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Old 12-18-2010, 12:57 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Good-News

I went to the chiropractor today to make some payments on my standing bills with her.

During my stay I was talking about the injury to the knee and she is telling me I should continue with the light workout plan that I am currently pursuing.

Right now it takes me about 45-minutes to warm up my legs to a safe-level. I am able to do shadow kicks in front of a mirror without too much trouble.

I can rotate left further and further which is a good sign that what went wrong is correcting itself in due-time.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:56 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I am happy that a week has gone by now and things are going better with my left-knee.

I have been picking up the tempo slightly with catcher-squats.

In the past I was the teams sole catcher for baseball, I would sit in the squat for the night and it didn't bother me. Since hurting the knee I thought why not try this as a way to stretch out the quad and hamstring muscles.

I started doing light 90-second sets and doing 4 sets a day with my 75-pound bar on my shoulders doing the catcher's squat.

Last night I moved onto a 4-minute set, my legs were burning with a fever after that. I would like to build up the tolerance to place a 125 and eventually a 150 pound bar on my shoulders and work up to sitting in the pose for up to 3-hours daily. I have heard that the chinese sit in a similar pose while they eat, why not become even more flexible right?
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:14 AM   #73 (permalink)
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Rest

I have had time to devote to recovery, it is tough not working on improving myself.

But I am taking some advice from a few friends and waiting till the new year comes, then I plan on resuming my regimen.

I love the addition of the overhand-diamond push-ups in my circuit training.

I feel so weak after doing 15 of them to start the circuit off, right now I am only able to make 2 cycles of the circuit. When I resume with full vigor I am planning on shooting for 6-cycles again.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:53 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Weighing in on the Year

I have to say I think I have come a fairly long way since I joined this forum so many months ago.

Sadly i has been only 7.5 months that I have been with you wonderful people. During that time I hit an all-time low of 158-pounds, while shattering mental-roadblocks along the way.

I have been pushing hard on being able to strike with rapid-pose, gain explosive power and a cardio-base that would allow me to step up to the sport.

Today was a good and bad day, this morning I hopped on a scale with "dry-weight" no meals or liquid in the body that was introduced excluding the night prior. What I saw shocked me it revealed that I am walking at 178 pounds.

It came as a brutal shock to my mentality that I had gained back the 20-25 pounds that I had cut away through the past year.

I am not sure how this will effect me in terms of competing.

I envision that the next time you are lucky enough to read something like this post I will be walking around at 185 or 204 pounds.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:31 PM   #75 (permalink)
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New Work

I started a new job at work yesterday in the produce department. I took an offer for a full-time load of hours.

There will be 40-hour weeks for a while now. I have to see how long it adjusts before I can crank up my regiment of training. Right now the job is kicking my ass in overall exhaustion from hauling 50-pound boxes around for 8-hours out of the day.

Do not get me wrong the job is easy enough with the weight that I tote around...it is unique running on your feet for the whole duration.

I feel when I adjust to the work-pace this new job will only aid me in my goal to get into the combative side of this sport!
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:59 PM   #76 (permalink)
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5-minute cycle

I have made my power/cardio circuit into a killer beast...!

Yesterday was my 1st full day back on training after starting the new job.

I am doing 25 overhead-diamond pushups to start the cycle-5 overhead-press, 10 lunges per leg, 5 squats, 5 curls, and 25 of the standing core workouts sit-ups, 45-angle crunches and side bends.

I did a single cycle before work yesterday and today, after punching out the last side-bend both days I collapsed from exhaustion.

I hope that doing these brutal-circuits will allow me to keep moving at a rapid-speed at work.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:26 AM   #77 (permalink)
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Been Awhile

It's hard to believe that I was consumed by a cold for nearly 10-days.

I feel much better now after taking some of sweptleg's advice about rest and recuperation...not necessarily garnered due the illness haha.

My mind had told me it wasn't worth the momentary gains to continue full-pace with the circuit-training while I was barely surviving a single cycle.

Work was no picnic either....I was extremely sluggish and felt like crap each day, couldn't really breath well.

I am working on getting my core-strength built up with the overhand-diamond push-ups while I strengthen my knee.

I have some good news regarding the knee injury...yesterday I spoke with a good friend who works as a strength and conditioning coach for a college soccer team nearby. I asked him if he knew anything about what was going on with my leg.

It seems through what he was suggesting and after 4-hours of digging through the anatomy of the leg, I have come to the conclusion that my IT band was hurt...to what extent I have no idea.

