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Week 1 Wrap Up

Winning

I went to  the meet. I won some, I lost one. I'm finding myself more bothered by the loss than I have been and expected to be. 

Video Playlist

 

Losing

The water cut went great. It was a good test. I also stayed on track with body weight loss. I don't feel like I know what my "actual" body weight is right now. I weighed myself after supper and was 236. A week ago I was 238.6. That said, I had days that week that were at or near 236. So I'm down somewhere between 0 and 2.8 lbs. I'm ok with that range. As the week sort itself out, I'll know more. 

 

Process

Diet

I stuck to my diet up to meet day. I didn't really bother to track my food meet day but I went back and did my best to back into it and I was a few hundred calories over but nothing wild. I have some times of hunger, especially on days I don't train but it's managemable.

 

Training

This week was basically a deload for me. I lifted once and did jiujitsu once. I did a lot of light cardio but that was just to keep the body moving

 

Recovery

This week was about recovery. My cardio was light and easy,  I stretched afterwards. I didn't do as much foam rolling as I'd like someday in the future but it was good for me. 

 

Documentation

Very happy with my documentation

 

Week 2 Kick Off

Winning

Since the gym announced that we're going to the September 20 meet, I'll pretty much immediately pivot to preparing for that. I'm going to throw some energy at my guard passing skills. I'm going to continue to work on competitive mindset as well as staying active when I'm on the bottom.

 

Losing

I'm going to stick with the plan and process. I need to be under 230 for the next meet but I don't think it will be any more of stretch than this one was and I'll do the water cut again.

 

Process

Diet

It's doing what I want. I'm not changing a thing for now. 

 

Training

Time to get back in the gym. It's going to be physically tough this week

  • Monday - Marathon Roll (We do lunch time marathon on the first Monday of the month)
  • Tuesday - Rec Lift - Push + rowing, Marathon Roll
  • Wednesday - BJJ
  • Thursday - Rec Lift - Pull + elliptical
  • Friday - BJJ
  • Saturday - Rec Lift - Push + rowing
  • Sunday - Akagi

Recovery

Recovery will suffer just for having time to do all the work

 

Documentation

Sticking with the current program here

 

Other

Next week will be a total mess, schedule-wise

  • Monday - Laura has late meetings, no major impact to me
  • Tuesday - Pretty normal for me but I need to prep for Wednesday
  • Wednesday - Window install begins
  • Thursday - Window instal ends, Doctor visit about this weird growth under my chin (I think it's a wart from the mat)
  • Friday - Take my car in for the afternoon for service

Somewhere in there we are having a new dinning room table delivered.

 

I'm going to call it for the night but. I will plan to make some time to post more narratively about the meet during the week. 

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Before the match:

I was staying at my parents house, about 30 minutes away from the venue. I had driven over earlier to weigh in before coming back to their house for breakfast so I know the route a bit. I also know that these meets can have their times bounce around a bit. They have a webpage that updates the times as brackets finish. If a bracket has a lot of early submissions it can end 30 minutes early and it it goes to OT a lot, it can end 30 minutes late. Knowing this and knowing parking was going to be a nightmare I left 90 minutes early, giving me 30 minutes to travel and 60 minutes to get acclimated.  My matches had already been bouncing around a bit and the two different brackets kept switching so much that right before I left I almost dressed in my gi then switched to no gi based on a late switch. 

As we were driving, about 10 minutes from the venue, my wife asked how much time and I said "probably 50 minutes, let me check". I checked and it was now 30 minutes. As I walked into the venue I had 20 minutes or so, which was perfect, I'd just get warm in time. I was putting on my shoes and putting in my headphones when I checked one more time. My next match was now, like right now. Stripped my shoes off, put my headphones away and walked over as my name was called. I could guess who my opponent was and he was wearing gi pants and a sleeveless shirt watching another match. They called his name and he looked up in surprise and went to get his gi jacket then realized I was dressed for no gi. He quickly changed and expressed confusion and frustration as he got on the mat that he didn't know he was up or that it was no-gi . I expressed solidarity with this,.

 

Match 1:

We slap hands and start, I immediately step in looking to dig one arm into an underhook, one to an over hook because I like to fight from here. I want to either throw him or sneak around the side, third option is is to get double underhook and body lock him. He does something I don't expect and attempt to armbar me from standing by wrapping up my underhook and lifting. The thing is, you need to be very strong and much taller than your opponent for this to work. He has neither advantage. However, and I don't think he realizes this, it keeping me from getting tight enough to do what I want. I breifly shift my grip but go right back to that. I wish I had stayed with the second grip but my brain goes primordial during a match and isn't rational. This is why sparring is so key.

Fortunately, he tries to throw me from this terrible position he has set up (image 1 in spoiler below) . As I often get away with, I just pull him backwards. We get a nice bounce as I land on him. I land with double underhooks and side control (image 2). He tries to hook my leg but there's nothing there. We are reset to center.

On the reset, I'm too much on my knees, this happens when I get reset. The momentum of the match is gone and I'm too kind. I get a firmer side control but he moves around and reguards to a weird butterfly guard (image 3). We mess about a bit and I'm threatening the pass so he moves to closed guard (image 4), he attempted an Ezekiel choke in there but it wasn't a threat. 

We've been working on guard passing so I go to stand and his legs come open. I gather them up for a double under pass (image 5). This takes me briefly to side control but he grabs back half guard. I love halfguard so I don't care. He tries to Ezekiel again. Rewatching the video I hear his teammate yelling John Wayne which is a sweep from half guard but he is nowhere near it which makes me wonder a bit about their gym. I'm working his arm up and I'm pretty sure I feel him trying and failing to do a lockdown which I find confusing but then again, my own teammates have this problem. Note to myself, my free leg is too close. There is a sweep here I should be defending better (image 6).  I easily clear my leg and step to mount (image 7). He gets a bit of hip bump to create space and does a pretty good job hip escaping to get back to guard. We get reset to center.

Off the reset I go for a sort of leg weave pass (image 8 ) that is angling towards a body lock that never happens. He goes for a kimura that just isn't there (image 9). He puts me back in half guard then bumps us to the dogfight (image 10) but I have the underhook so he makes a smart play and stands. 

From standing we play patty cake for a bit and he makes a good fait effort at a standing guillotine (image 11) but this has all the problems his repeated standing armbar attempts have. I make a terrible wrestling shot and he sprawls (image 12) because I just want us to do something different than the standing exchange we have been doing. He turns it into a guillotine attempt but isn't holding me in place so I back out and stand up (image 13). We play games, he goes for a throw (image 14) but I roll through, putting him on bottom. I take side control. He is keeping a good frame on my hip, he has his far arm in a good spot. I'm on my knees again (hand slap) (image 15). We mess about a bit and I get the opportunity to move to mount. I can hear his teammate telling him to "brace against his neck" which I would argue is horrible advice. Someone faster than I will armbar you for your trouble. It's just annoying, not effective. From mount I start to go for my arm triangle (image 16) and he taps mid movement. The ref and I are both a bit confused. I found out later that he has an old shoulder injury that I aggravated. This will become a theme in our matches.

 

I leave it there. That took about 30 minutes to write up. I'll do similar for my other three matches over the course of the day and days. No exact ETA but by EOW.

 

Hopefully the images contextualize things more. Ask questions if you have them. Thanks for reading. 

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Blue is my foot being in too close. It should be wide. Green is where I think he's trying lock down but has it wrong. The tattooed leg should go over the foot of the ankle brace. At it stands the tattooed leg is on my shoe laces but with out the ankle braced leg he has no leverage on me.

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Green is the kimura attempt. The arm with the white sleeve needs to grab that orange wrist band then he needs to move my hand towards my back.

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the dog fight is defined by my arm being around his waist, his arm overhooking mine and us being hip to hip. notice my head is lower and driving in as his goes back, we both have a free hand but mine is engaged where his isn't.

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Blue his his elbow on my hip, right where it needs to be. Blue is his other hand under my chest and on my back, this is where I would want it to either for bumping, ghost escape, or a variety of other techniques. Orange is my leg resting on the ground, not pressuring him. 

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Before Match 2:

Our first match ended and we figured we'd go in a few minutes but time drug on and matches kept getting called. They started to call my name for my gi match. So I ran over and let them know I was still doing no gi so they pushed that match back. I could see the other two competitors gathering for the gi bracket and looking confused when the bracket got pushed. I went over and introduced myself and explained. They were cool. Eventually our ref went to another mat. I think it was a half an hour between matches.

 

Match 2

I immediately came forward and he backpedaled. He tried to go for double collar ties to force me down but I drove into him, driving him across an entire mat and almost off of them all together. We reset and I walked in and he backpedaled and went for the double collar tie again. This could net me penalty points in a normal meet but there are no penalties in this org so he's just fleeing the mat. I will also admit though, I am totally failing to do anything else in stand up that push in. I need to go to something other than looking to tie up and drive in. At two minutes in the ref moves us to the center of four unused mats so we can just bully around. At three minutes I attempt a bad wrestling shot but just slide by. At 3:15 I take an even worse shot and he sets up a guillotine on me (image 1). I try to back out but he stays with me and smashes me down to the mat (image 2). I am in real trouble here. My larynx still hurts from this.

I manage to flip over to my back, relieving the choke and putting him in north-south (image 3). I'm not in any real danger here but I'm also not working hard enough to get out. This is a problem I have from north-south. I'm as far away from a guard as I can but but it's no threat. I need to work to get back into guard but there's just no urgency. 

