4/30/2013

World's best acai bowl with AJ Agazarm

Sweet recipe

My summer jiu jitsu trip finally booked

So, I've booked the flights to California again to get some inspiration for my training. I am going to stay in Southern California for 2 weeks starting July 23rd.

Despite not staying in central LA, I am determined to fight the traffic one or two times to go train at Cobrinha's. After all, he is one of the guys that got me excited about jiu jitsu to begin with. I am a big fan of his movement oriented styly and really interested in the way he drills and incorporates capoeira in the warm up. Since I teach now, I notice I am constantly looking at ways to keep the warm ups fresh but still BJJ centric. Going to Cobrinha's is pretty the only thing I've decided so far. I am also thinking if I could afford a private lesson.


I am also keen to perhaps go to Brea Jiu Jitsu, which is closer to me if I am staying on Huntington Beach. This is because Dan, the guy teaching seems to be very methological and hopefully I could improve my teaching by seeing how he teaches.

There is an abundance of school in the proximity of Huntington Beach, even the original Gracie Academy is pretty close in Torrance. Still kinda looking for the place I would do my regular everyday training near Huntington. If any of you readers have ideas on where to do drop ins, just let me know..

March & April training stats

Despite being very lazy about blogging the past 2 months, I've been training quite actively. I also turned 30 last week, which I hope motivates me to train more not less.

As a total, I did 4,2 training sessions per week in March and 4 per week in April. I have to say I am fairly happy with this rhythm, especially since I was sick for a few days and have had problems with my right shoulder for the past 2 weeks or so. In March I did a lot of gi jiu jitsu but in April I was able to also no one nogi session each week. I haven't done a lot of wrestling these past 2 months but the majority of the nogi classes are strictly takedowns anyways.

If there is a thing that has improved during past months, its my takedowns and feints for takedowns. I've come to finally realise the importance of constantly changing levels and slapping the opponent's head down as a distraction. I've also been able to be better in combining takedowns, such as changing from a double leg to knee tap. I think I've also improved my ability to finish the high single leg by either catching it high in my armpit or switching the opponent's leg to the outside and tripping him. I don't think running the pipe works really well on its own.

Nogi has been useful in another sense as well, because it helps me get in shape much better than jiu jitsu where I can dominate with grips a lot. As the Rome Open is approaching, I have to improve my conditioning and watch what I eat. You can't really rely on a last minute weight cut in the promised land of pizza and pasta.

Just got my summer holidays sorted as well..Not going to the mundials this year but I've got a jiu jitsu & surfing holiday planned anyways

4/20/2013

Trip to Rome confirmed, been focusing on just a few techniques

Haven't posted anything BJJ related in a while. This is partly because there is a lot going on at work and partly since there hasn't really been any great revelations recently.

Basically there has been 2 things I've tried to get going

1. What I call an americana arm bar break when the opponent is defending my armbar from top. This was taught to me by one of our brown belts and it has really been a magic bullet for me. The thing is that with this break, the opponent's strenght really doesn't matter much, which I find appealing. This break has given me a lot more confidence to go for arm bars, and be more submission-minded

2. Finishing the sweeping single leg takedown. Every Tuesday I do nogi stand-up and actually I did it on Thursday as well this week. My ultimate goal is turn my takedowns from a weakness to a strength. Also, in a certain way, I think people who go for takedowns a lot, are also able to keep an aggressive and attacking mindset on the ground too. I managed to get a few nice takedowns this week, and I really really happy about it. Toni and I were actually discussed that at this point we wouldn't mind getting submitted in a match if we managed to score a takedown. I guess that's because it would be a great sign of improvement

Here is one of the finishes I've tried to get going by AJ Agazarm of Gracie Barra. I use a different set up though.


Beside trying to get these 2 things going, I've just done my regular training and teaching routine. I teach 2 classes each week and I really like it. I guess it takes away from my own training time but I don't really mind since I seem to be training over 4 times a week anyways. I think today was my 64th training session this year (training log stats to be updated shortly)
Another thing what's happening is that I booked my flights and accomodation for the Rome International Open on June 29th. My friend Sebi from Zurich is also going to compete there so we get to hang out. I don't really know whether there is going to be a Master's division there or should I just enter the adult. I am turning thirty in a week, but haven't really thought about it at all.

I am also looking to make another training focused trip this summer/fall, perhaps to Cobrinha's or Paragon if I end up in California. I think that at this point of my training it is becoming more and more important to get some input and deeper details from top black belts just to keep things fresh and my mind thinking. I think it also valuable to get effortlessly destroyed every once in a while. This is because there is a difference between losing to top guys in Finland where I can get my game going at least 10% to losing to top guys in the world who really don't even break a sweat against me and I am completely shut down without them even trying.

As a final note today..Despite me focusing more on toreanda style passes recently, I haven't tried this version presented here by Leandro Lo. I someone is looking for some new inspiration regarding this style of passing, I suggest you take a look

Leandro Lo toreanda pass