations were:

-jab, cross, lead hook, rear uppercut

-jab, jab, cross, lead uppercut, overhand

-jab, jab, cross, lead hook, rear roundhouse kick (body)

-cross, lead hook, rear hook (body)

-cross, jab, lead leg kick

-straight push kick, jab

-jab, jab, flying kneee (kind of), clinch knees/elbows

From here, I moved on to doing some lifting (which mah b*tch ass always needs more of!).

Today was Endurance upper body, which was:
3/30 sec rest between exercises, 60 sec (approx) between sets

•Bench Press (15 reps)

•Medicine Ball Bounces (30 reps)

•Standing Russian Curls (10 reps per side) this is not the workout's actual name, but its the approximated title I've created that describes a similar motion, since I don't know the actual name.

•Punch Press (10 reps per side)

•Sit ups (30 reps) while I hate sit up when used to create more visible abs (they don't do that, end of story), building a solidish muscly barrier to protect against body shots is pretty important!

•Bent Over Rows (15 reps)

•Inverted Rows (15 reps) let me tell you the story of my pain. I HATE inverted rows. They hurt (a man-sized amount).

•Bench Press (15 reps)

The workout felt solid. I was tired, it was a bajillion reps (or at least it felt like it was) and I was sweating a lot. Seems successful to me...
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Another day another...thingy.

Today was just some bag work. I worked some of the previously stated combinations, but spent more time working my rear head kick from southpaw.

As I've probably said many times before in this log I fight southpaw, but I'm right handed. I fight in southpaw for the balance it gives my stand up, and makes shooting for a takedown easier.

Well, in this case this "balance" is goddamn frikkin annoying! I tossed a LHK and it fell kind of weaksauce. I tossd it again, if felt better but still...weak. So I threw 30 of them trying to get down whatever error I was making. And after 30 of them I determined that the error was: I'm not completely ambidextrous, and my RHK from orthodox feels significantly more powerful.

This brought into question should I go back to orthodox and have more power. I decided to stick with southpaw. I've dedicated years to southpaw, and I've known from the first day I trained purely southpaw that I wouldn't be as powerful. Its a matter of comfort and while my feet are less powerful from that position, my hands are far more comfortable, and more accurate I think. I think if I find myself stuck in orthodox, i.e., suffering from leg-kicked-to-f*ckitis, or something like that, the knowledge that my kicks are more powerful is important to know.

Outside of that I've started using the MyPlate program I saw on illmatic's log which is awesomely awesome in every way. But remarkably annoying in that, I wasa testing it by putting in my diet for the past couple weeks and I realized, my diet is perfectly balanced, and yet I still have no abs...BULLSH*T!!!

But its helpful in organizing meals for several days in advance, and lets you know in realtime what any changes will look like overall. All in all, very cool.

At this moment trying to string some workouts together with my training partner, but don't know if/when anything would go down. So...probably more boring solo sh*t on the horizon.
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Post time BEGIN!

So did some solid padwork yesterday with my training partner. Orginally the plan was Oly lifts, followed by padwork, but things kind of broke down so the Oly lifts were crapped and it was just a padwork day.

Padwork was vigorous as all hell. My cardio isn't as good as it was before, but DAMN! this session was I think the most vigorous in a very long time. While my lung felt of death, and my spit was lathery and nasty I felt like my punches were decently solid and powerful, except my uppercuts. See my problem is I have kind of iffy uppercuts, and because of this they're innaccurate, so to land them on a focus mitt I have to slow them down (frikkin fail right!).

I was pleasantly surprised when my training partner was like "we gotta get some new focus mitts right? Well lets make sure these things are thicker next time." I laughed it off, and we went on. And after I held the pads for him, I concur, must get thicker mitts!

Outside of the act of training. Purchased a sled last week, should be arriving this week sometime, which excites me because sled stuff is something I've been wanting to do for over a month now. Lack of funding means that I won't be getting my hands on any more equipment or gear for at least nothing month or two.

Diet sh*t yo! I had a nice long argument at home for not wanting to eat food which I consider unhealthy. And I had the MyPlate program to back me up, so things worked out. And additionally, I've been able to keep all of those snazzy ratios I mentioned like 6 months ago in order. Which is pretty nice.
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Did some kickboxing this past week, nothing worth discussing in depth.