Rewatching it, I have no idea why he lets me up. He just gets up, doesn't keep any pressure on me what so ever.  As he backs away I reach up and grab him (image 4) and use the grip to spin myself to face him throwing him into my half guard (image 5). He foolishly reaches his arm towards with my head and lets me control it (image 6). He makes no effort to take back control so I reach over his arm and connect my hands in the classic kimura (image 7). I roll to my back and elevate the arm for the tap (image 8).

 

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Before the match:

As I was waiting for match 2 I had heard my name called a few times to a different mat. I had gone over and indicated that I was still doing no-gi so they kept pushing it back. Once my second no-gi was over I jogged to the locker room and changed into my gi and jogged back out. I failed to pause and resettle my mind which was a mistake.

 

Match 3

As we start he immediately takes a good grip on my lapel (image 1). I fail to shake this grip and he gets and even better grip by controlling my other arm (image 2). He pulls me into his guard (image 3). I stand up to attempt to break his guard but he scoops one leg to go for a sweep (image 4). I drop to my knees to prevent the sweep. I build back up to my feet and he switches to a De La Riva Guard, grabbing a foot, putting the same side foot under my hamstring, hist far foot on my hip, and maintaining his grip on my lapel (image 5). I return to my knees to prevent the sweep. I build back up to my feet but my posture is garbage, he's controlling me well so I'm bent over and he has every grip (image 6). He continues to work to get me well positions so he has one of my arms across his body and I, stupidly, have left that knee down so I have nothing preventing the sweep (image 7), which absolutely does happen. We roll into 3/4 mount and my back is to the camera (image 8 ) but both in my memory and what I can see, I am not moving which is a no-no. I'm just lying dead, waiting for something to happen. I eventually roll belly down and he has back mount but is too high to do anything (image 9) but I'm not really doing anything to dislodge him. I try to shake his hooks but he uses that to take me back down to my side but he's still a bit too high to matter (image 10) so I'm able to get my back to the mat. 

As I'm getting my back to the mat I finally feed his leg between mine to try and start half guard. Unfortunately I don't really have any control and he just slides right into side control (image 11).  I very ineffectively work us in a circle while hunting for a grip that will help me. Just asI start to find something he moves to mount (image 12). He starts to go for high mount and works my elbows up and I put in some half hearted bumps but fail to put anything together that would actually free me. He moves into an S mount armbar attempt (his back is to the camera so there's no good image of this) and I try to use this opportunity to come up then somersault through but he has a good grip (image 13). I feel a moment of looseness and try to escape but it's too late, he's got me. I tap.

 

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EDIT: Some people broke down this roll critically so feel free to go listen to some experts describe everything I did wrong here.

 

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Monday

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Marathon Monday

I went in a little ticked off with my performance over the weekend and you know what, I crushed. It was a small grou

Ben (Blue) - I started Ben in side control, hoping to work on by bottom escapes but I swept him quickly and got a submission from just working towards my arm triangle. We went again but he wanted me on top and I got him in a kimura if I recall correctly. We only had like 30 seconds left so I put him in mount and was able to sweep and take mount myself but didn't get a third submission

Rob (Blue) - he wanted to be in my guard so I swept him, submitted, I think it was a kimura again. I ended up showing him something for a minute, then we went again and I swept but I don't think I submitted a second time

Chris (Brown) - I recall that he wasn't at 100% so we toned it down some. He got me in butterfly right away but I don't recall that he was ever able to finish that. We wrestled around a bit and swapped top to bottom a couple times but nothing of real significance happened. 

Joe (Blue) - Joe knew I was going hard. I think I offerred side control or north-south, he took side. I quickly grabbed his foot and got him into half, swept then had to work for the submission

Stan (Black) - We started standing as I recall and he goofed the takedown. Once we were down and I was on top he was able to reverse positions and tried to guillotine me but I backed out just like in Match 2 from the weekend. He actually grumbled at that which I'm not sure I've heard before. I goofed the takedown, he got on top but I reveresed and time ran out. 

Alex (Blue) - Same as always with Alex, I got to mount, he escapes but not far enough, I get back to mount. I think we did that three times but I never did submit him. 

After this people started wanting to ease up. They were tired from the rounds so far. I was still wanting to go but I conceded to just drilling so Tim and I drilled a specific open guard pass he's working one. Rob worked on his closed guard pass and we worked through the remaining time. 

 

Food

Marathon Monday gave me a nice does of calories to work with and I used them up

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Tuesday

Rec

Strength - Total Body Push

  • Back squat 225
    • 10 reps but when I was done my lower back expressed some displeasure. I t seemed uncomfortably stretch. Typically I would have kept going but the part of my mind that reminded me that if I get hurt lifting, I can't roll told me to leave it.
  • Flat Dumbbell Press 70 3 x 10
  • Hip Sled 360 3 x 12
  • Standing Dumbbell Press 50 x 6, 10, 6
    • The first time I went to lift these I cleaned them to my shoulders and my back reminded me to watch myself
  • Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Press 50 x 10, 10, 6
  • Leg Extension 110 3 x 12
  • Chest Fly Machine 70 3 x 15
  • Shoulder Fly 70 3 x 12
  • Tricep Rope Pushdown 40 x 15, 10, 7 

Cardio

Since my back wasn't feeling 100% I swapped over to the elliptical instead of rower. I tried using a different program than I usually do but it cut me off at 30 minutes (I need 40-45 for my calories goal) so I got just over 200. I figured with Marathon Roll this evening, it was ok to just leave it at that. 

 

BJJ

Before Class: Manny wanted to work on his guard breaks. I can keep him in place pretty easily for now but I want to give him room to work so I don't constantly attack and I try to telegraph my attacks. Because I don't actually like closed guard I also make sure to transition from closed guard to something else once he's gotten my legs unlocked. It's usually half guard of De La Riva because those are my preferences. Some day I'll have to try something more exotic on him. 

 

Professor was running the show and he wanted to do more drilling than rolling, which I kind of love so I'm good with it. It meant people couldn't duck me, you get who you get. We started with take down practice. I worked with Arthur who was a wrestler and we like to work together for that reason. After take down drills we got grouped into threes, I was placed with the two big brown belts (Dan and Leon) and we went live from already having the other person's leg in the air. A was holding B's leg and they went live, B holds C's leg, c holds A's leg. We did this rotation for 5 minutes then went the opposite direction. Next we did five people in the middle, everyone queue up and new person takes top, person in takes bottom, they go until  top passes, bottom sweeps or either submits, then bottom goes to the queue, top takes bottom, new queue person comes in. We played half guard, which is my baby so this was the best for me. I think one person chose wisely and fled but the rest got passed, swept, or submitted by me. Then we did the same set up but it was back control, which I am not good at, and winner stays in on bottom. I have gotten ok at escaping but I am terrible at submitting from here. I have it penciled in as my second half of 2024 project. We wrapped with 10 minutes left so we did a couple rolls. 

 

Rolls

Adam (white) - I just rolled through him. He and I both kind of expect this point. After three submission in two minutes I saw there was another white belt who didn't have a partner so I called him over to roll with Adam. Neither of us learns much from rolling with the other. I tried to coach them a little bit for the remaining couple of minutes. 

Dan (brown) - I'm pretty proud of this roll. Dan is someone I have never submitted but I am slowly closing the gap on him. He used to just be a total super hero compared to me but if this match had points, I would have blown him out of the water. He started in open guard, seated. I was trying to avoid his grips and Professor starts telling me to stop circling and attack. So I move in and take half guard top, which is a battle he and I have often and he wins. However, I'm playing with a different half guard pass today so I don't come straight in and try to pass up the middle, I turn across his body and give him a reverse crossface (see spoiler image to get an idea of this). I was never able to get the arm free but I passed to side control. Dan was able to roll in but I used that to pass to mount. Once in mount I went for my usual flavors. Dan was able to get to his side so I took 3/4 mount then took his back. We started going through this cycle of me pressuring Dan and attacking from mount, 3/4 mount, and back. I never got a submission but I kept him down and would have racked up 10+ points on him in a match. 

 

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In this image the guy looking at you goes by Chewie. In the roll I was where Chewie is right now. Although sometimes my arm is between the shoulder and head, because I want to isolate the arm facing you, sometimes I'm in the same orientation Chewie is. If you see the toes near the bottom guy's butt, that's Chewie's left leg. He can roll towards his back to free it or stay here to keep the bottom guy tied up and do other things.

 

Food

Body weight clocked in at 235.1 today, which was nice.

I got closer to my calories for the day without feeling bloated for Marathon so I count that as a win.

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Other

Today, Wednesday,  I am waiting for a crew to show up to install my new windows. It's going to be a mess of a day but with any luck, by then end, all new windows. 

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Wednesday

BJJ

Before Class

Manny wanted to work on his guard breaks some more. I'm happy to have someone want to train a bit before class. I hate when we just sit around and BS. I'm not much of a guard player so it's good practice for me. Manny has figured out to blade his hips to break the close guard but he still falls prey to the idea that once the guard is over, he's done, oh no, now we start. I play this drill in  such a way that he will get the opportunity to pass. So while he's in my closed guard, I go half speed. I push and pull on his arms a little but I want him to pass so I don't just go crazy. Once he's got the guard broken I move to a secondary guard, half, De La Riva, or power sweep position. I do attempt to sweep him but closer to 75-80% effort and if he passes I congratulate him. If I sweep, I say how I swept, then we go again.

