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Good and the bad
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:38 am
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Well, I was at work, then thought, fuck it, I'll go to jiu jitsu. I get there, and there is one car in the lot, I was like, "sweet, me and the 150 lb brown belt that makes him feel heavier than anyone I know"... finally, maybe I could beg this guy for a lesson or two. I get in there, and there's 2 of the kids that get dropped off in there. No worries, I warm up with a few drills, then roll with the instructor. Oddly, my 2 month break payed off... my guard finally went up a notch and I now have a bonafide x-guard. I couldn't sweep him, but got a handful yesterday. Anyway, we battle it out for a while. Then I stop and casually ask him why my closed guard sucks complete ass right after he breaks it open and passes. It worked to my benefit, he started showing me shit. Simple stupid stuff that makes a huge difference. I'm going to try to write it down, but he gave me so many, I may not remember.
guard: he uses a double handed bicep grab to (same arm hand lower than other) to open the arm to break the guy down, using legs of course, then to an over under. he always attacks the arm closest to his face. He also suggested the double elbow grab
back arch: he went over the fact that he uses it from everywhere, not just the top - including de la riva (bottom), spider guard
armbar: tricep grab is normal, he monkey grips wrist, then blocks shoulder first, then straightens arm and moves it to the farside with his back arch until the elbow is on the belly button, then he hips out (from normal way that would be to my left) before throwing the right leg under the armpit and actually putting the left leg into a pseudotriangle position. if you do it right, you can hold the guy with no hands. then just arch for the tap
half guard escape.. tough to write this one out... lets say he's half guard where he's on top where his body is on the right side. 1) use my right knee to bring him forward, then grab his pants with my left hand, then fuck, I can't remember, then I (maybe) lift his leg thats on my left with my right foot first, then put in the butterfly hook with my left, then without letting go with my left hand, sweep, where I may have to block his arm thats controlling my head.
pass the butterfly sweep: as he sweeps base out with my arm way out, then switch hips and just ride over him until I have 100 K.
get around the guy when he's in z-guard, or half scissor or half half guard - if his head is facing left, I start to kick outward with right leg, then trap his leg with my right, then do same with left leg, and when I trap, that frees my right leg to take the mount. fuck, this hardly makes sense to me, so im sure its useless to you, but I'll keep going.
how to crawl over the dude who has one butterfly hook and is flat on his back.. put my hand on the ground and block his leg between my arm and my leg - then I kick my leg out and back, then over the top of his.
he had some 100k stuff too, I just can't remember...
We have cards that we pull out, and there is a grid on it, one line per month across, then 31 boxes in each. we get an x in the box if we go to class- this is kind of new, only been like that for a few years. I thought this was my banner year for going to class. It actually is, that and last year. Its the healthiest I've been, all previous years my back was a major freaking issue. Its great (comparatively) now... drumroll... I went to 81 classes this year. There's 4 full weeks until the end of the year... so lets just fudge some numbers -
52-4 = 48weeks
81 classes + say 9 at other locations, which is about right = 90
Thats fucking less than 2 classes per week. Now I know my knee was out for 2 months, and then I had the car wreck, but fuck, I thought I was doing better than that. I felt great for the pan am, and I looked at the card and it looked like for about 3 weeks I was hitting it 4 days a week, I know I trained elsewhere so its more like 5, but the rest of the year. geez. Last year, I think I was out for 1/2 the year due to the surgery. Like I said, these are my best 2 years bar none physically. So, even though I have a lot of shit to do, I'm going to make my goal, provided i live here, to train 2 days a week average minimum for next year. No wonder I was killing people before the pan am, my attendence was way better than normal.
now if I could only remember some of the other stuff the master taught me tonight.
he showed us a marcelo garcia choke. but im not gonna write that out... its the position details i need to remember.
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Maybe back in action
Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:41 pm
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Just got back from the Doc. He somewhat cleared me to return to training - I trained one day since I got injured (which was my last blog injury) - that day was the day before I went to the Doc the last time, when he didn't clear me. He gave me some tests to do, and said I just had to go by feel. So thats good. Other than the one day of training, my exercise has been zero. I was real busy at work though, and technically, it was likely one of the better things for my career to actually not have been going to class these last 2 months. I still didn't quite get the work done I needed, but there would have been no way if I was sneaking off to jiu jitsu.
