Mar 14/16 Mon BJJ

I believe today we reviewed the triangle. I do remember our little homie Mitch being rhetoric about an omaplata lol… yes must be this.


Tough rounds today, 5 mins each… Veal said flow rolling, not sure guys were flowing lol. Kevin, Josh, Juneau, Kole, Thorburn, Veal, and then with Jason.


The guys weren’t letting up lol.
Homies were relentless.

Great stuff!!!

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Mar 13/16 Sunday BJJ

Busy freaking weekend this was lol…

Yes lol… got me some rowing in… and I’m slowly creeping up.

Here’s me banging myself on the boxes in slow motion lol.

Clip of the class jamming below… Warm-up with movement exercises, drilling sweeps with chaining a submission, reviewed the wing to bow choke, then 5 min rounds of rolling.

Great class, smaller group of guys… oh well. We all worked hard. 


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Feb 21/16 Sunday BJJ


Soooo what?

Got to LEMMA around 8:30 am… got the following in prior to the homies showing up.
4x200m/2x1000m rowing, 4×10 box jumps, 4×25 push-ups, 8×4 tire flips, 40 sec head stands, sweeping/mopping, & some stretching… banged my shins on the box lol

Here it is slowed down lol… yep. Shin is all scraped up lol.

Yes that sucked. I walked it off!! lol

Either way, we had a standard warm-up, some positional sweep drilling, reviewed taking the back from mount from the hook sweep, 5×5 min rounds of rolling, and then 10 mins of first to points. The guys and gals did well, some were a little competitive but eh… a little competition never hurt anyone.

Clip of our grinding morning below.


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Feb 14/16 Valentines BJJ

What can I say… the odds Sunday BJJ fell on a Valentines.


Guess its good… lol since it happened!!

Yes I’m behind 11 days??… just gotta plug away when I can, just like Jiu-jitsu. Will be more behind after this weekend lol… hitting up Vegas with the wifey for our long overdue honeymoon.




Sure… I was allowed to come in… lol.

In the morning anyways…

BJJ in the morning on a Sunday?

Why not?
Ain’t different then any other day, aside that you get to spend the rest of the day hanging with the other favourite people on earth…
Other then our BJJ mat rats.

You bet I came in to row, and do some conditioning stuff…  4×10 box jumps, 4×25 push-ups, 4×4 tire flips, all as fast as I could.

Tried doing the 200 m… wanted to puke. Only got 3 sets in lol… now on to box jumps and other random things. BJJ soon!

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Clip below…
Come on. I’m bored. Video taping encourages me to perform. 🙂
At least I’m doing something… NO?


Class was fun though… I actually took it easy on the homies today… been noticing guys really messing up side rolling. I see it every Sunday and during the week during our movement exercises.
Homies train everyday in the morning but can’t do a fundamental side roll, its like shrimping, helps with guard retention and escaping.

PRACTICE practice practice, DRILL drill drill lol


Told the homies that we will be reviewing it during class this day. 

I use to suck at side rolling, heck!! rolled over my head. 

Even found them a wonderful clip to help them improve while sitting at home watching TV… was hoping specific people showed up… that didn’t, that really suck at them and keep saying they can’t do it. Oh well can’t get them all.

Nice reference for building that flexibility I found for them below.

Even one for Granby Rolling… great reference below.

Either way, our morning class consisted of a standard warm-up with movement exercises, reviewed side & Granby rolling, 5×5 min rounds of rolling.
You bet… clip below.


Heck I still feel like I suck at BJJ, especially when life intervenes off the mat.

Just gotta keep showing up and plugging away!

Cause we love BJJ!!


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Feb 7/16 Sunday BJJ


Between being sick, injury, the sick baby, and work stuff… I have been keeping in lower on the attendance scale… 


Clip of the training before bjj… yep got some in…

4×1 km Rows, 4×10 31in Box Jumps, 4×25 reps of push-ups, random stupidity, stretching, and mat cleanliness.

Added 2 of those damn 45 lbs cross fit plates for a box jump max lol. Repped 2 of them. Not even sure how thick they are… Will measure next time.