 

Class

Warm Up

Takes Downs

I'm blanking in this moment on which take down we were working. It was some variation of single leg. 

 

Aside

I mentioned to Manny the guy on Saturday who just kept underwrapping my arm in the pummel position. He had a great, ready answer. The do what the guy what doing, he's lifting up so that side foot is light. I should have grabbed his far arm, stepped my hip in front then kicked his near foot out from under him. Need to practice this.

 

Instruction

Single Leg X from De La Riva

I've been using De La Riva more and more so this is good for me to practice

Lying on your back (describing from one side but you can switch all the left rights as needed), their right foot near your butt, left hand grabs their pant leg or ankle in no gi. Left leg goes outside their right leg, left foot hooks their hamstring. Right foot goes to their left femur. Grab their sleeve or lapel with your right hand. Push their leg away and pull with your grip, breaking their posture and pushing their leg away. This should leave you sitting upright, roll to your right shoulder, this should put their hands on the ground.

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From the above position release your left foot and swing it around to inside their leg so that their right leg, the one you're holding with your hand, is on top of your left shin, the one that was on their hamstring. You can extend that leg to wrap it around the back of their leg. This will usually take them over but you can sweep them back by rotation left. From the ground you can heel hook or elevate their leg and pass. Manny really wants to heel hook from here (and if fairness, it's the best position for it) but I can't heel hook in competition so I don't do it as much.

 

Rolling

  • Manny (purple) - I started with the de la riva and successfully got X. He tried to smash me which stymied me for a bit but I pulled him over me and was able to take dominant position. We reset. I forget the details after this other than, we just drilled the pass and sweep and it was good. 
  • Ben (blue) - Ben immediately griped that he should just take bottom side control. He took down first, I knee cut right through and tapped him. We reset with me down, I swept and went after armbars for fun. I didn't succeed on the arm bars but I got a kimura set as I heard the last three seconds start counting. I surprised him by literally deadlifting his entire body off the ground then shaking him to break the grip. to his credit he held on long enough for the bell. 
  • Evan (blue) - I was surprised to be called out by Evan since I frustrate him but we went. I did the move of the day and got the heel hook and he tapped. He went bottom, I passed. The usual.
  • Maybe there was a fourth short round, I don't recall

 

After Class

Josh had brought his two kids who are preteens as far as I can tell. They have both gone through al most the entire kids program. I called the boy over (I have no idea what their names are) and told him to go. He did not expect to be invited to roll with an adult blue belt and I don't know what he thought given that I'm like literally twice his body weight. I sat in guard and just used my feet to push him away. Anytime he came in I made frames until he over committed and I swept him. We probably did this for 5 minutes, his dad coaching him.

Finally his dad, Josh (purple) said "ok my turn". So we rolled. It was a decent roll but I eventually caught him in an arm triangle and he tapped. He stepped out, I invited his daughter to go. I did the same thing to her that I did to her brother. I think she's a little older and she adapted better. I never swept her the same way twice in a row and I had to use my hands a couple times.

Again, her dad coached and after five minutes or so said "ok, my turn again". I got the better of Josh right out of the gate but he got a clever reversal. Eventually I got him back to half guard then I took his back. Back is a weak spot for me but I went for a strangle from turtle and way over committed I was way over his head and knew I didn't have it I tried to improvise a crucifix, which I have never done, and failed. Josh ended up on top and eventually got me with my own arm triangle. I feel I conceded a bit more than I should have on that but it was an honest tap and a good job by Josh. 

 

Food

I was a little over on calories in MFP today although, based on body feel, I think I probably was under or very close to 0. Regardless I will treat it as over. We're having a challenging week and I know Laura and she likes bail out meals when she's stressed so I told her midday that I was going light on calories so if she wants we can order pizza or indian for dinner. She opted for pizza. By the time we got pizza I was crazy hungry (which is why I suspect it was a nearer thing than the calories report). They put a few pieces of "focaccia" (their focaccia is just pizza dough with spices and nothing else) in foil with each order. I was very close to opening it and eating some on the drive home.  

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Window install started today. They got three done and are returning Thursday to finish the job. Fortunately they got the downstairs done first which is where I spend all of my time so my office is quiet and I can work as needed. Nice guys.

 

We're both dealing with the fact that this week is just way to full for our liking. We each deal with it in our own way. We both know it's going on and are trying to not let our frustration with a busy week boil over to the other person but are also both a bit thin skinned about it. So far, so goo.d. Hopefully by EOD Thursday we'll be through the vast majority of it. 

 

Oh, random thing. Not sure if folks remember @Rooks but he and I have stayed in touch outside of NF. He told recently that he has started BJJ and he's doing the September meet that I signed up for. I'll see him there. So I'm looking forward to that. 

 

Also, I still owe the narrative of my fourth roll from Saturday but in the meantime, my third roll was broken down by a couple black belts from Colorado. So if you have any desire for critical commentary on my roll, check it out. 

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Wrapping up my four matches from Saturday:

 

Before the match:

As you may recall, I lost my last match. Because we had four people in the gi division this meant that I was now in the "Bronze" bracket. The guy who beat me would go on to compete for gold against the winner of a match between the other two people in our division. That other match was between the guy I had already beaten twice and a fourth guy who will not enter into this story. The fourth guy one, meaning I got the same guy I had already beaten twice, for a third round. Add to that, I didn't see the submission in his match but it screwed up his shoulder even more. He had his arm tucked into his gi jacket to try and reduce the pain. Then our wait dragged on and on. I was getting tired and Laura pointed out that it had now been a couple hours since I had eaten or drank anything. I had some electrolyte drink.

I could see my guy was hurting. I asked him if he really wanted to do this and he sulked "I'm here, may as well". Right as we finally got called out for the match I again asked him "how do you want to do this so you don't get hurt?" and said "It's fine, I'm here". The ref overheard us and asked what we were talking about and I pointed out that the guy still had his arm tucked in his jacket because he was hurt. The ref asked him if he wanted to do this and he said he did. The ref said "if it looks like you're coming apart I'll stop it". So we went.

 

Match 4

The match begins and his arm is still tucked away (image 1). So, I decide to do some I never, ever do. I pull guard. My thought is that any attempt to throw or snap him down will possibly lead to an injured shoulder. So I grab one lapel with each hand, put my foot on his hip and fall backwards, forcing him to fall into my hips (image 2). I've said it a million times, I'm not a closed guard player. This is not an ideal place for me. However, he has one hand to my two and I don't have to only play closed guard, I'm just trying to prevent an injury at this point. Rewatching, I pretty much immediately let him out of closed guard and he makes a good faith effort to knee cut half guard (image 3) but doesn't know that I'm totally ok with this. I have his near ankle caught and he has overcommitted his nearside hand so he has no posts on the near side of me, which, when I roll to my left means he has no posts on my far side, where he is falling to (image 4). He backsteps nicely but I have been practicing this. I hip escape away then turn my knees down before releasing the ankle that I control. 

From top half guard he is putting no pressure back into me so I pin his far shoulder and lazily swing my inside leg  over to take side control. I have control of his bad arm and could just set up the kimura I want and rip it off right now (image 5) but I pass on it. He spins, putting his bad arm between  and he's got it up as a frame to prevent my full weight from coming down on him. I can see myself, in the video, waiting for him to flail his good arm the right direction to kimura it instead but I can also see that my hand movements are a little confused. I'm not thinking totally right. He attempts to escape by going north south but there's nothing. He attempts to hook my leg but there's nothing. He goes back to having his bad arm on the inside. In the course of his moving around I have snuck my hip side arm under his bad (near side) arm to grab the back of his collar. This doesn't do anything to the shoulder but it pins his head in place. My head side arm grabs his far lapel and slips down into this neck. This is a move known as the paper cutter (image 6.) If remember the paper cutters from school, the green things with one big bladed arm that could cut a whole ream of paper in one go, this is the idea. My hand on his lapel is the pivot and I take my elbow to the mat like that big blade and his neck is the paper. He didn't tap right away so I begin to move my elbow in an arch away from his shoulder and towards the top of his head. Because I'm under his chin this makes if feel like your head will be ripped clean off. He taps. 

 

A super dissatisfying finish to the tournament. I want 3 of 4 but I'm not happy with my performance at all. I took too long to finish my opponent in Match 2, by a long shot and my stand up, in general, was less than I hoped for. I lost to a decent guard player because of not having my mind right. Finally, I finished the tournament against a guy who was, in my opinion, too injured to put up a fight. 

So it goes. We do it again in September, but better this time. There will be points to be worried about but I'm going in, looking for submissions. 

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Thursday

Rec

Strength

Since my back was funky on Tuesday I opted to skip deadlifts and RDLs. Just trying to protect my back from injury. I mostly stuck to machine lifts rather than free movements

  • Assisted Pull Up -85 3 x 10
  • Seated Row 60 3 x 10
  • Curl Machine 50 12, 12, 11
  • Hamstring Curl 70 3 x 12
  • Lat Pull Down 60 3 x 12
  • Dumbbell Back Fly 30 3 x 15
  • Dumbbell Curl 30 12, 12, 8
  •  Pull Down Machine 90 3 x15

Cardio

Elliptical 300 calories

 

Food

Dinner

I didn't plan for us to go out as another convenience meal given the busy week but when Laura asked, I had missed my midafternoon meal so when I cleared that and my planned dinner off of MFP, I had 1100 calories to burn. So, good news,I had calories to burn. I had a single cocktail and I got their "Yum Yum Chicken Bowl" which was a couple cups of fried rice and four pieces of breaded and fried chicken. It was really tasty and I suspect it was way, way under the 1,126 calories that the couple of things I picked on MFP clocked it at. So, I suspect I'm actually a few hundred calories under for the day but meh, it's good enough. 

