UFC 167 GSP vs Hendricks Game Board/Gambling Pool Sheet, @ BJJinSanDiego.com

When I’m not training Brazilian Jiujitsu at the Rebellion Academy I also like to watch the UFC and other mixed martial arts promotions among other things. Most of the time I have several friends over and  we will have fun by making small wagers and comparing fight picks.

A few years ago I created a template and started making printable fight card pool sheets/game boards that make remembering your picks and bets easy for every one. I figured its already made so there is no harm sharing it with other BJJ and MMA fans out there who might be interested in using it themselves.

I will now be posting everyone I make for every event here directly on my jiu-jitsu blog BJJ in San Diego. So if you like it and enjoy using it bookmark my page and feel free to stop by and download a copy for every event. Enjoy the fights!

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Click the link below to download the printable Word file.

UFC 167 GSP vs Hendricks Printable Gambling Pool Sheet / Game Board

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UFC 166 Velasquez vs Dos Santos Game Board/Gambling Pool Sheet, @ BJJinSanDiego.com

When I’m not training Brazilian Jiujitsu at the Rebellion Academy I also like to watch the UFC and other mixed martial arts promotions among other things. Most of the time I have several friends over and  we will have fun by making small wagers and comparing fight picks.

A few years ago I created a template and started making printable fight card pool sheets/game boards that make remembering your picks and bets easy for every one. I figured its already made so there is no harm sharing it with other BJJ and MMA fans out there who might be interested in using it themselves.

I will now be posting everyone I make for every event here directly on my jiu-jitsu blog BJJ in San Diego. So if you like it and enjoy using it bookmark my page and feel free to stop by and download a copy for every event. Enjoy the fights!

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Click the link below to download the printable Word file.

UFC 166 Velasquez vs Dos Santos Game Board/Gambling Pool Sheet

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BJJ in San Diego | New Diet, Missing Weight is NOT an Option!

So I started my new diet this weekend. These are some of the initial guidelines that were given to me by my team mate Joe who will be helping me with my diet.

“Diet, rest, hormones are going to be key, we want you at 5-6% BF. The eyeball puts you at 9-10%, which is excellent. We have to take “excellent” and make it into “superb”. In some districts it is illegal to allow HS wrestlers to fight at less than 5%, so 5% is our goal.

Right now, you need to stop eating sugar, bread, white rice and pasta. This includes juice (any kind) and beer.

We’re not going into calorie restriction yet (and may not have to at all), but starting this moment, we need you to follow this rule: “If God didn’t make it, don’t eat it.” God made apples, NOT apple juice. He did not make tortillas, pasta, or bread. People made those, for convenience and taste.

So for right now, think Paleo. Fish, smallish portions of chicken, lots of green vegetables, lots of leafy vegetables. You won’t be on juice but through diet you can greatly boost your T levels compared to someone who eats a non-paleo diet. The increased T will hit you in 2 weeks, stay high as long as you are on the diet. It will make you stronger, recover faster, increase your tolerance to pain, and sleep better. You will also be more aggressive and a bit moodier.”

I hit up the grocery store of Saturday Morning and loaded up on things I can eat.

Breakfast has been eggs with jalapeño, green onion, tomato, black beans, avocado, or other fresh vegetables. I also try to have a frozen fruit, chia seed, and water smoothie.

Dinners have consisted of proteins and salads primarily so far

Big meal plan for the week included;

1. Grilled tri tip steak with grilled peppers and boiled green beans.
2. Grilled lemon pepper chicken breast with steamed broccoli
3. Chicken and fresh vegetable kabobs
4. Baked lemon rosemary tillapi
5. Fresh green salads with a light amount of olive oil and vinegar dressing.

So far my snacks have been fresh fruits, edamame, and almonds.

Only water to drink  but I’ve been infusing it with lemon, orange, cucumber, and other herbs like mint and rosemary.

Diet change comes first then me and Joe move on to optimization and if necessary strict portion control.  Three days in and I’m already getting tired of this stuff though and am craving carbs and sugars reel bad.

Its not going to be pleasant change being I’m a candy and craft beer fanatic, but I CAN DO IT.

