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Old 08-02-2011, 01:41 PM   #81 (permalink)
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So its been an exceptionally long time since my last post. Memory serving, (since scrolling down to look at the last time stamp would be too simple) it's a little over a month.

In that time, I moved out and got an apartment with a friend. And have spent this entire past month pretty much just figuring out how to live not at home. I was woefully unprepared, something that surprised me, considering I believed I was pretty self sufficient. But now that those stupid things are in order I can get back to training.

Two days ago:
Just did some shadow boxing, stretching, and range of motion stuff. I felt pretty stiff from the inaction.

Yesterday:
Some padwork. Neglected a sufficient warmup so I kind of lost it earlier than hoped, but my ability to sustain activity hadn't lost much intensity in the layoff. I recorded the session with the hope that I could potentially Youtube it and get some of those oh so positive critiques the internet has to offer (can you sense the sarcasm?), but there was some kind of error in my partners camera and it only recorded 2:36 seconds. So, pretty much just the jab, and jab-cross to wake up the muscles.

On the subject of those two combos, damn, I was dropping my lead pretty bad and flaring my elbow when I threw a cross, I need to spend some time in front of a mirror working on keeping my straight punches tighter and the hands a bit higher.

The only positive I can find in that session was my partner commented on how my lead hook at the end of the jab-rear uppercut-lead hook combo felt pretty powerful for a lead hook. Which I attribute to having better developed footwork and core movement than I've had in the past.

Diet:
I was very excited for the idea of being on my own and able to buy the foods I want and not what someone else buys for me. In theory this is fantastic, in application, when I walk into the super-center, I'm like a nine year old sprinting down the toy aisle. I buy all that healthy shit, but then I also take a swing down fat-kid-alley, and we all know how those things turn out...
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:03 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Oh hey I had a log? No friggin way? What is this dark magic? (Kidding of course)

So its been forever since I logged. Not that I didn't aim to. Twice in the past month I've written an entry, and erased it because I didn't feel like posting.

Currently, I'm coming out of a moving-from-place-to-place-like-some-nomadic-herder flux. Which has made getting all, or even half of the workouts I want in, in. BUt I have high hopes for the new place, its got tons of potential, and opportunities. So I'm content.

Workouts have been mostly padwork, a little technique work, but I need to do more. The long stretch of inactivity/irregularly timed activity has had its effects and I need to tighten things up a bit.

A few areas where I've noticed errors in need of improvement.
-I tend to drop my lead hand. When doing pads, when the ol' pad holder fella swings a counter, which I am to bob like some demented bobber (lol, its funny because its the same word), I bob like a sexy bitch, but my lead drops to waist level, I still snap punches from the waist, and my shoulder lifts to cover my tucked chin, its just bothersome to a small degree.
-I also tend to get a little off balance and overhandy as of late if I'm chaining 1,2's on the pads. A little more work on maintaining my center of balance and technical work will help to remove that flaw I think.
-I'm putting my weight too far forward whenI get into a power-punch heavy combo, I love the f*ck out of a cross, lead hook, rear hook, combo, but I get too heavy on my front foot when I throw it, which is a huge no-no.

That the stuff I plan to work on initially, there's plenty more, but a realistic goal like hey, lets not be an off balance ****tard would make things so much easier.

I need to get things set up in the new place to work my wrestling. I love the act of shooting for a takedown, and working a lateral drop, or throw/trip from the clinch, but I have to open up a little more space to be able to train it effectively in this new environ.

I also want to work on my finishing on the ground far more than currently. I was screwing around with my training partner a about a week ago, and landed an arm-triangle for the first time successfully. I have always wanted to land one, but always failed to sink it. And landing it reminded me, I f*cking love submitting people. Landing a flush hook, or cross is nice, but the feeling of a tap has almost no equal to me.

Beyond the JJ and wrestling, on the feet I want to work a lot harder on working various kicks into my combinations. I feel like over the past year I've become to boxery and rely too heavily on my hands and occasional leg kicks. I want to throw more front kicks, lots more side kicks, and maybe get the quickness down to be effective with a spinning back kick.