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Doctor

I headed to my GP because I have had a small bump under my chin for a bit. It had just started last time I was to see him and he guessed it was an ingrown hair. IT's been a couple months and it's still there and gotten bigger and the skin is different than the surrounding skin. I was guessing it was a wart, probably from BJJ. He looked and agreed, wart. So he froze it.

 

Windows

Windows are done! There's a couple of finishing items someone will come back and do next week but all the important bits are there. Super happy that it's done.

 

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A super dissatisfying finish to the tournament. I want 3 of 4 but I'm not happy with my performance at all. I took too long to finish my opponent in Match 2, by a long shot and my stand up, in general, was less than I hoped for. I lost to a decent guard player because of not having my mind right. Finally, I finished the tournament against a guy who was, in my opinion, too injured to put up a fight. 

So it goes. We do it again in September, but better this time. There will be points to be worried about but I'm going in, looking for submissions. 

 

I get being dissatisfied and coming away from the tourney with things to work on, but FWIW I think it was damn decent of you to try to take care of your wounded opponent. You may not have won this in the way you wanted or even got the wins you wanted, but I personally think that showing good character and taking care of other people is more important anyway. We need each other to make this journey work.

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Friday

BJJ

Before class

I worked with Joe on some take down options. He had a series he wanted to go through and we did. Some of what we talked about will come back after class so I'll talk more about it in that section. The gist of the take down was, head snap, head snap, push the head away, take a single leg. Somehow we got diverted onto standing Kimuras from the front. About 6 of us were in full practice mode, including today's instructor and we started class late.

 

Class

Today was all about a specific armbar attack series. It was a nice, very thin slice of life. The image below is the instructor trying it on me last week, before he taught it. While he didn't get the tap after this image, it is a good setup.

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We started out just messing with the marcelo sweep into side control. Once in side control we played with cradling the far arm in our arms and chasing the kimura/ americana. The goal is to set up the image which is a variation on what's called a platform armbar. If you look at Chris's left arm (near the camera, you can see his elbow is under my elbow, lifting my arm off the mat. His far arm is pushing down on my wrist and he has those two or three inches that it is up in the air to break my elbow. Tweaks he would make on this attempt if he were doing it now or had more time then would be to make sure my elbow is pointed straight down. It's almost down but there's a little shoulder rotation that gives my elbow a very small amount of breathing room. He would also move his weight onto my left shoulder which would cause my wrist to go up, using his arm (under my elbow) as a fulcrum, the make the break easier. 

 

Rolls

  • Manny (purple) - We played a bit with him in my guard. I don't recall any details but I'm sure it was a sweep
  • Unknown White Belt (white) - newer guy, I've never caught his name. He's like 150 lbs so never going to be a fair match but I needed a partner and he was free. I swept him, tapped him, swept him, tapped him. Time was up. Honestly, I need to figure out what to do with the new guys so we get more value. I got to B and C level moves but 2.5 years and 50+ lbs makes a huge difference. I do offer them any postion they want but they haven't thought about it enough so they just say "I dunno, here's fine" as they are in neutral in front of me. I was already seated and he opted to sit down (at least one person has to play attacker) so I move to kneeling to play the attacker but it gives me more of an advantage than seated does. 

 

After Class

I came to class excited about post class training. I had a new sweep I wanted to play with and see if it could fit into my overall plan. I was ready to stay as long as I possibly could.

Autobody Rob (white) - Rob came over and asked for tip on engaging another person when he is seated in open guard and the other person is standing. This a very reasonable question for a white belt. I had this question until I found the answer for myself. Short answer I gave him is:

Level 1 - just stand up. While it's convention to stay seated, you don't have to. If you don't have a seated game, stand.

Level 2 - trip them. This is how I started my seated game. I extend a leg to push of a foot, I hook and ankle with my foot. This is dangerous against good players but start this with new guys. 

Level 3 - grab their arms. You can arm drag them, you can pull them down, all kinds of non-technical stuff

Level 4 - exotic guards. I use De La Riva if I can get close enough. I also have a shin-to-shin entry to Single X that like. This is very much personal preference. It's basically what happens when you combine levels 2 and 3

 

As I explained this to Rob I felt great dismay as Professor, who had just dropped in at the end of class announced that he was going to a local burger place for lunch and anyone could meet him there if they wanted. As soon as he said it the mat cleared and they started wiping them down. Wait! I want to train! Don't kick me out!

 

I left and as I was driving my phone rang so I answered it. It was Manny, "Hey, are you meeting us at the burger place"? I had planned to go home and eat my diet food. "Yeah, I'm almost there". I folded. So I got to the burger place and ordered a burger and onion rings. Kicking myself a bit for the wasted calories on onion rings. The crew showed up. I'm not a super talkative guy a lot of the time. Ask me about something I care about like jiujitsu or databases and show that you have some understanding and I'll talk all day but I'm kind of used to getting talked at at this point in my life and that seems to just invite more getting talked at and it becomes a vicious cycle. So I got talked at for 45 minutes. I don't know that I said much beyond "uh huh". I had my car booked for service so I was glad to have an excuse to leave at one. 

 

Bonus

While we were at lunch Chris sent me a video he shot of the two of us rolling on Monday. I'll put it in the spoiler. I don't hate this video. I'm rolling against Chris who is a brown belt and when I first started he was like the top of the mountain to me.  I didn't understand how he did what he did. Here we have a competitive roll  in which I give him dominant position to start, take it back for myself. I lose it when I opt to go for a submission that I have just started working on. It's also moments like this when I 'm reminded I'm not a normal sized human. Chris is probably 6 foot and 170-180. I'm 5'9" and 230 (and change). When I'm between him and the camera, I eclipse him completely. Ah well. Give it a year and I'll be closer to 200. 

Anyway, my rolling is ok. Despite giving him the position to start I immediately feed his foot into my halfguard. I attempt some bad deep half that actually kind of works out as I roll on top, despite him having my should. I get a nice bodylock set up which I have to credit Chris for helping me a lot with in the past. He does a good job of moving his hooks around and getting me to my side but I turn it into dogfight postion. He fends of a mount attempt to catch me in a shoulder crunch that never materializes into anything and I stand. 

I use the standing position to get a double under pass to side control. I go all the way around his head and take his back, which is a big surprise. From his back I move to mount, which is normal for me. BTW, if we don't give him any points for the starting position, I'm up like 11 to 0 or something in a points match. I work for an arm triangle but he gets his side so I settle for giftwrap. He gets his arm under my leg and I attempt a mounted triangle. This is my next submission project but I have yet to land one. I fail to land this one as well so he gets the sweep to side control. I think that puts the score at 11 to 5 or so. He does a good job of fending off my effort to bump him over and sets up the armbar in the image at the top as the bell rings.

FWIW, a few more seconds and he could have had the tap. So not a clean victory but the simple fact that I can make his life hard is more progress than I could have imagined in that first year. 

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Food

The cheeseburger and onion rings were not on plan. I honestly think the cheese burger was fine for right after the gym but I should have skipped sides. I at least didn't have any soda. I adapated my afternoon food a bit. I suspect my calories are a little undercounted but I should come pretty close to on plan calorically by the end of the day so I'm not going to hang onto this too much.

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A long week comes to an end. It wasn't terrible, just disruptive. However, I stayed mostly on plan for calories, making some adjustments as I went. My body weight clocked in at a surprising 232.5 this morning.

We got windows replaced, a new dinning room table delivered, I had a wart removed, my car got serviced today, and I assembled the grill I bought myself for my birthday. Now we just need to put the house back together over the weekend. 

Tomorrow will be grocery and chores (See: put the house back together) and Sunday will be Akogi. Next week will be a breeze.

 

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I get being dissatisfied and coming away from the tourney with things to work on, but FWIW I think it was damn decent of you to try to take care of your wounded opponent. 

Yeah, this is consensus of those I've talked to about this. I'm still having trouble shaking a little emotional funk but I'm trying to channel that into prepping for September.

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On 8/7/2023 at 10:46 AM, The Most Loathed said:

ghost escape,

?

 

On 8/11/2023 at 5:17 PM, Kishi said:

 

I get being dissatisfied and coming away from the tourney with things to work on, but FWIW I think it was damn decent of you to try to take care of your wounded opponent. You may not have won this in the way you wanted or even got the wins you wanted, but I personally think that showing good character and taking care of other people is more important anyway. We need each other to make this journey work.

I'll echo this.  Also, you mentioned a few times about taking too long, or not being aggressive enough - is it a mindset where you are waiting for opportunities?

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ghost escape?

 

I'll echo this.  Also, you mentioned a few times about taking too long, or not being aggressive enough - is it a mindset where you are waiting for opportunities?

 

Ghost escape is an option to getting out of side control. Alice is flat on her back, Bob is above her, facing down. Their chests are the primary point where they are connected. Bob's feet point out to Alice's right side. Alice has her right arm bent with the elbow in Bob's hip (standard side control bottom frame) and left arm, lets say she has he fore arm up against Bob's chin. Alice arches her back / bridges into Bob. As she does she moves her right arm from his hip to under hid body so her hand is poking out between her right hip and Bob's right hip. Before he is able to bring his weight back down from the bridge she raises that right arm which swivels her head under Bob's body, putting her whole body on Bob's right side. Alice can spin to her knees to get out of bottom. From 1:45 to 2:30 of this video shows a good example. 

