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Just Breathe

This was written by Goju-Joe from Bullshido.net, link to original post here
http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?p=2178352

It’s about Brazilian Jiujitsu, but is so fucking amazing that I figure I share with you guys

Just Breathe – Why BJJ

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So what’s so special about BJJ for me?

Is it the image of being a bone breaking badass? Come on please I am a 37 year old bald father of three

Is it the pretense of doing something that MMA fighters do and hobnobbing with real athletes?

See previous answer

So what attracts me to BJJ.

It’s the fight to breathe, Its that point in at the end of the class during rolling after 20 minutes of being exhausted having some 230 pound gone get side control on me applying shoulder pressure and being totally gassed out and wanting to quit.

But not quitting, simply focusing on breathing, create space, breathe, get my hips under, breathe, recover half guard, breathe, sweep or recover full guard, breathe, go for a sub or a sweep and breathe.

In a life where things like, taxes, kids, parents health, the economy and a million other things can overwhelm a man. An hour and a half of primal fighting to simply breathe and keep going beyond your endurance of fighting on when quitting is just a tap away is supremely important to mental health

In a society that consistently tries to denude men of their masculinity of rituals and rights in which we learn to be strong (not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally) we all need something to measure our selves against, to compete against like Hemmingway’s Old Man and the Sea, a good external battle is really fight against our desire to quit and give up, and this is what defines us as men.

In some ways BJJ to me is the external manifestation of an internal and symbolic fight, that no matter what happens you just have to focus and fight for that next step, that next breath, don’t worry about the big stuff just simply breathe.

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So, it’s another day in paradise.

 

I keep coming on empty handed every time I plan some photographic trip on weekends (Father’s day, it Rained, I’m broke, etc.), so I’m just giving up, I will buy a year membership to Morikami museum (due to all the festivals they have in there, it should provide me with enough photo opportunities), and the West Palm Beach Zoo (not so much for the events, but because the large quantities of animals and subjects to photograph in each visit), and I’ll hope for the best (if I can make it 4 times to Morikami and another 4-6 times to the Zoo, it’ll pay for itself right then).

 

I keep looking at DSLR cameras (I freaking love the Nikon D80), and falling in love with them, but I can not justify buying one yet, the expenses are too great (lenses, cleaning, maintenance, etc.), versus the Pros from my standpoint (Raw imaging and a higher quality pictures), now I know that there’s more to DSLR cameras besides the two points I mentioned in my pros, such as White Balance control, aperture and shutter speed control, less noise at higher ISO settings, etc., but besides the ISO advantage, these are controls that I have on my DZLR camera, my Finepix S700 has all these controls but it only shoots in JPEG and I have a shitload of noise at higher ISO settings (so I only shoot during the day). Enter the S100FS.

 

Now I know that a ZLR is no competition to the DSLR (in most cases), and granted, I have no idea about the response of the camera at higher ISO settings, but the flexibility provided by the ZLR is more convenient for somebody in my budget (no expense in lenses for one), and taking into account that I’m not about to shoot a fashion shot, or a wedding (I mean, I could, but you would not like the results), is the perfect camera for me. The Fujifilm S100FS offers me RAW imaging which is my number one concern when thinking of a new camera (I can finally fix my exposure problems without spending hours in Photoshop or Lightroom to do so), Plus, it has a hotshoe, so I don’t have to rely on the pop-up flash anymore (come on guys, the person who came up with the pop up flash was a sick, sick individual).

 

I could make a case about why I shouldn’t buy this camera (the pricing is the same as some nice Cannon DSLR entry level prosumer cameras for one), but once again, from “MY” standpoint (amateur with a hobby), is hard to explain why I should buy a couple of thousand dollars worth of lenses plus the expense of the camera; if someday I decide that I want to make a career out of this, and I’m gonna leave the civilized world and shoot for National Geographic (unlikely) in the middle of the freaking Congo, then yeah, by all means Nikon D300/Cannon EOS-1Ds Mark III cameras here I come, but until then, my nice ZLR camera will do.

 

In other news, there’s no Judo this week due to everybody being at the greatest camp on earth in North Carolina (I couldn’t make it, I had a scholarship for it, but I really need to take a vacation with my wife before I do anything out of the state with the judo team), so it’ll be a lazy week unless I get in touch with Pandinha and go train with him this coming Sat.

