To perform your best, and get the most out of your training sessions, you have to stay focused on your purpose and plan. The best way to do that is to keep a centered and present frame of mind.
Try these 4, 2 minute mental routines throughout your day
2 minutes first thing in the morning, practicing gratitude and setting intentions
2 minutes before your workout, appreciating the opportunity, reminding yourself of your why, and setting intentions
2 minutes after your workout, reflecting on takeaways/learning lessons and positives
2 minutes before sleep, practicing gratitude and positive thinking
If you’re not an athlete, you can at least do this when you wake up and before bed. You can take notes during these routines to make them even more powerful and impactful. I suggest that we all practice gratitude, positivity, prayer or quick meditations, mindfulness, setting intentions, and centering ourselves throughout the day.
Of course you could make these routines longer or do this more often, but you get the gist. Start with these quick, 2 minute routines and you can always build on them as you get more comfortable and consistent.
Bottom Line: It’s crucial that you create a routine of regularly reminding yourself of what’s most important throughout your day.
Elite Sports is rather new to the Australian Market and are looking to make a fashionable entry, a lightweight gi advertised with pre-shrunk fabric and an anti-microbial treatment. They were kind enough to ask Open Guard to review one of their gis, and I chose the one in blue. I’ve been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for just over 4 years and have roughly half a dozen gis already in rotation, but am always happy to try a new product. Elite have been aggressive in hitting the Australian Market with a lot of guys I know having being approached for “Sponsorship” opportunities, however this review is about the product itself so moving on.
Today, I’m reviewing the Elite Sports Ultra-Light BJJ Jiu Jitsu Gi with Pre-Shrunk Fabric – Blue. Coming in an IBJJF-legal royal blue with an orange trim, this kimono makes a great first impression to the eye and is incredibly inexpensive at only $94.99. Because of the entry level price point and relative newness in the market, I didn’t have high expectations for the gi. After putting it through its paces, whilst I was put through mine. I was able to come to a rather unexpected conclusion.
Before we get into the review, here’s how the company describes the gi:
• Made from a light-weight 400gsm Pearl Weave preshrunk fabric. We still recommend that you wash the gi in cold water and hang dry it.
• Lightweight pants are made from 400 gsm ripstop fabric and have a rope drawstring for tightening.
• Contrasting and reinforced stitching in seams and other key areas for durability and added strength.
• Fabric has anti-odor and antimicrobial treatment so that you don’t have to worry about bacterial buildup or fungal infections; no one else is doing that at this price.
• Comes with a free white belt. (Note – The Free White belt once again is a great addition to the new practitioner.)
From when it was shipped until it arrived at my door was an average time frame of 8 days, when I opened the package that housed the gi, I found a no nonsense approach to packaging. Opening the cardboard box, the gi sat nicely therein, within its clear bag. And while it didn’t come with a gi bag, a new white belt was included (had they seen me on the mats and were hinting at something?) and, combined with the price point, is a nice touch for new practitioners. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a pair of XXL No Gi Shorts in the packaging also.
The pants are a lightweight rip-stop, as advertised. The branding is no too heavy on the on the gi overall, the Elite logo is visible on either side of the pants, stitched in nicely. With two drawstring loops on either side, I was happy with the way they were designed. As with most rip-stop pants, the knees and mid-thigh are reinforced with additional quilted stitching, using an orange contrast thread. All areas that are supposed to be triple stitched – interior seams and the gusset, were done so with care. It’s also important to note that the bottom cuff is quadruple stitched for additional strength! Well done!
The jacket is simple, coming in at 400 gsm. I was surprised when taking it out of the packaging just how light it was. The orange contrasts are a nice touch to give an the otherwise plain looking gi some much needed pop. This is seen on the inside of the cuffs as well as in all contrast stitching, and at the splits in the skirt. At the top of the jacket, inside the back panel, Elite has added an orange logo section for an additional bit of flare.
