One of the more lively Over/Under Kevin's we've had. McDojo's Rob Ingram drops by to talk about calling out BS martial artists and then sticks around to take on Kevin's UFC 202 picks.
And I'm not promising anything, but maybe Nate Diaz shows up.
"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)"
"But we’re cool now, Mr. President. Even though you put my boss, my ace co-worker, and many of my pages through hell the one time I ever dared to ask for a vacation."
While there is a great amount of hurt and pain experienced by so many this evening, I choose not to go to bed cynical.
I know it is crushing for all those who supported Hillary Clinton to face the reality she will not be the 45th President of the United States, but I hope you take the following into consideration:
Tonight a major political party had a woman at the top of the ticket who garnered more than 60 million votes (and, when it's all said and done, may very likely win the popular vote).
"We all love James Corden. He's an adorably charming talk show host who has won over our hearts with multiple karaoke sessions in cars. But yesterday he proudly proclaimed that he wanted to make the return of boy bands a priority on his talk show when he brought out the Backstreet Boys to perform on his stage.
Which would be great if we hadn't of started the trend first."
"Myself and my pal Mikey Stallings decided to watch the entire WWE Clash of Champions live event this evening. Amidst a night of predictable finishes, Mikey and I had a great time talking about all the action from tonight's fun pro wrestling spectacle."
So yeah, it sucks that in a day and age where AJ Agazarm can Robin Hood streams on his social media that we might not be able to see Keenan's moneymaker of a face, but who cares, you've seen what his face looks like before.
The majority of us can care less about the pixelation and are just there to steal the transitions and submission set ups anyway.
"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
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.
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.
So I had my good friend Joey Hauss from The Los Angeles Jiu-Jitsu Club help me out with an exercise yesterday. Joey's wrestling and jiu-jitsu are very solid. Not only has he competed at a couple EBIs, but he's managed to combine his natural athleticism with a very technical rolling style under the tutelage of Jean Jacques Machado.
In short, training with him is the worst.
I have managed to go the past five years of my jiu-jitsu journey getting by on counter-wrestling, misdirection, and (what I like to call) creative sprawling, but I see my tricks getting old real fast. Despite the better efforts of my truly amazing instructors and training partners, my efforts to improve my wrestling skills have been marginal at best. I know that in order to even maintain level of being “passable” as I continue to rise up the ranks in BJJ, I have to evolve.
That is why I’ve decided to put myself on a 30 day wrestling challenge.