Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cobrinha Warm Up

I think I'm going to start using this warm up. Or maybe not.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ADCC 2009

One of the best in history!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Stutz is now cleared for takeoff

My teammate Stutz went against a Ukranian guy with a national team jacket. He had some insane judo skills. Stutz used his superior BJJ skills to win the match against this beast!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Michigan Open Replay

Initial strategy:

We had like 10 guys in our group, and it was double elimination. Knowing this, and knowing I might have 3-5 matches, I wanted to come in calm and not waste unnecessary energy. I wanted to work for a submission if it's there, but not force anything. I wanted to play top when possible, and work a good solid pressure game so that I could get good results with moderate effort.

My first match:

I knew this guy did some Judo, as he faced my teammate at Naga Milwaukee and Judo threw him. Not wanting to get thrown, I came in real low, and was going to be a little conservative; shooting a single/double if it came or probably pull guard. I took a pretty weak shot but got a hold of his leg. I pulled it towards me and pulled him down. I don't think I got takedown points, but don't know how it could be anything but a takedown. I ended up in the guys half butterfly guard, and slowly worked my way to hook his butterflied foot, and move around his leg to pass the guard. Eventually I work the pass and clear my arm for the 3 points.

Starting at about 2:00, I had a pretty good side mount, and was going to work knee on belly to mount. I heard my corner tell me to go to north south though, so that's what I did. I tried to set up a a little gi choke from north south, but the opponent nicely scrambled out of it. I maintained my lapel grip on his neck and was able to break him back down to his half guard. We reset after going out of bounds, and knowing I was up 5-0 (or so I thought), I wanted to crush him down a little bit. He does well to get back to his feet at 4:30, and I see an opening to pull deep half guard. I'm not sure if they gave him sweep points for this or not. I almost instantly pulled a "Tozi sweep" from deep half guard for two points. The Tozi sweep is a deep half guard pendulum sweep the great Roberto Tozi taught us at a seminar a summer or two ago. I got 2 points for the sweep, so I think the score should be 7-0, but it might be 5-2 if they somehow didn't give me takedown points and depending if they gave him a sweep when I pulled deep half guard.

I work in his guard for a while and work to pass. I pass right before 6:30, but do not maintain it for 3 seconds, so I'm cool with no points for this. He then muscles me over from side control and gets a 2 point sweep. This is not a sweep as it didn't start from guard. Oh well. I scoop my hips back in half guard and the match ends. Two different people said I won by 1 point, which I don't know how that is possible. I score the match 7-0 for me with a takedown, guard pass, and sweep. The ref was Angelo Popofski who is a respected BJJ blackbelt and pro mma fighter, but I don't know that this was his best work on the scoring.

I think I did just fair in the match. My hips were too high at several points. The guy was strong, long, and wirey, and I kept good base most of the time. I think I could have worked some knee in the middle passes a few times, and definitely think I could have scored some more points or submitted him if I was more agressive.

My 2nd match I hurt myself doing a dumb oma-plata. I definitely have not mastered the rubber guard. As my teammate Ryan pointed out, the big mistake I make hear is pulling my leg with my foot. This is basically inside heel hooking myself. I hear my knee pop twice and then scream with pain. My opponent went to the finals taking 2nd place.

I have been icing my knee and taking ibuprofen. I will probably see a doctor in the next couple days. This suck, this sucks, this sucks.

Tournament of doom

Me, MVT, and Stutz did the Michigan BJJ Open today. MVT had overtime battles in all his matches, Stutz battled to 2nd (despite being tossed 12 feet in the air by this Ukranian judo guy like 3 times), and I didn't do so well.

I won my first match by points against a Saulo guy. In the semi's I went against a guy named Saif from Warrior Way. I knew he was a good wrestler, as I remember seeing him at the ADCC Regionals.

Saif shot a single leg, but left a hand on the mat. I immediately went to an oma plata. He postured up and I tried to keep the postion, shoving my foot under his chin. Then I heard my knee pop twice. SHIT. I screamed causing a verbal tap, and I was done for the day. I can barely walk now and probably need to go get a MRI.