Their logo is seemingly everywhere on the jacket, however – three times on the front, stitched in with patches or embroidered along the lapel, then again on the back between the shoulder blades, embroidered in white thread. Inside, along the bottom seam of the jacket, their twin logos (with and without the phoenix design) revolves. In the way of branding, it’s a tiny bit overdone, but also confusing. Both logos are used interchangeably here but as a consumer, is there a primary logo or are both equally important? Further, on the back panel, the jacket notes that it was ‘Designed in California,’ but the front of the jacket, at the bottom of the lapel, states ‘Brazilian Design.’ Overall though, I was happy at the look of the jacket – there are no giant design flourishes and it’s simple in presentation. Tied together, the pants and jacket make a nice, clean match.
To be honest I was expecting many loose threads and poor craftsmanship from Elite right out of the box. It is not often that I am wrong, however initial glance and I couldn’t find a single loose stitch within the bunch, and the material was light, strong, and well-tailored to my needs. There is a small tag within the jacket that denotes that it was made in Pakistan – as many other gi companies are producing their products there, I was pleasantly surprised at the durability of the gi. So far so good I have had no issues. On the pants, I liked the extra cuff stitching and the pearl weave jacket is just as strong as the other gis I have.
Feel and Fit:
I’m 6`1, 95kg without the gi and asked for an A3. Elite is using a tailored fit that hugged the inside of my underarms a bit at first, and all though it was tight across my shoulders and back it was relatively easy to move in. The sleeves may have been a little short and if the Gi inspector at a big name comp was to measure correctly I may of come up short. The pants fit comfortably, just as any other pair of ripstop pants, and were the appropriate length. Overall, I was very impressed with the gi at unboxing and through the first set of test rolls. While it isn’t the softest gi on the market, that isn’t the demographic Elite is tailoring to. Mind you, it’s soft enough that you don’t need a rashguard underneath, especially in the summer, but after hanging the pearl weave can be a little strong until it’s broken in. Additionally, the lightweight 400 gsm jacket is great for the hot, summer weather and breathes well.
I was pleasantly surprised by this gi, its fit and craftsmanship, and the overall durability. At such a low price point, I would definitely recommend it to new practitioners, or anyone in the market for something affordable that will hold up relatively well, so long as you are aware of the sizings and the “pre shrunk” notes. For more information on Elite Sports and their offerings, please see their web site: To get directly to this gi, simply click here and tell them OG sent you!
We all know that there is no one-night miracle to lose those extra pounds in our body and immediately have the rig we can be proud of. Achieving your body goals require a lot of time, patience, motivation and dedication aside from all the exercises that you must go through. Trust me I speak from first hand experience! I was once 152kgs and now walk around at 95kgs.
What if you have exerted enough effort to lose weight, but still extra kilos just won’t leave you alone? We will all experiences this situation along the journey, but fear not, most of the time there is a simple solution. Often people put so much focus into the exercise and what needs to be done they forget about the other critical criteria when it comes to weight loss. Input. Simply eating and making better choices about what you eat can go a long way to speed up your metabolism and could also be used as a ladder to climb your success to your body goals.
To maximize your advantage in losing your weight, I have put together a list of foods that worked along the way and I could slip straight into my diet to give my weight loss a bit of a kick.
1. Rolled Oats
Rolled oats help you in losing weight as our body requires more energy in digesting this food in our system. Thus, more calories are burnt, and faster metabolism is needed when we consume rolled oats. This food also helps our body in preventing hunger to take the best of us. Making us feel full for a longer period, when introducing Rolled Oats to your diet be sure to steer clear of the toasted variety initially.
Not a fan of coffee? Well, you should start loving it now as it is proved that having three cups of black coffee could burn up to 80 calories in your body. Coffee also acts as an appetite suppressant and the caffeine levels can play a role in stimulating our body’s nervous system similar to the effect of exercise in our body without the increased heart rate effect.
It is believed that when you eat asparagus, you are burning more calories than the amount you could get from the food itself. Thus, making asparagus is one of the best choices to help you in maximizing your diet efforts. On the other hand, whether this belief bears the truth or not, relying on the nutrient contents of asparagus, it can still be a great side dish for those who wants to lose some weight as asparagus contains the least amount of calories that barely or almost never adds up to your overall weight.