I fear that part of the problem was, as my principle training partner got better takedowns, I became less willing to go for broke with a big kick, because my JJ is not where it needs to be to sweep, and stand, or sweep at all (unless I'm in half guard, that's the easiest sweep for me).

/diary

As for my diet/weight. Weight is down. Diet is okay. Still eating too much processed food, but in the modern age, and on my budget, its pretty hard not to. As long as things continue the way they are, I should be getting aligned with where my goals are, hopefully by around spring (April) I'll be about 210-220 (with the proper disposition of musculature) and be able to start getting everything in order to get my first fight BEFORE this time next fall.

I think I've procrastinated enough over the past year.
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Solid couple workouts this past week. I'm still hovering around 2-3 a week, I would prefer to get that up to at least 4, but I can't complain really.

Started out with some stretching, I haven't done deep stretching to improve my flexability in a long while and I could tell, but once I got past the ol' ouchy it hurts like I'm being stabbed breaking point, it wasn't too bad, and I felt a lot better.

Did a lot of padwork, mostly improv, but I worked a couple specific combos:
jab-lead hook-cross-lead hook-rear uppercut
jab-jab-cross-lead uppercut-(Thai)clinch

Other than that it was mostly my training partner putting the pads in the proper position for me to do whatever combination he wanted to see. It felt solid, and was a rather high intensity session, so I had a good sweat goin.

Next came some rolling. It was more me working takedowns, and him defending, followed by rolling if I scored one. (4 for 5 takedown success rate yo!)

On a tangent: The fifthg and horribly failed takedown attempt was a clinch takedown attempt. I knew my partner had solid TDD, but homie blew my mind. I had a double-under body lock in the side position and first went for the back-trip the put down, which failed, then went for a front-trip (trying to put him down and take his back), which failed. I tried to suplex him (suplexing a 230lb man when you have the muscle mass of a MW, not as easy as I'd hoped. Next I tried to drive through and bowl him over. That was poorly concieved and I failed miserably. Finally, instead of working for another takedown I just latched on and threw all my body weight backwards. That failed, so I just kind of hung from his core confused, and laughing because I didn't know what else to do. The craziest part: He defended all of this by staying centered and low in a horse stance. F-you anti-traditionalists!

One one of the takedowns/rolling scrambles, he tried to stand and ended up turtling as I got an under-over grip from the back position. I dug one hook, and used my weight and momentum to roll him onto his back (with me in the back position still). I worked for the rear naked, and at the same time dug my foot under my opposing knee, trying to set up the body triangle. I felt like I'd sunk the rear naked and was trying to get him to tap, I arced my back and tightened the choke to either get him to tap or make him sleep (not the prefered outcome). I eventually gave up the sub, assuming I didn't have it sunk, since he was still struggling and I wasn't getting the tap. He rolled into the top position when I couldn't finish the body triangle, and ended up standing and we went back to one.

After we were done, he explained, I did have the choke sunk. He decided he didn't want to tap, and even though the world was getting fuzzy, he gutted it out (like a bau5).

Two things I took from this work:
1. The importance of the cornerman. Someone in my corner would have known the choke was deep and yelled for me to dig it in deeper.
2. I'm getting better that this "Jujitsu" thingy. Before I would have never thought of working for a body triangle, I would have been content with the hooks, and worked from there. Even though I failed, and lost the position, I was working for a stronger, more effective position, so it was worth the loss to me (in training, in competition, I might've gotten f*cked up for losing the position).

My diet is still improving, I've located the lost supplement bag (when I started moving) I threw all 7 (or 8) kinds of supplements into a bag, and lost it. Well, while unpacking today, I located it. Beyond that, I've been trying to keep my diet as clean and balanced as I can. Admittedly I had fast food once or twice this week, but I think it's an improving work in progress.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:22 PM   #84 (permalink)
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Couple workouts in the past five days. Oone was kinda mehg and not worth detailing, but one I felt may have been the best workout in a long, long while.