 

Re: taking too long / aggression, good thing to interrogate because I doubt I always mean the exact same thing. 

On Aggression it's mostly two things: waiting and being nice. The waiting is kind of what you hinted at. Sometimes I'm, waiting to react as opposed to taking action. This is a subjective choice by my instructor was an NCAA wrestling champ and he brings that attitude to the mat and expects us to roll with it. So waiting is highly discouraged. If I'm waiting for you to do thing X, first, you may never, second, I've put myself in a position to keeping up with you, rather than leading the action. There are definitely times you have to react but his attitude is that the goal of reacting is to get to react enough to take the lead and make them react to you. The nice bit is simply that this a hobby. I'm not a Fighter, I'm just a middle aged dude who enjoys tussling in an environment where we all leave as friends and we'll come back to do it again. However, in a match, I need to shut that off. We aren't coming back to do this again. This is the test. 

I'm separating the above two from Taking Too Long because they can look the same but usually when I'm talking about taking too long it is the case that I'm in position A and I know that I want to go to position B and there are steps 1-7 to get there. As I'm going through, I get to step 3 and pause. Then I try to go on to 4. That pause allows the other person to have time to thing and to mount a defense to step 4. Why do I pause at step 3? Often there is no reason at all. I just do. Sometimes it's because I learned steps 1-3 as a guard pass and 4-7 and moving to mount and I haven't woven them together in my actions as a single sequence. 

 

You've got me curious to go back and analyze my language a little bit and see where I'm saying each thing. I'm mostly free flowing from my brain, through my fingers, to the page. I would wager I can uncover some patterns in language and thought that I'm not conscious of. 

 

Saturday

Rec

Strength

  • Smith Machine Squat 185 3 x15
  • Flat DB Press 70 10, 10, 6
  • Standing DB Press 50 8, 6, 6
  • Seated DB Tricep Extension 50 10, 11, 10
  • Hip Sled 360 3 x 15
  • Chest Fly 30 15, 15, 13
  • Shoulder Fly 30 13, 12, 12
  • Cable Tricep Extension 40 15, 12,12

I'm still  writing my program for more volume than I'm achieving. My default action is to say I'm not going hard enough but in truth, I think I'm just doing a poor job of writing it realistically. It's an ongoing process

I did feel like I had worked quite hard by the time I left the weight room.

 

Cardio

  • Row 300 cal
  • Elliptical 300 cal

 

Food

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I came in pretty close to my caloric total today. I found myself hungry today but was also surprised to see how close I came to my caloric ceiling.

 

Other

I finished putting together the grill that I ordered myself for my birthday and we fired it up for dinner with salmon and shrimp. I'm going to enjoy having a gas grill again on my deck. I won't get rid of my charcoal grill but I don't see it getting a ton of use in the immediate future. 

 

Sunday

BJJ - Akagi

I don't have a lot of details to jot down here. I got my twelve rounds in. I felt like my intensity was much lower than previous weeks but I felt ok about it. I didn't sweat that I only submitted white belts and one blue belt. I got tapped multiple times by a couple black belts and a purple belt who I still have no answers to any of his work. I left with a lot more in the tank than my last few weeks here. 

 

Food

 

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Good enough. 400 is much closer than I think I was getting before the meet on Sundays. 

I had actually planned to stop at Burger King as I tend to do after Akagi but as I was leaving I thought "I kind of just want to go home and eat the last of the sliced turkey in the fridge". So I did that and I regret nothing.  I still struggle to get carbs in my body that aren't bread or sugar for the kinds of numbers I'm theoretically supposed to be hitting. I had a granola bar and a couple hundred grams of cherries and you can see how far I am off of the grams of carbs. Not a huge deal right now but when I shift into maintenance mode and add 500 or so calories a day, I'm going to find it difficult. 

 

Other

Continuing on the project to put the house back together after the windows install. Got my office reassembled, hung all the curtains and moved a couple other pieces of furniture. Next I need to arrange pick up of a couple of pieces of furniture that we don't want but are perfectly functional for another home. 

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Week 2 Wrap Up

Winning

Mostly just recovering from my weekend meet and getting back to training. This is an appropriate use of the week in my opinion

 

Losing

Continuing to lose weight at a very satisfying rate. No changes requested. If anything, I'm really surprised how quickly my actual body weight caught up with the water cut weight. Last week's weight was artificially  due to that but I'm right back there now. 

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Week 33 is last week

 

Process

Diet

Tracking calories is working for me so I'm going to keep doing it. I continue to seek carb sources that aren't super processed food.

 

Training

Weight training has been a bit bumpy and dissatisfying but it's been a very long time and I think it's my expectations that are the problem

 

Recovery

I continue to treat this as the lowest priority and it shows

 

Documentation

The experiment of writing out my matches in detail, grabbing screenshots and everything was useful for me. It required that I really look at what happened in great detail. I will repeat this.

 

Other

It was big week in terms of distractions. Coming back from the weekend in Iowa we had to prepare for the windows, the new table, assemble the grill, get me to the doctor, and get my car to the car doctor. Not a normal week for me. We survived without incident. I'm happy with this and happy to be returning more to my usual cadence.

 

Week 3 Kick Off

Winning

I'm going to give myself one more recovery week before I start trying to mentally prepare for the September meet. So no counting of submissions or point necessary for the eek. Maybe I'll refresh my memory on points and try to do a little counting to build the habit. 

 

Losing

Keep doing what I'm doing. I'm starting the week at 233. If history holds I would expect to end between 231 and 232 followed by getting below 230 the following week. At which point I will need to make a decision regarding continued loss vs trying to learn to hold it steady for a few month. That's a future problem. though. 

 

Process

Diet

No notes this week. Keep it up. 

 

Training

No changes to speak of

  • Monday - BJJ
  • Tuesday - Rec (strength & cardio), BJJ (Marathon Roll)
  • Wednesday - BJJ
  • Thursday - Rec (Strength & cardio)
  • Friday - Private Lesson, BJJ
  • Saturday - Rec (Strength & cardio)
  • Sunday BJJ (Akagi)

Recovery

Let's see if I can stick to a plan

  • Monday - 15 minutes foam rolling at home
  • Tuesday - post rec stretch
  • Wednesday - 15 minutes of foam rolling at home
  • Thursday - post rec stretch
  • Friday - 15 minutes of foam rolling at home
  • Saturday - post rec stretch
  • Sunday - none

Documentation

Nothing different planned for this week

 

Other

It's going to be a quiet week and I'm going to love it. I'm going to focus on trying to be a little more productive than I have been at work the last couple weeks. I've allowed myself to be distracted with the meet, time to turn my attention back to work during the appropriate times. 

 

We do have our chef dinner box coming on Friday so that's our one event this week that we're looking forward to...other than just peace and quiet. 

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Monday

BJJ

Warm Up

Take downs from the duck under. This is one of my preferred take downs in training but I rarely put it off in a competitive roll. The gist is both of us are standing and we each have on hand on the back of our partner's neck. I originally learned it where they other hand grabs the point of the elbow on the arm that is on the back of my neck. At this gym we do it where we insert our free hand inside their bicep. I do think the new way gives a little more control. 

 

Lesson

From De La Riva, they stuff the hip foot. You can still tip them to the hip foot side enough to move into single leg X then take them down. We were working on coming down in such a way as to come up to our feet and pass. I need to work on that, I tend to leave my legs in what's called 50:50 which is basically that each of us has one leg under and one leg over the other person, both having an identical position. Then everyone dives for leg locks and it's a race. You can't stand up because of how your legs are locked together so you have to slide your hips away to get out of it. 

From De La Riva, they stuff the hip foot but you can reach their sleeve. Grip the sleeve and kick your foot long then swing it behind their leg on the hip side, basically entering into X but on the opposite side. Same finish. Same issues.

 

Rolling

  • Ken (blue) - You can always tell when Ken has had time off because he comes back eager to just jump on arms. He's exceptionally good at seeing the target on my far arm and attacking it. We started in De La Riva and I failed to sweep and he eventually passed to side. He jumped on the kimura but I was able to sweep him. I worked on my arm triangle but was messing around with my foot position and gave up a sweep back to him. He went after the Americana but it wasn't there to finish. Time expired, he would have won on points, no submissions
  • Shane (blue) - He started in guard. I passed and I believe it was a kimura that finished him. We went again with me in guard, he passed, I swept and, if I recall correctly, I tapped him again because we reset with 20 seconds to go so he waved off the rest of the round. 
  • One More - I think there was another roll but don't recall specifically

 

After Class

  • Wedding Sweep with Ken - I had wanted to try a movement called the Wedding Sweep all last week but no one was doing extra work so I didn't get to. So we tried it out I think it's pretty situational. The gist is that in a half guard roll through sweep, I have a tight waist and I reach under and grab their pant leg and roll them over me. With this one, I reach behind their leg instead of to the pant leg. As far as I can tell the primary use case is if they are in side control and I can hook their foot but not fully return to half guard. I'll play with it a bit more but it's not going to be a major component of anything. 
  • Stan (black) - We set the time for ten minutes, I think it took 7 or 8 to submit me. Stan was working on being heavy and it was working. I was struggling to make space and build up. I almost got back to half guard a couple times but he kept me pinned down. I forget the exact submission but probably a kimura. I know he tried about a thousand of them. 

