Thursday, July 31, 2014

Metamoris 4 Picks & Shots in the Dark Gambling Enabler

My Picks:
Galvao vs Sonnen - Having seen how quickly Filho submitted Sonnen, I'm actually gonna go with Galvao to win by submission on this one. Chael has a habit of choking in the high profile go-rounds.

Lister vs Barnett - Barnett is big and wily enough to avoid the leg lock game. I see Barnette grinding out most of the match on top, semi-stalling with his head low, looking to pass but not really.

Ribeiro vs Medeiros - Comprido is a big dude, and Saulo just, in  my mind is so much smaller than him. Saulo seems to have that magic Jiu-Jitsu though, that invisible put my hand in your collar and you're out without realizing it type of Jiu-Jitsu, so I'm gonna go with Saulo to pull the rabbit out the hat and win by submission in the battle of the old men on the card.

Cornelius vs Magalhaes - Cornelius is a beast, as evidenced by his NoGi performance at the ADCC, but Magalhaes has won the ADCC and has faced the likes of Fabricio Werdum and nother insane notable. I don't see Magalhaes finishing the squirrely Keenan, but I see Magalhaes coming as close to dominating Keenan as we've seen someone do in NoGi.

Tonon vs Dale - Tonon is a beast and and is hyper aggressive and his match with Kron Gracie at the ADCC is a testament to that. I see Tonon putting Dale in some dangerous spots with Dale making it an exciting match by escaping and relying on his athleticism to stay in it, but I see Tonon clearly dominating positionally but not getting the finish as Dale has always looked tough to finish (Copa Podio et al) and I've actually not seen him subbed in competition.

Secret Match ??

Rickson Gracie Teaches Budo Jake Self-Defense: This Week in BJJ 61

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Copa Podio, Banning Lapel Guard, and Judo's Slippery Slope

ADCC gives negative points for butt scooting.

The IBJJF eventually instituted a 20 second timer on the double guard pull.

The Abu Dhabi World Pro DQ'd both Miyao and Keenan for refusing to come on top and try to pass guard.

Copa Podio now penalizes the lapel guard.

Now.....the great debate?

What comes next?

Should the IBJJF ban guard pulling outright?
Do I want to watch two elite black belts battle for a takedown for 7-8 minutes?

What happens when they realize why some grips are banned in Judo? Will they ban those grips on the feet but not on the ground? Will players start playing on the feet to avoid penalties and simply counter-takedown ala the ADCC where I watch Cobrinha and Rafa slippery wrestle for 15 minutes instead of what I came to see which was submission grappling?

Should the IBJJF pan other largely defensive grips which make passing inordinately difficult?
If you ban feeding the lapel around your own leg, should you also ban passing it behind your opponents neck because I can use it to break down my opponent's posture and prevent him breaking open my guard and thus passing?

Why not ban the Berimbolo because of what it did to standing guard passing in Jiu-Jitsu?

I may overreact or scream bloody murder because I started off grappling in Judo.

I was out of competition due to an ACL reconstruction right around the time they first made the leg grab an automatic disqualification (intentional or not).

By the time I speak of this, now there is more mat work in Judo but you cannot lock your hands around the waist, grip fighting is largely limited and penalized and the times required to win by pin are even shorter, producing a hyper aggressive, casual TV Olympic-viewer friendly version of what used to be Judo.

There always looms the desire for our sport and legitimacy, money, visibility, notoriety, and validation that the Olympics brings, but the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that very nearly succeeded in removing one of the original Olympic sports, wrestling, controls the rule set and the direction all other sport then takes underneath that heading. My point is simply that even Rickson now seeks with his new federation to produce a new type of competition for Jiu-Jitsu that makes it less about sport and more about the original essence of Jiu-Jitsu, but that essence is always in the eye of the beholder.

There will always be a need to stop and consider the effect(s) the rule(s) have on the sport and the style of play/competition. Wrestling comes to mind. Have anyone explain to you all the rules for leg ride points, pins, technical-whatever-the-*&^% and it's a turn off to becoming engaged with the sport.

Ultimately, I shudder to think what happens when we start banning techniques we don't like, but this will ALWAYS be subjective to the powers that be, and there will always be the slipper slope of getting ride of things that certain people or groups do not like. The purpose of the rules is not to enforce a particular style of play based on allegiance to mentality, a personality cult, or a dreaming of the way it was in yesteryear when the sport was also not nearly as professional an endeavor.

The purpose of rules is not to simply ban what we don't like or disagree with due to our own bias, be it personal or inculcated.

