Archive for February, 2012


Nice routine from Johnny Faria head instructor at Gracie Jiu jitsu Del Mar.  This works transitions and balance from the top…

Rodolfo Viera is burning it up lately. Here he is competing in the IBJJF European 2012 absolute division…

This is an important video to watch if your a BJJ guy.  I guess this was a tournament between Judo and BJJ coaches.  The guy who gets choked out is a BJJ black belt and the choke that he got caught in is an Ezequiel choke.

The reason I posted this is to illustrate a couple of things. One, you can get choked out by someone even if you have them in your guard.  This is usually a white belt problem of letting the guy establish the choke and not knowing where you should have your legs and arms if you do get caught. In reality a guy caught in the  guard really puts himself at risk going for a move like this, so this choke rarely gets attempted.

The second reason I posted this is to show what can happen when your advanced and you don’t  think you could ever get caught in a choke like this.  Happened to me once. I was training with a guy who was a blue belt and a lot bigger than me and  I wasn’t paying attention to what he was doing.  I was better than him and had been tapping him out the whole time we trained, so when he started wrapping up the Ezequiel choke on me I didn’t take it seriously until I couldn’t breathe. I was in a bad position and couldn’t get my hips free, which is exactly what happened to the guy in this video. Next thing I know I had to tap or go out.

I just started laughing afterwards for being so stupid to be caught in such a day-one choke.  Suffice to say I learned a good lesson.  If you get too cocky you might go to sleep .

In keeping with the stability ball theme this week , here are three exercises from the guys at Bjj workouts. These are some really good hip and leg variations for guard work…..

The two best in the world going at it….Need I say more..!

Stability ball time…

So Im going to switch the focus this week from Yoga to stability ball workouts. Up first is a killer all-in-one ab exercise thats touted as the best single core ab exercise you can do by Baltimore Personal Trainer: Coach Nick Tumminello.

The beginning is a little heavy on the info, but I take his word for it and so do my abs because Ive tried this before and it sucks, in a good way…lol

This earth is the distant star we must find a way to reach……Nathaniel Branden

One thing in life  Ive always found kind of fascinating is that people who are unhappy always seem to be waiting for something to come along and change their lives for them.  Whether its something small like getting a better car or something heavy like getting out of a bad marriage, people want some kind of magic to come along and whisk their problems away.

A lot of that kind of thinking comes from not believing you have it in you to make the changes you want, doubting that your strong enough, smart enough, and all the other short comings you let your mind sell you in order not to take the appropriate action to bring about real change.

The truth is that we all are strong enough to accomplish  anything we want, its developing the mindset thats the real challenge. Its a habitual form of defeatist thinking that you have already cultivated negatively so all you really have to do is start creating a healthier habit of positive thinking.

I’m a typical example of this.  A couple of years ago I knew literally nothing about computers, and even less about Apple computers.  I had always wanted to buy a Mac but told myself it was too big a learning curve. So I kept up the illusion in my head that I would need someone or something to help me if I was ever going to learn about Mac’s.

Then, one day, I decided to get an old Mac off ebay and see what I could do with it. I figured it was cheap, and the worst that could happen was that I didn’t use it. After I received it I loved it, and that motivated me to go further into learning everything I could about Mac’s and how they operated.  Now I can repair my own Macs from software to hardware, from iPhone to iPad, and no one showed me how to do it, I took the onus upon myself to learn everything I could so I was self sufficient in my effort.

Small accomplishments can empower you even further  to do things you thought were impossible before. Thats how I felt after I came to a point when I was repairing my own computers, it was small but rewarding. Like the Nathaniel Branden quote above, its the person inside you should be seeking help from and not some outside force that you hope will save the day.  Coming to this realization will immensely benefit you in the long run and create a life that you don’t have to wait to live.

This a great match between Marcelo Garcia and the great Victor Estima, brother of Braulio Estima. I always really liked Victor’s Jiu jitsu game, always dynamic… although he loses this match to Garcia, you can see his style of jiu jitsu shine through in this clip.

2012 NYSPHSAA D1 Wrestling Championships 99 lb. Final.

Some wrestling coming from fellow blogger at 13 th Temple..check out his blog as he has three weight categories up on his site right now….Thanks 13th Temple for the share..

Keeping in line with the whole Yoga/animal flows Ive been posting this week, here comes Ginastica Natural for you. Created by Alvaro Romano and used by some of the top BJJ guys on the planet.  This is a good flow put together by Marcio “Macarrao” Stambowsky. This is also for my buddy Matt who was looking to add a little jiu jitsu without the partner…..

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