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Jedi Archives Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 09-20-2004 05:38 PM
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In General Twelve Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 12-19-2005 11:21 PM
I feel like I'm doing the countdown to X-Mas. Too bad I do not celebrate X-Mas. :P

So class was good today. We covered a lot of information. I will try and recite it all here so I can remember later.

BJJ/Submission Wrestling:
Butterfly Guard

Positioning-
We went over which position to be in, up obviously and not on your back. Then we covered how to get to that position if the person was driving in. We are to place our hand in his throat, push back and follow up (we also drive our feet toward them to help drive them back). Now if the person is still driving and it does not affect them, then we still use our hand in their throat, and we shrimp out and then up.

*Note: Through all sweeps, we keep whizzer with right arm
Sweep 1-
Sweep one was the same as last week. We trap their right arm, lay to our left side bringing them with us. Drive our right leg (at their knee) and bridge up (tri-pod) and over into mount or scarf hold.
Sweep 2-
If we fail at trianlge our leg gets caught and they base nicely down, then we can not pass, so what we do is we pull out our left leg and wait for the drive. Once they drive, we trap their right arm with our leg, and then sweep to our left.
Sweep 3-
If we want to, we can also keep whizzer, but get underhook of their right arm, then sweep to our right. We must shift our hips to our right side and push out far. Hips are the most important portion of the sweeps. Without good hips, you can not sweep.
Sweep 4-
This time we grab the ...More Read More
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In General Ryan Walker now yellow belt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #64 New 12-18-2005 02:37 PM
Class was amazing today. We did our normal warm ups and then throws. We spent a little time on throws, but not too much.

Then I went to an elbow combo. Right elbow, left elbow, and then a mt knee.

Afterward we worked on Randori using the hip throw (koshi nage/Ogoshi Nage). It was neat to see them trying to do this throw over and over. I switched it to Ippon Seoi Nage (Shoulder Throw) and then let them continue. I could tell they were all tired so I let them take a short water break, then we started on groundfighting.

We worked butterfly guard, getting up, sweep 1, sweep 2, and half guard sweep 1, and getting to the back. Then I covered how to defend against the butterfly guard. We went live from that position switching partners each time. It was neat to see.

Then at the end we went live to submission. I went with Kyle because I knew he had to leave. I wanted to make sure he had to work at it. He did and I didn't give him anything. I ended up submitting him in arm bar fashion. I remembered his little submission last time, so I tried a little harder this time than last.

Then I Kyle and Baylen go at it a few times. Ryan seemed to try harder than ever so I knew it was time for him to get promoted.

After class I tested Ryan with Baylens help. We covered the first five throws over and over, then getting out of mount and guard over and over. Ryan had to use the restroom to throw up, and then we continued. We did kicks, escapes, and I went over blocks and parries w ...More Read More
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In General Skipped Once again Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #63 New 12-18-2005 12:22 AM
Okay, so now this seems to be habitual.

I hurt my back at work a couple days ago and it hasn't healed fully. I know this sounds very wuss like, but I honestly could barely get out of bed. I felt like an old man.

I went to the chiropractor and he said that I had at least severely sprained my tendons in my back. To be sure he took X-Rays and I haven't been over them with him yet. I assume he was right, but who knows. He did say that it would not change the treatment unless it was destroyed disks, which would then lead to surgery.

Okay, so I have been taking Fish Oil with Glucosamine Chondritin, and doing all these weird stretches, and going to treatment everyday. I will admit that the shocking machine and the roller make my back feel like a million bucks, but it costs about that too.

The last time I hurt my back it took me about ten days to recover. I was hoping this would speed it up so I could be back to normal. I am not, so basically I have wasted money seeing this guy? Who knows? It seems to have helped, but I really would never know unless I could reverse time and wait it out.

I am hoping tomorrow I will wake ud and a miracle will happen and I will be just fine. I doubt it, but we shall see.

So through all of this junk, I had to skip one more class. I feel like a bum. I only pay $75 a month for training, but when you miss it, you feel like you're just paying for nothing.

Oh well, we shall see. I will hopefully be back to normal once again soon, and ba ...More Read More
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In General Ready Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 12-16-2005 01:33 PM
I feel Ryan is ready for yellow belt.