Clip of us training…

Warm-up with movement exercises with help from my homeboy Nathan Hatton. We then worked on open guard partner exercises, positional sweep drilling, reviewed the scissor sweep to mounted crossed collar choke, and then we rolled 5 rounds of 5 minute rounds.

Boy was it warm… lol


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Feb 4/16 Kids BJJ

Yep… on the rush lol, picked the little homie up, fed him quickly, wife got home then out the door.


Got to LEMMA round 5:00 pm… holy shoot. Tonnes of guys there doing things, from lifting, privates to working on the bag… wow. The heat was hilariously hot. Oh well good for me… bad for everyone else?

Got the little homie’s to follow me around with some running around the mat, side steps, outside/insides, then switching every 2 side steps. Had them bear crawl then a bunch of lunges around the mat.


Nathan and Marco came in to help out,and even Justin, which was fantastic lol… Marc had them do a few cool things as well as Nathan.

Either way its always great o help out with the kids BJJ… only wished I had more time.

Maybe one day I’ll have a club where I can have time to teach BJJ to kids.

All about the growth of BJJ!!







Feb 3/16 Wed BJJ

Seriously though I’m like 10 days behind.

Between sickness, injuries, baby and him getting sick, family stuff and other work life opportunities this blog is behind… not that it matters. Only random BJJ gibberish anyway.

Homies be like what what… got to LEMMA around 5:15 pm this day….

In my head I was like what was the point… wasn’t gonna roll anyway. Either way, I bought a new wrist support brace system from Shoppers… thought I was gonna roll. Popped ibuprofen before I headed to the gym, which was great… ibuprofen, helped out for the warm up and pretty much throughout the course of the night actually.



Mike ran the warm-up, with standard running around the mats, inside/outside karaoke, forward/reverse shrimps, forward/reverse rolling, bear crawls, and possibly others… I forget lol.

Thor then had us review lateral drop throw… got a nice video below for reference.

Partnered with Tony and repped that out… tonnes lol

Thor then had us review the inside leg trip when your partner defends by stepping around to defend the throw… nice reference video below.

Partnered with Tony and repped that out… tonnes again lol

Thor then got us to review the flower sweep which we repped out… one of the newer white belts joined us for this session of review. Poor guy still trying to figure this out. Complete resistance of working technique lol… white belt stuff. Being a horrible training partner. It was ok for me, definitely won’t help other white belts lol, by resisting that much, especially when all you are doing is trying to figure out the movements. Yes I told him…



The reference I always use for my variation of this sweep below…

Then it was the rolling arm bar when your partner post to defend the flower sweep… a  good video reference is below.

We then rolled… I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on rolling, but one of our black belts invited me to roll. When a black belt ask you to roll, you roll, regardless. Our rolling session below.




Jan 24/16 Sun Morning BJJ

I did managed to head out to Friday open Mat on Jan 22/16… didn’t roll. Just helped J-rock out with some questions. #Injuries can’t be like that forever… rest rest rest lol. Actually promised the wife I would not roll. She let me out of the house to hang out which was nice. Sitting at home after work from sitting all day at the office sucks especially when you got the bug for BJJ…

Either way Sunday was an awesome morning… got to LEMMA around 9:05 am.

Opened up the door and boom… the air hit my face yes hot air… lovely, actually wasn’t too bad once I got in the door. Not as bad as the past few times, obviously perceptively it may change lol.

You bet got on the rower at 9:20 am.

2 sets of 2 km, then 1 set of 4 km.

2, 2 km and a 4 km… kept it under 2:30 at least!! 11 am BJJ soon!!

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Average was below 2:30 mins per 500 m which was good enough for me lol. I’m showing up… Not bad for an old man who’s training irregularly now due to injuries and life lol. 90 percent of success is just showing up.

Clip of some box jumping after the row session… 3 sets of 10 reps. 30 inch box jumps? Think my ankle is better, felt better so I thought I would get some box jumping in… Not even sure of the actual box height, but the highest for the boxes we got around.

