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Buddy on break

BJJ, Wednesday night

Buddy #1, who graduated and moved away. But he had this week off, so he came up here to hang out and train. So although I really wanted to take the entire week completely off, I went in to train last night.

Started with some warmup rolls, then to drilling against butterfly. Couple more rounds, and I did get a round with Buddy, who is just as smooth as ever. Also a round with Tim at the end, and he pointed out that I’m getting the setup for a submission just fine but am keeping it loose, which means that when I make the final transition, (1) the submission isn’t set up as tightly as it could be and (2) there’s room in the transition for an escape. For example, this first came up on a bow-and-arrow choke from technical mount — I got the lapel, but I just held it: I didn’t tighten it there; so when I started to move to set up the finish, there’s a lot of slack, resulting in both them being able to escape and in the final submission (should they not escape) not being tight. So this is what he wants me to work on: closing space, particularly with submission setups, before the final transition. I managed to see one place for this later in the roll and did it, though missed several more that he pointed out.

Lifting, Thursday morning

A. incline bench: 3x15x15lbs

B. Tabatas!
B1. squat: 89
B2. pushups: 40 (left wrist wimped out)
B3. situps: 64
B4. shrugs + calf raise (replaced sumo high pull): 45?? totally lost count
B5. jump rope: done
B6. rower (for “cals”): 44

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Tabata II

This morning, we repeated the first workout I did here. This time I got actual numbers. (Also, I obliterated my first time numbers in nearly every exercise. Boo. yah.)

Warmup. Then ball slams & hollow rocks.

Push press: 6x70lbs (6x65lbs, 6xbar). I think I could do more weight, except my left wrist was about to collapse under me. No bueno.

Tabata — 8 round each:

  • inverted rows — 63 (prev: 53)
  • bw squats — 117 (prev: 102)
  • situps — 95 (on ball) (prev: ?? but much lower)
  • row — 39kcal (prev: 34)
  • pushups — 70 (on knees; toe won’t bend) (prev: 37)

A bit unfair on the situps & pushups, as I had to drop to an easier way to do them to accommodate various hurt bits.

Finished off with 1×20 RDL, bar only.

The trainer noted today that several times my knees were collapsing together before performing a movement. And that is precisely why I need this class — I’m sure I have movement patterns and habits that are contributing to the large increase in joint issues that I’ve had in jiu-jitsu. Hopefully fixing the issues here will translate to better longevity on the mat.


Also, I’ve heard that some of my old posts may be republishing or showing up in feed readers. I have no idea, but sorry about that!

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Tournaments & Tabatas

Last week’s BJJ training focused on tournament prep for those going, so there was much rolling and conditioning. My knee was not a fan.

I did go to the tournament in Richmond, though I mostly worked tables and didn’t see many of my teammates compete. We had 3 women competing — Sara, Aubrey, and Janet — and I saw some of their matches. Some really good women there this weekend, and I was very sad that I didn’t get the chance to get trounced by them.

Then there was a game of Munchkin that started at 11pm (I think that must be a secret rule — all games must start at 11pm).


But, I’ve finally done something about this slow-recovering joint: I joined a nearby gym (0.7 miles from my house!). I met with the trainer on Friday. Today was my first day — group class at 6am.

I did actually make it on time, which if you know me in the mornings is just about a miracle. The gym has a cycle of 18 workouts (6 days a week, so 3 weeks worth); today was #14: warmup, push press, tabata hell (8 tabata [20s on/10s rest] of inverted row, air squats, situps, rowing, & pushups), then RDL x 20. My forearms were lost after inverted rows, my quads were done after squats; couldn’t walk again after rowing; weakest pushup attempts you’ve ever seen.

All day long I’ve been a pile of mush. My body is all bewildered at what I did to it. Yeah, tonight’s BJJ class is gonna be a blast…

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Got to have an adjustment with Dr. Tom tonight. Lovely. Then got in and started loosening up. Did a Tabata with jump rope. Not so intense, mostly because I suck at jump rope and so didn’t get too reps in each set. Oh, well.

