BJJ

Old At Heart

Old At Heart

"I had the opportunity to train with a jiu-jitsu newb the other day (a youngin somewhere in the age of 21-25 years young), who had solid movement and guard retention skills. I was able to pass his guard a couple times (just narrowly), but I was impressed with the solid foundation he has already strung together in his relative short time practicing BJJ. At the end of the roll I tried to compliment his technique, but he shot it down, shook his head and said, 'if you were younger you would have absolutely murdered me.'

It was a nice compliment (I think)"

Sober Reflections: UFC on FOX 21

Sober Reflections: UFC on FOX 21

"There are others with great jiu-jitsu, but perhaps no one who makes it look easier.  And so tonight, we saw Maia give the UFC slight pause with their intention to put Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson as the first offering for newly crowned welterweight champ, Tyrone Woodley.  

And like the true martial artist and respectful guy he is, Maia told Brian Stann in his post-fight interview that he'd patiently wait his turn."

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 5

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 5

John has been my instructor for over four and a half years and knows my game better than just about anybody. I asked him to identify a few areas I could stand to work on over the next 25 days.

Also, I agreed to let him speak about me for forty seconds without interrupting him -- which, as many of you know, can be a struggle for me. 

Rest Days

Rest Days

 "Hey Raf, I think it's cool that you're doing this, but have you built in rest days into this at all?"

The following inquiry comes from one young Eric Medina of The Los Angeles Jiu-Jitsu Club.  As I work up my reassuring answer ("yeah, of course I'm going to build in some rest days"), I also can't help but remember that this happens to be my seventh straight day of training jiu-jitsu when he asks me this question

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 4

In the video below, I confront one example of trying to replicate Justin Rader's snap down double leg take down.  When I saw him do it on the video, I thought it might be a nice option for my style of wrestling.  I thought (and I don't say this often), "oh, I might actually be able to do that one." 

The results below, however, proved otherwise.

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 3

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 3

As I outlined in my original post, a great deal of my wrestling has always come in the form of counter-wrestling.  Letting my opponent make the first move and then working to put out fires as they come up.  

It's not the smartest of strategies, but it's pretty much all I've got.  Today, I opted to try and identify a few of my worst habits so that I can hopefully start to break a few of them.