April 29, 2010
April 27, 2010
April 24, 2010
Congrats to Baruto for his recent promotion to Ozeki in Sumo. The Estonian has been on a great success streak in recent basho and is now honored with the second highest rank in sumo. He is only the second European to reach such levels in sumo behind Bulgarian Kotooshu.
April 21, 2010
Perusing the interweb I found this interesting article by world grappling maestro Pablo Popovitch on how he approaches his diet. Though not strictly paleo, he obviously covets clean, lean food and an amazingly strict workout regime.
Jason Scully breaks down some great pointers about competing. I don't think you need to be a grappler to appreciate his points and lessons, as they apply to anyone who pushes their comfort zone and puts it all on the line just for the sake of putting on the line. Keep in mind that regardless of the activity we compete in, the overwhelming majority of us (I would say 95%) do not make a penny competing. As a matter of fact we SPEND tons of dinero every year just to go out on the mat, or the shooting range, or the track, or the field.... just to push ourselves to new limits in an effort to learn and grow as competitors, as well as human beings.
April 19, 2010
April 17, 2010
Anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes with me knows my attraction to bacon is a little... much! Who doesn't love bacon? I have tried all sorts of bacon bacon products: bacon-naise, bacon salt, bacon chocolate, and I am looking forward to trying bacon vodka! And their is a lot of silly non-sense out there regarding the nutritional value of bacon.
April 15, 2010
Right off the bat I need to make this statement: YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!! Their are two people who read this blog, martial artists and my mom. (Mom, you can read this if you wish, but you have that maddening mom crazy style that only a fool would mess with!) For the rest of you Sgt. Rory Millers pivotal work should be required reading.
- Physiological & Psychological responses to adrenaline
- Predators: their thinking, their actions, their rationalizations
- Common misconceptions and mistakes regarding training and drilling for violence
- The after effects of dealing with a violent encounter, regardless of outcome
- All, not some, ALL encounters ended up in the clinch range! No matter how they started; striking, knives, guns etc. they all ended up being in the clinch range.
- The physical, emotional, mental cues that something is about to go off are always present and consistent... if you know what to look for.
- A moments hesitation will cause you great bodily harm! The first to get hit is almost always the first to lose the fight!
- You must know what you are willing to fight for, and what is water under the bridge. Meditate on this well before the "go" moment.
April 14, 2010
Stephan Kesting posted an article by Krista Scott Dixon (Toronto, ON.) addressing the small grappling with the big. Obviously geared towards women I think this article applies to anyone who is fighting someone larger then them. This is a universal issue as many small people get frustrated when dealing with us big guys. Injury is certainly something to take into account, especially with those that do not respect the size difference. For instance I have a general rule, except for Brian my coach, that I will not crush those who weigh less than 160#. When I roll with women or anyone smaller than me I try to use technique with less use of pressure and force. This is the cardinal principle of BJJ and yet so many struggle with it. Why?
April 13, 2010
April 12, 2010
April 6, 2010
Most of the guys back home wanted to know about the differences between the North American and Brazilian academies. a few observations:
- Far fewer techniques demonstrated in Brazil. Maybe 2 per class and it was not uncommon after a brief warm up to hear "ok,..today we go to training". The emphasis was on rolling in 7 min timed rounds.
- No stand up. The blackbelts explained that the only time they performed sparring from standup was in a week or so before tournaments. They felt that standup grappling was more likely to result in training injuries.
- I found the jiu-jitsu much more "feint" oriented as opposed to straight ahead pressure. The majority of the techniques were explained in the context of setting it up with pressure to one direction and then reversing to take advantage of your opponent's reaction. The softer, more flowing style of jiu-jitsu was described by Ari as more pure jiu-jitsu - that is to say in Brazil, there was less influence of other arts like wrestling in the jiu-jitsu.
- No one had stripes on their belts. The majority of the blackbelts were not competitive wunderkind - rather, guys who just had been training for a long time.
- You don't pick your own sparring partners - the instructor always matched me up.
- I felt that people were less concerned with "who tapped who" or needing to establish the pecking order than in North America.
- The atmosphere was very relaxed - some guys dropping in, having 1 roll and then getting back into their street clothes to go back to work!
When I returned home there were the inevitable questions about "How did you do down there? Did you tap everyone out?" I laugh and respond "I didn't bring anything down there that they hadn't seen before or know how to deal with!"
Some interesting points I feel. It seems to be common place in BJJ academies as of late to "fight" and "compete" even in the dojo, which in my humble opinion, is not the approach to take if you are really interested in learning, improving, and growing as a martial artist safely!