 

Food

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I'm pretty sure I actually had about 100 calories more. I was munching on sweet pickles while I worked on making dinner. I was surprisingly hungry yesterday but used my calorie limits to avoid going over the top on food. It was one of those days though where I kept double checking the numbers thinking "I must how added something extra or over reported. I shouldn't be this hungry".  I lived

 

Other

I was pretty unproductive at work yesterday and I'm not super happy about it. This is the pendulum of time tracking for me.  When I time track I'm more focused but I lose some time to the admin of time tracking. When I don't I'm more prone to letting my attention wander when I intend to focus. I'm not ready to swing back to time tracking but I am going to try and be more focused on being attentive to what I'm doing. 

 

Ken bailed on being my uke for Friday for some stuff he has to do for his kids. I was able to tag in Joe. Now I just need to make sure that professor remembers.

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Tuesday

Rec Time

Strength

  • RDL 185 3 x 12
  • Barbell Row 135 3 x 12
  • Assisted Pull Up -115 3 x 12
  • Ez Bar Preacher Curl 42 3 x 12
  • Leg Curl 60 3 x 15
  • Lat Pulldown 42.5 3 x 15
  • Seated Row 50 3 x 15
  • Curl Machine 50 3 x 15

Continuing to figure out my weights. I'm pushing the volume up but bringing the weight down. I'm attempting hypertrophy programming but don't expect much if any since I'm still on a weight loss diet. 

 

Cardio

Stairmill 150 calores

I wanted to do something different so I hopped on the stairmill. I didn't want to blow out my legs and was short on time so I truncated my usual 300 calories. I also think my body is starting to push back on my energy expenses

 

BJJ 

Marathon Roll

Professor wanted more of a drilling class than just open rolling. He put us in groups of three and had us go top, bottom, out. The first drill was from a take down position, the second was open guard retention, and the third was open guard passing. I was group with Arthur (blue) and Army Dan (blue), both of home used to be killers to me. I used to joke about paying the "Dan Tax" because we would usually pair up late in the session and if I thought I was having a good session, he was good at taking me down a peg. However, neither has been particularly consistent of late and it showed. I cut through them both on round after round. At a certain point I could see the frustration in them and felt bad but kept going. 

Then we did five groups in top, bottom, out from open guard then mount. This was nice because it got me some different partners to work with. My open guard passing has improved by simply making the choice to knee cut in with very little dancing about. My guard retention is pretty solid because if I can get one leg between your legs and any kind of grip what-so-ever, you're in my halfguard. The one round I lost was Dan (brown) where he started in mount. I kind of wanted a couple more goes at that. I don't know if I would have ever won the round but I would have enjoyed the reps to try. 

After Class

I worked with Manny on his guard breaking. He's doing proper drilling now with no resistance. I'm given him the paper doll level or resistance but I'm trying to ensure that I keep my hands in place to stop him as he passes so that the moment after the drill ends is where I could mount a defense. 

I spoke with professor a bit. He's excited at how much I'm moving and the quality of my movements. I mentioned Army Dan and Arthur looking frustrated and he said "yeah, you may have to let them have a couple positions just to keep them in the fight". 

 

Food

 

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I very nearly hit my calories for a Tuesday which is bonkers. I didn't even feel stuffed. My appetite is definitely shifting at this point. The last couple of days I was hungry and today I could have cleared 3k calories and not felt stuffed. I weighed in heavy on Wednesday morning but I think part of that is that I had a big post-workout, pre-bedtime meal: cereal, cottage cheese, and popcorn. So I assume some of that was still with me. That said, I'm going to try and force myself to leave a couple hundred calories on the table the rest of the week to make sure progress continues. 

 

I haven't said it here but my weight loss stops for the year at either 220 or end of September, whichever comes first (should be end of September). I will have dieted down either 25 lbs (about 10% of my starting bodyweight) or 12 weeks. I'll then attempt to hold within 5 lbs either direction for the rest of the year. The plan is to start another weightloss period in the new year to take me down to 200. 

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Wednesday

BJJ

Before Class

I had Ken work with me on a kimura entry I had seen from a bad side control bottom position. It bears more work but I'm not in love with it but that's why we try these things.

Instruction

De La Riva work

Spoiler

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From De La Riva your opponent turns their hooked leg out (right leg of the standing guy in the image above) causing the bottom player to not be able to hook effectively. That foot moves up to outside the same hip. It's no longer keeping the top player in (but the leg grip is) but it is preventing them from passing to that side. Bottom player scoops the foot they were overgripping before, loading their hips under the top player''s hips.  You can still pull on the lapel and push with your other foot to sit up then take them to the other side and drop into single X or stand up with their leg so they are easy to pass. 

Technique 2 was the same idea but their jacket has come untucked and they break your lapel grip. In this case the lapel hand grabs the tail of the lapel and feeds it to the scooped leg grip hand to keep the top player in a bad posture. You can go back to high on the lapel with your lapel hand, load them on your hips and sweep. I did find that sometimes the lapel was tight enough to lock my foot on the hip. I'm not sure how to resolves this.

The biggest takeaway was to make sure you point your hips correctly. When you're setting up you have you hips turned towards the top player's hips. As you get ready to sweep you have to get your hips pointed towards when their nose points, this makes the sweep work. I'll need to do some reps on this to get it into my brain.

 

Rolls

  • Ken (Blue) - We just drilled the guard pass/sweep from De La Riva, I think it was actually a more valuable drill for the day than the rolls that would follow
  • Josh (white) - We started with him in top side control. I pretty quickly rolled him and submitted him. I don't recall the details of  either but I ended up using the rest of the time to show him what happened so he could defend it. 
  • Ben (Blue) - Ben opted for top side control I regained halfguard, came up to the dogfight, swept him and submitted him. I think it was a kimura the first time. We restarted and I gave him everything, far side underhook as well as bonus head control but once we started his feet were close to mine so I used my far leg to reach over his near leg and trap it. I proceeded to shift under him and roll him over my bode. As I did so I could hear him say out loud "what is that" and then i was on top and set up a triangle. I showed him afterwards. His response was just "yeah, you always got some voodoo shit". I kind of hoped I'd demystify it for him but no. Truth is, I never had his arms controlled but his response to not knowing what was coming was to grab me tighter. He should have put his arms out to stop the sweep. I had a second move in the chamber so I still would have gotten him but he didn't have to make it quiet so easy by panicking. 
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After Class

Manny (purple) - Guard breaking practice. He has continued to slow down in a good way He started out a couple weeks ago just trying anything then he showed it to professor and got a clearer understanding of the assignment. He was trying his understanding then showed it to professor and then got a n even clearer understanding and so on.  At this point I'd say he has a very clear understanding and just needs abut 9,000 more reps. I know he just really wants his next stripe and is trying to rush it but I'm glad to see him keep settling down and simplifying. It's also good practice for me as his fundamental guard break is getter better and better but I'm learning from the experience. I'm learning what he is doing but also what moments are the moments of no return, where I need to change the game because just holding guard won't do it. 

 

Food

Weighed in a little heavy this morning but Tuesday night I had a big post workout meal so I suspect it's mostly that but kept back a few more calories to maintain progress. I also realized date night is coming up on Friday so I need to squirrel away a few calories for later as that will be a big meal. We did end up going to the Asian grocery store for udon noodles and it is so hard to walk out of there without a few snacks but I resisted. 

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Thursday

Rec Time

Strength

  • Flat DB Press 60 x 15, 10, 12
  • Standing DB Press 35 x 9, 30 x 9, 25 x 10, 20 x 12
  • Dips -55 x 15, 12, 7
  • Hip Sled 410 x 3 x 15
  • Db Fly 30 x 15, 8, 25 x 10
  • DB Shoulder Fly 20 x 3 x 15
  • Skull Crusher - total fail, I loaded the barbell with 72 and tried to get some reps and just failed. I did a couple small sets overhead but they were garbage so not counting anything
  • Leg Extension 100 x 15, 12, 11

Cardio

  • Row 300 calories
  • Elliptical 300 calories

Food

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I allowed a bit of a cheat meal and I'm not super happy with it. I was leaving the rec and had to stop at the store to get fish for supper and my entire body was screaming at me that it needed food now. So I bought a teriyaki chicken bowl. Below is a picture of the nutrition label which couldn't be more useless with its 600-1300 calorie range of calories.. Anyway, I bought and literally at this in the car before I drove home. After I ate it it took the edge off the hunger but I got home and wanted my usual post workout lunch.

 

Spoiler

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My bodyweight was 230.1 because my scale is a big tease and didn't want to ding 230 for me. 

 

Friday

I've got my first private jiujitsu lesson in quite a while. I did them monthly but my training partner's dad passed away so I gave him some time then my professor got sick so I gave him some time. So after a layoff of something like 6 months, we're doing it again.

Tonight is date night in so super will be huge. I left myself 1,000 calories in my plan for it but we'll see how well I endure that.

Today I weighed int at 229.9. Take that scale. 

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Quick Notes after BJJ before I forget everything

Private Lesson

"You know these matches were hard to watch". It was honestly really nice to hear someone give me this feed back. I totally agree.

