Monthly Archives: May 2011

Weight Training – Accion Fukuoka Gym – May 24th

Sam had a change in his schedule so he won’t be able to make it to the gym this coming Thursday. We pushed it back to Saturday, and instead of going to jiu-jitsu (pushed that to Thursday) I went weight training.

I figure I might as well introduce my “real” gym as I did so with my “other” gym.

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The Other Gym

Japan isn’t known for its parks.

I mean, I have been to areas of Chikushino city where there is a corner of a city block holding no more than a small slide, a bush and a tiny sandbox proudly displaying a park sign. Where I used to live in Chikushino, I live in a different part of the city now, the nearest “park” was large enough to park two full sized cars inside of it.

Finally, after a couple of years of living here, I found, with Yoko’s help of course, a respectable sized park which we both plan on visiting as much as possible in the future.

Behold! Tenpai-zan park. My new playground.

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Just a Friendly Reminder…

“Jiu-jitsu is not about pain. You have to find the right spot to save your energy and be able to open the guard.”
Saulo Ribeiro

Weight Training – May 19th

Since, I’m going to include my jiu-jitsu training I might as well write about the order side of the training coin.

Usually my gym days fell on Tuesday/Saturday or Thursday/Sunday within the week. I still want to keep my gym days. I might have to cut back on them until I get used to jiu-jitsu being a regular part of my schedule.

Also Sam, of Grappling Dummies fame, has found the time to join me though only once a week. He’s been very busy with his own English school, hard at work teaching the kids of Fukuoka Prefecture how to properly respond to the question “How are you?” without having them freeze in mid-thought. I’m glad he’s back out there and getting fit before he officially re-starts jiu-jitsu as well. Of course, it’s always great to have someone to workout with and push you to your limits.

The original purpose of my weight training was to strengthen my right leg. While it was more than capable of supporting my bodyweight, years of favoring the non-injured, no-surgery leg left my right leg in a not-ready-for-sports state. Now that I can pull off single leg exercises just as well, if not better, on my “bad” leg, I’m ready to escalate things to the next level.

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Jiujitsu Training – May 17th

I wasn’t sure if I should continue writing about my progress in jiu-jitsu seeing as how I’ve been to only one class so far. I suppose it’d make for a nice then vs now juxtaposition. You know, the whole pre-injury me vs post-surgery me thing.

Plus, there’s the idea that if we really enjoy doing something that is of worth to us, then we should devote an absurd amount of time doing exactly that. It’s kinda like if I was going out and living my life, I should do it for myself, not just so that I can update my Facebook wall in the hopes my friends can click Likes This, which is something I haven’t done in a very long time as well. The updating FB wall thing I mean.

But when it comes to personal growth, as is the case with jiu-jitsu, sometimes committing our thoughts to paper helps us clarify, catalogue and cystallizes our efforts. Also, my old blog is still pulling in views where as this one has, what, like, three so far. Plus, I fancy myself a writer, so writers gotta write. Obviously, there’s no content here – facepalm – so by keeping track of things training wise it should get me back into the swing of things.

I just hope I can write on a daily basis. Sheeayah, like I’ve never hoped for that before.

So How’d Class Go?
After I changed into my gi and finally got my belt on properly, I forgot how to tie it and failed five times to do so, I went through the warm-ups with no problem at all. My post-surgery knee and leg held up very well, much better than expected. And despite the quickly-forgotten and once-again-immediately-familiar heat of the gi, I didn’t feel very out of shape or awkward or uncomfortable doing rolls and breakfalls and everything else.

What surprised me the most about coming back was how high my level self-awareness seemed to be and how incredibly easy I picked up on the techniques.

Two of the techniques Tomari-sensei taught was familiar to me. The other two were new but I saw how they could be linked together even before Tomari-sensei qualified my thoughts by flowing through each technique as a recap towards the end of the instructional session of class. I believe my two year absence from jiu-jitsu could explain my now sponge-like technique-absorbing brain. I was crazy about jiu-jitsu, wrote about it, got injured, still kept myself in the loop, drove myself more crazy cause I couldn’t train, got better, got re-injured (twice), had surgery, cut myself off from all things jiu-jitsu, got stronger, had another surgery, got stronger again AND finally that I have the chance to do the jiu-jitsu my brain’s like MOAR! HUNGER FOR JIU-JITSU! RAHHH! So yeah, I’m picking up details super quick.

Same goes for my high self-awareness level. I do not want to get re-injured again so I have to be more aware of everything; how I move my body, my posture and where my weight goes. I pay a lot more attention to my body mechanics and stay well within my self-imposed limits. I didn’t rush through the techniques as we drilled them, I took my time and made improvements where I could.

I was really tempted to spar for a round, but fought the urge. I probably will jump in next class with the goal of rolling as slow and easy as possible.

Finishing Thoughts
I’m not sure how this new found sense of self will last or if it’ll transfer over when I spar at full intensity, but I’m liking it. I’ve never had anything like that before. I hope it sticks.

Ready, Steady – GO!

I haven’t had much to write about because, well, I haven’t been training.

Actually, I have been training, just not jiujitsu. I’ve been weight training and logging in bodyweight exercises to the point that I’m doing something active everyday.

Two days in the week I’m at the gym doing deadlifts, dumbbell rows, overhead military presses, farmer’s walks, lunges, reverse lunges, and exercises that target the hip adductors, abductors and rotator cuffs. Pull-ups, bench or dips if I’m lucky.

I’m kinda giddy about my deadlift. It’s above my bodyweight.

On the days I’m not at the gym I’m doing yoga, situps, sumo squats, squats, hindu pushups, diamond pushups, and fist pushups. Not in a row of course. I mix things up and only do three sets of three exercises. On my lazy-days I stretch and try to stay in seiza (the kneeling position) for as long as possible.

At first it was pretty hard to mix in bodyweight exercises with weight training. I’d be too sore from deadlifting that I didn’t ready want to do anything else but sleep and eat.

But this past month I’ve slowly gotten into the groove of things and feel a bit antsy if I don’t do anything.

What has all of this active goodness done for me lately?

Well, yesterday, I finally did go back to Hakata Paraestra. I joined the warm ups and class, sat out for the sparring sessions and told Tomari-sensei that I’m officially back.