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Rizin Fighting Federation 2 happened a few days ago in Japan. Hopefully marking the return of a full time player in Japanese MMA. This marked the return to the ring for The Emperor Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh after a 3 year lay off. Singh an unknown in the MMA world is an experienced K-1 kickboxer.  The next big fights were  Kron Gracie vs Asen Yamamoto, Bob Sapp vs. Akebono, Gabi  Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa, and Muhammed Lawel vs Jiří Procházka. This was night two of the extravaganza. Night one was capped off by the loss of one of my favorite fighters of all time. Shinya Aoki dispatched kazushi Sakuraba.

Lets start with the fight that caught my attention.  I have not heard a lot about this card except it was to mark the return to action of Fedor. Fedor looked to be in his usual shape never an opposing physical specimen. Singh an experienced kickboxer looked out classed from the bell. Fedor in usual fashion rushed his opponent finally taking him to the ground and finishing the fight. Fedor was never in trouble and looked to be the Fedor of old. No one would expect him to jump back into a top ten heavyweight fight. It was a nice tune up. The big question is what is next for the Emperor.

The next is one I was really excited to see. Kron Gracie vs  Asen Yamamato. Kron the son of Gracie Jiu Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie is seen by some as the next MMA wunderkind. This fight showed a few holes in Krons game, but from someone known for their ground prowess,  he didn’t look to bad. Yamamto  also new to professional fighting put up a very good fight and looked to be a game fighter. Kron looks to be improving with his standup, but a few holes were definitely exposed. Kron took control as soon as the fight hit the ground. Yamamoto was able o reverse position a few times, but was ultimately caught in a triangle finish by Kron.

Here is the first of the traditional Japanese Pride style fights. And what I mean are the fights that border on freakshows. It is Bob Sapp vs. Akebono. Sapp a giant of a man had made a pretty good run in MMA and K-1 has been relegated to the freak show matches in MMA. This was fought under shootboxing rules. So basically it is an MMA match with no groundfighting. You can do standing submissions and takedowns just no fighting on the ground. This is a weird fight to say the least. The fight is stopped most of the time to work on a cut on Akebono. The even weirder thing is the cut is behind his ear.

The next one is Gabi  Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa.  This fight was just plain awful. Gabi Garcia came in with a highly touted jiu jitsu career winning multiple world championships. She showed in this fight to have no stand up game at all.  Granted this was Garcia’s first pro fight she looked horrible. She has a long way to go to look to be a credible MMA fighter outside of her jiu jitsu. Her opponent didn’t have much of an answer either. This fight was amateurish at best. Garcia slimmed down for awhile but seems to have bulked back up for this fight at 205lbs. Garcia wins after knocking her opponent down with a flailing backfist and following up with some ground and pound.

The next is Rizin’s Light heavyweight tournament finale between King Mo Muhammed Lawel vs Jiří Procházk. This was definitely a more exciting fight than the semifinal matches. King Mo ended this with a straight right after some wild exchanges on the feet from both men. Mo also controlled the fight on the ground also.

The last and most heartbreaking for me came from night one of Rizin. It was Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba. Sakuraba now 48 is past what would consider a fighter’s prime. Aoki controlled the fight from the start, taking mount and back mount finally finishing the fight by strikes. Sakuraba has been and will always be my favorite fighter, but it breaks my heart seeing him take a beating like that. Please stick to grappling. His Metamoris match was awesome to watch. I just don’t have the stomach to watch him take those beatings anymore.

All in all the card was not a bad one. It had some definite highlights, but also a few lowlights. I am for a return of Japanese MMA, I just hope it isn’t built on the sweat and blood of MMA legends. Japanese fans are do for a new crop of MMA superstars. Lets hope Rizen can pull that off.

 

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my jiu jitsu brothers and sisters out there OSS

Ok after talking with my instructor a couple of nights ago, we decided I need a gameplan for my next belt. I need a path with clear focus on my strengths and weaknesses. Especially my weakness. I started tracking my progress with a handy little iphone app called Jiu Jitsu Log. So with this I felt like I needed a nice flow chart to go with it. I had seen an article on Reddit (r/bjj) a few weeks ago about grappling flow charts. I had also seen a few in a couple of books like BJ Penn’s mma book. This got me started on my own. It looks a little pathetic compared to some which are mapped out to a couple of hundred positions. But this is my beginning. We picked out two of my weak areas, closed and open guard. I’ve been a wrestler all my life so I instinctively play top and try to beat guys in the transitions. Now I must put together the other half of my game. The first position in closed guard that I am going to start with is cross collar and sleeve grip. The first open guard position will be scissor guard. So if any of you guys reading this has advice on either of those positions please feel free to post. I am attaching my beginner’s flow chart also. OSS.