Standing

I was so single mindedly fixated on the underhook problem I had no good take down attempts

Arm Drag

The classic way the arm drag is taught is your hand of choice reaches out to grab the nearest of your opponent's hands, so my left grabs their right, usually at the wrist. You pull their wrist towards you and your opposite arm swings up to grab their tricep under their armpit and you draw both across your body and step in . So left had grabs their right wrist, Right hand goes to the right armpit/tricep and you tug their right shoulder towards your right shoulder. You can now either take the back or grab their right leg and do your worst. However, life doesn't work this smoothly against a trained opponent so we added "climb the rope". Begin the same, left hand grabs their right. Right hand goes for their right armpit but take what you get so you can even barely move your hand up the arm to their mid-forearm, then brink back your left arm to climb higher, maybe the elbow, then higher, maybe you bet the armpit. When you have enough to go for Russian Tie, throw or back take, take it. 

Break the Posts

When someone wants to keep distance by trying to tie up your shoulder, grab the far wrist for control. On the tied up side, grab the matching lapel and raise your elbow to raise their elbow, pull down on the wrist to go for the throw or back. Sometimes people will prevent this by really locking the arm or digging the elbow in. Instead of going inside, take the elbow down over their arm (you have the other wrist) and do you same throws, etc.

Side Control

Professor wants us all but me in particular attacking from side control rather than waiting for mount. 

Getting Control

After I pass, get hip side knee to touch their hip, get hip side elbow to touch their other hip and keep this closed. Keep that arm active as a moveable post. Head side arm wraps the shoulder in what professor was calling "ninja grip". The next goal is to deal with the near side arm. You have to use your legs to do this. You can bring your head side knee down and use it to push the arm up. You can turn your hip side hip down to walk their legs away  to create a space that their arm can't reach. drop in their and square up. You can turn your head side hip down, walk until it falls past their arm then walk their arm up. 

Setting up the Attack

Now that you've cleared the battlezone you can start to work on the far arm. If they do nothing, set up your arm break of choice.

If they roll away, keep the far shoulder and they are forced to extend the near arm so you can gather both. Step over the head and set up the near side arm bar. 

If they roll away there is a rule about which way to go based on where the arm is. You have to go around the arm. So, if the arm is on the same side as their head, go over their body. There are some options here that I don't know yet. I'm stuck going 270 degrees around their arm for now to enter into my usual kimura nonsense. If their arm is on the side of their hip, relative to your head, step over the head and do my kimura nonsense. 

 

We spent a lot of time talking about mindset. This is a martial arts competition so how do we get me fired up, angry even. I honestly don't know the answer to this and I'm not sure how to seek out the answer. When I was in high school I could getting that headspace of wanting to hurt people and just generally be uncivilized. I kind of trained that out of myself but now we're trying to figure out how to access it . I'm genuinely stuck on this. 

 

Class

takedown warm ups, arm drags

Instruction

Half guard - low knee shield - knee lever

Top clears the knee shield with a simple push and moves to underhook and chest to chest. bottom person chicken wings down to keep top person's arm in close. Plant both feet next to top person's knee then point your hips away and roll over onto them. Sometimes called a John Wayne sweep

Half guard - shallow legs, high knee shield

I've never seen this before. Keep your inside leg wrapped around top person's leg. Grab the outside arm tricep and basically knee lever them but you shins are the lever. I need to practice this to better understand the physics

Half guard - high knee shield

Same set up but the top person posts to prevent the sweep. By posting they are giving up the underhook so you can return to the arm drag (technique 1). This is what I love in half guard is how often a failed sweep just makes the next sweep better.

 

Something we encountered and was explained that I hadn't heard explained before, Ben has long limbs so when we were attempting the failed sweep, I found it hard to arm drag him because his arm was still reaching past my rib cage. If the person's arm is on the outside, use the tight waist series. If their arm is on this inside, use the arm drag series. 

 

Rolling

Ben (Blue) - I got him swept to a submission twice

Josh (Purple) - He started on bottom and was successful in sweeping me but we were still in half guard so I swept him back. I moved to mount and we reset. This time I started on bottom and he passed immediatley. He even got and arm triangle set up. I was able to squirm out and get access to his back. Professor started to shout that there was no time left so I started to climb and managed to take his back before time expired. 

 

After Class

Ken (Blue) - no roll, I just walked him through what. I covered in my private

Tim (Blue) - he's a wily one. I couldn't get him with my fancy new arm drag but I kept working then did the unthinkable and pulled guard. He got away before I swept him but I pulled again and got him into mount and subbed him with and arm triangle

Josh again (Purple) - I got two subs on Josh. I don't recall what the first was but the second was an arm triangle. He wanted to know how I escaped his previous attempt so we walked through the details of it. 

 

Food is still TBD on the day. I have plenty of calories left in the tank but I don't know when supper will be dropped off. It could be anytime between 3 and 7. So holding off on reporting food for the day. As of now, I have consumed about 1K calories.

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Friday

Food

I kept back 1.2k calories for the fancy dinner. I think I probably landed it about right. I'll put some details in the the spoiler box

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Here's how I logged it. It was kind of funny because I was messing with my phone after dinner and my wife asked "Are you logging your calories"? I said I wasn't but I should so I pulled up the app and we talked through it. We just took broad guesses at things. For example I don't know how much the quail weighed so I just searched on quail, looked at a couple of the different entries and grabbed an average type entry. 

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The first course from these meal boxes seems to keep growing. This was this months. We have a lice of olive loaf each, the loser of the meal . The middle plate is sourdough crackers with a jalapeno cheese dip. The front center plater is a tomato and watermelon salad with basil and mint. To the left is a raw salmon with a miso vinaigrette.

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The main course was a cornbread stuffed quail on a farro salad. I didn't think I'd be into the farro salad but I loved it. Lots of flavors with a little bit of lime juice to brighten it from time to time. 

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Saturday

Rec Time

Strength

  • Barbell Row - Injury 

I was just doing my warm ups with like 85 lbs and I lifted my head in the middle of a rep and my back twinged. I dropped the weight, dropped to a knee. It felt not terrible as I stripped the weights the went and hung off a pull up bar. Something was definitely wrong but it wasn't terrible. So I decided to keep moving and see if that would help

  • Assisted Pull Up - -115 x 3 x 15
  • Lunge, front foot elevates - no weight 3 x 15
  • DB Preacher Curl - 15 x 3 x 15
  • Chest Supported Row 70 3 x 15
  • Lat Pulldown 47.5 x 3 x 15
  • Seated Leg Pulldown 65 x 3 x 15
  • Curl Machine - 55 x 3 x 15

Cardio

  • Elliptical 30 calories
  • Stationary Bike 150 calories

 

Food

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This is an under report. I couldn't figure out how to log it but be had an apricot tart left over from the fancy dinner that we chose not to eat that night. So we had that this night. So, assume at least a couple hundred more calories. 

 

Other

After I got home from the gym, my back was still being weird. Anytime I'd try to take a big step with my right leg, let stepping out onto the deck, where I would post on my left leg, swing my right leg out through the door, I'd feel like my back was having a small twinge. After we watched a movie, each time I tried to go up the steps, lifting my right foot it would twinge. So I ended up stepping up with my left, bring m right foot to match then step up with my left again. So it was two steps per stair.

 

Sunday

Recovery

Well, my back is screwed up. When I try to stand I kind of hunch my shoulders. My right lower back is tight and uncomfortable. Different from how I've injured it in the past, it's not so much rotation and full extension that is limited. It's really frustratin

No Akagi today

 

Food

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I knew I'd not have any activity so I kept my food really low for the day. This will be the prescription for the coming days

 

Week Wrap Up

The week started solid but obviously ended on a down note. 

 

Winning

We reviewed my match footage from the last tournament. My professor and I are of one mind, it was a really disappointing meet from the stand point of showing what I can do.  So I signed up for the September meet to give it another go. As of right now my nearest opponent is ten years younger but 15 lbs lights. Ah well. We'll see.

 

Losing

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Body weight is going well. The water cut for comp kind of messed up the linear path so it's hard to know how much is lost for sure but I'm way ahead of my initial plan (see in the "Goal" and "Diff" columns above. 

 

Week Kick-Off

Well, it's a recovery week now. I hadn't planned on wasting a week getting over a dumb muscle injury but that's how this is going to go. 

 

Winning

I should spend some of my non-training time watching some videos. I'm really looking forward to getting on the mat again though. I'll be Wednesday at the earliest and it's much more likely to be Friday. 

I will use this time to continue to google and think about the head game for jiujisu.

 

Losing

Getting hurt is no excuse for me to screw up a diet that I have been having so much success with. So the plan is to keep the calories low today and tomorrow for sure. Depending on how I'm feeling I'll get back in the rec and do some elliptical as soon as I can. It's supposed to be a really hot week so I will probably opt for that over walks outside. Tight calorie budget and light movement as my body tolerates is the plan.

 

Process

Diet 

Just do the MFP thing. We're talking 1800 calories a day or so. It'll be an interesting test of how close my base metabolic rate is to their estimate. At that los of calories I'm going to be trying to each mostly protein based things because the carbs and fat that ride with them will round out my diet for the most part. 

 

Training

For the next couple days I'll do what movement my body tolerates but no real training. I expect to get a full hour of cardio on Thursday, but light. I'll go for 600 calories. Jiujitsu will be Wednesday at the earliest but realistically, probably Friday. moving weights is out for the week entirely. I'll decide about next week next week. 

 

Recovery

Initially I'll be doing acute recovery: Ibuprofen, heat pad, managing discomfort. Later I will be doing full ranges of movement just to test my capabilities. 