Started with some meh focus mitt stuff. More just working a couple basic combs to warm up/not get lazy with the basics.

Next was some stuff on the thai pads. Worked on throwing knees at the end of combinations. Felt like solid stuff. The only thing I can take from it that was negative was, when I'd throw the lead knee, it wasn't leaning backwards/treating it as a counter. I was more, shuffle stepping/jumping forward with the back leg and throwing it as more of a flying knee. Which I'm okay with, but would've prefered to work on the counter knee as much as/more than the offensive knee.

Next, worked a lot of improv combinations which felt good (tiring, failishly) but good. Did a lot of work with leg kicks/countering off the leg kick and movement.

Finished the pads with machine gun kicks.

Next did some rolling. Worked mostly just positional control, GnP, and advancing position to begin with. Going for subs if the opportunity presented itself, but working mostly to gain/maintain dominant positions, or escaping from disadvantageous positions.

Landed a lot of sweeps. I felt like me landing these were a combination of a lot of factors. 1. I think I'm a little stronger than when I rolled more often previously 2. I'm a decent bit lighter, and 3. My training partner was somewhat rusty, as I was.

I think the biggest thing I noticed was that I was able to get the finish (once the blood started flowing and I was in the mix) with the arm triangle. As I've said before, I was having so much difficulty finishing with the arm triangle, and I managed to lock it up tight. I think I might have been slightly off of ideal position, because I could hear a lot of difficulty breathing, and significantly less loss-of-consciousness related sounds. I was more on the windpipe with the heaviest pressure than the artieries. Which is a minute problem, but one I noticed.

Finished the workout with technical stuff, i.e. defending the back take, taking the back, evading submissions, countering submissions and positional changes. Felt good with my JJ, I can feel it getting better, as is my wrestling.

I want to be good at the whole shebang, but preference plays a big part in how a fighter fights. Some guys are good all around, but love the technical side of the stand up, others like to stand and bang. Some like to grind their opponent down, and feel their will break, others like to feel the tap.

I feel like I want good technical kickboxing and MT, but I honestly really regret not trying to wrestle or something in high school because dominant groundwork (WITH A FINISH FFS!!!) really feel like it might be my home.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:08 PM   #85 (permalink)
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Another week.

Originally a had 3 workouts planned for this week. But due to party-recovery, and a shoulder injury on my training partner's part, it ended up being only one. Fail, but the workout itself was pretty damn good.

Started out with some grappling. Started on the bottom, parter in side control. Worked a bit, moved back to guard. He stood up (and mimicked the ol' look at this buttskooter fans thing with his arms) had a good laugh and went back to it. This time I was on top, initially landed in half guard off the takedown, but only just, he was turned into me but I kept my base low and flattened him out. Freed my leg and got into side control where I worked some (very) light contact GnP to the head and ribs/core. Spent almost the entire round here working, but my training partner hit a sweep and scrambled to his feet, I locked up his legs and tried first a trip into side control (to my right), then a drop into half guard (to my left). The drop failed massively, and I ended up mounted. Must work on that!!!!

After the rolling moved onto some ball bustingly high paced Thai-pad stuff. Treated it like an actual fight, mixing it up, countering, sprawling, clinching the whole shebang was improv. Felt really good (in hindsight) and felt surprisingly real. I have a tendancy when on the pads to drop my hands between combos and reset, in this case that wasn't the case. I kept my hands up my chin down, and my feet centered and moving. Maybe it was the unexpectedness or something else, but it was a great session. 3x3 rounds so nothing lengthwise to really write home about, but it was intense and fun.

After the 3x3 worked mostly on technical stuff with the focus mitts. Only ended up working one combination I want to be better at. It is the R. Uppercut-L. Hook-R. Hook-Cross. The biggest thing I wanted to work on was my head movement, fluidity and keeping my dukes high during the combination, I tend to cock punches back when I throw repeated power punches. I felt improvements in the head movement, and in keeping my hands up, but the fluidity is still a problem with that combination.