Got some good advice from Veal about some technique to improve the jump. Used it… and it works, got more explosion for sure!!

lol boredom gets you video taping workouts… plus its good for media content for a blog. Just irritable and long to edit though lol.


A clip of all our training below… fun fun lol

We have a 49 year old dude that trains with us and shows up pretty regularly, when hes not working… I commend him. He just got his Blue Belt last year, seriously respect. A lot of time on the mat for that!

BJJ can be tough, especially when you get bitten by the bug and you have other life obligations like the wife, kids, work, or other hobbies you end up putting on the shelf lol yes other hobbies.


Can we define life in just one thing we do?

Is the yearning to live defined by scope like attempts by being choked out by your training partner or while competing?

Training BJJ is highly commendable. Very commendable. Takes patience, extreme awareness of emotional intelligence and a freaking long time to just learn… you might think your getting good at one thing, then whoop, bam… your not lol. Soo much time on the mat to end up re-evaluating your skills after a horrible roll session or competition, yep wiped out. When your knocked down, do you not get back up?

Think this is kinda the essence of life. It ain’t perfect. Things get in the way. Do you quit? do you move forward? or are you just content on your current well being? There is a lot of sports or hobbies that could give you this same sensation. Especially combat sports like MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing in general? any fighting really… longevity, life expectancy, incurring long term physical damage another story. Obviously we’re talking about competitive training… not the excercising and physical workouts required to complete the acts, like boxercising or that kickboxercising dance stuff, like man. 

Your not a Muay Thai, Boxer, or even a Karate fighter unless you actually spar or fight with someone… or are you?

You train in a combat art for killing by which you don’t actually train against a resisting opponent? how effective would that be in real life which such a variant of circumstances? kinda what Gracie University was doing for a while with guys submitting video logged of technique to attain a belt on non resistant opponents. Right?

lol a Blue Belt without ever training with a resisting opponent… excellent ideals… washing out BJJ for a bunch of money. Consumerism and capitalism at its greatest. Sure they learn BJJ, sure they learn some kinda self-defense. But really do they? I get this may be helping BJJ grow, which in the end is great… but is it really? Look what happened to Karate. Sell the belt, make Karate a product, make it grow… Karate is an effective art. Just washed out… everyone one has a black belt, 2 years for a 13 year to get a black belt? Dfck lol… seriously… washing out the actual meaning of Black Belt. 

Found this karate rash guard for my buddy… hahahah

Karate rash guard

For Muay Thai the life expectancy of a fighter is what 30 years old in Thailand? not even sure… fighters live for the fight, live the living, and die training to support themselves.

Great blog below.

Here’s a good forum discussing of the life expectancy below.

Here’s a good article for life of a Muay Thai fighter below.

Reality is if you get out alive, there is long term damage from getting hit in the head repeatedly lol… Boxing I would imagine is another lol.

“Over time, professional and amateur boxers can suffer permanent brain damage. The force of a professional boxer’s fist is equivalent to being hit with a 13-pound bowling ball traveling 20 miles per hour, or about 52 times the force of gravity.
According to the Journal of Combative Sport, from January of 1960 to August of 2011, there were 488 boxing-related deaths. The journal attributes 66 percent of these deaths to head, brain or neck injuries; one was attributed to a skull fracture.
There are boxers with minimal involvement and those that are so severely affected that they require institutional care. There are some boxers with varying degrees of speech difficulty, stiffness, unsteadiness, memory loss and inappropriate behavior. In several studies, 15-40 percent of ex-boxers have been found to have symptoms of chronic brain injury. Most of these boxers have mild symptoms. Recent studies have shown that most professional boxers (even those without symptoms) have some degree of brain damage.” Verbatim from the article I read below,

Crazy!! no? Seriously though, what kind of damage is sustainable damage to the head? These articles below speak for themselves.

Interesting article about the load a boxer can produce when punching someone in the face. Pretty remarkable.

Can you actually really train these kind of combat sports effectively, competitively to not sustain this kind of actual damage? I’m sure you can make those decisions on your own… lets get punch drunk!! Either way scary like the above article indicates. I commend all those that fight for a living, its a hard knock tough life, which the path is ridiculously hard.