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BJJ in San Diego | Worlds Here I Come, Quite a Few Good Men

There are several reasons I love training at the Rebellion Academy with black belt Jeff Baldwin, and the rest of his instructors and students. Then main one would have to be the comradely.

Reading my blog post from yesterday its clear that I’ve been going through a rough time lately. As a result, me and my wife decided that as long as it wasn’t affecting my job search I should put more of an emphasis on my BJJ training. Okay that was a lie, it was my wife’s idea, she super supportive of me and I love her for it.

The whole idea behind this was if I was to be able to secure a job quickly I’d still be in competition shape and I could still enter the IBJJF Masters Worlds in October. Also, she knows that training at the Rebellion Academy has, and continues, to bring; happiness, confidence, self worth, and motivation to my life. These are things that are always important, but especially when you are feeling down or are in the pursuit of finding a new job.

So I decided to go forward and make training a priority. If someone needs a training partner at 5am, I will be there. If someone wanted to stay late after a class or get there early to rep, I will be there.

Day one after this decision, I showed up to join a fellow training partner that would be competing next month at 5am at the Academy. We went hard for about an hour sparring at at least 80%, him starting from some very tough positions till the point where we both were pretty exhausted.

Afterwords I went home and showered, handles some chores around the house and I was again reminded why I can’t ever imagine training at any place in San Diego besides the Rebellion Academy.

I was informed via a Facebook message that I need to get to training because I had received some last minute “sponsors”. Several of my team mates and my instructor came together to pay the $130 registration fee for me, and I had already been signed up to compete at 155lbs.

I was overwhelmed by this act of kindness. They all knew what I had on my table and decided that this would be good for me so they came out of their own pockets to help me out. This outpouring of  support was amazing, but  it also brought new feelings to the table.

I now felt as though I owed it to every single one of them to quit shitting around and do EVERYTHING in my power to set myself up for success in this undertaking. I need to train, train hard, train as much as I can, and give every single training session my all whether I wanted to or not. I owe them that. More importantly though, I owe it to myself.

Over this next month I will be partaking in more lifestyle changes than I ever have in my life. My training time, my condition, and diet will all see a drastic shift. The diet being the biggest change.

IBJJF tournaments require you to weight in the day of with a gi on, my lightest gi weights about 3.5lbs. This will require me to get down to 151 pounds. At 6’1″ and already being a slender guy I don’t have much to lose so my diet is going to be key. I will no longer be eating for pleasure or satiation, I will be eating for performance.

Luckily I have a ace in the whole in the form of one of my training partners Joe George who knows a lot about conditioning and nutrition. Free of cost to me Joe has agreed to invest a ton of time out of his life this next month to get me where I need to be and keep me motivated throughout the process. For that I am grateful and in debt to him, even though if I was to ask he would assure me I owe him nothing.

In the coming days I will get a little more into my diet so hopefully I can give some ideas or motivation to my readers.

THIS though, THIS is why I train at the Rebellion Academy. These are the kinds of people that flourish in our training environment. Caring people, the kind of people that would give you the shirt off their back and the food off of their plate, but still wont hesitate to beat your ass on the mat and give you their all.

I don’t train with a few good men, I train with quite a few of them. For that I am thankful.

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BJJ in San Diego | it was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times

So a lot has been continuing to go on in my life as of late and as a result my blogging has taken a hit. Rest assured though my training has not. In fact it has actually increased. To really shed light on a recent events though I need to go a little deeper into my personal life.

You may, but probably don’t remember a blog post I made several months ago about my goal to compete in the IBJJF Masters Worlds in October. Well, like many of the best plans I didn’t stick with all the goals I had although I still planned on competing and did make and stick with several of the lifestyle changes I planned on making. I was even able to get up to around 168 pounds which is the heaviest I have ever been in my life.

As always though, the weight had a hard time staying on and by the end of July after a few weeks of being not as militant in my training as I needed to be, I was back down to 160-163lbs. That was fine though cause as August came around and it was time to ramp things back up.

Then life happened. I had my biggest trade show of the year at work which caused a lot of wear and tear on me and was pretty stressful. Then one of the best things that’s ever happened to me in my life went down. I found out my wonderful wife was pregnant and we would be having a child in March.