After trying one of the stretches he suggested I thought barely anything happened, so with the aid from one of my heroes here "sweptleg" I was able to get the new stretch down pact.

I held the new-stretch where you place one foot over the other and stretch as far down as you can for two 30-counts. From what I can tell I will need to work on this stretch for some time, but at least I can say it works to alleviate my pain on the left-leg!
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:55 AM   #78 (permalink)
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Stretching Circuit

I have been releasing the stress of my days with a nightly sauna-bath, afterwords I will start stretching.
I love being able to do the stretches right after the bath, due to the increased flexibility.

I just finished a long 4-part circuit.

I know that what I am doing is semi risky...but isn't all of the stuff we do to obtain our fighting form this way?

I will press my 75-pound bar over the head and go into a standing-side split with the bar on my shoulders.

I did this for 3-cycles, the 1st cycle went like this:
15-second holds at 6 different spread-points then as low as I could get for 5-seconds.

2nd cycle same as the first one but held the stretch points for 30-seconds and 10 seconds on the final stretch-point.

3rd cycle same as the previous, but held the stretch points for 45 seconds and 15 seconds for the final stretch-point.

between each cycle I sat in a catchers pose for 15,30,45 seconds and did butterfly stretches for 15,30,45 seconds.

After I went through these 3-cycles I went and worked on the stairs.

I did standing elevated side-splits first at the 4th-step, then rotated my leg so my heel was on the step and did the toe-touch stretch that way, held each pose for 15-seconds.

Then did the same for the 5th step, between each of these 30-second cycles I did the butterfly and the Illiotibal stretch, both at 30-seconds each pose.

I feel really good right now. I hope that I am motivated to do this stretching circuit after each sauna-bath.

If things go like they should I may be able to reach a full side-split in 4-8 weeks time. I am positive on one thing the slower I progress into this highly flexible pose the better...

I am maintaining the power/cardio circuits doing 4-per day. I will keep the cycles this way until I am able to do them at a explosive rate.

I hope the flexibility will allow me to improve my form for technique.
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Found A Gym

Hey guys, I am sorry that I haven't kept up here. Work has been crazy difficult large sales that are draining me.
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I had been talking with a lady at work last week, in the trim-room for produce. She had mentioned that her son had a fighter who was going into a huge fight. I was naturally inclined to ask her more about her boy who is a bloody-monster....he naturally walks at 275 pounds "in-shape" for Christ's sake! Sorry....that just blew me away, but he stands at 6'4 maybe 6'6.
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Well anyways, Brad's fighter the (instructor) had won the match and got called up to the UFC.

I think you may enjoy a little bio on Brad so here we go:
First off he is a Black Belt under the Gracie Family. (sadly I cannot tell you if it is only a 1st belt or anything...he I know very little about the rankings of jitsu sadly.)
He has background in Escrima, Judo, and Boxing.
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Things went very well for me tonight to start the night off we did stretching on our own for about 15-20 minutes. After this Brad tells me "I would like to see what you have in regards to my skill of wrestling/bjj".

I was paired up with a boxer by trade to start out. I toyed around pawing a little bit then pounced for a take-down.
"I did a piss-poor job in technique haha...but strength and luck prevailed with this attempt. Basically I believe I was able to tie up a standing guillotine and from there I moved my base foot (right) foot from the rear to a little bit in front of the left, from that point I had the idea to try a rear-leg sweep with the guillotine partially sunk. This worked out advantageously, the only downside was when we went to the mat the boxer had gotten into my guard. From there he tried to do a bridge almost by walking his feet towards my head...all the meanwhile trying to tear my right arm out of the choke.

For about 5-10 seconds he played around, with my left hand I attempted to do what Donald Cerrone had done in his last fight. Cerrone had done a beautfiul guillotine...can't remember exactly how but he had used his free hand to grab on to his choking hand and cinch the choke tighter.

I have to say the love-taps that I got on my hips was the most satisfying feeling during the whole night! I had submitted my first man in the very first rolling session haha HELL YA!
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After that we went for 4 more two to three minute rolls "with the boxer".

The boxer and the wrestler rolled for about 5-6 minutes neither gaining any advantage. During the course of this session Brad encouraged me to get up close and personal to see what was going on. By up close and personal is.."less than 3-feet from the action." Once and awhile I'd ask a random question about what I saw and he'd use me as a dummy and walk me through the technique.
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After the other two were done we cooled off for a minute or so then I went in rolling with the wrestler whom I know personally from High school, who was a state-wrestler 4-years running. I can't tell you how he fared but that is an accomplishment in itself.