Either way I read somewhere that Rickson Gracie got involved with his nephews shenanigans and now they are revamping their logic… gotta roll guys lol, not rocket science or what, at least physics, applied physics? Money ain’t everything.

BJJ compared to the rest of these combat sports is definitely the gentle art within the combat realms in comparison.

I choose BJJ, continue to train BJJ. I can go 150% with willing partners or just compete and not sustain the long term damage to my head as compared to a competitive striker of any other Martial Art… unless I get need or accidentally punched in the face, hopefully not ever loose an eye from eye gouging.


Not mocking it, whatever floats your boat and gets you off the couch… I used to make fun of the wife for her Zumba. Reality was, I didn’t mind, as long as it made her happy and feeling good.

She doesn’t need to know that… making her think that I think that I am the man… reverse psychology lol. hah!

My satrire somewhere up there? lol



Eitherway, regardless of my gibberish… continue to do what you like doing. Its just my gibberish.


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Jan 17/16 Sun Morning BJJ



In hopes they continue the journey!

Got to LEMMA around 9:10 am… no Keith the paramedic guy. Oh well at least it was a quite morning like most for the past few years lol. Aside for when Nathan used to join me to lift which burnt time for sure. Always been a good opportunity to reflect. Zoning out is hard when someone is trying to talk to you lol.


I want to zone out when I train… I want to be in a state of constant metacognition, subconsciously learning during a really long roll. Is that even a thing? Can you zone out while driving, running, rolling and continually be able to function while doing such things effectively? am I speaking outa my ass? how is this possible? I used to train Muay, play soccer, tennis, snow board, lift weights regularly, and a lot of freaking basketball.

Zoning out while performing those activities was easy… in the moment.

Yep all these activities while I was younger… pretty good at them in fact, or at least I thought lol. 
While rolling it is even easier, that is, when all the stars are aligned lol… great temperature, trance beat, great vibes, seriously the here, the now.
No injuries, great flow, surviving, moving from one position to the next, countering your opponents counter and not even thinking about it.
Just doing it.

Just do it!!





Thinking about the best way to be thinking?

A higher order thinking?

Control over the cognitive processes engaged in learning?


Must be talking out my ass…

Zoned out while rolling…

Shit can’t be real…

But being in the moment… is real.



I need this…allows my internal state to resonate within my inner self to reconnect with the world and feel alive.


I did roll.

Not good though wrist got grabbed and banged up, even though it was taped. Man. messed… stupid me.

A clip of us training this past Sunday morning…

Took Monday to Friday off this week… hopefully it will help.

Rest is part of your BJJ journey… ain’t a sprint homie, make it last!

A piece of my own advice… straight up!!

See y’all OTM soon.

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Jan 11/16 Mon BJJ

Got to LEMMA around 5:25 pm… last week on Monday.

Yes I’m behind… like last week behind.

Rhino was in to run the class. He had us running around, bear crawling, lunges, then a bunch of wrestling take down kind of warm-ups.


I partnered with Juneau to partner drill the double leg… lol dude knee toe stomped me again lol…

Yeah buddy… a few other times as well.

The spazzy white belt strikes again lol hahahah ouch that hurt.


I did manage to yelp like a little girl… shit hurt. JUNEAU is like 200 lbs

Lol dfck, especially when it wasn’t expected… we were just repping the movement lol.

Rhino had us review a closed guard sweep variation that starts with a arm drag, to a sweep similar to a pendulum sweep, but instead reaching deep for the far side leg, and to execute the arm-bar while sweeping or once swept.


These are all very simple fundamental movements you need to understand as a white belt.

Simple and very effective… the bread and butter of BJJ.

To survive against a bigger non-skilled BJJ opponent.

Especially while your opponent attempts to break the guard by wedging a knee into your butt.

Either way we finished with 10 min rounds sessions of rolling.


Rolled with Juneau, Eric, and then Travis the beast Caldwell.

Thanks for the push kids… lol I was really burnt out, wrist, ankle and toe were messed up.



…helped relieve the soreness over the night lol.

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