Monday, January 19, 2009

one hole

defending turtle from head and arm control.

must work on it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


grueling training session today.

lots of situational drills.

main points of focus for my personal game-

-attack, attack, attack
-be indiscriminate. attack a black belt with the same intensity you attack a white belt. be fearless.
-create momentum from the bottom. i end up static from half guard sometimes, which leads to a pass if they're good.

deadlift- 205 (or 215? yesterday)
squat- 195 today

Monday, January 12, 2009

Marvel vs. Capcom drill (jiu jitsu gauntlet)


number trainees off #1 to whatever

#1 rolls with everyone for one minute. after a person stops, pause, keep the same position, and continue. for example, if you left off with the person in a triangle, you restart with the new person in that same position.

continue with each person until every person has gone through the gauntlet.

very excellent drill for increasing the pace and getting in an "attack" frame of mind.

i was able to throw up plenty of RNCs, guillotines, darces, triangles, and other attacks tonight.

Friday, January 9, 2009

my biggest hole, and the key to my future success

....creating momentum.

always making my opponent feel off-balance. always threatening sweeps, causing opponent to readjust- never settled and with good base.

gotta figure this one out!

Dojo quest part 3

trained at an mma gym this morning. a pro fighter was teaching class. mainly some mma ground and pound stuff.

overall, probably not the best gym to learn jiu jitsu. not really geared towards that game.

-disconnected moves
-mma moves worked into jiu jitsu
-little attention to detail
-very little (if any) one on one instruction or checking to see if students were practicing the moves correctly

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dojo quest part 2

rolled up north at spencer's gym. got a chance to roll with his instructor, sam.

-harness control to back hooks
-harness control to marcello roll and walk up to hooks (if you miss bottom hook)
-harness control to pivot switch
-back escape- trap arm and roll
-back escape- turn into them

as far as rolling with the instructor, i found out a few areas of detail that need attention with my game-

-arm bar defense! i got armbarred from the top while trying to escape/scramble out several times. gotta work on this for sure!
-for some reason, i froze up for a split second and got toriani passed a few times. gotta react without hesitation.
-must GO with sweeps once they are in my grasp.
-(maybe most key insight)- must drop hips and shut down hip escapes/recovery after the pass. i would almost fully pass, but he would get out at the last second due to shifty hips/an extra step. fast/loose plus tight/controlling. gotta find the key.
-side control defense is decent. escapes could be better, though. much improved from previous times, however.
-fluid when practicing. must work on the transitions in order to get to the next level.

overall a good experience.

escape routes

note to self- escapes are much easier and effective if you anticipate the attack and react in the initial stages

1. preparation
2. execution?
3. finish

by the time the move is already done, the escapes get much more difficult. must create scrambles off of bad situations and be the first to react.

triangle armbar detail

switching from triangle to armbar- cross legs with far leg over near leg, locking the position up. close leg over far leg is easier to escape.

Monday, January 5, 2009

building from the ground up

phase II of andrew's training-

-butterfly guard fundamentals- butterfly hook sweep
-darce choke

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Missing pieces

-deep half from sprawled hip/crossface- swing legs and skip hips to get underneath them

-3 pass series- to get leg on shoulder, shuck up, sink down, or if they are persistent, switch to over/under pass

-z-guard from them knee sliding- directly into deep half

-finishing touch from the back (half back)- hip out to create angle to sink choke?



-spinning armbar
-spinning armbar to triangle
-triangle to armbar

Saturday, January 3, 2009


1. must be more wary of neck attacks
2. must react instantly when in "go" positions- sit out from head and arm (turtle) control, guillotine from half guard
3. must commit to sweeps- need to go for sweeps 100% when i have them


4. must get better at wrestling
5. must get stronger!