For my diet, its been decently solid. Ate pizza today, and once about 6 days ago. But outside those blemishes its been pretty solid, taking a couple vitamin supplements, but other than that no serious protein supplements, but have started trying the OxyElite Pro (thermogenic) I keep hearing about, seems to be working, will revealuate when I finish the bottle.
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Worked 5 12 hour shifts last week and couldn't find the energy to live, let alone workout.

Solid workout today.

Started off with a light warm-up then technical JJ work, then rolled. Almost got subbed by a guillotine but ended up finishing with a Kimura. The JJ segment felt way too short (planning for a longer one tomorrow) not sure why it was so short and losery.

Did some technical stand up stuff after that, mostly moving and working to body off of the jab.

Did a mach 3/3 amateur fight. Its 3/3 instead of 3/5 because I've found over the years that I'm a pacey f*ck, and with those additional 2 minutes, I can move and feint and look more assured openings, in this case its more about keeping the pace high and staying aggressive, which isn't my style really, but if the most I get from it is better cardio and a feeling of more well-roundedness, that's okay too. Ended up finishing in the third by RNC.

Had aimed for some powerlifting after a short recovery break, instead the internet stole my soul and I played video games...

Diet has been pretty good actually. I can feel and see myself getting into better shape, hope to reach my goals before spring. It'll be a little rough to get there by then, but its completely doable.

I'm pretty happy with my eating. Since I got a promotion, I've been working 12 hour shifts, get paid way more so worth it. And I've been able to keep my diet in line and not overeat, or eat poor quality fast food with any regularity.

Things feel like they're starting to kind of fall into place and if I can maintain this pace, I can keep myself energized.
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Worked 12s today and yesterday, but two days ago, (Tuesday) had another solid workout.

Started with some mega deep stretching, everything from my ankles to my shoulders tingled as I extended my flexability.

Started with some rolling (since I prefer rolling before I reak of a thousand gorrillas frollicking in the swamps of Dagobah.

Started on the bottom, worked "for the finish" not rounds. Which means it was a long one. Started in guard, but couldn't lock up a closed guard, so I controlled his legs, eventually he broke the guard and passed to half, then side control when I didn't respond accordingly. I ended up mounted, defending light GnP. He jumped on an armbar. He had it locked in, but didn't go thumb-up, so I was able to minimize hyperextention, escape, and ended up taking his back. I dug for the hooks and worked for the headlock, but when I couldn't get the hooks, went fo rthe body triangle. He pushed off the wall and turned slightly into me, making the RNC impossible. I broke the position and slid myself into side control as he tried to scramble. Worked for an finished with an Americana.

In the second go, I was on top and worked methodically from guard. I did a lot of hand fighting and posturing to stay heavy on his chest. I didn't concern myself that much with breaking the guard initially, more with wearing him down and tiring him out. I worked a bit of light GnP to the body while stuck in hand fighting mode. Eventually I broke the guard and stepped over into half guard, and then slid my leg free into side control. More hand fighting and posturing for position ended up with me trying to lock up the arm triangle. I had the head-arm position andworked to step to the other side. I almost got all the way over but got caught in far side half guard. I wiggled my body into a barely half-guardish side control and squeezed the arm triangle tight for the tap.

In the third stanza, was on the bottom again. This time I managed to get the closed guard, but, maybe due to fatigue or slipperiness, or whatever, he snuck out and hopped right into mount. High, suffocating mount. He snagged an arm and torqued an Americana. I tried to use his weight shift to take it to get a sweep, but failed and after a bit of grimacing and struggling, I tapped.

Rolling ended up being about 45 minutes to an hour.

After that did the obligatory kickboxing. Didn't do any 3/3. Just technical stuff on the focus mitts (which are falling apart due to heavy use, need better ones soon).

After a short internet infuzed lol filled break, moved on to some lifting.

Sumo deadlifts (5x3)
Pendlay rows (3x5)
Power cleans (5x2)
Attempted suitcase deadlifts and hang cleans was filled with hate for them and rage quit
Did curls to calm my ego.

