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Wed July 29/15 6:30 pm BJJ

Got to LEMMA around 6:00 pm… wasn’t sure I should have come out but hey…


Morning was a doosey…

Rowing was fantastic!!


Dave was running the show but had to leave at 7:00 pm… he had us review from butterfly a shin guard sweep with a heel pick, a hip push sweep variation… when he left I took over, we ended up reviewing the knee push sweep variation, double shin sweep and hip sweep with double heel picks…

Below is a great reference to some of the sweeps we reviewed by Jason Skully…

I then got the guys to roll… 5 min rounds. I rolled with Steve, and Travis, both fairly new white belts. Steve is over 200 lbs, while Travis is pushing 180 lbs… yes bigger boys but hey! they gotta train and roll too.


Great class… great butterfly sweeps from Dave!

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Sun July 25/15 Morning BJJ

Got to LEMMA around 9:30 am… no motivation but hey…


Yep… Stationary rowing… fantastic. Unfortunately no lifting. Didn’t want to risk weights with a really bad joint.


But 4 sets of 10 mins… every set beating the other… yes I was spent this morning.

Attendees included Katerina, Brittany, Jared, Scott, Gary, & Jesse… yes the king of Nogi… he came into learn some GI chokes. Fantastic!!

Warm-up was standard with jogging around the mat, lunges, forward/backwards rolling/shrimping and even butt scooting.


Drilling consisted of the x-pass, bull fighter-pass, knee slice-pass, turtle guard switches to even a harness back take and submission string follow up if you felt comfortable doing it… 2 min per person as fast as possible then switch. I drilled with Scotty which was nice because usually, there is an odd number of people.

Jesse came in at roughly 11:30 am… So he missed the warm-up and drilling. Oh well. Dude is getting technique in with a GI…

Heck he’s in a GI… BOOM

Technique review discussed the cross collar while inside the closed guard using the cross side lapel, as well as in side control, knee on belly, and even when fully mounted. We then reviewed the paper cutter choke from side control. Coach Matt was in and he showed a different variation of the paper cutter choke which required going to north south first which was cool and probably the first variation that was taught to me.


The guys spent 2 mins repping the technique each. I had them asked questions on how to make the submission theirs and how to make it work for them.


Had everyone roll 5 min rounds. I sat out due to my finger hyper extension. The beast sushi had to leave due to the kids fighting. The homies rolled about 3 rounds each. Lets just say I was really impressed by the way Jared rolled. He hasn’t been OTM for over a month… and wow. Great stuff!!


Definitely, I got sweaty from the rowing then drill session.

Back to the Buskers Festival for a mid day meal… I was determined to get some beef vindaloo lol.



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July 24/15 Open Mat

Got to the gym at roughly 5pm…


Rolling : (6 min Rounds, 1 min Breaks)

1. Katrina
2. Scotty
3. Scotty
4. Rupert
5. Rupert
6. Matt

Jammed my right index finger defending a knee bar transition… Defensively it worked lol.


Definitely fatter lol… ibuprofen BOOM!

Next time I’m gonna close my fist or palm out lol.

Other than that… great rolling, great time, & a lot of sweat left OTM with the homies from yesterday.


Left at roughly 6:30 pm for date to eat balut…



See y’all Sunday taking Saturday off to hang with the Family at Buskers Festival then the water park at the Marina lol… yes 2 feet of H2O hahhaha.

My height apparently.

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July 23/15 BJJ

Yep… 5:30 pm BJJ…


Wait… it was nogi  hahahah….

Yep nogi… warmup was arm drags and swimming… swimming for under hooks while standing.

Loved the take downs series from the collar tie with a reversal from the 2 on 1 to a drag down or a step through… and the review for the back control defense by sliding down after breaking grips was beautiful… I partnered with Marco the whole class. All we did was rep these techs. My kinda class.

Thorburn has a different style of grappling, really hard to simulate while rolling with others. Picking off relevant techniques and his approach to the art is what will make you evolve to become a better artist.



For those that missed out… You suck.



I’m still sore from the shark tank yesterday… 😦


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