I may try to return tonight after I do my tests.
I hope that ends my pretournament bad luck streak - ie. car wreck, mild concussion, then this knee thing. This just goes to show that you should never wait to enter a tournament - just go, as you never know what's going to happen the day before the one you planned for. In my case, I competed anyway for two of those circumstances. I couldn't walk without the crutches for this last go around.
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More stuff that isn't likely worth reading...
Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:55 am
First off - I"ve been trying to come up with a way to remember what the moves I have learned are... Since I go back to work directly after BJJ, I just kick back into work mode and it all leaves my head. I learn better from listening, so I decided maybe I'll try to use this blog again, then just try to jot who it was that taught a cool move, so I can imagine them talking about it.
Lot of interesting stuff lately from a lot of different guys...
Angelo's half guard pass - head into hip, lock hands under legs, raise my legs up high as possible, sprawl, bring in the knee after you pass - key... lock down on the guy as soon as you pass so he doesn't turn into or away from you.
Joel's ankle lock - falls locked up first, then inside foot under knee, other foot on thigh, thumb up.
Dominic's z-guard, etc.- guy starts to pass and can't block, then go z-guard, get up on elbow, grab opposite sleeve and pin forward on ground, then eventually turn to turtle then leg under to guard.
Chang's - sleep defense - elbows in when in 100k, elbow to neck to make a space - other arm shoot thru then roll away - top elbow to push to knee, pop up to get bottom one under, then swing upper leg (which is behind) far to get to turtle, head to the side, arms outside, grab knee, leg through to sit to guard.
Well, I made 159 lbs on with the gi yesterday... it was pretty easy getting down there, the lack of soda did part of the trick as I was slowly losing weight, and then upon actually returning to class for two days, knocked my weight down.
But, like I said in my last entry, a guy was messing with my legs when we were rolling and he popped my knee bad. Real bad, so I need to mark the day in case I have to go to the doctor. This is how bad it was.. when I got my knee surgery, they gave me a pound of vicodin. I never used any of it, since I wanted to make sure I didn't mask pain so as to not injure myself more. Once the painkillers wore off that they shot into my knee wore off, it hurt bad. Real bad, but I never took the pills. Last night though... as I was laying there trying to sleep, the pain got worse and worse and worse. Finally, I just could not handle anymore and also knew I wouldn't be able to fall asleep without something. It scared me since I knew that just the weight of my foot falling to the outside was killing my knee. I took not one, but two acetominophen (which is all we had at home) and finally it knocked it down to a level to where I could eventually fall asleep. It sucked. Today I went and borrowed some crutches and put my knee brace from the operation back on. Helped a whole lot, made a huge difference. I'm wondering if I shouldn't sleep with the brace on.
Anyway, I won't be competing again, and that is it for the tournaments for me for a while, as I need to apply for jobs etc. The job apps I do all must be tailored and end up being about 20 pages a piece with different junk in them, so I'll be busy.
The tournament, stopped by today, I think everyone who entered from the school got a medal. I think it spurred some of them on to think about competing more often. Oddly, there is practically never tournaments in san diego, despite having all of these older and now newer schools from top names. Today was no-gi, but tomorrow is practically the only Gi tournament I've heard of besides one that was put on by one of the other old schools.
Funny note, I saw a new magazine called "Fight" and saw an article about the ADCC and how it was started by the shiek who learned BJJ at none other than the location (or what was going to be) I train at. Funny. I never knew that Kid Peligro was also a student there or that he lives in SD.
Taking the ice off the knee and hitting the sack so I can meet the guys tomorrow.
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Not worth reading, just notes....
Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:42 pm
So - I've been off the Mtn Dew for a week - though, not soda - one step at a time... I switched to Coke on Sept 24, and ended it yesterday on Sept 1. Mtn. Dew and Coke are two different world's so I used Coke kind of as a step down. I could generally drink about 2-4 Mtn. Dew's in lieu of food during the beginning of the day, and often wouldn't eat until as late as 5:30 pm, though usually did around 3 pm... then would go to BJJ and be a little on the weak side. So anyway, I just wanted use this blog as a reminder... and... for entertainments sake... log in my weight
so ~1:43 pm I weighed in at:
163.75 lbs while wearing my normal work uniform...
Take a nap baseball cap, T-shirt, O''Neil surfing shorts, socks, trail shoes
The next tournament, the weights are pretty broad for masters/seniors:
Light: 159 lbs and below
Middle: 160-179 lbs.