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   How hard is too hard. Rolling last night I got my shoulder tweaked twice in just a short rolling session. The first if I would not have bailed out with a forward roll I would be wearing a sling today. The second one, I actually had to verbal tap in a cross between a kimura and a straight armlock.  So here is my question. How hard do you go with someone who is not one of your normal training partners? The guy I was rolling with is a super nice guy and I have no doubt that he was not trying to injure me. It is just one of the things that can happen and does happen from time to time. I have always used the simple etiquette of rolling to the level of aggression of my partner. Then sometimes if I have a super aggressive partner I just play like a stump. Root myself to the ground and play 100% defense.

   The older I get the more I want my sparring sessions to be labeled exclusively as a flow roll, positional sparring, or a competition team sparring session. The flow roll is what I find the most useful for actually learning jiu jitsu. It can only be done with a few specific training partners. These are guys I have rolled with for hours. The next is the positional sparring situation. These can usually be rolled with any partner. This is because you roll with a specific purpose. The variables are limited making it a little safer. The last is competition sparring. This can be done a few ways. Let’s say partner A is competing in a big tourney a few weeks away. Partner B is not competing. Here is the ratio of the level of aggression. Partner A will put forth 65-70% while B will put out 30-35%. This is a time were A gets full resistance, but by B mentally throttling down the chance of injury goes down. The other way is a little more of a gamble. Two guys line up and roll it out till someone taps. This way is always more dangerous. Almost all the times I have been injured while sparring, it has happened this way.

   This simple formula took me a while to really figure out. I basically started out just going into sparring full bore. I never used to look at sparring as a real learning situation. Now intelligent sparring is where you can put it all together. Without this tool jiu jitsu would be as useless as some other martial arts where no sparring takes place. Learn to flow roll and learn to roll at varying intensity. Be sure to throw positional sparring in there too. Rely on good partners who can dial back their aggression. Jiu Jitsu cannot be truly learned without a good partner to study with.

  

   It has been a few months since my last post. It was a busy time. I put a lot of hard training in on the mats. Had a ton of stuff happening at work, and been busy being a dad and husband. I did get to come to California and compete in the Masters/Seniors Worlds. It was a great experience. Definitely glad I did it and got it out of the way. Now I am more determined to bring home some gold.

   Let me outline the few weeks leading up to the Masters. Three weeks out from the tournament, I am hitting my stride. I feel great. Strength is peaking, weight is down, and I feel like a freaking buzz saw on the mats. Now I’m not a little guy, about 201, so I frequently end up rolling with the gorillas. Now this is not a big deal I hold my own with the big guys. Well on that night I roll with one of the most dangerous type of partner. A very large, very strong white belt. Everyone is given the instruction to be careful and not hurt us old guys since we are so close to the tourney. Well wouldn’t you know it, I’m rolling pop out the side and hit a sweet clock choke. I am deep, and my very large partner kind of spazs on me and tries to roll forward out of the choke. I am so deep into his collar I can’t disengage. Next thing I know my ribs are crushed and I hear a sound like wet leather tearing. My lungs spasm and man I’m hurting. I finally roll myself off the mats and try to recover. The only thing I can think about is damn I’ve booked flights, hotel, and already paid my registration. The pain finally subsides, but this thing is truly injured. I spent the next two weeks barely able to twist and the weight of a four year old on my chest made me want to cry. A week out I decided to give it a try and get a little rolling in considering I was headed to the biggest tournament I’ve ever competed in. It didn’t feel too bad. I started to get a little of that momentum back. But with this time just sitting around my weight had crawled back up a little.

   I own four digital scales, and I was getting four different weights. It was a range of six pounds difference in them. Now I was getting more and more freaked out. I knew I would have a long plane ride and a day and a half of not eating if I couldn’t get my weight sorted out. I was stressing out big time. Fortunately I was not the only guy from my team to bring a scale so we were able to compare and bam I was seven pounds under. This was a tremendous relief. Now on to the tournament.

   If you have never been to a large IBJJF tourney it is worth doing. I did have a horribly long wait in the bullpen before competing, but this was my only complaint. I did not do as well as I hoped. I was up 5-0 on my first opponent when I went for a knee cut pass to side and was caught in a baseball bat choke and well went night night. It really sucked, not for just the fact of going out but the fact my wife, children, parents, and friends were all watching online. Of course they were totally freaked out, but I was fine. My opponent ended up finishing 2nd on the day. This definitely gave my some confidence that I belonged there. I just got caught and that is a true testament to jiu jitsu.

   The next really cool thing about going to the Masters is the fact I got to hang out Royler Gracie’s house, watch some lessons, and check out his private office with all of his memorabilia. It was definitely a great trip and cannot wait to do it again. I am super thankful to have such a wonderful team and instructors. If you are ever in St Louis check out Gracie Humaita St Louis or Cape BJJ and Fitness in Cape Girardeau Mo

 

