Back from Texas

Back from a few days off in Texas, hanging with family for nephew Zach’s graduation. I had an excellent time (except for the heat – I generate enough of my own, I don’t need help 😉 and getting in a fender bender coming out of Lady Bird Johnson’s Botanical Gardens)…

Now back at it… After a slow start to the day, I did some mobility work, arm balances, a little locomotion body flow and some yoga. Followed it up with a light Jiu-jitsu session – working on positional flow and some light rolling… Feeling groovy… Strength work sometime later today, either before or after chores…
A couple of cool things:
This made laugh and shake my head: June 2, 2013 5:33pm

And this. A highlight reel of Ramon “the Diamond” Dekker – one of the best Dutch Muay Thai/Kickboxers – who just passed away earlier this year.

Safe Flying

If you’re flying over the holidays try and keep these things in mind:

First: The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”


“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

And finally:

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

As a people we should be totally ashamed that we’ve let things (and by things I mean our government and fear mongering fourth estate) get so out of hand that we’ve granted the right of search to a company that has less than a (approx.) 25% “catch” rate for anything related to harming us while we fly…

We are all morons and deserve the metaphorical (and near literal) raping of our persons, country and planet…

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Closing a Training Cycle and Some Tags

I am about a week from ending my current training cycle. For fun, and also to give my nervous system a break from the last several months of high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.), I crafted, along with some substantial help from gymnastics coach Christopher Sommer, a plan to work on some basic gymnastic hand-balancing along with a hanging pull — Coach Sommer’s recommendation. I have done a little hand balance work in yoga: Crow Pose, Crane Pose, Peacock, et cetera. But nothing specifically pulled from the gymnastics realm. My (eventual) goal is a straddle planche. Why? Just because, that’s why… 🙂

Coach Sommer suggested that when doing hand balance work that it should be balanced out with a pull of some kind. I am starting out at the most basic level, doing Frog Stands (which are A LOT like a yoga Crow Pose) and its complement the Tuck Front Lever. I started with 6x10second holds of each working my way to singles of 60 seconds. (I am currently at 3×20 second holds right now).

In support of my hand balance/lever practice this is the strength work I am doing:

Ring Pushups 5 x 5
Front Lever Rows Tuck 5 x 5
BW Split Squats 3×5 L, R
Pistols 3×5 L, R

Headstand Pushups 5 x 5
Ring/PB Dips 5 x 5
Pull Ups – Wide Grip 5 x 5
Chin Ups 5 x 5

I occasionally throw in some short anaerobic energy systems work (EST) work — in the 5-10 minute range as a finisher, to support my jiu-jitsu play…
It’s pretty basic, no fancy bells or whistles, no spinning bosu ball flying crane single leg squats… Hopefully that doesn’t disappoint… 😉


Closing some tags that I”ve been accumulating over the last few weeks:

Here are a couple of good training related articles:

Stronger Enough Part 1 by Jack Reape

Twenty Things That Piss Me Off About Commercial Gyms part 1

And here is some fantastic Muay Boran stuff from Tony Jaa:

Something I liked a lot:

Powerful Beyond Measure

And this is just some fun stuff:

Fuhrer’s Old School BJJ

The Dark Knight Meets Superman

The Dark Knight Meets Superman 2

Ciao for now!