I did a test test today just to see if he knew the techniques. I had him do them all and he was just fine. I did not have him show me the kicks, only because he knows them and I know he knows them.

I asked him to class on Sunday and he and Kyle will be there. I will test Ryan then and he has no clue, or at least I think he has no clue.

His groundwork is improving but he still seems to give up as soon as he doesn't know what to do. What he needs to do is not give up, and get out of the positions.

A few more months and they will be starting their submission Jujitsu which is going to show them all that the ground is the place that is easiest to score a win.

My back was killing me today and it was hard for me to demonstrate anything, but I made due. Although it hurt like a mother, I made due.
I went to the doctor yesterday and he said I sprained ligaments, tendons, and disks in my back. I was a little angry because I did it at work. I train all the time and this little POS case of product made me hurt more than all the hours of Ukemi Waza. grrrr

So I will probably not go to MT or BJJ tonight. I have another appt at 4:45pm tonight for the back. It sucks, but I have to do it.

Anyways, I am out of here. Good luck to you Ryan. I wish you the best on Sunday.
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In General Family First Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #61 New 12-14-2005 01:36 PM
I skipped BJJ last night.
It wasn't hard to do though. I spent an entire weekend with my family. It was nice to see them. I guess spending too much time in training, work, school, or anything other than them makes me feel guilty after time. Afterall what means more to me? My family of course. I have to be able to spend time with them or our relationship will deteriorate, and I do not want that.
You figure on early shifts I wake up, go to work, go to train, then spend an hour with my family and it's bed time.

On late shifts, I wake up, train or work out, spend an hour with them, and off to work, come home to sleep.

On days off I usually wake up work out, my woman goes to work, then when she gets home I go train, come home and bed time soon after.

Is it enough time? I know if I was independently wealthy I would definitely just spend time with them and train, but be it as it may, I am pretty much the opposite. I am pretty poor. I live paycheck after next, to paycheck after next (which means it's worse than paycheck to paycheck because Im always behind). If I had my way one of us would stay at home with our son at least.

It's a sad world. I wish it was the way it was in the past. Work the famr, tend to animals, and prepare for winters ahead. Of course this would be even better if we lived in a small village in Japan.

I have been thinking about this a lot, and I may end up trying it. I want to go to Thailand and teach English. I know it's a huge step and I ...More Read More
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In General Lost 1 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #60 New 12-11-2005 07:20 PM
Well, I lost the tournament. Yeah that's right, I lost. I did not tap, but I did lose by two points.

Considering I have only had two months of BJJ training I do not feel so bad. After talking to a lot of the competitors I found out that many of them have trained for 8 years and are still at white belt. Now I see why BJJ always seems tougher. It's not that they are better, it's only that they have trained four times longer than the normal person. hahaha

I had a panic attack when the ref said go. I got tunnel vision, and I felt I was just reacting instead of thinking. Now this is good because I have trained long enough to react, however, I wish I could have used my brain to win the match. I need to compete more so that I can overcome this weird feeling. I havent felt that feeling since the first time I fought in real life. I used to fight all the time just to make sure that I could make that feeling go away. I think if I compete more then I wont feel that crap again. Its like all my training went out the window. Oh well, until next time, I will train more and more.

