Friday, 22 July 2011

Fightsports belt promotion video

Now I'm freakin' spoiling you. Here's a video from last week celebrating the belt promotion of 3 Fightsports guys. Mexico and Canada got their green belts, and Angie got her blue belt. Here's their belt whipping, Fightsports stylee...

Angie tried her best to get me to receive a whipping too. Just because I got my blue in May. I've already received my whipping. Surely 2 whippings would break some kind of unwritten rule..?

(I stole this video off Fran Martin. I hope he doesn't kick my ass for it..)

A proper blog from Miami..

I’ve FINALLY found the chance to write a blog. The gym has moved from being a 5 minute skate away to a 5 minute skate, a 40min bus journey and a 10 min skate again. By the time I get home from morning training (which usually lasts over 4 hours) I have time to shower, eat and head back again! Or, that’s the excuse I’m sticking to anyway..
So I’ve been here 2 and a half weeks now, and like my previous post stated; Master Cyborg is very keen on us drilling the absolute HELL out of a small number of techniques.  He has been very reluctant to move on until he is confident that we are all happy with the positions.  I like this approach. The techniques have all started to become default responses to certain situations, which is what it’s all about I guess. So we’ve been focusing on the following;
1.       Dump Sweep
2.       Arm drag
3.       Arm drag to back
4.       X guard sweeps
5.       X guard passes 
The first three have been a part of the class warm up since I got here.  As a result, I have quickly started to implement them into my game without thinking about it. They are start positions, when you start from knees. They transition from one another perfectly, so they are proving to be very useful.

No chickens here..

Classes aside, I’ve also had the time to drill some other techniques with some of the guys from the club this week. Myself, Leanna (brown belt under Cyborg) and Angie (blue belt under Cyborg)  worked on a guard break and an armbar to triangle transition.

Leanna, about to fuck me up


Practising an armbar-triangle transition technique

Breaking down posture


.. or if they pull arm out, finish with triangle

Isolating arm, closing guard over shoulder and finishing with armbar.


The X guard we are currently using is working quite well for me. I find myself working to get into the required position once somebody has broken my closed guard and is trying to pass. I KNOW what I’m working for. Having “go to positions” is a must for me and my little brain. I need to know where I am going, why I am going there and what I am going to do once I get there.  I’m a happy shebeast then. When I am in the right position, that’s when I can work for a sweep/submission we’ve been drilling, rather than just spazzing out the second my guard broken and thinking “Oh god, I’ll just turtle”. But it means I have to drill the hell out of something so that when I need to do it, my body does it for me. Hopefully, with all this persistent drilling, I’ll achieve this and feel much more comfortable on my back. I can feel the improvements now, so fingers crossed!
Me and the man himself
That’s all I have time for now, but I’ll try to be a less shitty blogger and have another blog up the same time next week..

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

I'm in Miami, bitch.

And I'm alive too (which is always a bonus I guess..)

5 black, 4 brown, 5 purple, 12 blue, 6 bajillion whites. (I'm at the front on the far right.)
 This is gonna be super brief, I'm going to upload a picture filled blog in the next few days. So I'm just going to summarise my first week and half here..Main things we've been covering include:
1) Deepy harf gward
2) Passing the gward
3) Schweepy from zee gward.

Uhh, yup, that's it. Master Cyborg has repeatedly said that he's not gonna move onto a new technique until we're all experts at deep half (which is fiiiine by me). Emphasis has been on drilling techniques and lots of specific training. We did a lot of deep half guard last time I came over, and I implemented it into my game right away. I get on well with deep half, so I'm enjoying going over the finer details of the sweeps I already know, as well as learning new techniques.

So, Master Cyborg has been focusing on the deep half guard with us, and one of his brown belts Ricardinho has been teaching us some guard passes and some sweeps from guard. Some real funky sweeps too. I'm keeping a hand written notepad of all the techniques I'm being taught. I found it really useful last time I came out here as a means of remembering everything (otherwise it all becomes too much for my brain!)

Training about 6 hours a day right now, 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening. I'm easing myself into it, as I haven't trained his frequently, this hard, and in this HEAT for a long time.

It's been a great first week and a bit training at Fightsports, and seeing some old faces, a bunch of lovely new ones too. I'm gonna enjoy the next few weeks..

I've been super slack on the photo front. Been too busy getting an ass whooping. Need to step my game up for Grapplers Quest in August! But there will be many more training pictures to follow!