Heavy: 180-199 lbs.
Unlimited: 200 lbs. and over
Then note - the weights don't easily combine with the adult divisions:
Super Feather: 134 lbs. and under
Feather: 135-147 lbs.
Light: 148-160 lbs.
Middle: 161-174 lbs.
Light Heavy: 175-188 lbs.
Heavy: 189-202 lbs.
Super Heavy: 203-221 lbs.
Unlimited: 222 lbs-over
Why is this important? Well, some people are picky about being at their weight, and old guys like me are often shifted to the adult division if there are no competitors at their age group (My case for every tournament I have entered but 2). So, I have the experience to know that if I was signed up as a senior and weighed 175 expecting to be in Senior Middle weight, that upon shifting to Adult that I would be put at Light Heavy. But had I weighed in for Senior Middle at 174, then I would be Middle at Adult... Less experienced people aren't going to know this. I got in this trap once and somehow ended up fighting advanced adult and masters no gi at these much higher weights since there wasn't anyone at intermediate at my weight and age. I remember one dude looking down at me (he must have been 6 inches taller) saying, are you sure we are supposed to fight each other? Anyway, I'm used to it, I'm just saying that as the event grows, the organizers will eventually learn how to come up with the weights... They simply could have combined each two adult weights except superheavy and avoided the problem and a lot of picky guys complaining. I guess I wrote this as a reminder to any old guys reading this that if you sign up for a tournament, to check the weights of the adult class and see where you fit into that incase you get bumped down. That's likely not going to happen these days at white belt level with the increased popularity of the sport, but you never know, and its more likely to happen at the high and low ends of each weight....
But, back to the point... I'm guessing the lack of sugar will put me under 159 with the gi by the time the weighins come around... I'm not sure if I'll compete due to work as usual, but lets see what happens.
Friday Oct 3, 12:20 pm: 163 lbs
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On the bench among other things....
Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:05 pm
Well, I'm busy at work (when I'm not foolishly spouting off on the message boards here)... but I needed to write some stuff down. These blogs work well for retaining information - someone asked about knee surgery and I had the info in this blog. So, I figured I'd use it again to track progress on my back.
On Sat Sept 20, I was at the Nationals tournament. Directly before my first match I was sitting there putting on my knee pads when there was a loud crash and I was knocked to the ground by the retaining wall and 2 black belts. The PVC hit me upside the head again - same spot I got hit the other day - but the commotion/force of those guys and the fence landing on top of me gave my lower back muscle spasms. I haven't had them for years now, so I wanted to mark the date. And also just say something about them so I can forget about them. I figure its dangerous to think about them, otherwise they may persist. So, I'll gripe about them here for 1 second, then embrace their beauty until they float away. GRIPE GRIPE GRIPE. There, now that I have the date marked, I'll be curious as to how many days this will last and I can go back to training. Note, I"m taking it real easy, and won't do what I did before and go in and train before the proper time (I can't train anyway, until 1 week after the headaches from the smacks in the head go away).
Here's the plan:
1) Take it easy my fwen
1.5) Take standing breaks at work and walk on a regular basis
2) Slowly start to stretch again
3) Once I can stretch again and the pain is down to normal levels start the "knee rehab" exercises (which really strengthen the back)
4) Refer back here and continue to do these things.
Other news -
What I need to work on in BJJ -
1) Controlling the opponents head from every where - this is something I don't focus a lot on.
2) Submitting people in class
3) Proper arm placement when on my back
4) Proper body placement when I'm passed
5) Drill getting up and out when on the bottom
6) Visioning 3,4,5
7) Strengthening my lower back
9) Diet and Rest
10) Diet and Rest
I had the last Mtn. Dew on Tuesday Sept 24 2008. I had used Mtn. Dew to help get me off the chewing tobacco (which I quit on Jan 1, but was using the patch until, hang on, 50 days ago). Once the withdrawals and the cravings were basically done, I figured it was time to ditch the Dew. I likely have a headache from lack of Dew, not getting hit in the head 4 times.
I guess its time to stand up and take a break, and get a glass of, yum, water!
My blog will certainly be about as exciting as this from here on out, so more power to you if you read it.
I just thought it would be good to get some exact dates down somewhere, where I could find them.
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