THIS SUCKS. I wasn't even supposed to go to this tournament. Video coming soon.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tourney Time Friday

“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity” -Andre Gide

After some mediocre performances at a couple tournaments, I swore off tournaments until next year. Well, tomorrow I am going to compete in the Michigan Open in metro Detroit. It is a traditional gi only tournament. I am in the heavyweight division (194-208 I think with the gi on). With a little cutting, I am sure I could have made the lower division, but with weigh ins right before your match and me being kind of fat right now, I decided against it.

I literally decided to do the tournament at the last minute. Registrations were online only and due by yesterday midnight. I signed up about an hour before they ended. I am going with two awesome teammates, Stutz and MVT. I will be in the same weight division as MVT so we will look to tear it up. It is double elimination, so we are pretty much guaranteed two matches.

My goal for this tournament is to roll to my potential. I want to use good technique to show competing schools why GRBJJ is the best. I have full confidence in my technique, and just need to avoid making my typical beginner mistakes. I need to keep good posture, especially when passing the guard. I need to focus on getting takedowns and scoring points early before attempting any submissions. I have been rolling fairly well in class the last few weeks, but still struggle to be supremely consistent. I think I have learned from my recent defeats at my last couple tournaments and can use them to become a better grappler. My goal from the start wasn't to win white belt and blue belt medals, it's to become a Clint Crabtree BJJ black belt (after winning the mundials of course).

Today I have to go work in Lansing. There just happens to be an MMA show in Lansing tomorrow, and my teams very own Ninja Bunny Carrow is going to fight for the 155lb title! After work today I am going to go to the venue (Hooters parking lot), and see if I can help set up the cage. They are using our cage for the fight and Dan-O is leading the charge to move the cage there this afternoon. After the tournament tomorrow, I am going stop in Lansing on the way back home and check out the fights. I hope I can find somewhere to take a shower in the meantime. I hate being caked in dry sweat.

Well, wish us luck tomorrow! For some reason I felt like I needed to go to this tournament and compete, so I will give it all I got!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Quote of the Hour

It's not how many years you've been's how many hours that you have trained.

-Dutch Assassin

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Awesome triangle concepts with Ryan Hall

I find Ryan Hall thinks similarly to my coach Hyde. They search to break down movements into concepts. This is an awesome example.

Hey ho, let's go!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Marcelo x Ricco Rodriguez

One of the all time best ADCC matches. We talked about this one in class tonight. It's inspiring!

part 1.

part 2.

Roger's Escapes

Check out some of Roger Gracie's favorite escapes. Excellent stuff:

Look mom, no hands!

This is a sick video which demonstrates a concept that we have been working on at the academy.

ADCC Midwest

ADCC Regionals
September 12, 2009
Deltaplex arena
Grand Rapids, MI

In less then 2 weeks the ADCC Midwest tournament is here! I still don't know for 100% sure if I am reffing or competing, but either way it's gonna be a blast!

If you are a grappler (wrestler, bjj, judo, sambo, mma, etc) you are welcome to come down and show your skills. They have novice through advanced divisions, so everyone can compete with Abu Dhabi style rules!

The winners of the advanced divisions are invited to the ADCC national trials to determine who will go to the prestigious ADCC World Tournament!

Grand Rapids is just 3 hours from Chicago, 2 hours from Detroit, 4 hours from Milwaukee, and 2 hours from Ft Wayne. It's close enough to any MI/IN/IL/OH/ cities. There is tons to do after the tournament, as you are 5 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. There are clubs, bars, restaurants, hot college girls, and more. As a bonus, there are discounted hotel rooms too:

The Radisson - 616.363.9001 use code: GRADCC
Comfort Suites - 616.785.7899 use code: Grapplers

Register early at and enjoy early weigh ins Friday night from 5pm-7pm at the venue!

I look forward to seeing my fellow Midwest grapplers there! I can't wait!