Then Will got in early and dragged me in to the cage to roll. (Not that I was protesting much. Or, at all, actually.) Dunno how, but did something funky to my right hip, in the front, and it hurt all during class. *le sigh* Trying to get on top, but didn’t make it much of anywhere. He did let me on top eventually, and I worked on maintaining mount while going for chokes/submissions, the same place I was having trouble with him on Saturday. He’d upa, and I’d manage to base most every time. I don’t remember if he ever actually got an upa, or if he went to another mount escape. Which I couldn’t stop. I saw my foot get in a certain position, and he fell back for the foot lock every time. I eventually figured out what the position was, but he’d lull me in to thinking he wasn’t going to go for it, so I’d forget to move it, and then he’d go for it again.

Class started with rolling. With Theresa, then Will again. More of the same. He let me to mount again at one point, and so again on worked on keeping the position while still going for the cross-collar choke. Still didn’t move that foot out of danger in time, though I did notice it several times; just didn’t think fast enough. He gave me space to work, but I couldn’t do much with it. Still couldn’t get my arm back when he’d grab the sleeve and pull it deep so he could overhook; since I wouldn’t put my hands on the mat for him, he was getting the arm in the position he wanted. Lots of omoplatas from him.

Before drilling, we did partner shrimping. (We did that last night, too, but I forgot all about it.) Drilling was the same escape as last night, then added a sweep for if they whizzer hard and put their weight on you. Rolling, again with Theresa. Then with Scott. He set me up for that sweep several times, and I did manage to eek it out a few times, but immediately got swept right after. Almost almost got past his guard and to mount for reals, except right at the end I gave up on what was working and tried to muscle the last six inches. And got dumped right back on my butt. Well, that’ll learn me. *pout* Sometimes it’s annoying to always have to do everything the right way. Plastered the rest of the round.

Gah, this post is short, but took me about twice as long to write because The Incredibles is on 😉


Gear update.

I blame forgetting about it on The Incredibles again.

So, rolled in my new Vulkan UltraLight from MMA Outlet tonight. It’s soft and light: definite pluses. It folded up really tiny in my bag, so it would make a good travel gi. Despite being an A0, though, it’s still really big on me; mostly wide, too, so it won’t shrink in any useful way. The skirt is looong (at least on short lil me), but, because the material is so light and silky, the skirt slid out really easily and I ended up with my jacket over my head several times. The material is also a little stretchy, which makes it rather easy for your partner to get and keep good grips. (No idea yet if the stretchiness is permanent.)

Also, got my exchanged pairs of FighterGirl shorts. *le sigh* I really, really like their designs, and want to support them. But, I have trouble getting their shorts to fit because juniors sizes do not fit my hips. I originally ordered size 9s, since my last pair of 7s were too small… and the 9s were way too big. So I exchanged them for 7s… which are kind of too small. *headdesk* Must ponder.

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Losing it

I have a problem right now that I’d love to have the week before a tournament: I’m dropping weight. Fast. Four days ago I was 125; this morning, 120. Problem is, this isn’t the week before a tournament — it’s nearly 2 months before! I’m not doing it on purpose. I feel as if I’m eating the same. I eat until I feel full (and so get that slight delay in brain signals, and am slightly overfull afterwards). I’m not hungry between meals, and I’m still eating 5-6x/day — breakfast, (snack if hungry/tired/craving/whatever — have had), lunch, snack, pre-workout shake, and dinner. And it continues to fall right off. I suppose the good news is that 1) my favorite pants fit again (125 is just too much for them) and 2) I know I can make 124.5 for December.

For now, I’m blaming it on work. Stress city. It’s like trying to hit a moving target while blindfolded. Everything’s an emergency. Everything changes almost hour-to-hour. I can’t ever finish one item before I’m shuffled over to something else, and by the time I get back to the first item, it has to be revised because everything’s changed. Again. Now, I do like variety in what I’m working on, but I also like it to be variety of the stable sort, not variety of the running-around-like-chickens-with-our-heads-cut-off sort.


Kids’ Class

I usually take some time on Tuesday or Wednesday to come up with my plan for the kids’ class. But with work being so nuts this week, I haven’t had time. So I had to kind of cobble it together at nearly the last minute. It was not my best foray. And I didn’t remember to update the times in my schedule now that the class starts a half hour earlier. So I kept glancing at my watch and confusing myself about how much time we had left.

