3/06/2013

Kurt Osiander seminar on tape

Found this Kurt Osiander nogi seminar. Sweet.."1996" jiu jitsu


Simple green shake

I mostly drink berry-based smoothies when I do, but have recently started experimenting with even crazier "green" shakes. These shakes are rich in vitamins A and C and usually contain a lot of dietary fibers.


Here is a recipe I've put together for myself after researching which ingredients are often used in green smoothies.

Basic green smoothie

1 banana (good base for almost any smoothie, whether berry or green)
1 large handful of fresh spinach
1/2 broccoli
1 cup of water (or add cucumber)
A few tablespoons of protein powder (whey, soy etc.)

Mix in a blender of sufficient size. Depending on your taste, at least ginger and kiwi also work well with this.

3/05/2013

Gi Review: Shoyoroll Competitor

Overall impression and fabric

This review is for a Shoyoroll's new Competitor A3 gi in white. This batch of Shoyoroll's also had a blue version of the gi made. The theme of the gi is to have a slightly flashier SYR gi with patching along with very light materials. The color scheme is grey/red, so basically the same as the count, only with the yellow replaced with red. The grey linings are really subtle but more to my liking than something brighter.

Despite the material being light, it doesn't sacrifice any comfort compared with regular Shoyorolls. The fabric feels really soft and I actually couldn't get my dog of it while trying to get some photos. Apparently, he likes it too.


The jacket is a pearl weave and the specs only mention it to be a light weave with no exact weight of the fabric given. I think it is slightly lighter than a regular Shoyoroll jacket but don't know for sure. The weight difference is most likely too small for me to measure accurately so I base everything on a hunch.

There is a lot of patches on the gi, as can be seen here


I usually prefer soft cotton pants to rip stop, but the Competitor makes an exception. Normally rip stops can feel either too stiff (thick rip stops) or too thin. Another thing is that I think they don't seem breathe as well as regular cotton pants. I din't encounter any of these issues with these pants as they almost feel like slightly lighter cotton pants. I also think they are thicker than the pants I've seen on the Shoyoroll White Mamba which were not to my liking. The dog also felt comfortable with the pants..


Close-up of the rip stop fabric

Fit and sizing

First of all, let me start by saying that Shoyoroll gis shrink a lot if you wash them in anything but cool water. I've seen many guys my size wear an A1L or an A2 (I'm around 182cm, 84kg), but they probably don't wash them in hot water. I prefer to do so to make sure bacteria is really removed after training. Because of this my A2 Count shrank so much that the IBJJF guy measuring it didn't allow me to compete in it last time I tried. So this time around, I got myself an A3.

The official sizing chart of the gi is as follows


The rough measurements of my gi (after 1 wash)
Key issues with fit

- The gi is better suited for not so bulky guys because the cut is fairly slim
- In size A3, the pants are quite wide (see weight range), so you should be able to fit in them even if you have quite muscular legs
- The sleeves are much roomier than in the A2. This means the sleeves on this gi are pretty standard to what you see on the market

Here, I will compare the Competitor to an A3 Ouano Light Competition gi which has seen many hot washes. The gis are both light gis meant for competition so the comparison makes sense. Also note, that I've competed with the Ouano in a few IBJJF tournaments so it should not officially be too small for me.



Ouano's sleeve cuffs are much tighter. However, the sleeves alltogether are much roomier on the Shoyoroll. The Shoyoroll Competitor's cuffs are around 17,6 cm.


Shoyroll has a slightly thicker collar


Details include some loose threads and some unremoved fluffy stuff inside the sleeve patch. The loop system is the standard loop system for SYR




Overall grade:

This is a really nice but pretty standard Shoyoroll gi that did not disappoint. I'd say a 9,5/10 in my book, but most SYRs are.

3/03/2013

Analyzing competition footage as part of teaching

In a recent interview, I remember Trumpet Dan saying that at his new school Brea jiu jitsu they often analyze competition footage as part of their lessons. This is of course something many dedicated students of jiu jitsu do on their spare time, but that is of course "without supervision". Being a fresh teacher and having never seen this done, I became very curios to see how they actually do it.

Well, now I came across a video by TrumpetDan to answer just that.

 
First of all, they clearly look at the stuff they've just trained on tape, choosing competitors that prefer the techniques they have just trained. In this case, they start with the oma plata and sweeps related to the oma plata control by watching Brian Morizi in action. What made the tape especially interesting is that I had the chance to roll with Morizi on one of my travels when he was a purple belt and remember thinking that he is basically an improved version of me. Better on every aspect of the game.

Wathing Morizi, they really look at every phase that happens during the build up to the technique performed in class. Dan stops the tape frequently and if something doesn't really show because of the angle etc. he demonstrates what's going on. The second part of the tape focuses on Gui Mendes sparring against Benny Dariush at the Art of Jiu Jitsu academy.

For me, this type of approach seems to work and I seem to be getting a lot out of these tapes this way. Oftentimes, when just looking at competition tapes on my own, I get anxious and skip ahead too quickly and basically never have the patience to rewind.

All and all, TrumpetDan is a former music teacher and along with analyzing tape with his students, he is also known for teaching positions and concepts instead of focusing on a large amount of techniques. You can get a hang of what I mean by checking his website clips at http://grapplingbasics.com/

3/01/2013

February training summary

I had 18 training sessions in February which totals exactly 4,5 sessions per week. This is a clear improvement from January where I only had 3,5 trainings per week. What makes February's good result even better for is that I was sick for 2 days. Without being sick, I might have been able to do 5 trainings a week on average. I also didn't take into account the sessions when I was teaching.

What I am not so pleased with, that despite my goal of doing more wrestling and nogi, I only had 1 wrestling and 1 nogi class in February. This is something I should start to improve starting this Saturday when I have a wrestling class.
The increased training in the gi this month (and this year I guess) seems to actually improve my performance in sparring as well. I feel like I am slowly getting better. One thing that has been important to me since last year is that I've also started to focus into a few things for a longer period of time. For example, currently I try to work on the following things in sparring and drilling:

1. A new "wrench" arm bar break. This has been very good to me as I used get to arm bar position quite often but had trouble with getting the opponent's arm extended if the guy was stronger than me.
2. "Jacare" ankle pick from standing (gi)
3. Creating an angle by grabbing opponent's tricep (neck arm) and going for a flare double (nogi, wrestling)
4. Switching to knee tap if flare double fails due to opponent spreading his legs (nogi, wrestling)
4. 2 RDLR sweeps (roll over and roll under) (gi, nogi)

I can honestly recommend keeping this type of training journal to everyone, because it not only helps you track your training but motivates you to train more. If only I had the guts to start keeping track on what I eat as well.