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    Trained at 7am today, whew, rough waking up and left me somewhat sleepy but easier on higher calories.

    Calories: 1810, 237C/134P/43F
    Workout:
    BJJ 1 hour 15
    Level 2 nogi
    De la Riva underhook grip on leg
    Extend them with other leg and scoop under
    Options are waiter sweep
    Or half guard rollover or ankle pick sweep
    Or lock legs around their legs a la Paul and roll over from there
    6 x 2:30 positional start
    6 x 5 min regular training
    Good rounds. Crushed by female black belt who has a good half guard, though I did sweep her with a kimura one time. Rolled with a visiting blue belt woman and got lots of submissions. Rolled with enthusiastic skinny guy at the end and got the leg bundle sweep thingy from class.
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    My knees felt a little off today... could be the move from yesterday.

    Calories: 1745, 219C/141P/42F
    My appetite just isn't particularly high. I may try to stick around this amount for awhile while I'm feeling it.

    Workout:
    BJJ 2 hours
    Level 2 gi
    Escaping bottom half guard. Pry their shoulder away from face and hip out. Forearm to their thigh and then grab pant leg. Knee up and in, other leg over their back, go to closed guard.
    4 x 2 min positional starts, 3 x 5 min regular training
    Had to tap to a lockdown from a white belt who basically... just does lockdowns to prevent half guard passes and I knew that, probably should have mentioned my knee couldn't take it but I was overly optimistic. Decent rounds with a few people, got some bow-and-arrow chokes, but keep falling into half guard and want to go for closed guard more. I'm just not getting the closed guard sweeps. Need to drill a lot more.

    Advanced 1 nogi
    Reverse de la Riva and foot on hip, hand on ankle, push them away, come up on single leg. He also showed some fancy spin underneath thing that I may try someday.
    Decent rounds but so much smashing. Good scrambles with one male blue belt(?) got to x guard a bunch and if he were closer to my size maybe could have swept; I did choke him from crucifix after a scramble. He's good. Fast. I would roll with him again despite the size difference as I never felt unsafe. Also rounds with strong female purple and two male black belts, which... lol I got so smashed.

    Now I'm off to visit Rachel, who is sick. I'm bringing her clementines with little jack-o-lantern faces I drew on them and also some throat comfort tea. I bought some new clothes, so I'm wearing new pants and a top; my old stuff doesn't fit anymore. It's just cheap comfortable stuff for the cooler weather but it's nice to have something to put on. Next thing I need is shoes. My feet haven't changed sizes; I just don't have that many shoes. I may be voiding my Lesbian Contract by not owning adequate boots.
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    Weight: 139.2
    Calories: 1615, 208C/118P/40F
    Less hungry because...

    Workout: NONE, I got a cortisone shot in my knee for some fluid/inflammation. The good news is my tendons are all fine. The orthopedist thinks it was a hamstring tweak where it attaches to the knee because of the location of the pain. Two days off BJJ and I can be back in training Sunday. Yes!
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    Weight: 139.2
    Calories: 1670, 220C/120P/40F
    Workout:

    WEIGHTS! Upper body only
    Plank 1 min
    Hollow hold 45s
    Pushups 3 x 10
    Neutral grip chinups 3 x 3
    Bench press 65 x 8, 75 x 5, 95 x 5, 4, 4
    BB row 45 x 15, 65 x 10, 85 x 8, 95 3 x 4
    BB OHP 45 x 10, 55 3 x 5
    Crow pose x 20s, 40s
    Headstand x 40s
    KB bottoms up carry 15 x 35s each side
    Pullup x 1
    Dead hang 1 min

    I'm pleased with sets of 3 for the neutral grip chinups, less pleased that my bench has decreased so badly. I'm not sure if it's recovery from illness or just that I haven't been benching. I'm going to pick it up again with some minimal, main lifts every week so I can make sure I don't drop muscle as I continue to lose weight. I'm aiming for at least 133 and I don't want to get there and find that I've lost all muscle and no fat.
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    Hope that knee is feeling better.

    Good routine there. Don't worry about the bench press. I find that lift to fade the most when losing weight or at least that is how I remember it.
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    Hope that knee is feeling better.

    Good routine there. Don't worry about the bench press. I find that lift to fade the most when losing weight or at least that is how I remember it.
    Yeah, you're probably right. It could be worse, especially since I had just done some pushups first. I made an appointment to meet with my old trainer anyway, just to see how I can keep things up better!