Diet is more consistent. Trying to add some more greenery and remove almost all greasiness. I'm mostly succeeding, mostly. Trying to eat less bad, more good, and keep the metabolism up, admittedly the pump up of the metabolism and energy is almost completely the responsibility of the thermogenic, which is causing very positive results to my energy level, which in turn makes me more willing and able to eat better/workout more regularly and harder.
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Latest workout was kind of an odd one.

After the obl;igatory stretching. Went into a sort of partial contact warm up deal. Only the speed and intensity amped up pretty quickly to the point where it wasn't a warm up just a workout.

Spent the entire time trying to focus on developing my footwork and head movement. I found that I still kind of have a little discomfort letting my hands go. I like to kind of pick at my opponent with one or two punches, but don't really throw three and four punch combos, unless I end up in a flurry situation. Which I look forward to working on tomorrow. The tentitiveness is more of just a minor annoyance now, but it could become a serious problem if I don't nip it in the bud.

Felt like between myself and my training partner I had better cardio. While we were both breathing heavily, I felt I was a little lighter and bouncier on my feet. At one point late in the session I joked, "You tired brah? I can bounce around like this all day dude, my legs went numb like 20 minutes ago!"

I also worked counter-frog kicks to the thigh/inside of the knee with the lead leg. Its actually something I've theoretically known how to do for a couple years now, but after watching Condit, Silva and JJ have so much success with those techniques I figured they're more applicable than I thought, so I've been trying to incorporate them into my total defensive package.

Really didn't do any rolling, defended a takedown near the end of the 45 minute mega-round and scrambled, turning it into my own and landed in half-guard, but that's about it.

I kinda regret that being it, I had planned on at least doing a distance run/sprints, but losered out and just hung out afterwards. Was absolutely drenched in sweat, so it made me feel at least a little better about myself.

My diet has been decent. Nothing cataclysmic to report, but nothing really fantastic either. I think now that I'm fully in control of my eating habits (for the most part, the beast escapes into the fridge every once in a while ) I can start looking at experimenting with some of the theories I've read to try and boost my metabalism, energy and recovery.
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The massive delay in postin in my log is the result of being so busy with work, workouts, Skycrack and an attempt at a social life.

So for the sake of actually having additional content:
I know new years resolutions are a joke, 99.99% of them are never completed, but in the spirit of improvement. I have one. Its simple. Fight at 205 Amateur before the end of 2012.

I know I've set competition goals before. But, sadly they were kind of a joke. Disregarding the irony of saying setting these kinds of goals can be a joke, and the sheer number of "wills" I'm about to write, here we go.

I will be applying to local and regional promotions in the next 6-9 months, and looking into understanding how acquiring a manager works, getting licensed and all of the associated components. Same for coaches, as well as finding the exact gym that fits right. Suffice to say its a lot for 6-9 months, but its completely doable.

As for the most recent workout:
Rolling 3/3
Focus Mitts
Thai Pads 3/3
-a short break to imbibe food and interwebz-
Deadlifts - to max
Stiff Legged deadlifts @ f*ck if I remember
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Delay in posting is mostly due to total apathy, not with training, or the sport, with MMAF. Just haven't felt like posting at all, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've posted in the past month or two.

Recapping the last couple months:

Lots of padwork (insignificant in the long run)
A bit of dieting, nothing to write home about.
Got into a gym finally
Started a strength training routine, as well as MMA based conditioning circuits

With this new gym membership I'm finally able to utilize real training aids I just couldn't get my hands on before, i.e. quality cardio machines, versatile olympic racks, and a variety of heavy bags, speed bags, battling ropes, and monster truck tires. All essential equipment I wasn't in a position to use.

The only area where there is a deficiency is that there isn't an MMA coach/trainer, just all the equipment, and the wherewithal of the user. So far I'm happy, I had forgotten how much more fun gym training was compared to home training.

That is all. Ideally, I post again before June. Lets hope.
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