I'm going to be competing at the Arnold Sports Festival (deja vu amirite?) in Columbus next March, and I figure a solid 10 months is ample training time to get me where I want to be. (Link: http://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/...-festival.html) I will be competing in the Muay Thai comp. The rules ban elbows, at least I think it does!, and knees are limited to only be to the body. Headgear and shinguards required. The goal is compete in the Cruiserweight class(190-219). There's a fair bit of paper work and other relentlessly annoying BS associated with it. But I'm actually excited for Martial Arts again, which is the biggest key to success.

Today I did some partner work. It started with some basic padwork. It was improvisized with my training partner putting the pad in specific positions, denoting specific punches. I felt losery that my lead kept fatiging. But the focus mitt portion felt solid. Next came Thai pads. In this case I worked the leg kick at the end of punches. Next came another round of shin conditioning. My training partner threw a bajillion leg kicks, and I checked 'em. Seemed simple enough. The charlie horse on my right calf seems to disagree with that! Finally head movement and footwork stuff. Pretty much I put on head gear, my training partner puts on 16ozers, my hands at my waist (or try to keep them there) and evade a flurry of jabs with footwork and head movement, while trying my best to stay in the pocket (or close to it!). We did this once before and I felt like a boss, this time I felt more like a loser who thought he was a boss, then got pwned. I felt good dodging and moving away from a few, but I kept moving back, and couldn't get my feet to move at angles how I wanted them to. A bit of win, and a bit of fail with that one.

The workout was only about 90 minutes, mostly due to me having to work today and not wanting to go to work smelling like a hippopotamus (sp as f*ck!). The workout still felt solid for being so short. I worked up a pretty decent sweat so its some kind of progress!

The ingestion insurrection I call a diet: Its been kind of back and forth. I had a spell of oh sweet jesus look at my girth recently, but I've kind of come over the hump (no pun intended, for once!). I accidently bought cookies and creme protein shake a while back and hadn't been using it due to the fear of horrendousness. But it actually tasted pretty good when I finally broke down and tried it. Much better than chocolate flavor by a long shot. So there's some more win.

With summer upon me, I'm excited to be doing stuff outside again (Mostly camping). Working out outside is always fun and being where people can see you is always motivating to push just a little harder.


Edit: A fights from this years classic to give me an idea of the level of competetion.




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Had a nice workout today.

Started with some padwork. Focus mitts. It was solid stuff some of the combinations felt pretty natural so they were definitely worth fine tuning and perfecting.

Did some clinch work. First just breaking the THai clinch or taking control of the clinch and making it a body clinch, or working in to grab my own Thai clinch. Then worked on defending knees and the proper way to move around in the clinch to minimize damage. Finally countering with my own knees in the clinch.

Checking leg kicks. I have some an edema the size of a small orange on one of my shins and they're tender but they feel solid. Probably won't bruise so that's a plus.

Finally sparring. Did sparring with MT round length for the Classic (2 minutes). Which is really weird because I'm used to spending the first 60-90 seconds of a 5 minute round loosening up and/or looking for openings. With rounds so short I have to rely on my combination selection and hope it lands.

Did six rounds. During the first two I was just moving around looking for opening and went through the grinder as my opponent landed a couple leg kicks and a few punches. In the third round I got all loosey goosey and started mixing stuff up nicey. Threw several side kicks to the body, a few roundhouses to the lead leg and a few front kicks. Even a jumper al a Machida because I felt like bein' stupid (I didn't fully dedicate to throwing it, I didn't leap forward enough). In round 4 my partner grabbed a solid clinch and threw a couple knees. I (stupidly) just started working the body and ignored the principle rule of clinch work (arm control). I ate a solid uppercut on the break which hurt. In five and six it was more the same, I couldn't keep up with the shortened round and felt like I was getting beatdown. The only real enjoyable moment (besides throwing a switch front kick!) was at the end of the 6th round. I was getting out worked, and I was up against the wall. My partner was throwing some nice combos but I caught him with a solid hook which made him back up. So aside from catching a beatdown I had fun at least!

Diet's been okay, nothing special to speak of.

I've had a headache for 10 hours from sparring today. I f*cking need to buy some ibuprofen ASAP.
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