I have not made time to post in a while and figured I need to get back to it. My training schedule over the last couple of months has been horrible. I have maybe been getting one day a week of jiu jitsu and maybe one or two more days of workouts. I have had some sickness, a child in the hospital, and a relative pass away all here recently. The blog kinda took a backseat to life. Hopefully I am now back in the swing of things.
I will start off with my recent tournament experience. I competed at the Southeast Missouri Open. It was not a large tournament but a good solid start for a first annual region tournament. The guys at midwestgrappler.com put on another very professional tournament. It was well run and well organized. The brackets were good with some tough jiu jitsu matches. Some of the best teams in the Midwest put on some very good matches.
Here is the rundown on how I did. Now understand I am in the blue belt masters division. This division is notorious for not having enough competitors to fill a bracket. So what usually happens is that we get thrown in with the young guys. No big deal. Well on this day they did not have a light heavyweight division, so I get grouped with the heavy/super heavy division. I am by far the smallest guy in this division with the largest topping out at 300 plus. Luck of the draw I get the first bye. My first opponent in the semifinal round is 6’5” 250. Myself I am 5’7” 201. I have to say I played a pretty good match and finished 11-0 on a solid tough opponent. This put me in the finals with only one match. Well with the move in division it placed me in the finals against a teammate. We have the rule as do most schools, we won’t compete against our teammates. So what do you do in this situation, we had an epic rock, paper, scissors battle to the death. Needless to say I am still here and crushed his rock with my paper. So I could not complain about my showing in the gi. Next was what they called an Old Man Superfight. I didn’t have anyone in the light heavy no gi division so I had a teammate from the main academy step and challenge me. By the way, thanks Michael Collins for the match. I was able to secure a darce choke and win the no gi superfight.
So all in all it was a good day and a great tournament. I was able to get some mat time. I felt good even though it had been some time since I had put in any hard training. I also received a very good compliment from a respected higher belt, and that was the best of all of it. It was a good day.

have been training and competing in jiu Jitsu for many years. I’ve rolled with just about every body type and style known to man. I’ve rolled with small super fast guys, muscular ectomorphs, monstrously large guys, and just about every kind in between. I have also seen guys who don’t fit in nice neat packages. I have rolled with super large guys who had lightning speed. I have also rolled with guys who weighed a buck thirty, but could crush you like a steam roller. So take the following descriptions with a grain of salt. This is a very basic assumption of body type and Jiu Jitsu or submission grappling style.

Let’s start with what I call the three types of Jiu Jitsu body types. The first type is the monkey, followed by the chimp, then the gorilla.

1. Monkey. This is normally the small highly mobile Jiu Jitsu player. These guys usually weigh in somewhere between one thirty and one sixty. These guys are your berimbolo, inverted guard, turn you in circles till they pass kind of Jiu Jitsu guys. Not to say the bigger guys can’t do this stuff just bear with me, while I make broad stroke assumptions. These guys are also the highly mobile guys, who stand from your guard and sprint past it. The monkeys are usually very tough wiry guys, they are hard to pin down, and usually hard to submit.

2. Chimps. The chimps are guys between one sixty and two hundred pounds. Here is where you find a lot of the super strong, fast guys. These are the guys that can crush you into the mat, but also pull off a cartwheel pass like an Olympic gold medalist. These are what I consider the most dangerous of the three types. Most guys fall into this category, and with most people falling into this category it would only make sense that you would have an over abundance of tough guys in this section. These guys come in all kinds of shapes and sizes also. You have to have a good balance between being heavy on the mat and being light.

3. Gorillas. These are your monsters. These are your over two hundred crowd. Let me tell you nothing sucks worse than having a two hundred and fifty pound man crushing you into the mat. Big guys, even without skills, can be dangerous. If you have a large guy who really knows how to use his weight, it can be a long day if you get stuck under him. If you really want to know something even more scary, it is a big guy who is strong and fast. These guys can not only crush you, but can do it so fast you can’t stop it.

I have labeled guys like this for ever. I know it is just a judgmental statement of outward appearance, but at least you have clue on how to prepare yourself and for others. My instructors always talk about how Jiu Jitsu is attribute driven. The first thing to learn from Jiu Jitsu is how to use your body. Each type will have specific things that they can do better maybe than the others. Use this knowledge to your benefit. I know myself being about two hundred and five pounds I will squash the monkey if I can and I will try to be more mobile than the gorilla. Use the types as a starting point then leave them behind as you progress on your Jiu Jitsu journey. Now where is my banana.

Primate portraits that are 97% human

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers / Rex Features (1289286do) Primate Portraits That Are 97% Human They say that little separates us from the apes and these humorously human portraits show just how close we really are. The lighthearted collection, which captures the likes of chimpanzees, orangutans, baboons and bonobos in the wild, shows that it’s not just use humans who like to monkey around. The heartwarming primate portraits were captured by British wildlife photographers Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers. They have spent the past year travelling the world to capture stunning images of some of the planet’s most elusive primates. And though their subjects may be rare it’s clear to see why they are considered to be our closest cousins. From puzzled to playful, musing to mischievous, the all too human expressions reveal a capacity for emotion that rivals our own. Whether it’s yawning, smiling cheekily or looking pensive, these candid images show that apes are undeniably 97% human. MUST CREDIT PHOTOS BY: Nature Picture Library / Rex Features For more information visit http://www.rexfeatures.com/stacklink/VMIIKWFZD