Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bishop BJJ Breaks Deconstructs Gianni Grippo

Grippo has come on the scene at black belt in the past year. Bishop BJJ breaks down his game: passes, sweeps, positions, and submission focus over in the following post.

It's interesting to begin to see data and analysis in Jiu-Jitsu. For a long time, in Judo, there's been publication of data about the winning throws, % of matches won by weight class with pin or throw, strangle or armlock, and it's refreshing to see that imported into sport Jiu-Jitsu.

Without further ado, read the Bishop BJJ Post HERE.
Gianni Grippo's blog with insight and frank truth about what his life as a high level competitor entails (complete with doubt, struggles, setback, and triumph.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What I'm.....Listening to, Reading, Watching.....

Excited to compete and referee and support my teammates this weekend at US Grappling Virginia Beach.
 Found this through BJJ News, it's the Podcast over at Bishop BJJ (they have some awesome stuff on their site in general) - Features one of the founders of Metamoris, then Travis Stevens offers some sobering truth about BJJ sponsorship versus the IOC/USA Judo money available in Judo (though to hear Rousey say it, the money isn't really for the athletes either).

Osvaldo Queixinho Moizinho, instructor at Caio Terra's school, has been confirmed from the IBJJ Pro League coming up in October.

In the event you weren't aware, Gary Tonon is some kind of NoGi Grappling wizard with some truly unique parts to his game and very clearly a man who looks to finish as he does not necessarily ascribe to the hierarchy of positions mindset but rather gets to places where he can finish and do so quickly. Watch the BJJ Scout breakdown below to see what I mean. Bananas.




Monday, August 18, 2014

All the UFC's This Weekend!: UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le, UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs Ros Anjos - Picks and Prognostications

This weekend shall be busy.
I work my side job Friday night until 2am; supervising adults who don't always act like adults while they socialize and perform the inebriated version of the mating dance. Then I wake up and head to Virginia Beach for US Grappling's all day affair there.

If you're a purple belt featherweight, come compete!
US Grappling is hands down one of the best tournament experiences I continually have as a competitor.

I'll be refereeing as well.

That night, I'm taking a rare night off from my side job and will be enjoying UFC Fight Night 49: Benson Henderson vs Rafael Dos Anjos. That morning, however, from Macau, there will be UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le with a full card of fights as well (though the names you'll recognize prove sparse indeed).
There's some interesting climbing the ladder or go to the back of the line type stuff occurring throughout the day.
Bisping comes back from an injury layoff and Le gets a real fight, not just a crowd pleaser type one for us to see his wild kicks and such.

Onto the picks and prognostications!
I'm actually having a tough time calling Bisping vs Le. Le is a sharpshooter and any kick could end it, but Bisping's wrestling has continually improved since he graduated from TUF. I'm gonna go with Le by split decision for laughs.
Woodley dropped the ball in his last outing, but Kim's haphazard swing for the fences style of late (see his fight with Erick Silva) will get him taken down endlessly by Woodley so I'm going with Woodley by decision.
I literally have no idea who the other guys on this card are so they're all a toss up for me.

UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le
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Michael Bisping vs.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cung Le     

Ning Guangyou vs. Jianping Yang
"TUF: China" featherweight tourney final

I like Dos Anjos but he has dropped the ball when he's moved up in competition and Benson's ability to win the majority of rounds by narrowest of margins is historically proven. I'll go with Benson in a close affair where he wins 4 out of 5 rounds.
Mein will falter against Mike Pyle who has the grappling chops to stifle Jordan Mein, but Mein has some slick transitions and submissions he goes for, but I think Pyle will get on top 2 out of 3 rounds and grind out Mein.
Leites will have trouble with Carmont who even Jacare couldn't finish from back control and significant time on top. I see Carmont picking apart Leites and getting a stoppage in round 3.
Max Holloway by decision.
Beneil Dariush will rebound from his last loss and finish some guy I've never heard of in the first or second round.
Killa-B has come back from the B-squad in Bellator (and some entertaining scraps) and will blow out some guy I've never heard of who doesn't have as much experience on bigger stages.

UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs Dos Anjos
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FOX Sports 2, 8 p.m. ET

UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs St. Preux - Full Video Highlights

Friday, August 15, 2014

Throwback Friday: First Judo Tournament Post ACL Surgery

13 months removed from ACL surgery, I competed in Judo. I hadn't intended to compete, only to help coach and support some teammates, but being at the venue, with my Gi to warm up with teammates, I realized the only reason I wouldn't compete was not out of fear of injury, but fear of losing and that wasn't acceptable.
It's been a long road back to form after ACL Surgery, but the rule changes to Judo have seriously taken a bite out of my desire to compete. The sport truly does feel different, and winning doesn't feel as good as it did before I left competition due to surgery. I've competed 3 times since my ACL surgery, medaled each time, but the winning just doesn't feel the same. It's a much, much, much more narrow range of throwing techniques nowadays and I truly do miss the versatility of freestyle Judo as it now exists.

That being said, about a year ago:
So I signed up for the 66kg and the 73kg divisions. I took got DQ'd off of a kouchimakikomi/leg touch in the first round of the 66k6 but came back to win 2 matches. I then lost in the semi-finals of the 73kg due to flat out referee error.

At any rate, I do miss Judo, and I do miss the pre-hansokumake-for-leg-grabbing rules:

Friday/Weekend Combat Sports News Mash-Up

Women have returned to Bellator, in the event you watch women fight who aren't named Rousey.

UFC Fight Night 47 is tomorrow.

We've reached critical mass in terms of filling cards with whoever is able to fight: Bader vs St. Preux and Pearson vs Maynard is co-main event-ing this bad boy. I'll be working my side job downtown and hopefully simultaneously catching most of the fights. The good news is there's 6 fights and I forsee a good number of finishes given the names on here: Bader vs Preux will end by stoppage, Maynard and Pearson even if they don't finish one another will slug it out stand n' bang style, Boetsch vs Tavares will be a grinder but both guys always show up to fight win or lose. Shawn Jordan will KO some heavyweight you've never heard of or continue his slip from HW title consideration, but that fight will also end by stoppage. Thiago Tavares will finish Robbie Peralta as I've admittedly not seen Peralta fight.

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