    I walked my way around the marathon route today and made it to training, yay.

    Calories: 1740, C/132P/40F
    Workout:
    BJJ 2 hours
    Level 1 gi
    Guard pull to triangle (foot same side as sleeve grip)
    Guard pull to knees, fake triangle, they put knee up, scissor sweep
    Guard pull to knees, fake triangle, knee up, they choose to crowd into closed guard instead of being swept. Pummel knee inside, spider guard, sweep. Foot moves sideways, not overhead.
    Same as above but they put up knee to avoid sweep; triangle instead.
    Repeat full sequences.

    Advanced 1 gi
    Guard pass torreando-style and grab far collar. Arms will be crossed. Close distance. If they hip out and put top leg up, pummel under and pass to north-south. If you don't beat the leg, simply pin the knee and run around the other side.
    Regular rounds 6 x 5 min
    Mostly blue belts, good rounds with lots of subs, especially arm bars. Two with black belts (Yuta and Marcos). Marcos got me with the de la riva and ankle grip. I asked him how to pass after class. Here is how:

    Knee inside dlr to the outside and pop back. Stuff and step OVER the other leg. Grab belt. Side sideways and slide knee between the legs from behind. Grab head/behind head and pass.

    Speaking of knees, my knee feels mostly better! Yay cortisone.
    I also went clothes shopping with Rachel yesterday and got new boots and a scarf. I need to break the boots in some but they're very pretty. I also have dark red pants and light gray pants, along with the ubiquitous black, and some new work shirts and casual shirts. Now I just need a party dress.
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    Weight: 138.2
    Calories: 1750, 227C/130P/41F
    Workout:
    2 hours BJJ
    evel 2 nogi
    Passing half guard
    Positional sparring
    Rolled with bigger woman (160 or so) who used the head under the chin maneuver. I still got closed guard. I generally aimed to get closed guard, and was semi-successful in that goal.

    Advanced 1 gi
    Marcelo gave us a long talk about effective sparring against people who are not at our level. He talked about perfecting a technique, moving around instead of locking down and resting in positions, and always keeping your brain turned on. He also talked about remembering the bad as well as the good from training sessions.
    Live training 6 x 6 min
    My first training partner was this killer purple. He moves around so fast it's hard for me to set up grips. I tried the Marcos pass of DLR and it worked fairly well. He passed my lapels a number of times but I don't think he was able to do much with them. I also rolled with a large female brown belt (180-210?) and tried deep half and wow that was an ab workout. She said it was a good round, though obviously I felt crushed. I also rolled with a female black belt who really shows me not to fall back in half without grips and frames, as she consistently over-under passes, even though I think I might be able to take the back or something. Finally, on the ego-boosting side, I did roll with a visiting blue belt woman my size. She was clearly not as good so I followed instructions and worked on my "B" game moves, getting to a position where I COULD get bow and arrow but going for inverted arm bar instead. I arm barred her several times, and she asked if I competed; I said yes and she looke relieved and said she does not.

    After class I practiced my pendulum sweep with a brown belt who had me work on getting underneath and getting the "bite" with my knee on the lat better.


    I decided to register for lightweight in the gi division. There's still time to change back, but I THINK I can make 141.5 in the gi... my gi/sports bra etc. is around 4 pounds, so I only need to drop 2 pounds to be safe. Maybe 3 to be REALLY safe, so a water cut or a fast the day before.
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    Very busy day. Exhausted. Briefly:

    Weight: 138.8
    Calories: 1730, 182C/164P/42F

    Workout:
    BJJ 2 hours
    Level 2 gi
    Torreando pass jumping over legs when they turn to shrimp--stay on toes, plant head, arm on far side
    Several rounds of drilling this nonstop
    Live training 5 x 5 min

    Advanced 1 nogi
    Single leg takedowns swinging to outside (enter from arm drag)
    Live takedown entries
    Live training from standing guard pull only
    Some crazy scrambly rounds, used some closed guard, satisfied with that.
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    Bad day. Both of my heels are scraped raw and incredibly painful from a crappy pair of shoes, so I have to wrap them up in about ten layers of band-aids, tape, and ankle braces to train. Didn't do BJJ today, just lifted with my old trainer from ages ago as I still have a couple sessions with him. Mostly just to hang out with him.