4. Apples and Pears
These two fruits are just some of the most widely common fruits in the world. And as common as these fruits are, their benefits in weight loss are not. Did you know that apples and pears contain a high amount of fibre that helps the body burn fats and regulated the metabolic rate of our body? Just choose the organic ones, and your trips to the scales will never be a nightmare again.
5. Purified Water
As if there weren’t a hundred reasons why water is very useful and beneficial to our body, then this reason will give you just one more. Water is considered a metabolic booster as it regulates the function of the organs of our body while providing hydration to it. In fact, even if water is readily accessible to most of us, a lot of people that are aiming to lose weight forgets to include water in their diet. So as an add-on tip, you might want to drink cold water as an aid to your weight loss since cold water requires more energy from the body in regulating its temperature.
Have you ever wondered why soup is offered as an appetizer in most buffet meals? Well, the truth is, you are being tricked. If you think of it, soup is just a seasoned beverage. And drinking fluid before your meal could lessen the amount of food you consume and boost your metabolic rate that is similar to the effect of water. So the next time you are on a buffet and deeply worries that your weight loss efforts will be ruined, then start walking towards the soup area. It’ll solve all your worries.
7. Hot Chillis
There’s a reason why eating chillis could turn your face red. This is because they increase the blood flow throughout our body. In turn your metabolism gets faster. This could also be seen by the sweating mechanism of our body whenever we eat jalapenos or other hot and spicy foods. Moreover, the sensation produced by these foods could also reduce food cravings as your body starts to look for water.
Although almonds are not advisable to be consumed in bigger amounts as it also contains fat could adverse all your weight loss efforts, almonds could still be considered a beneficial food to help you trim those body fats away. The essential fatty acids found in almonds are known to be the one responsible for boosting the metabolism, just like what walnuts and cashew do in our body as well.
So there you have it, if you have been focusing on losing weight and have recently found yourself hitting a bit of a wall. Revisit your eating plan and make some slight changes, the results will speak for themselves .
The Venum elite challenger 3.0 BJJ gi is one of the best choking uniforms I’ve ever donned. The second of the gi’s Venum sent me to review. As soon as I took it out of the box, I was like a kid on Christmas. This is my style of gi and probably one I’d pick up on one those days when I feel like my jiu-jitsu is shit and I need something to make me feel better about a slump. Like a bimbo after a breakup with a pint of Ben and Jerrys.
There’s something about a black gi that makes me feel like an absolute gangsta. Maybe it’s the years of loving ninja movies and reading Batman comics but there something that comes over me when I put on a black gi. I guess the saying is true that once you go black, you never go back. The overall look of this gi is simple, a “let us get down to business” look with only two Venum logos embroidered on the front and back of the jacket. The gi is all black with grey thread stitching breaking it up and holding it all together. I like the clean look of this gi, and it sit’s in my collection as a true hybrid, the little red dress in my wardrobe. You can grind it out in this gi, a real weekday warrior. But it is also classy enough that you can show off at the weekend open mats and competitions all the same.
Alright, so the technical side it’s a pre-shrunk pearl weave gi with a 450 gsm jacket and 230 gsm one hundred percent cotton pants. The jacket and pants all come reinforced with extra cotton and stitching for wrestling all those mat monsters. The pants have an ultra-fast clamping system rope drawstring, so you’re never caught with your pants down.
I’ve had few hard sessions in this gi, and it holds up. The jacket breaths well and is lite, so it doesn’t feel like your rolling around in a wet ski jacket. The pants are cotton but are still breathable and my personal preference, I just like cotton ones over the ripstop stuff, but I’m old skool like that. I’ve been using this gi for a couple of months now and put it through a few washes, and it still looks brand new and fits like a glove. I keep looking, but I can’t find any negatives except it doesn’t come with a gi bag, but I think I can deal with that as I have a hundred of them anyway. I know it may seem like I’m overly biased, but I do just like this gi that much. I would put it in my top three of gi’s I own. That’s not something to be taken lightly because I’ve been at the choking game for awhile and have twelve of them. So you have to be doing something right to get my attention like trying to pick up a hot chick at a sports bar.