 

I keep playing guitar and it’s getting boring to play alone (“play with myself” if you will), so I think I’m gonna get somebody to pick up the bass guitar and see if that get’s the juices flowing…. Ewww

 

Well, the handyman cover the holes the mice where using to get inside my apartment, he did such a bang up job… he used linoleum to cover the entry point in my cabinets, now I won’t dwell into the fact that these little animals chew thru drywall to get to my cabinet and I’m sure they will chew thru linoleum if they find it absolutely necessary, but the fact that the guy didn’t cut the linoleum for the top shelf to fit the angle, and the linoleum doesn’t bent in a 90 degrees angle, it bows and leaves a half inch opening  on the top shelf…. This makes me think that the little bastards are gonna be able to get in my apartment once more, so I guess I’m gonna take things into my own two hands and fix this problem myself (I have no faith in the handyman to come and fix the problem, and there’s a couple of glue traps and a snap trap left, so I do not want him to get injured).

 

So long and until next time.

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So, I normally complain about not having enough people to roll around with at judo, and the ones that are there, I know how to get them, and some of them know how to get me back, hence the need for diversity and competition, but what about your go to techniques, do they get sloppy or even worst, thrown in the back burner because these guys already know you’re going for it?

 

Let me explain, I used to be a foot sweep to groundwork guy, once I had you on side control, I would fish for a ude-garami (kimura for the BJJ guys) hold and switch for a far side armbar or if they try to reach to stop the ude-garami, a straight armbar on the reaching arm, after getting a couple of people with this, everybody caught on to the trick and they would defend it, so I do not use this anymore, my new go to, is get the back, sink the hooks, fish for a reverse triangle and when they try to stop the triangle, I’ll slide for a reverse armbar (pretty slick, but they’re going to catch on to this too), pretty soon this will be thrown into the back burner too; the problem that I see with this is, probably this techniques won’t work with the regular people I train with, but what about the people I meet in shiai or grappling competitions (I have not compete in any grappling comp. as of yet, but I will be at naga next year, so bear with me for a second)? These people do not know what my go to move was/it’s, so why have a high percentage of success move in the back burner, getting sloppy and all, when it could be the move that wins that day? Or more importantly, how to solve this problem?

 

 

Any comments on this will be greatly appreciate, this will be a work in progress and I will keep adding to it as I find more information from practices or other resources, suggestions will be added and commented as they come by.

 

Thank you

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So a couple of months ago I brought up a topic at bullshido about bringing back standing punching and kicking into judo since one of the reasons it was taken out of it was the health and well being of the individual, and now we have so many options regarding protection of the fighter/s (Gloves, shin pads, mouthguards, helmets, metal spikes, etc.).

 

 

I think the main idea was generated not so much from watching MMA matches (somebody commented that the only thing that would come out of bringing strikes back into the game was a substandard mma), but from watching what sambo is doing regarding their combat sambo rules (I don’t know the exact rules I admit, but it looks freaking awesome).

 

 

Now, I understand that to bring this idea to certain clubs would be stupid (certain clubs only care about winning at Shiai, so incorporating striking to their curriculum would be useless to their goal), but what about opening a division, or a separate Shiai tournament with the new rules regarding striking, what do knowledgeable people (regarding combat sambo and judo) thing about it?

 

 

My thoughts are: this will bring more awareness to the practitioner when it comes to (yeah, here it comes) RBSD, the matches would be way more interesting to watch, it would open up a whole new world to practitioners (regarding venues to compete in) specially if we also bring leg locks and other banned techniques from shiai, the rules regarding groundwork and how to win/lose would have to be adapted to the new modality of competition, so it would make for something interesting enough to have a follow up, without disrupting the shiai and traditional judo competitions.

 

 

And that’s all for my rant, thank you for letting me go on a rampage (since the chances of this happening are slim to none)

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Workout Routine

So I’ve decided to start a new workout routine, and to be honest, when it comes to exercise, I’m the laziest person you ever gonna find… So I made it extra hard. I divided the whole thing into two weeks of different workouts as follow. (Ed. I’m not a nutritionist, license instructor, or have any idea if this workout will be the best way to accomplish my goals, I’m just going with whatever I can pull out of my ass, so any injury that you may sustain by following my workout routine is all your fault… I just though it would be a good idea to add that to my post to cover my ass)  

Week 1:  Monday:

TIME         Description6:00 AM    Wake Up (drink Water)
6:15 AM    Crunches and Push Ups
10:30 AM  Snack
12:30 PM  Lunch
3:30 PM    Snack
6:30 PM    Gym (Target Specific)
8:00 PM    Dinner
8:30 PM    Stretching, Core, or Yoga
9:15 PM    Shower
10:00 PM  BED