    Weight: 138.8
    Calories: 1740, 218C/124P/46F
    Workout:
    Pushups bench x 10, regular x 10, bosu x 10
    KB deadlifts 3 x 12 (forgot weight)
    KB high pulls 3 x 10
    Ring row 3 x 12
    Decline sit up 3 x 12
    (Pullup x 1)
    Hamstring curl 2 x 12 40lb
    Quadriceps extension 2 x 15 30lb
    Wall bicep curl 2 x 12 20kg
    Pause and explode bench 60, 65, 70lb x 8 each
    Alternating incline DB presses 1 both arms 1 either arm, 2 both/2 either etc up to 5 and then 6 next set x 2 sets 15lb
    DB 21s with 10lb x 2 sets
    Swiss ball balance on knees 2 x 1 min


    Didn't go too heavy on leg-involved lifts due to the knee thing, but did some isolation stuff. I also showed him how I'd mastered a pullup and he complimented my strict form, which was cool. I'm going to keep building up volume on those by doing some whenever I wander past a bar or scaffold.

    I've been having panic attacks and feeling awful lately. I am in constant pain from my heels, more than from a real injury. It just burns and stings all the time even covered in bandaids.
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    Ugh, breaking in new shoes is the worst.

    And sending feels for the anxiety. Have you ever tried CBD? I find that if I am in or going into an anxiety area that it helps quite a bit.
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    Ugh, breaking in new shoes is the worst.

    And sending feels for the anxiety. Have you ever tried CBD? I find that if I am in or going into an anxiety area that it helps quite a bit.
    I haven't, but I want to! Rachel got some at one point, will need to pick that up.

    I couldn't log yesterday because it wasn't letting me post but I ate 1750 calories, weighed in 138.4, and trained BJJ... see below

    11/7 BJJ training
    BJJ 2 hours
    Level 2 gi
    Front headlock, switch knees, head DOWN and tucked. Opponent rolls. Walk feet back, keep seatbelt tight, and walk up behind them, then put leg over the side where your arm is over their shoulder.
    OR if you get one leg between their legs, tripod up onto head and walk up until their hip lifts, then shoot leg under their hip and roll to the other side.
    Start from turtle and seatbelt 4 x 2:30
    3 x 5 min regular training
    Good rounds, got a crazy back take on a black belt who was letting me work and said "good job!" in a surprised voice when I got it, which was cool. Rolled with the woman who's competing in my division and beat her as usual. We started from standing a few times and I rolled with a white belt who pulled guard very aggressively and fast, good experience! She'll be blue very soon and has a good guard so I passed to north-south to stay safe, and then did the back take we had just practiced, which was nice. I got two arm bars on her but was very gentle and treated one as catch-and-release instead of trying to finish it.

    Advanced 1 nogi
    Passing z guard
    Pressure with hand on their far hip, escape knee through the middle, keep running around, swim other arm under and run to north-south pressuring down into them.
    OR put fist at their hip over both legs, knee up, knee cut and reverse hips, run to ns.
    Live rounds from z guard 4 x 1 min, regular training 3 x 5 min
    I had bandaged my foot better this class and it went more smoothly. I inverted a lot to retain guard. My passing needs to be better; I keep letting myself back up instead of pressure forward, OR keep pressuring forward too long when I should back up or try another option!


    Today....

    Weight: 138.0
    Calories: 1750, 229C/127P/42F
    Workout:
    BJJ 2 hours
    Level 2 gi
    Front headlock, switch knees, head DOWN and tucked. Opponent rolls. Walk feet back, keep seatbelt tight, and walk up behind them, then put leg over the side where your arm is over their shoulder.
    OR if you get one leg between their legs, tripod up onto head and walk up until their hip lifts, then shoot leg under their hip and roll to the other side.
    Start from turtle and seatbelt 4 x 2:30
    3 x 5 min regular training
    Good rounds, got a crazy back take on a black belt who was letting me work and said "good job!" in a surprised voice when I got it, which was cool. Rolled with the woman who's competing in my division and beat her as usual. We started from standing a few times and I rolled with a white belt who pulled guard very aggressively and fast, good experience! She'll be blue very soon and has a good guard so I passed to north-south to stay safe, and then did the back take we had just practiced, which was nice. I got two arm bars on her but was very gentle and treated one as catch-and-release instead of trying to finish it.

