Judo 30 Jan

Hitting each other with cleaning implements is an essential part of any judo regime.

judo4.jpgA great judo session. My drills are very, very slowly coming along.

Randori was good. I am slowly getting a feel for balance, timing, etc. The main thing I want to achieve, as I’ve said before, is just a little experience standing up so that it’s no surprise at the BJJ comps, and I can look all cool and calm when I’m standing instead of hopping around like a baby giraffe on drugs.

We also did some intense “circuit” training, where someone barks out commands for a minute (DASH! SIT UPS! PRESS UPS! SWITCH! JUMP! SPRAWL! etc.) which is great for short-term energy levels, endurance, and is just plain killer. We did three rounds of that with I think a 20 second break in between.

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Back in the saddle…

So I went back to jiu jitsu on Monday night. I’ve only missed a week but it seems like an eternity.

The good news is, I’m still feeling pretty good.

I had a few good rolls, notably with big-strong-skilled whitebelt guy, who I kind of use as my measuring stick (actually, I have a lot of guys I use as measuring sticks.)

On an off day, this guy dominates me. On an OK day, we are kind of even. On a good day, I can control him. Last night was a good day, thankfully, although he did nearly omoplata me and cause me to roll the wrong way on my neck, which was crunchy-ouch time. My poor, fragile pencil neck.

My instructor needed to take some time off rolling because he has an injured eye and elbow. I’m not surprised, the maniac trains from morning until night every single day without fail. After watching us roll around for a few minutes though he couldn’t stay away any longer and asked me for a roll, but “ゆくり!” which means slowly. He’s been perfecting this style lately that frustrates the hell out of everyone and is quite amazing to watch.

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That’s Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa there on top of Ide-san. 

Basically, he gets you on your back, and keeps you there for the whole six minutes. He floats around on top of you, looking as light as a feather but weighing a tonne, using all these intricate foot and leg movements to keep you continually trapped, twisted and pressed on the mat. It’s quite fascinating to watch, it looks like he’s surfing his opponent. Very painful and stifling for the person on the bottom, though.

Good practice for me though. Keeps me thinking, I can work on my defence, and I learn a lot of lessons, like keep moving, stay off my back, etc.

Condition was not too bad, I took a couple of breaks because I’m still hocking up huge green jellyfish from my rattling lungs, you know.

The road to the gold has begun!

The 10 Greatest Post-Fight Meltdowns

The 10 Greatest Post-Fight Meltdowns

This is actually really, really funny, and I wholeheartedly agree with the number 1. I never laughed so hard watching MMA as I did when Coleman went crazy-apeshit bonkers after winning the inaugaral Pride GP. In fact, shit, I wish I had thought of this article first.

Plan of Action

I want to compete in March.

I want to compete, and I want to win.

It’s far away (an hour and a half drive, I think), and it’s already a quarter of the way through the year, so I have to start my winning ways.

I don’t want to come home without a medal.

So I have just over a month to prepare. My last performance (my first at blue belt), I lost via submission in a few minutes in the first fight, and lost a close match on points in the absolute division. So I have a big leap to make if I want to do well this time.

Where I am at now.
Here’s the situation now. I’m just getting back into regular gear after a few months of on and off training, time off, and illnesses due to the shitty cold weather. I’m about a kilo away from the pena weight limit (up to 70kg with the gi) so losing the weight should be no problem at all. Just cut out deserts, donuts and biscuits for a few weeks.

Conditioning wise, my job teaching kids is hard work, I cycle and walk every day, and even during quiet periods I train a couple of times a week. So not too bad. But, I definitely don’t have the juice to go 110% for the full six minutes, which is my aim.

Strength wise, I’ve been sloppy at using my weights and chin up bar lately, so I’m not as strong as I could be.

Skill wise, I feel I just clawed my way into blue belt by the skin of my eyeballs, but since then, I’ve settled into it. So I believe I’m an average blue for now. I can triangle people and scissors sweep people and armbar people, but if I get caught snoozing I get swept on my butt, my open/spider/butterfly guard needs work and I can only think of about 3 things at a time.

Pumpitude wise, I’m pretty low.

How to fix it.
I’m going to basically headbutt the wall a few times, watch lots of jiu jitsu fights, watch my old jiu jitsu fights, punch some trees in the mouth, kick a few dogs, read some wing chun forums until I get nerd-rage, and generally claw at random passers-by to increase my level of pumpitude.

Jiu jitsu: push myself at all times until I can go for six minutes at a time, all out, maybe five or six times in a row. Attend at least one circuit training class (10 to 11:30pm… yikes.) a week. Judo: keep up the drills and randori on Wednesday nights. Make every push up, sit up and pull up count.

At least twice a week, push myself to use my chin up bar, my free weights and my exercise ball. Stick to basics, fifteen or so reps, 3 or so sets. I’m not exactly trying to be Arnold Stallone here, just a little to improve my strength. That’s along with the usual zillions of pushups and situps at jiu jitsu.

Watch a bunch of fights and instructional DVDs, pick my instructor’s brains, but basically just keep it simple and come up with a gameplan.

Standup work
The Wednesday night judo practice is doing wonders for my confidence. Before, the single scariest thing about competing was the standup. I had no fucking idea what to do. So even though I know I’m not going to judo flip anyone on their head, at least I won’t be quivering with inexperience when the guy yells “combate”.

The gameplan
Watch this space. But basically I am going to work in broad strokes beforehand, and leave the fine details to paint themselves in on the day.