I also did not make weight by 1 lb. Yes, this meant I was at the bottom of the barrel. Damnt! I better make it next time.
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In General Eleven Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #59 New 12-07-2005 11:45 PM
If you wonder why I keep track it's because I like to remember what I have done in class. This way I can look back and see what I did in the past a remember everything. I recognize a word with memory of movement. This is why Kenpo has names for it's techniques like "Seven Swords, Raining Claw, etc.
Eleventh Class:
Submission Wrestling
Today we covered the half-guard and how to get to the persons back. When we get to the persons side, they will more than likely wizard us. We can "limp arm" out of it and go back to back control, or we can half limp grab the persons wrist and swim under and bridge them until it becomes a sweep.
We practiced this for awhile and for some reason I couldn't put this together. Mind you, I don't need to do everything right in order to win. It's like highschool wrestling. A person can become good at four moves and be unstoppable if they are great at these moves.
We went live from half-guard, live from butterfly guard,, and then class was over. I have been dehydrating so I was totally worn out. I drank a half gallon of water in one drink it seemed. I knew I had to because Muay Thai would kill me if I didn't get something to quench this thirst I have.
Muay Thai:
We worked shadow boxing then we worked elbows.
Elbows are my favorite next to knees.
He showed us how to open up, protect, and execute a right elbow. It seems most of the time I wanted to plow through it, but I have to realize that I need to pop back so I can be ready to take a blow to ...More Read More
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In General Tracing my art- becoming better Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #58 New 12-02-2005 02:18 PM
As an instructor I can teach certain movements and submissions. I can teach certain pins and certain takedowns. I can teach reversals and teach how to get out of every move. I can teach how to defend and offend from anywhere. I can not teach how to feel that energy, this has to be trained and learned by each individual. Through vigorous training, one can develop a sensitivity to this energy. To feel your opponents energy is the lesson everyday, once you learn to feel this energy manipulation is simple.

It's one of the things I loved about Aikido. It gave me a different feel and look to what I do as a Martial Artist. I am not a Jujitsuka, an Aikidoka, a Judoka, I am a Budoka. I am a Martial Artist, a person that fights like me. A person that has developed his own style of fighting through years of practice. I did not make up my own art and call it Devondo, I call it Jujitsu. Why? Because I have taken my arts and combined them together. Other arts have taken away from my art and called it whatever they do.

Karate, Judo, Aikido, BJJ, etc etc. All of the Japanese arts stem from Jujitsu in one form or another. Where did Jujitsu come from? China, yup that's right. I can trace my lineage back to Shaolin Gung-Fu, then to Eagle Claw, etc down the line to Jujitsu.

Now what I tried to do was take the first art in which I fell in love, Kajukenbo (Karate, Judo/Jujitsu, Kenpo, Chinese Boxing or Gung-Fu). I tried to take each art to see if Kajukenbo left out anything I would like ...More Read More
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In General Number ten Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #57 New 12-02-2005 12:11 AM
BJJ:
Today we worked the butterfly guard. I am starting to see why we have been drilling this the last few classes. I can also see that coming to every class makes things more effective.

We went over the basic drills in butterfly guard, then learned the following:
snake in, corkscrew, then get to their back
snake in, corkscrew, then sweep by placing hand/hip in pocket
fail to sweep, back to knees and single leg takedown

After learning this we went live. I went against this kid who was like 6'4" and probably 200lbs. He wasn't too hard, but I didn't try my hardest. I wanted to feel him out. He wasn't bad. After time, the instructor asked the "Fighters" to prepare for thei class and he left.

I then went to this other guy and asked him to roll around. He had some skill and I had to try a little harder with him. He seemed to have Judo experience, but I could be wrong. I beat him several times, but I am not sure if he had the stamina to keep up, and I feel maybe this is why he was losing and being sloppy enough to let me get in easily. His name was Ron, and I am sure he has a lot of skill, he just needs to work stamina.

I still haven't had any competition, but I haven't had a chance to compete against all of the people. I can see a lot of people there that have some great skill, but they seem to have their partners that they like to roll around with. Maybe someday I'll have a chance to see what they have.
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In General Class number Nine Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #56 New 12-01-2005 12:23 AM
Ninth class and Trevor was back from Vegas. He looked totally fine, etc.

If you dont know who Trevor Prangley is, refer to past Aikiblogs to find out.

BJJ:
We went over butterful guard again. We basically went over the sweeps, choke/sweep, reverse sweep, and how to get out of the butterfly guard.
We ended up going live at the end and it was interesting to say the least. Its not a position I am comfortable in yet, but I will work on it more and more until I feel comfortable with it.

Muay Thai:
We went over training on kicks again. We did so many reps of the kicks that I actually felt my shin bleeding on the inside. Sounds funny I know, but when I got home I iced it down and it hurt to touch them. Now dont get me wrong, I know this is a process in which my leg will develop scar tissue and I will no longer feel any pain. But I cant wait for that day because wow, Im a wuss. Hurts like a mother.
We did about 1000 reps today, only 9000 more before I feel comfortable doing the kick, hahah.
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