    Advanced 1 nogi
    Passing z guard
    Pressure with hand on their far hip, escape knee through the middle, keep running around, swim other arm under and run to north-south pressuring down into them.
    OR put fist at their hip over both legs, knee up, knee cut and reverse hips, run to ns.
    Live rounds from z guard 4 x 1 min, regular training 3 x 5 min
    I had bandaged my foot better this class and it went more smoothly. I inverted a lot to retain guard. My passing needs to be better; I keep letting myself back up instead of pressure forward, OR keep pressuring forward too long when I should back up or try another option!

    My heels are a LOT better, happily, and I've found a way to bandage them that allows me to train just fine.
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    Really good training today!

    Calories: 1750, 230C/125P/43F
    Workout:
    BJJ 3 hours
    Drill 1 hour
    Pull x guard to full x
    Closed guard sweep
    Pull closed guard to sweep
    Lasso sweep from standing--grab far pant, foot on far hip drops to ground, kick and punch forward so they post, and then hook far ankle so they fall.

    Open mat 1 hour
    Good rounds! Battle with friend who plays deep half. Got a crazy uchi mata type throw from dogfight. Got lots of back takes and managed the dlr pass Marcos taught me against Alicia.

    Advanced 1 gi
    Opponent turtles
    Cup near elbow and push/pull toward you to get seatbelt. They roll. Bridge up, hook over, walk up onto head and slide bottom knee under then pull them to other side.
    Live rounds from standing 5 x 6 min
    Great round with strong purple woman. Got the Mathews Diniz half guard sweep. Also got single x double x back take (I learned how to do that from lasso during drill as well actually). Also got the standing lasso sweep I had just learned.


    I got a lot of encouragement from teammates who say I'll do well in the tournament... no pressure, lol. I'm just happy I got to drill with a drill buddy who got his blue belt with me! He's a great friend and I always enjoy learning with him. Then, tonight, I took Rachel out to see a great play that a BJJ friend was in. I'm so glad we did that. But I'm SO TIRED. Eek.
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    11/10
    Calories: 1500, 161C/124P/46F
    Workout: day off

    11/11
    Weight: 138.2
    Calories: 1700, 220C/122P/42F
    Workout:
    BJJ 2 hours
    Level 2 nogi
    Sit through from failed shot and opponent sprawls
    go RIGHT AWAY
    Positional training and live rounds
    Feedback from Marcos: I'm recovering guard well but need to get grips right away so I don't need to keep doing it.

    Advanced 1 gi
    Guard pull (grab hands if possible)
    They shoot, push them down, reshoot, push down again, then yank them forward with the gi and big backstep
    Rounds from guard pull
    Right ankle really bothering me so distracted, but I did get the sit through live on a purple belt in this class so I was very happy about that. Need to work on passing z guard.

    11/12 (today)
    Weight: 137.2
    Calories: 1750, 215C/139P/42F
    Workout:
    BJJ 2 hours
    Last hard day before comp
    Level 2 gi
    Warm up by guard passing and guard retention 3 min each
    Regular training from guard pull
    Attempting to pull x guard but realistically wound up in half a lot. Good rounds with female brown and purple belts. Smashed female blue belt in my bracket, but had to really work for it--her guard is good and I needed to be aggressive and pass to north south. Tips from brown belts: don't let them crossface me while I attempt full guard sweep. Put hook in on side of seatbelt I have under their arm. Also purple belt guy told me to keep passing from folding pass and realized I had the wrong knee in between his legs. He also said I should have been this aggressive at Grappling Industries. So I'm trying to remember to just go for it this weekend. I also rolled with two male white belts who went pretty hard. One had me in triangle and I had to power my shoulder inside the guard to escape--he said i have good pressure. He is good too and should get several stripes. I did ultimately stack pass but it was difficult.

    Advanced 1 nogi
    Side control and they try to come up on single. Pressure into their triceps with your forearm and whole body, then your knee blocks. Crucifix.
    Front headlock to crucifix
    Knee in while headlock is still attached. Then switch to seatbelt after!
    Positional live rounds from front headlock 8 x 1 min
    Uchi mata working well from overbook in dogfight. Sit through not quite working. Almost. Good rounds again. Tiring! I countered a kimura trap which was good. Also managed to reverse and back take a much bigger blue belt woman who complimented my grips. Nice as she looked to be at least 170, 180.