To put things mildly during the 4 or 6 rollings I had with him were very-very short. I was submitted each time via the guillotine. The only roll that really sticks out was when he had tried a guillotine and sunk the choke around my jawline haha...this left my jaw and his arms shot to hell. A few moments after this he sunk the choke.
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After this was over the other two rolled for a little while longer. Once that portion of the night was said and done we wrapped up and dawned sparring-gear.

Boy was this an eye-opener haha.

I was paired up with the boxer again to start with. This time I was totally outclassed. He was tagging me at will, there was not much I could do but try to dodge the blows to my head and try to gain a solid footing to strike back.

During the session with him I did land a few decent shots, I couldn't penetrate his guard...but threw some sort of flurry that ended with a cracking right looping hook to his ears.
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After that the other two went at it, it was fantastic left-verses right hands. After this was over I went for two rounds with the wrestler who was vastly more agile. He was popping me like crazy until I found a rhythm in his game. He had darted in and ducked his head which was probably the worst thing he could do...I saw the oppertunity and threw a left-hand guillotine grapple to tie him up. While he was flailing around I blasted his body with close to a dozen right-handed strikes...that felt amazing being able to hold him at bay and wreck havoc!

I was able to do this once more before I became gassed out. At that point my guard was complete trash, I can't be certain what connected but several quick shots landed on my nose that resulted in a decent flow of blood. "I know that I should have continued on but I crossed up my arms in an "X".

I sat on my knees for a moment blood spilling on the mat, a few moments after Brad has me lay on my back. I believe I was laying on the mat for 2-4 minutes, before the flow ceased.
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After the boxing session was over that was the end of the night for testing my abilities for better or worse who knows honestly.

Brad's wife works with him in the gym, she runs a cardio Thai-boxing course that runs about an hour. Oh I forgot to mention the actual MMA portion lasted roughly 2-hours.

The Thai-boxing was brutal on my striking endurance capabilities...It was not overly hard listening to a cd yell out commands. 1 (L Jab) 2 L jab straight R, you get the picture I hope.

We went for 3-minute rounds then did some conditioning for a minute to rest up. Eventually we worked through 7 rounds of this. I was spent by round 5...my strikes were paper-punches.

After the Thai-boxing session they did a cardio deal, on the mats jumping horizontally and back/forward. We ended up going for 5 three-minute rounds doing both of those for 10-rounds total.

After the jumping stuff we did something rather fun...you lie on the mats with your head against the partners ankles and grab them. The idea is you keep your legs locked and together and do leg rises...the catch is when you bring your legs up the partner hurls them to the mat in different directions. Ideally you are supposed to keep your heels from hitting the mat.

Once this was all said and done Brad had a final chore for me and the thai-class. We had a mini-competition to see who would last longest in the trunk position. I am not gloating when I say I was victorious hehe.

The other 3 having lost had to do 50 crunches, for the hell of it I did that as well. Why not right?
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I must say there was a hell of a lot that happend during the 3-3.5 hour class tonight. After going through the thai-boxing Brad had me sign some waivers and put a deposit down for a month at $60.

We talked about little stuff about how things work at the gym. The best part of the whole night was the comradeship that everyone showed me. Several times Brad had told me prior to talking with him in his office that he loved how I had HEART. I know I took a beating tonight but at least I stood and was able to forge on!

He was telling me that his guy that just went to the UFC is one hell of a monster...coming from him I don't doubt it.

We did a punch-mitt drill basically you picked a random number I tried 5 but they said 8. Basically you had to throw a Straight left to the right and vice-versa with the right. After you did 8-combos like this you dropped and did 8 vertically hand-pushups with your palms facing each-other.

I was at failure on the set where you did 2, the wrestler ran over and aided me in punching out the last three pushups.

Well to get back to the UFC guy, Brad says that he does 25 sets in this workout. I say to myself if this man can do that I want to do 30 sets!
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Anyways I know this is a long-ass assessment of my 1st experience in true MMA training. I will be heading back Monday for another 3-hour session!
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Utter Pain

I loved every moment friday, but I am paying for it now.

I am in next to complete muscle fatigue. I could barely move a 40-pound box of bananas at work today....

Gotta rest come Monday, I'll be hitting the gym running this coming week...hopefully I'll get about 20 hours of training in.
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