Same basic exercises for Thursday’s with the difference that if on Monday’s I do target specific workout (cardio, shoulders, etc.), on Friday’s I will do grappling specific workouts (lunges, pulling, shrimps, etc.)(Ed. 7:30 AM Shower and Breakfast)

 Tuesday:

TIME        Description
6:00 AM   Wake Up (drink Water)
6:15 AM   Sprints
6:45 AM   Jump Rope (or Trampoline)
7:15 AM   Light Weights
7:30 AM   Shower and Light Breakfast
10:30 AM Snack
12:30 PM Lunch
3:30 PM   Snack
6:00 PM   Two Miles Walk (Mix with Light Sprinting)
7:00 PM   Sport specific workout
8:00 PM   Yoga and Core Specific
8:45 PM   Dinner
9:00 PM   Shower/Shave and Drink Liquids
10:00 PM BED

Same Basic exercises for Friday’s with the difference that if on Tuesday’s I did Yoga, on Friday’s I’ll do core building workouts (plyometrics, etc.) 

Wednesday:

TIME         Description
7:00 AM     Wake Up (drink Water)
7:15 AM     Yoga, Stretching or Core
8:30 AM     Breakfast
10:30 AM   Snack
12:30 PM   Lunch
3:30 PM     Snack
5:30 PM     Snack
6:30 PM     Judo
10:30 PM   Light Dinner & Shower
11:00 PM   BED

 I’m trying to not go too hard on this day because I have Judo at night and if possible, I’ll be doing judo till 10:00 PM (Hopefully) 

Saturday:

TIME         Description
9:00 AM     Wake Up (drink Water)
9:30 AM     Sprints
10:00 AM   Breakfast
11:30 AM   Light Snack
1:30 PM    Judo
4:30 PM    Snack
5:30 PM    Yoga
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM   Light Dinner
9:30 PM   Shower
anytime    BED

Again, I’m going easy on Saturday’s due to Judo. 

Week 2:  Monday:

TIME            Description
6:00 AM        Wake Up (drink Water)
6:15 AM        Crunches and Push Ups
10:30 AM      Snack
12:30 PM      Lunch
3:30 PM        Snack
6:30 PM        Gym (Grappling Specific)
8:00 PM        Dinner
8:30 PM        Stretching
9:15 PM        Shower
10:00 PM      BED

Same workout for Thursday’s again switching the target and grappling specific workouts. (Ed. 7:30 AM Shower and Breakfast) 

Tuesday:

6:00 AM    Wake Up (Drink Liquids)
6:15 AM    Push Ups, Crunches Etc.
7:15 AM    Shower
8:00 AM    Breakfast
10:30 AM  Snack
12:30 PM  Lunch
3:30 PM    Snack
6:00 PM   Gym (Cardio Specific)
7:30 PM   Stretching, and Core
8:15 PM   Light Dinner
8:30 PM   Shower and Shave
9:00 PM   Replenish Liquids
10:00 PM BED

Same workout for Friday’s (maybe some mix and match for Friday’s) 

Wednesday:

7:00 AM     Wake Up (drink Water)
7:15 AM     Stretching
8:30 AM     Breakfast
10:30 AM   Snack
12:30 PM   Lunch
3:30 PM     Snack
5:30 PM     Snack
6:30 PM     Judo
10:30 PM    Light Dinner & Shower
11:00 PM    BED

Same as week 1 

Saturday:

9:00 AM     Wake Up (Drink Liquids)
9:30 AM     Grappling Specific Training
10:30 AM    Breakfast
12:00 PM    Light Snack
1:30 PM     Judo
4:30 PM     Snack
5:00 PM     Sprints
5:30 PM     Crunches, Push ups
7:30 PM     Uchi Komis and explosive training (Lunges, Sprawls, Quads)
8:30 PM     Dinner
9:30 PM     Shower
Anytime     BED

After Dinner I’m gonna try to review tapes, study drills, and study judo and grappling videos (just for shit and giggles).  So, this is my workout, as soon as I have my new diet together, I will post it here and if anybody has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks. 

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New Blog and Plans for it

So I’ve decide to start a new training program (diet, strenght and cardio) with the goal to drop 45-50 Lbs. (I want to start competing (Judo) in the 90Kg. division), so I’m gonna be posting my training schedule, goals, and diary type entries thru this blog and hopefully have a reference point from beggining to end (also I would like to review books, training tools and videos as they come by).

also I’m a music fanatic and a guitar player, so everyonce in a while I will have random thoughs on music and instruments (hopefully).

Whish me good luck, and I’ll see you on my next entry.

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