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It’s review time, Wednesday. I’m working on closing the distance, getting safely from a boxing match to clinching my opponent, except I’m the attacker, a boxer.  I slowly circled the opponent with my fists up.    After a few warm ups,  I warned my practice partner that I was really attempting a strike.  He said, ” Do it.”  I saw his chin up.  With my right arm and fist, I lunged forward while throwing the punch at his chin.  I completely missed him.  In a second, I felt my opponent crash into me.   Next, I’m falling to the mat.  We drilled closing the distance, me, as the attacker, ten more times.  All the same result. I asked my opponent, ” How do you know I’m getting ready to throw the punch?”  He responded, ” First, empty your mind.  Then, look at everything, don’t focus on one area.”   He then showed me that I was slightly moving my right shoulder just before I threw the punch.

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I am realizing, from watching fundamental videos,  that I’m making small mistakes in some of my fundamental techniques.   I have a plan to change all of that as I start getting more serious in preparation for the Helio Gracie Tournament in October.  My goal is getting to the second round.

I recommend all Gracie Jiu Jitsu student to see the movie, CHOKE.  It is not on Netflix .  Here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjvzJO-6ESc  Wow. Very inspirational for anyone that follows Gracie Jiu Jitsu.   A true, flesh, and blood champion, is Rickson Gracie.  I plan to watch it a few more times.

I had thought Kimura, the all time Judo champion, had never lost a match.  WRONG!  Rikidozan verses Masahiko Kimura.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtwqmU2eV6M  As I wrote in the first few weeks of the start of this blog, how judo practitioners are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to a real street fight.   I was going around thinking Mr. Kimura was invincible.  He never lost a fight.   As per the YouTube match between Japanese wrestler, Rikidazon, Kimura was clearly knocked out in a fist fight.   It was a humiliating loss.   Why didn’t Kimura clinch?  Close the distance?  Get out of the ring??

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Happy 4th of July, 2012, the celebration of the United States Independence.

Before class, Kevin, a fellow blue belt, three striped, confided in me, ” I don’t know anything. I can’t recall what I have learned.”  Do you remember driving from your home to the dojo, school, or gym? How many right turns did you take? Did you use the turning signal? The truth is that you don’t remember because the information is in your subconscious mind. I trust the info is in my subconscious memory, memory you know without actively thinking.

Am I on the right path? Freak!!!! My arm, shoulder, was almost broken in the grappling techniques class. I was super pissed off the other day. This is good because I am working out my anger.  I’m trying my best not to make this personal.  I will let this go out of my respect for the professors. I control my emotions and no one else.  Maybe this was a good event to happen. I think learning to control your emotions could be a part of jiu jitsu.  I will continue until purple belt. I owe it to this blog.

Super cool!  I got an invitational YouTube email to practice Gracie jiu Jitsu in Tokyo, Japan. Probably spam. I didn’t respond yet. The training starts in August which is too short a time for me to get everything together and it is for a month. If it were true, I would want to do it next summer so that I could train, train, and train at home. I’m not going to Japan to make an ass of myself, my school, and my country. Wife already said no and said something about a divorce. I think I could change her mind if I had more time. My kids were super excited when I mentioned the invitation. I would be a great candidate to study in Japan. I love their culture. Atari, Godzilla, Gamera, Speed Racer, Shogun,Sushi, Judo, jiu Jitsu, sumo wrestling, Judo champion Kimura, Buddhism, baseball fanatics, The iron chief, samurai, Kumon, Honda, Toyota, Toshiba, Sony. Seppuku.  I was learning to read and write Japanese. It is not as difficult as you might think. It is a phonetic language unlike Chinese. I gave up learning Japanese since learning Japanese didn’t make sense. I wish I had Japanese friends. Well, it’s was a fun dream.

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This week, I went to grappling techniques class.  It was at headquarters on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am.  While training, a three striped purple belt showed up late and asked my practice partner, a brown belt, if he could join our group.  He said okay.  As soon as it was my turn to practice the move with the new comer, he started causing me pain.  I didn’t say anything.  I thought it to be bad manners.

While practicing a new move, he was overly aggressive, I would say almost pissed.  I could feel my right shoulder buckle and the pain started.  At that point, I then immediately stopped and told the guy I was only interested in technique.  I didn’t have to communicate this to the brown belt. He lightened up, but it was too late for my shoulder.  Fortunately,  I think the injury was just a torn muscle.

I am trying not to hold onto anger or to be vengeful. I am focused on winning.

In order to avoid injury I advise the following, to minimize injuries, communicate right away 1)  Introduce yourself.  2) Tell them that you’re trying to do the move without power and in control. 3) Tap immediately if you feel pain. Don’t wait until it is too late.

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