    Really good, high intensity and pace today, and my weight is OK for the comp though I'll cut a bit more to be certain. There is another woman in my division in our gym and I kind of crushed her today, which I think made her feel bad... but ultimately both of us benefit from going hard on each other.
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    Nice weight loss going on.
    Thanks brahette. Seems pretty steady and not too much hunger at this point. I'm accustomed to smaller portions and all whole foods. I still don't look as lean as I want to, so I'll probably aim for 130 instead of 135 as a final goal. At 130, I could even look at doing some running and trying out the mile race next year--I'll be light enough that I should be able to break 6:00 again.

    Weight: 137.4
    Calories: 1475 calories, 164C/117P/42F
    Workout:
    none, it was a rest day and a lot of work and running around the city nonstop.

    Surprisingly, I didn't feel hungry today, probably given the reduced activity. I'm trying to reduce food volume as I taper down to weigh in on Saturday (or Sunday, still not sure of the schedule of the tournament). So far it's going well. Tomorrow I begin cutting sodium as well and eating more asparagus and beets instead of other vegetables.
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    Weight: 138 (argh, but also probably just randomly high from not working out yesterday and eating a bit of salt last night at my parents')
    Calories: 1730, 205C/135P/45F
    Workout:
    Level 2 gi
    Tough warmup--squat jumps, jump and sprawl, high knees, mountain climbers
    Knee cut pass, partner grabs near collar and up on elbow to frame and regain guard x 3 min each, 2 min each
    Live training from partner's feet on hips and collar grips
    Regular live training
    Brown belt woman commented that I need to stop pausing when I'm in tournament situation, as I've picked up overly polite habits re: resetting at the gym.

    Advanced 1 nogi
    Partner circle passes, frame opposite arm before they can connect hands, up on other elbow, and either simply reverse them or scoot out and regain guard or turn the frame hand into front headlock and move to side as they turtle.
    Live rounds 6 x 5 min
    I did pretty well with folding passes and half guard. Annoying round with a purple belt woman who wore gi pants and kept accusing me of grabbing them when I wasn't. I did x-guard sweep her, though, which was nice.
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    Final training day before I compete on Sunday!

    Weight: 137.0
    Calories: 1730, 216C/130P/45F
    Workout:
    Level 2 nogi
    Duck collar tie
    Cup arm and grab single
    Switch to double and finish.
    Live rounds
    Don't remember all but most were start from butterfly. I got closed guard a lot but didn't succeed in sweeping from there much.

    Advanced 1 gi
    Grip breaks from standing to single leg
    Live rolls 6 x 5 min
    Felt pretty tired and just played my "A" game a lot.

    Private Lesson 1 hour
    Just reviewing all my options for the comp!

    Standing options
    1. Pull single x
    2. Pull butterfly/dummy sweep
    3. Pull closed guard
    4. Or pull lasso if closed is no go
    5. Low single
    6. Uchi mata
    7. Collar sleeve omoplata????
    8. Fake low single knee push
    9. Low single fails... X guard?

    Open guard
    1. Half guard pass arm across and crowbar sweep reaching over their back.
    2. Usual half sweep from knee shield
    3. Deep half from knee shield
    4. Lasso sweep or if they base invert to omoplata.

    Closed guard
    1. Use hips to help pass arm across
    2. From there: arm bar, flower sweep, or back take.
    3. Straight arm bar


    Inside their closed guard
    1. Stand up!!!!!
    2. If legs are loose open and knee cut

    Passing
    1. Three ways to pass knee shield. 1.Weave hand and windshield wiper lower leg over their lower leg on the bottom and then pass. 2. Stand, reverse legs, folding pass. 3. Stand, square up, x pass. 4. Stand, square up, knee cut.
    2. Double under: gable grip and yank them up. Knee under hip and stack then grab collar.

    Random notes:
    If 50/50 then push them off your leg and get your leg out and knee to the ground then come up on top.

    To bail from the bottom remember ghost escape and sit through as well as framing before they can establish

    So yeah, plans hopefully in place and will review tomorrow.
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    Originally Posted by phoenix4444 View Post
    May you be smart, agile, and strong tomorrow. You don't need luck, you got this!
    I DID GOT THIS! I fueled smartly and cut weight well--I came in 3 pounds under. Weighed 135.4 in the morning because I cut sodium SOOO much as well as carbs the day before--I won't see that weight legitimately for awhile. 137 is what I've been at really.