 

Documentation

These times are always hard for me to make myself want to come here and post. Fortunately I have the food log as an initial motivator so I'll lean on that. 

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Oh no!  Injuries just suck overall. I hope you manage to get some rest today/tomorrow and then some active recovery.

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy” -Nightbirde

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2024 Word

Svastha: Standing in One’s Own Power

Current Challenge:

Sepherina Roams Among the Trees

Prior Challenges

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Sepherina:

#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9#10

 

Avery The Patient:

#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 

 

 

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Oh no!  Injuries just suck overall. I hope you manage to get some rest today/tomorrow and then some active recovery.

Yeah, not a fan of this. Current recovery has not been active but I'm hoping to get a walk or some elliptical in today. The heat pad has been my friend. My back gets tight and uncomfortable and then I get it warm for 30 minutes or so and it loosens up again. Not quite to normal but better. 

 

Monday

No training. Recovery is heat pad and ibuprofen. It's been interesting to experiment and see what movements are available to me. In the past, when I've hurt my back, it's been the version you see on TV with middle aged men, when they get kind of stuck in an inbetween position and to sit or stand hurts but once they are in either position, they're mostly ok. In this case I can transition just fine, I can air squat fine, it's the full extension position that's not available to me. It's improving though,

 

Food

Not happy about food on Monday. I did a great job during the day, I stuck to high protein options. I let myself have a protein bar in the afternoon for the sweetness. I considered not doing an afternoon meal to keep calories low but went ahead with some eggs. Then when Laura got home she wanted to bail on the the planned dinner of gnocchi and veg, on which I had made my food plan for the day, and order pizza. In an effort to not be a selfish partner I acquiesced. I'll admit the pizza was tasty but not super filling and it jumped me from a minor deficit on the day to a major surplus. Ah well. Today I will plan as if she's going to bail on supper and keep things tight. 

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Tuesday

No training. Recovery is coming along but it's still heating pad all day. When I get up from the heating pad I have 15-30 minutes before my back starts trying to lock up again. I at least went out and sat in the yard for a bit before it go hot to get a little outside time. 

 

Food

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I managed to land the calorie count on the day. So, I'm happy about that. Laura kind of hinting at wanting to change the dinner plan again but left it in my hands so I kept it pointed at the plan. This is what allowed me to hit my numbers. These days with no training are rough on eating. I get really hungry before each meal and have to hold off. I'm grateful for the plan in these moments because left to my own devices I would just go mow through some garbage with out it. 

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My weight is hovering right around 230 which I find totally acceptable given the circumstances.

 

I'm going to go to the rec and get some cardio today. Ideally I'd like 500-600 calories but I'm going to try and listen to my body and call it quits if things get angry.

 

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Wednesday

Well, I didn't make it to the rec for cardio yesterday. 

But I did make it to the gym for jiujitsu!

 

BJJ

I worked with Ken and want to acknowledge how good of a partner he was. I told him I was injured and he made sure to check in regularly that what we were doing was working for me. I really appreciated it. 

 

Take down warm up

From a collar tie, take the inside position, elevate their elbow, drop to a head inside single. Ken kind struggle to find his rhythm at first but got there. He was surprised to see how I dropped straight into what we call "run the pipe" which isn't worth explaining right now but it's a way to get someone down once you have the leg. I started to mess around with forcing a step from him. I think I'm going to mess with that on Friday. 

 

Instruction

Advanced - sweeps from single leg X

I'll put an image below of single X because it's hard to imagine if you've never seen it.  When you look at it, notice the bottom guy is lined up off center, his legs wrapped around the standing guy's right leg, that's why it's "single leg". X  is a bit more esoteric, it has to do with how the legs would be crossed if you extended your legs. There is something called X guard or traditional X where the bottom player is turned 90 degrees so their should is by one foot and their legs are on the opposite leg and they are both crossed. That's single X get's it's name. It's also one the positions most often called by its Japanese name Ashi Garami.

 

  1. Single leg X and bottom player has both "pants sleeves" (the bottom of the pan leg), standard single X sweep by driving away and twisting your body a bit towards the outside of their body. Top player fall down go boom.
  2. Top player resists the sweep by squatting and grabbing the lapel. Top player has to reverse their legs to get both feet kind of behind their butt to kick them forward enough to plant a hand on the mat then return to single X. As the top player goes to right themselves, drive them backward to sweep

We also worked to make sure we secure the pass after the sweep but I'm not going to detail all of that right now.

 

Spoiler

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Beginner - Arm bar from side control

I'm not going to detail this but the gist is, from side control, drive across their body to pin but then let up to allow the to come up to their shoulder in an effort to escape. Use this moment to capture the far arm for the arm bar. go around the arm and set up the break.

 

Rolls

Ken - starting in single X, bottom player tries to sweep, top tries to pass. Professor was keeping an eye on us so we go some good bonus tips. Ken just wasn't sweep immediately or hard enough so I was able to pass. When I did get swept it was because I wasn't clearing his far hand. As long as I kept that active, I was good. 

Manny - Easy sweep, took his back, which he loves defending from the back. I worked for the neck for a bit and continued to fail so I went for the arm bar from back. We got stuck in that position for a while. I need to work on freeing that arm because I prefer this submission from the back over usual strangles.

 

After Class

Manny - Gave Manny his practice at guard passing. He gave me a chance to work on my own thing so I worked on a kimura finish that was surprisingly effective. I don't think I can find the video right now to paste it in here but the gist is from bottom half, I get a hold of their headside arm  and pull on the elbow to expose the kimura. I set that up and as I start to pull on it they roll over me, which puts their back on the ground and out them in a worse overall position but makes defending the kimura easier. Use this opportunity to move my head side leg under their head then do my own shoulder roll to the hip side which is shockly effective at freeing the arm. 

 

Food

It was really nice to be able to eat a few hundred calories more. I just feel less hungry when I can eat of 2k calories. Since I went to he gym I had some kids cereal for carbs right before. That's a nice little addiction I've cultivated, that crazy sweet hit right before a workout. 

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Other

Today I go to my "work book club". We had someone in the office who wanted to read business books and get together to talk about them. For this one we read Think Again. Unfortunately I didn't get the invite until last week so I'm not done with it. I got about halfway through. It was ok as a business book. I would summarize at least the first half by saying:

 

"Think like a scientist" could have been the title and accurate encapsulate his greatest theme. Think in a critical way about your own ideas and seek to disprove them. Accept them only after you continue to fail to disprove them and it someone offers you a dis-proof, embrace it and be exited to update your model of the world. He goes on to describe three mindsets: scientist, preacher, politician. The first is obviously his goal. The second is where one refuses to hear counter evidence and just digs in deeper when presented with it. The third has a bit more flexibility in the thinking but really doubles down on forcing people into thinking their way. He is avidly trying to convince us to stay in that first mindset and learn to recognize when we slip into the latter two. The last bit of the book I have gotten to is about how to get others to think this way. It's about asking open ended questions of other peoples' ideas rather than just asserting your own. This bit seems like a tightrope because it's definitely still about changing peoples' minds but wants you to also be an honest interlocutor. 

As a business-type book I'd say it's above average. I haven't read a business book in a few years but I went through a spell of reading all the Malcom Gladwell books and other adjacent authors. This one has the problem of being vague at times and hand waving "just think this way" without giving any kind of concrete steps or planning. I suffers from the problem of having one really distinctive viewpoint that despite the rhetoric of this very book, does not point to some of the gaps in this approach. It also tells a lot of one off stories like "Alice was having trouble getting her R&D department to be creative and she did this one crazy trick that really works and everyone became 200% more creative and everybody clapped" that are obviously there to support the point but don't represent any kind of survey of different situations an are often impossible to validate. To this books credit, when I could, I did google stories he told and they were generally in line with the wikipedia articles or first couple of search results I found. 

My personal opinion on his advice is that this is how I have tried to live my professional life for a long time. I learned early on that transparency and welcoming questions were always the best way for me to roll. However, I disagree that this is what I think everyone should do all the time in a professional capacity. I'm a knowledge working with a really technical skillset. Often the people I work with intuitively know their business in a way I never will and similarly will never understand what I do on a technical level. So proving the what I do can be tested and retested is a great way for me to make sure I'm right and builds confidence but I also waste probably half of my work life tolerating repeated questions from people. I also don't want certain kinds of peers the work this way. My leadership are not scientists. It's their job to provide a singular, clear vision. While I want to feel able to ask questions and push back, there is point where they have to say "we're going this way an that's final". If they allow their direction to be swayed too often it creates chaos. Also, there are "doer" people who just need to execute a script. Those people often need to follow that script despite what they're thinking and feeling. They should have opportunities to provide feedback and raise red flags but going forward is their role and watching them languish in the doldrums of "but I think there is a better way" is painful for them and me.

So, I'd say, definitely consider this books advice. We can all stand to be more open to feedback and to be more critical of our deeply held beliefs but know that this does not work for all things at all times and the trick is to find that balancing act of lead people by providing clear direction and staying on course while taking feedback for periodic adjustments, being a "doer" who needs to execute a script while occasionally providing feedback, and being the scientist type who has the luxury of trying things, being open to feedback and making changes at will.

 

Anyway, when I started this section, I didn't expect to write out my review. My actual goal was to say, we're meeting at a food hall and I'm not sure how I'm going to handle that. I'm going to leave room in my calorie budget but ideally, I'd like to avoid temptation and come home to have a more diet compliant meal here. 

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