You want a submission oriented Jiu-Jitsu? Do Submission Only Events like US Grappling puts on.
You want grappling tournaments with rounds and restarts? Do the Hayastan grappling Challenge.
You want the IBJJF rule set, they do their calendar all year round.
You like the old rules of Judo, support a Freestyle Judo Rules tournament or better yet run one in house.
What you want is out there and you as the competitor and also the consumer get to decide to whom you give your support and patronage. There's room for everything and this is why I like Rickson's statement that he's not trying to compete with anyone. There is a bit of that sense that he still thinks his rule set and particular emphasis is superior, but he's Rickson, so WTF do I know?
There will always exist a natural urge to think that what you're doing is the one true way and anything else is suspect or even perhaps deleterious to the art to which you personally ascribe, but in that myopia you can stifle your own appreciation for related skills or even a deeper understanding of a particular facet of your own style of grappling.

Gianni Grippo Debates Kit Dale & Drilling: Why Should You Care?

From over at Graciemag HERE:

Kit Dale and Gianni Grippo have gone back and forth publicly over the merits or lack thereof regarding drilling for Jiu-Jitsu, with each making some valid points.

Coming back from from ACL surgery, drilling was a big part of my mat time for several months and the positions and techniques I drilled became mainstays of my game in rolling and even competition when I returned to the blue belt ranks. Gianni cites injured time as when he began/emphasizing drilling. Kit Dale points out that drilling doesn't help you against the elite level guys.

What say you?

"Kit responded to Gianni’s post on facebook:
“I love Gianni Grippo.. Nice article.. But to add an opposing point of view.. I will note a few things.. “Drilling until it becomes automatic and you don’t need to think” – This sounds like a good idea against people you can beat easily.. But applying a technique without thinking sounds like a recipe for disaster at the top level.. What if it’s a trap and you just fell into it due to being entrapped by your own muscle memory.. What if this opponent reacts differently or is shaped differently from your training partner.. Unless you have been changing your drilling partners every session which will dilute your tech..
Also you stated you drilled 3 times a day.. How often do you do live training.. Personally I don’t know many people that can train that much. And it seems if you want to take the drilling path you need something not a lot of people have.. Time! You have been training from a very young age if I’m not correct? I started at 22 while working full time and competing in another sport.. I only had time for two "

Gianni’s response:
“Kit, while I understand your reasoning’s, as I always try to look at both sides of the coin I just want to counter a few key points that you brought up. While you say that “drilling until it’s automatic” is a recipe for disaster, I think on the contrary. For example, of course I’m going to drill the basic leg drags until it becomes muscle memory, but once I have that down I also make sure to drill the proper reaction to my opponents defenses/counters. I know there can always be elements of surprise or ways guys can counter so I always make sure to drill based off of my opponents reaction. In this case I would drill the leg drag, my opponent counters and I react to the counter- turning the drill into a series.
Although I still train twice a day around my drilling sessions and my drilling compliments rather than supplements my training, I appreciate my drilling sessions because it gives me the opportunity to make my technique better while preventing the risk of injury. So I’m putting in more mat time with less strenuous activity which leads to less chance of injury. Of course I never suggest not training and only drilling, but I feel it’s important to find a good balance."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Steve Jobs on Success

He uses different words, but he essentially acknowledges the need for loving what you do/passion, and the madness of excellence. The rage almost psychotic level of obsession that must be present to persevere in the face of obstacles and failure.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Judo in MMA Alert: Karo Parisiyan Fights Phil Baroni in Bellator Tonight

Super secret fun fact: I actually made this highlight. Seriously. It was blocked by youtube for copyright infringement then reposted by whoever put it here on youtube.

Karo's been vocal and open about some of his personal struggles and foibles that have impacted his fighting career. He was last seen in action losing via KO to Rick Hawn and Phil Baroni is 2-7 in his last 9 outings. Neither guy is what they were before but they're both veterans and I'll watch them fight/make money tonight while I work my side job downtown.

Saturday's UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs Brown - My Picks and Shots in the Dark Gambling Enabler

In semi-under-the-rader-news, Gilbert "Durinho" Burns makes his UFC debut, which is awesome.
I'll be refereeing and hopefully competing at purple belt featherweight Saturday, then watching the fights while I work my side job downtown.

I've got Robbie Lawler by TKO in a tough 4th round stoppage. I see him just finding a way to win over 5 rounds against a come to him style fighter like Matt Brown. Brown is hittable and Lawler puts people away if he can find them, and Matt Brown has the style that will not make him hard to find.

Weight issues notwithstanding (I've made quite a few jokes in the past), Anthony Johnson is getting hittable opponent who seems well-rounded but will likely play into Rumble's strengths in his UFC return/re-debut. Johnson will violently punish Lil Nog like he stole from him.

I hope Bermudez puts a stop to the Clay Guida hug-fest-train-hold-on-style and sends him out of the UFC.
Josh Thomson will get stoppage win in the 2nd round.
Masvidal will finish Cruickshank.
Kingsbury will look dominant over Patrick Cummins who looked god awful against Dan Cormier.
Tim Means will obliterate the guy he's fighting in a violent stoppage win in the first or second round.
Gilbert Burns will take down and finish his opponent in the second round.

"FOX, 8 p.m. ET
preliminary CARD
UFC Fight Pass, 4:15 p.m. ET