This was amazing and had me riding high although I knew now I would need to start making some spending changes as I need to save for child and start looking for a new place to live, this also requiring deposits and additional moving costs. I was beginning to think I might have to pass on the competition as a result of the need to prioritize my spending.

We found a place though and signed a lease and were now set to move which would consume a large portion of time come the end of September. No big deal though. Then tragedy struck. I worked in the video game industry and lost my job as the result of a massive layoff.

Don’t feel too sorry for me though. I’m a great guy, with a fantastic resume, a ton of drive and motivation. So I’m deciding to look at the layoff as an opportunity rather then feel sorry for myself. I already have tons of leads and have a couple of potential job opportunities that might be in the pipeline already.

This is a  BJJ blog though, so now I got out that therapeutic rant lets get back to the main focus of why this blog is here and why you as a reader come here.

Now I surely could not afford to compete, so I decided to refocus my attention to my training partners that would be competing in order to help them achieve their goals. The story doesn’t end there though so please check out my next post to see where things have evolved since the events of August.

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UFC 164 Henderson vs Pettis Game Board/Gambling Pool Sheet, @ BJJinSanDiego.com

When I’m not training Brazilian Jiujitsu at the Rebellion Academy I also like to watch the UFC and other mixed martial arts promotions among other things. Most of the time I have several friends over and  we will have fun by making small wagers and comparing fight picks.

A few years ago I created a template and started making printable fight card pool sheets/game boards that make remembering your picks and bets easy for every one. I figured its already made so there is no harm sharing it with other BJJ and MMA fans out there who might be interested in using it themselves.

I will now be posting everyone I make for every event here directly on my jiu-jitsu blog BJJ in San Diego. So if you like it and enjoy using it bookmark my page and feel free to stop by and download a copy for every event. Enjoy the fights!

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Click the link below to download the printable Word file.

UFC 164 Henderson vs Pettis Game Board/Gambling Pool Sheet

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BJJ in San Diego | UFC: BJJ Has Lost Its Effectiveness as an MMA Base, A Rebuttal

As you are aware outside of my BJJ training at the Rebellion Academy I’m also a huge MMA fan. Well, A friend of mine posted an article today on his feed asking for peoples thoughts on a article that was posted today on BleacherReport.com.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1746673-ufc-bjj-has-lost-its-effectiveness-as-an-mma-base

Feel free to read the article, here is my response and feelings regarding the topic. Please feel free to comment and discuss your opinions with me.

The “anything” specialist is a dying breed in MMA. I don’t think you can limit the discussion to just BJJ. Also, these wrestlers that are “neutralizing” the BJJ players? Guess what they are training BJJ too!

The only difference is they are not studying the complete art which makes it easy to not take into account their defensive
jiu jitsu prowess.

What they are doing is training whats works and what is applicable for MMA from the defensive context. They avoid submissions and win with top control because:

A ) Being on top is better. Any straight
BJJ player can tell you that. Especially given the context of how fights tend to be scored.
B ) They have the wrestling and take down ability to get the fight to the mat. Take downs are something that tends to be lacking in the sports
jiu jitsu world these days.
C ) They win in top control because they are able to use there grappling base that’s already been established combined with their hyper focused
BJJ defensive training to keep control while exerting limited risk and applying tight control and pressure.

They only avoid
BJJ attacks because of the hyper focus of their BJJ training.

Also you could say the same thing about wrestlers. How many promising collegiate wrestlers have failed to realize their potential. Shit, Jake Roshalt got take down in a MMA fight multiple times by Kendal Grove!

Finally another important thing I’d like to mention that I find incredibly important is the way fight are scored and the way the judging criteria is set it does not favor
BJJ practitioners.

You are awarded for things like top position and “octagon control”. A wrestler spends four minutes of a fight in top position after an early take down. We then see him spend the 3:30 of those minutes defending sub, sweep, and transitional attempts attempts while landing ineffective non damaging pitter pat ground and pound strikes. Who wins on the score cards?

You guessed it the wrestler. I see it ALL the time.

So I guess you can say I feel there is lot more grey to the issue than black and white which is how I feel the article was wrote. I don’t feel like its lost its effectiveness as much as the rule structure for MMA combined with the fact that enough knowledge about defensive  BJJ that is out there just makes it a lot harder for fighters with a  BJJ base to have success. How do you feel?