    Cliff's: I won silver in both gi and the nogi absolute division (there was no one in my nogi division so I just did the absolute category). Both went really well. I stuck to my usual half guard game and used my strength and stamina to prevail over my opponents. I also made far fewer mistakes than I have in any previous tournament and really tightened up my guard passing game. I'll have videos up tomorrow or Tuesday. In the meantime, pictures my friends and our official photographer took!

    Gi matches...
    This girl was up three points before I swept her and passed to north-south, then got side control, knee-on-belly, and mount.




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    Nogi matches...

    (I got the sub on this one, crucifix to RNC)




    (with this one she got me in closed guard and I had to stand to break it, then passed guard)




    (sadly lost to this lady in the final, though I had a kimura almost locked on her... she was just 3 points up)


    Podium pics:



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    Yesssss I got the videos to upload before I thought I'd be able to. Here they are.

    In the gi, I had three rounds because one of the women I was supposed to face didn't show up.







    Nogi I also had three rounds, first round, semifinal, and final. I faced the same woman in both finals! Tough lady. With more experience, though, I could have done better.

    First match is in two parts

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    Thumbs up Congratulations!

    Awesomely well done!
    At age 61, I've exceeded all my prior PRs. Not “over the hill” yet. :)

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    Awesomely well done!
    Thanks man.

    Unfortunately, my knee has flared up again since the tournament, I think because I tried to go back to training the day after--too soon without recovery. I'm icing and taking Aleve and I guess we'll see. In the meantime I'm still eating at a deficit, lifting, and swimming.

    1235 cals the day before tournament, 1735 the day off, 1815 the day after (woo, big splurge), 1610 the day after that, 1740 the day after that.

    Yesterday:
    Calories: 1700, 202C/123P/51F
    Workout:
    Weights--upper body
    Plank 1 min
    Dead bug x 10
    Dead bug 15lb overhead x 10
    Hollow hold 1 min
    Leg raise x 30
    TRX row 3 x 12
    KB high pull 3 x 12 @ 20, 25, 30lb
    Pushups x 10
    Spiderman pushup x 10
    Sit through pushup x 10
    Pull up 3 x 1
    Chin up 3 x 2
    Dead hang 1 min
    Crow pose 2 x 45 seconds
    DB 21's x 3 @ 12lb

    Still felt pretty tired and run down, almost sick. And my knee of course.

    Today I swam.

    Calories: 1640, 208C/115P/43F
    Workout:
    Swim--2400 yards
    700 warmup
    3 x 200 w/ :15 rest
    4 x 100 w/ :10 rest
    5 x 50 w/ :05 rest
    3 x 150 easy cooldown, first with paddles and pull buoy, second just paddles, third breathing every 5, 7, 9

    I'm going away to Rachel's for Thanksgiving, so hopefully I can be able to train shortly after that. At first I thought I could just take a few days off, but it's looking like a few weeks.

    I'm very heartened by this tournament result, though. I beat women who've trained seriously for far longer than I have, who are close to their purple belts. The only woman to beat me is ranked 6 in the world across all blue belts at all weights--and it was pretty close. I need to get healthy, get back to training, and keep competing. I also have a LOT of thoughts on what I can improve in my BJJ game:

    1. Standup, including guard pulls and wrestling.
    2. Closed guard.
    3. Adding butterfly hooks to my half guard and refining all half guard options.
    4. More aggressive guillotine hunting.
    5. Aggression in general, including the confidence to go for submissions.

    My passing is decent and has been since I was white belt--it comes the most easily to me. But I also want to keep working on my passes as well, of course, especially head control and controlling their hips.
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    My knee actually allowed me to lift yesterday, as well as walk 4+ miles with Rachel to the Farmer's Market. We got young goat loin there--it was incredibly delicious and tender. Just cooked it in a cast-iron skillet with salt, pepper, and lemon.

    Calories: 1590, 186C/130P/42F
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    Chinups 5 x 3
    Pushups 5 x 10
    Single leg balance floor touch 3 x 5
    Hanging leg raise 3 x 10
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    plus long walk.
    My knee feels OK for deadlifting, just not squats, because the swelling is over the quad so I can't go to full knee flexion.
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    No workout today, just lots of work--swim tomorrow.