So in conclusion, if you haven’t guessed, I would give this give ten shakas out of ten or five acai bowls out of five. This is an excellent gi, something that is a joy to train in getting sweaty like a fat kid at PE class. With Christmas coming up and if you are looking for a fresh gi for under the tree, I’d start to leave the hints around the house that you want this one. You can pick it up for under ninety bucks on www.asia.venum.com as they are having a massive clear out with a lot of discounted items. Also use our discount code “VENUMHK” to get a further 15 percent off which is a crazy deal for a gi this good. Peace out players.
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1. Trap (Hex) Bar Deadlift
No lift activates more muscles than the Deadlift. The Deadlift improves your grip for wrist/collar or lapel control. It also challenges your core, hips and back unlike any other exercise. Good grapplers have strong hips that can withstand takedowns and breakdowns. A solid back will re-establish a proper stance and help you resist when working from the bottom position.
- Stand in the middle of the trap bar with a shoulder-width stance.
- Position your hands so your ring finger is lined up in the middle of the handles.
- Keeping your back flat and your chest up, drive the ground away from you and stand up.
- Brace your core throughout the entire movement to keep your spine and low back safe.
- Always perform this as your main movement for the day, but limit Trap Bar Deads to 2-3 times per week.Sets/Reps: 5×5, resting 2-3 minutes between sets.
2. Walking Lunges
All matches start with the athletes on their feet, so you need a strong neutral position. Walking Lunges develop superior leg strength that will translate into powerful single-leg and double-leg takedowns.
- Stand holding a dumbbell in each hand.
- Take a big step forward, and drop your rear knee until it is only a few inches off the ground and your front leg is bent at a 90-degree angle.
- Drive off your front heel and step right into the next lunge.
- Always keep your chest up during Lunges, as this will eliminate assistance from your back and put most of the load on your legs.
- I recommend stepping right into the next lunge (as opposed to stepping the feet together between reps to recover balance).
Sets/Reps: 3-4×8-12. Lunges can be performed as your secondary lower-body exercise 2-3 times per week.
3. Farmer’s Walk
The Farmer’s Walk is kicking the Deadlift up a notch. When performing the Farmer’s Walk, you challenge your grip, traps and entire shoulder complex to hold on to the weight and remain stable. Your core is forced to stay tight, and your erectors are activated to maintain an upright posture. Your hips, legs and ankles work together to stay strong and keep yourself moving. Many lifts are performed stationary, but the Farmer’s Walk requires you to move in an unfamiliar plane, which challenges your muscles differently. The Farmer’s Walk is a great tool to work strength from all angles and improve neutral position. It can done holding onto dumbbells or the trap bar.
- Grip placement is the same as for the Trap Bar Deadlift, with the ring finger placed in the middle of the handle. Be sure to pick up the weights with good form.
- Your back should be flat, your chest up, and your legs used to drive.
- Establish an erect position with your core braced, your elbows locked out and your shoulder blades pinched back.
- Walk forward in short, quick steps.
- Stand tall and keep your eyes and chin up.
Sets/Duration: 3×30 seconds. Perform this as accessory work toward the latter part of your workout, no more than twice a week. Try to cover as much ground as possible in the time allotted.
4. Chest-Supported Row
Strong pulling muscles will help you dictate the match. A well-built back will help you maintain control and finish takedowns. It will also help you keep your opponent close when you are riding top position.
- Lie face down on a bench inclined at 45 degrees.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand and let them hang at your sides.
- Without using momentum, pull your elbows back and pinch your shoulder blades at the top.
- Always keep your elbows tucked close to your sides.
Sets/Reps: 3-4×6-10. Do these as accessory work 2-4 times per week.