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UFC Fight Night Condit vs Kampmann Game Board/Gambling Pool Sheet, @ BJJinSanDiego.com

When I’m not training Brazilian Jiujitsu at the Rebellion Academy I also like to watch the UFC and other mixed martial arts promotions among other things. Most of the time I have several friends over and  we will have fun by making small wagers and comparing fight picks.

A few years ago I created a template and started making printable fight card pool sheets/game boards that make remembering your picks and bets easy for every one. I figured its already made so there is no harm sharing it with other BJJ and MMA fans out there who might be interested in using it themselves.

I will now be posting everyone I make for every event here directly on my jiu-jitsu blog BJJ in San Diego. So if you like it and enjoy using it bookmark my page and feel free to stop by and download a copy for every event. Enjoy the fights!

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Click the link below to download the printable Word file.

UFC Fight Night Condit vs Kampmann Game Board/Gambling Pool Sheet

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BJJ in San Diego | Training With Gawakoto at the Rebellion Academy

A few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to have a guest visit our gym and train for the night with us. The guest was none other than Bong Abad also known by the alias of Gawakoto. Bong is a Philippines born artist that resides in England and does a lot of design collaborations with well known Brazilian Jiujitsu apparel companies such as Scramble, Tatami, 93 brand and more.

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If you are familiar with me at all and have seen any of my training videos you would know that I’m a big fan of Scramble as a company and own several of there products from rash guards, to gis, to everyday street apparel. Several of these items that I own featured Bongs work, whom I only knew as Gawakoto at the time due to my lack of research. I regularly looked for new designs from him and was rarely disappointed with his designs when I did find them.

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Bong was traveling to the San Diego Area on holiday and would be spending time with one of his old friends who also used to train Filipino Martial Arts with my Brazilian Jiujitsu instructor Jeff Baldwin. As a result of this Jeff invited his friend Andy to bring Bong in and get some mat time with us.

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As a fan of his art I was excited to meet the guy and after the night of training was over I left not only a fan of his artwork but also a fan of him as a person.

With the little time I spent with the man he came across as very intelligent and very humble with a passion for  Brazilian Jiujitsu that was only eclipsed by his passion for artistic expression. Although the triangle choke he came very close to tapping me out with was not the nicest, for me at least.

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At the end of the night I asked Bong about the potential of doing a brief interview with him for my blog which at the time he gladly accepted. I still have yet to start the process with all the event taking place in my life as of late that prevented me from training, but I’m starting to write up some questions that I think would lead to some interesting and informative answers. So keep an eye out for the interview to be posted within the coming months.

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Finally, support the man! Next time you see that slick piece of training gear with the Gawakoto label on it splurge on yourself and buy it. Your gym mates will envy your style and you can rest assured that you are supporting a great artist and man who is genuinely passionate about this great sport, Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Check out his site here at this link. —> Gawakoto Clothing

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BJJ in San Diego | Excuses Aside, its Great to be Back

Okay, so pretty long hiatus for me. I recently had tons of stuff come up in my work and personal life that have really thrown my normal schedule for a loop. I don’t care to, and wont, go into all the details (ie excuses) but needless to say these events really took away from my training time and overall my focus.

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I haven’t been training nearly as much as I would like and when I have been I feel like I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants opposed to going in with specific goals in mind. As a whole its just been a whole lot of steps back, especially considering all the momentum I felt like I was moving forward with.

Hopefully that is all in the past now as I was fortunate enough to be able to train some no gi and gi BJJ at the Rebellion Academy last Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. I feel like I’m starting to get back in the swing of things but my performance I still haven’t gotten back to where I would like to be.

I have lots of exciting things that have went on though that I have yet to share so I’ll be getting to that over the next couple blog posts. Training partners received promotions, I picked up some new training gear including a snazzy new gi, and above all got the opportunity to train with one of my favorite BJJ apparel designers Bong Abad (AKA Gawakoto) when he stopped by the Academy on a trip to SD from the UK.

So its time to get back to growing and continuing my journey, all the while sharing it with you all. Until then, check out some of my sparring videos from my return to training this week.

ROLLING WITH BRIAN

ROLLING WITH JUAN

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