    Calories: 1520, 168C/123P/45F

    Walked 4+ miles again, just got home from my last student.
    It's surprisingly easy to regulate my intake without BJJ, appetite is reasonably low.
    I miss training.
    Some of you saw my shirtless pic on instagram... I have a ways to go to get real abs. Ten more pounds? Maybe. We'll see. That would put me one more weight class down in BJJ terms, at featherweight. Damn. that's so light.
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    Calories: 1680, 225C/116P/42F
    Workout:
    Swim--2650 yards
    250 easy swim
    3 x 200 as 150 swim/50 zipper drill

    2 x (second set with paddles)
    4 x 75 on 1:25
    4 x 50 kick/swim
    4 x 25 IM order

    4 x 125 as 100 build/25 fast

    50 easy cooldown
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    Just looked through a couple of your competition vids. You're a pretty decent blue belt and you don't make any glaring technical mistakes, but you don't seem to have a gameplan for your competitions. You just seem to be doing the same you'd do in a sparring setting, only with a bit higher intensity.

    If I were you I'd work on making an actual plan. Pick 2-3 guards that work well together and cover different distances and drill the fuk out of those. It's fine to do whatever feels right in the moment in sparring, but you should really get an "A game" for competitions. I haven't rolled in the gi in ages so I don't know the current guard meta, but for no gi it can be something like butterfly/half guard/single leg x guard. You can freely flow between those depending on your opponents reactions and that gives you a lot of flexibility.

    It's pretty helpful to have a system, even if it's not a very sophisticated one cos it makes sure that you always know what the next step is and will never have to pause and think about things. Here's an example:

    You can shoot in for a ****ty single leg and just pull yourself into the half guard, if your opponent pressures into your guard you can work on sweeps/submissions, if they try to pull back you can sneak in a hook and go for butterfly guard. If they keep trying to retreat you can easily get to single leg x from butterfly guard by elevating and kicking one of your legs through, or if they pressure and you can't get a sweep you can go back to half guard. Repeat ad nauseum until you find a sweep/sub that sticks.
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    I knew you would do great in your tournament!

    And goat, color me intrigued, tempted now to try. Jealous of the foods you are able to get. I always have the internet though.
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    Originally Posted by Kirra View Post
    Just looked through a couple of your competition vids. You're a pretty decent blue belt and you don't make any glaring technical mistakes, but you don't seem to have a gameplan for your competitions. You just seem to be doing the same you'd do in a sparring setting, only with a bit higher intensity.

    If I were you I'd work on making an actual plan. Pick 2-3 guards that work well together and cover different distances and drill the fuk out of those. It's fine to do whatever feels right in the moment in sparring, but you should really get an "A game" for competitions. I haven't rolled in the gi in ages so I don't know the current guard meta, but for no gi it can be something like butterfly/half guard/single leg x guard. You can freely flow between those depending on your opponents reactions and that gives you a lot of flexibility.

    It's pretty helpful to have a system, even if it's not a very sophisticated one cos it makes sure that you always know what the next step is and will never have to pause and think about things. Here's an example:

    You can shoot in for a ****ty single leg and just pull yourself into the half guard, if your opponent pressures into your guard you can work on sweeps/submissions, if they try to pull back you can sneak in a hook and go for butterfly guard. If they keep trying to retreat you can easily get to single leg x from butterfly guard by elevating and kicking one of your legs through, or if they pressure and you can't get a sweep you can go back to half guard. Repeat ad nauseum until you find a sweep/sub that sticks.
    Firstly, thank you for taking the time to watch my videos. You really didn't have to do that and I appreciate it a lot.

    Believe it or not, I DID actually have a plan--pull single leg X, transition to double leg X, and sweep--but I just froze up when each of the matches started. I actually wrote out a whole flowchart with options! Nerves get to me and I don't react fast enough to get that initial guard pull in the way I want, and then I wind up just being reactive to what my opponent does because it feels safer. I do need to drill my entire "competition sequence" more and plan to do that leading up to Worlds in the spring. And I want to drill more in general. What you suggest is perfect, especially for me at Marcelo's, since that's his game--X, butterfly, etc. I am working on using those butterfly hooks more, as well as incporating kimura traps on the advice of my brown belt friend (who is a Masters world champion).

