Thursday, August 9, 2012

30 day challenge Day 3

It is day three of my thirty day challenge. I am down two lbs and feel great. Getting ready to go for a run and then practice later.

My shoulder is also doing better. I am able to do a little more each day. I have a few weeks of physical therapy and then another MRI to go. As far as I am concerned this shoulder will be back to 100% in no time!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Visalus 30 Day Challenge Day #1

I have a dream, and to achieve that dream I have a goal: 105 lb professional MMA. 

The first step, losing and keeping off 15 lbs.  My choice plan, Body by Vi. I have been told by trusted mentors that this will work for me.  I have also seen some amazing results in people that I know and trust. If it works for them, and if they can stick to this plan, then so can I.

The second step, getting a second job so I can get a gym membership to do more cardio and weight training aside from what I already do at practice. Goal achieved thanks to a good friend with a plan to help me.

The third step, believe in myself, my abilities and also put myself first.  This will be the hardest part of the process because it is all about my mental strength and capabilities.  I have always lacked confidence in everything I have done. I have no reason to lack confidence, so it is time to meditate on my life and believe that I can and will achieve my dream.

Body by Vi stats day #1 I am beginning at 130 lbs (Don't hurt me Master Amir). I just came home from vacation where I did a whole lot of eating and not enough working on my game.  But I am up for this challenge.  New stats here tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Brick Wall Imparts Upon Us All

Obstacles are defined as something that stands in the way that must be circumvented. Why then stop when happenstance greets the day with anticipation. Each time an obstacle becomes surmounted is an opportunity for growth and reflection. There is no vicissitude unworthy of performance, no discouragement beneath adjustment, no obstacle beyond repair.

The heart determines the ability to conquer obstacles through understanding. The body will quite long before the mind, and the heart is the determining factor in successful circumnavigation. Every barrier is an opportunity for success. A path will always present with forks, turns and twists. Those finding their way no matter the circumstance are the ones that become champions. This is the stuff legends are made of. There is no road map to success. Follow the heart and remember to maintain an open mind. Success will find you if your heart is in the right place.

Champions know that success is inevitable; that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.

Michael J. Gelb quotes

Champions know there are no shortcuts to the top. They climb the mountain one step at a time. They have no use for helicopters!

Judi Adler quotes

The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.

Sam Snead quotes

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character”


T. Alan Armstrong quotes

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Better Edge

I have noticed in Amateur MMA a lot of schools/teams/gyms ignore the importance of elbows and leg submission. Some amateur competitions allow elbows and others don't. I would imagine that many people don't want to spend the limited practice time they have honing skills they may or may not use; understandable, but risky.

After working with one of my teammates and mentors, Ivan, I have gained a new understanding of the importance of the underrated techniques. (I say underrated because I have not seen them very much in competition.) Ivan and I were going over the fine tuning of my last fight. I am a firm believer that there is something to be learned in everything. So, yes, I was victorious but I also have a lot to learn based on the way I fought. During one of our advanced practices Ivan demonstrated for me how to use elbows and strikes to advance my position further. That is the beauty of being able to work hard with people that know so much. I am now more capable of seeing openings that I was not looking for. I have something to work on at practice to help advance me to the next level of my game.

After we had gone over the fine tuning from the fights I asked him to help me out with leg submissions. I will make this generalization and swear by it: most amateur fighters have no clue how to do any leg submissions, nor do they know how to see them coming and defend them. Every time I role with Ivan or T.J. I find myself tapping to a knee bar, leg lock, toe hold, etc. I have been submission grappling for five years and I am decent at it, but I know there is a big hole in my game. After we talked and worked on some stuff, I van dedicated an entire practice to a leg lock series. I did not even realize how many ways there are of submitting people using legs in just one series.

And that is the thing about martial arts: there is always an art to beat yours in one respect or another, always a competitor that knows more, always more knowledge to be gained, always changes and new moves, always a next level. The key to having a better edge is to find a team and coach that you trust, so that you can learn together and build on what you are and who you are. The learning is never finished. I feel like martial arts is a lot like teaching; once you feel like the job is easy, the job is done, then it is time to hang up your shoes and move on to the next.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Where I Have Landed

I have been around for a long time, going on five years. I have met a number of people and have seen my fair share of everything in this sport; good teams, bad teams, poor sports, true martial artists, phenomenal coaches, terrible coaches, inadequately trained teams, teams that do not have a clue, guys with a lot of heart and "cage fighter bar brawlers." I have experienced enough to know that I have landed in the place that I need to have landed to become successful and live my dreams.

I do not, for a second, take for granted where I am and who I have become as a fighter and as a person because of it. There are very few places that make each and every one of their students feel like they are a part of a family. I have had people bend over backwards for me and for my career without asking for a single thing in return. I have never met more kind-hearted upstanding individials as I have training at Lightining Kicks. I am far away from the place that I called home and from the family I grew up with, but Lightning Kicks is a place where every person can go and know they have a home and a family to back them.

My skill level has immeasurably grown in all aspects in the time I have spent with Master Amir and my teammates. I could never have foreseen my reaching my full potential, but now I know I am capable. I have coaches that give up time with their families and friends to be there for all of us, to help us get better and watch us succeed. All of these sacrifices that each of us make are a testament to our work ethic and sense of family and team.

I know how privileged I am to be where I am and to train with the people I train with each and every day. I can never thank all of my teammates and my coaches enough for all they have done to see me succeed and to live out my goals so that I may achieve my dreams. All I can do is live with the indomitable spirit and demonstrate my knowledge and growth in the cage.


Back To It

Summer school has kicked my butt, so I have been unable to get on here as much as I would like.

Since my last post:

1. Awesome Akimma has decided to sponsor me

2. I became the 125 lb Capital City Cage Fighting Champion


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

some vids