Perry and Gary were reassembling the puzzle mats, which is the side we normally have class on. But since the kids’ class now ends before the adult class starts, we could use the other side. … Which spelled more pressure for me, since that’s where my class congregates before class, so I knew they would be watching. (In the end, they actually all hung around just barely on the other side of the dividing wall, so I didn’t feel as if they were all staring at me and critiquing me. But I didn’t know that at first, and nearly psyched myself out expecting it. Ugh.)

And then the kids were in one of their moods. (I say it collectively because the three most driving it are related.) I at least had had the presence of mind to put ball balancing and sprawls at the end of class, since I know they like them. So even if they hated me the rest of the class, at least they’d go home happy. I still had to let them out 5 minutes early because I was getting ready to hurt somebody.

Nogi Class

Everyone comes on the first nogi night. Gi nights this week have been sparse.

I had to run and change out of my gi and missed the first minute or so of class. They started rolling, 4-minute timed rounds, so that left me with Theresa. Tim was rolling, too. I try to roll in the middle of the mat so that I can turn quickly and find another partner — I am trying — but there seems sometimes to be a big dead space around us when everyone goes to switch, and they all rotate around us and don’t make eye contact. :/ So rolled with her a second time. Third round, both of us walked in opposite directions and tried to find a partner, but they scattered. So we were together again…

Only this time, Tim saw us walk back together and asked if we had just rolled together twice. I said yes. So he made kind of an announcement, but made it seem targeted at us, loudly saying that he didn’t want us rolling together twice in a row and that we needed to find other partners. I think some of the guys will take it to mean that we (I) are just being lazy and only trying to roll together (not) and that they have to step in and “separate” us. Let them think what they will, as long as they roll with me.

So then Tim shuffled groups around quickly, and I got to roll with him for a round. Wow. Always, wow. Such pressure. Never any space. Fighting off my back most of the round, just trying to keep up and not panic. Oh, and tapping lots.

Then a round with Scott. Last night, he, PB Buddy, and I had had a short workshop on pinning your hip to theirs; Scott was saying that he’s been working to get hip-to-hip when passing, because once he’s there, he knows he’s past. So my goal then tonight — and paired with Kintanon’s comment about controlling the hips — was to keep his hips off of my hips. Not so much good, but then it was my first time and that’s been his goal for a few months now, but I did definitely feel how important that was. If I bumped from scarf hold and only tried to disrupt his upper body, I couldn’t do much, but if I could bump enough in to him that his hips had to move some, then I could see glimmers of space. So I tried to imagine targeting his hips when bumping, bridging, shrimping, etc., i.e., anytime I had to move him off me. Mostly, I wasn’t reacting quickly enough and was letting him get the position before trying to get him off, but then, that was mostly because I didn’t see where he was heading in time.

Then was partnered with Yoshi, who has apparently recently embraced open guard, deep half, and even some inverted. What?! Totally not what I’ve come to expect from him. So this means he’s working on some solid techniques to back up his speed and everything else, which means that soon I won’t get anywhere with him because he’ll be a total monster. I can see where he even slows down some with me and really works on isolating movements.

Then drilling. We moved away from the move-of-the-week tonight because Tim had sat out that last round and watched, and had seen one guy get in a certain position frequently but then be unable to do anything after that. So, this was for him. Single- or double-under pass. Drilled with Theresa.

Rolling. With Yoshi again. More crazy guards from him. Though, his knees were coming up more this time, and I got a few hooks in and a couple of sweeps, but only passed once. He scrambles too well. I had several “almost” things, where I was just short of making something work.

Last roll. More shuffling. A white belt hunter tried to get himself assigned to me (I think he’s getting antsy for his belt because of the guy who got promoted Monday), but Tim sent Guillaume over for me instead. I completely forgot about knee-on-belly to spinning armbar until I found myself up there and his elbow flaring. Um, okay, sure. Thanks! Did a few things mostly well, though found my hips rising up without permission several times.

Legs were a little stiff today, but don’t seem otherwise to be faring too badly from the Tabata yesterday. Of course, I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to know for sure. (But then again, by the end it was mostly a cardio and mental battle, with a few jumps thrown in. So maybe not too bad.)


Not sure if I’ve ever found this before, but looks too good not to post somewhere: Global Training Report’s Jiu-Jitsu Training in Rio de Janeiro Summer 2006. Haven’t had time to go through it yet, though.

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