    I appreciate you telling me that I'm a solid blue belt! I'm still quite new, so it's reassuring to hear it. We have belt promotions in a couple of weeks (December 18th). I'm hoping for a stripe, but I don't have any particular expectations. Last promotion was when I got my blue belt, so this one certainly won't live up to that experience. That was epic.

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    I knew you would do great in your tournament!

    And goat, color me intrigued, tempted now to try. Jealous of the foods you are able to get. I always have the internet though.
    It was actually kid--really young goat, like 3 months, so super tender. It tasted like a more flavorful filet mignon--that level of tenderness, but a lot bolder and gamier in a good way. I don't know where you'd get it outside of a farmer's market. It came from a goat farm in upstate NY.


    Well... today I went back to train some BJJ, though probably I shouldn't have. My knee felt OK, it just swelled up a bit more afterwards, so I am not going back tomorrow, and then I'm going away for Thanksgiving, so we'll see if my knee is up to a real return to training Saturday. If not, it's fine--I'll keep swimming and lifting. It's just bursitis, so swelling... the knee joint isn't compromised, it just cannot take the pressure of kneeling on the mat as much as we do. If this were before my tournament I'd be freaking out, but I don't compete again until January 18th, when I hope to hop into the -135lb category of Grappling Industries.

    Calories: 1800, 215C/137P/51F
    (A little higher on cals today, had been feeling run down and weak)
    Workout:
    BJJ 1 hour
    Level 2 gi
    Closed guard arm trap pass
    Get control of one sleeve and side of to or belt. Bury head in their chest. Stand and pick up hips. Pass arm under and geab sleeve. Hug head with other hand. Grab seam of gi near shoulder. Walk to the side and hip switch and sprawl to break guard. Keep switching hips and sprawling. Pass to side.

    6 x 2:30 and 2 x 3:00 from closed guard
    2 x 5:00 regular
    Good rolls. Played closed guard more. Got a back take. Got a double under pass and also a weird berimbolo type thing from leg entanglement. Iced my knee after to be safe.

    Really good training, despite the knee thing... I got some compliments from upper blue and purple belts, and I felt a sense of respect from those who'd been at the competition, like they were taking me seriously, finally. So that was neat. And I passed guard on my purple belt roosterweight male nemesis. He's super good and was world champ at blue so anytime I can get ANYTHING on him I feel great. Plus, we are the same size.
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    Didn't log yesterday because I was traveling during the latter part of the day.

    So yesterday:

    Calories: 1770, 228C/113P/51F
    Workout:
    5 min jog
    Squats 45 x 10, 65 x 10, 95 x 8, 115 x 6, 135 3 x 5
    Assisted pull ups lowering band each set 10, 8, 8, 6, 6, 5
    Pull ups 5 x 2
    Hip thrust 95 x 10, 135 4 x 10
    Pushups 5 x 10
    Toes to bar x 5/hanging leg raise x 5 3 sets
    Crow pose 2 x 1 min

    Last two sets of pullups on my IG here:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B5YOkEFJNqY/

    I've never done two pullups in a row before, let alone five sets of them. I guess it's because I wasn't fatigued from BJJ training.

    Today... happy thanksgiving by the way... obviously I was at Rachel's for the holiday and couldn't count exactly, but I ate quite moderately. Turkey, ham, green beans with tomato and onion, some brussels sprouts, and then for dessert half a piece of fairly rich pumpkin bread and 1/4 piece of apple cheddar bread, plus two very small pieces of chocolate. I estimated calories from that plus a later meal I had back at home that was mostly vegetables with some melted gruyere on top, plus an apple.

    Calories: about 1870, 205C/120P/72F (again all approx, and obviously yes fat is higher today!)
    Workout:
    3.14 mile run with Rachel in the morning
    3.5 mile walk in the evening, most of it carrying a backpack, to get home from the train station + dropping Rachel off at her house.


    I've been thinking about goals. I'm going to take some time off training BJJ to let my knee fully recover. I'm targeting the May 27th World Championships for BJJ. I'd like to hit the next lowest weight class, feather, for that. That's 129 in the gi. That means getting to 125 bodyweight. I think I may need a break from dieting hard for the holiday season, then back to harder cutting in January to give myself a reasonable amount of time to make weight for the tournament. After that I'll likely do my first real bulk, but very slow, as I can't see that weight class as sustainable for me. We'll see! I would only go back up to probably 133, nothing crazy, and stick there. Maybe switch between competing in feather and light depending on the season and my target competitions.
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