So a bit over a month ago the good people from Venum sent me a couple of gis to test out. The first of those gi’s is the white and green Venum elite BJJ Gi. So the technical side, it’s jacket is a gold weave pre-shrunken material. The pants are rip-stop with a thick rope drawstring to keep you from going starkers on the mats. The fabric weight is 500 gsm with a sublimated neck inner for comfort when someone is trying to rip your head off with a good collar choke.
It came in a nice cotton drawstring gi bag which is one of the better ones I’ve ever gotten with a gi. The look of this gi is very slick with a modern take on the old school gis of the early days of the gentle art. It has two Venum sewn on patches on the shoulders, the rest of the gi jacket has tasteful embroidery which is the Venum logo with accenting features on the back and front of the gi. Out the two gi’s they sent me I like the embroidery on this one as it flows with the gi and doesn’t overwhelm the look of the gi.
So I took this gi on my trip to San Diego on the Free Rollers tour to the University of jiu-jitsu. As the UJJ has a white or blue gi policy, I figured this would be a perfect time to give it a good beating. I trained in this gi about ten times in a two week period washing it nearly every day, and it still feels like a new gi after all that trauma. The only thing that brings down the gi is that the green color from the accent pieces did start to bleed into the white in spots which from further investigation is a common problem with this gi. Other than that the gi is still in excellent condition after multiple times in the washer and hours on the mats. The gi itself was comfortable, the jacket is relatively light and does still manage to breathe even when doused with sweat which is excellent for those multiple hour sessions. Not at one point did it feel heavy or I want to take it off after hours of training where it was about twenty-five degrees outside, and steam was fogging up the windows. I usually don’t like the ripstop pants as they just feel flimsy, but these changed my mind as they felt slick when slicing through guards and felt strong when my opponents used them as grips. Which was a real surprise with how thin they feel.
So, in conclusion, it’s a solid gi, and the only negative I can draw is the bleeding of the colors. It’s a nice weekday runner to add to your selection of gis to use when you want to put in a hard session. But due to the bleeding, it’s no open mat special, well maybe before it goes into the wash a couple of times as it is slick looking before the washing machine hits it. I personly wouldn’t spend over one hundred fifty on it. It does come in different colors which makes the bleeding a real none issue if you get it in black. Right now the one I got is sitting at ninety dollars on the Venum site. So if you want more reviews and want to support a great company, you should pick one up an use our discount code at the bottom. Peace out players.
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“When the dust settles and normality returns the memories and experiences will forever remain” – Unknown
“We`re not here to fuck spiders” – Free Rollers 2017
On Monday the 9th of October 2017 a ragtag bunch of BJJ practitioners from Australia embarked upon a journey of a lifetime. We left from Melbourne and began the 14 hour journey across the Pacific and descended upon Los Angeles before making the 2 hour drive down to San Diego, where they would spend the next 10 days living and breathing everything that has come to be known as the BJJ lifestyle. The package consisted of return flights from Melbourne, Accommodation, Training, Vehicle and a Brand New Lightweight Gi supplied by Braus. The accommodation was in the form of a shared house which comfortably held all 7 of the guys on the trip and their aromas, and had the added convenience of being located within a 5 minute drive from University of Jiu Jitsu HQ, the Home of Saulo & Xande Ribeiro, not to mention numerous other world class academy’s we had the pleasure of training at while on the adventure.
The fun began when the team arrived in LA at 0600 in the morning and jumped into their Dodge Caravan (Soccer Mum Car) with two bald eagles under the hood. Driving out of Inglewood and into peak hour LA traffic was met with screams of “Fuckin Send It” as the driver planted his foot and made the way onto the Pacific Coast Highway. The first stop came when the boys decided food and photo recreation was required and the signs directing them to Huntington Beach were followed. Much to one of the guys surprise he wasn’t going to bump into Nate or Nick Diaz as he was under the impression that this was their local haunt. He was corrected in what set the tone for the trips banter, “Are you fuckin serious? You stupid C**T they are from Stockton, fuckin ages from here dipshit”. The locals that were around that conversation were a little shocked, however when their concerned looks were observed, we assured them that in ‘Straya that’s how we spoke to people we get along with, they simply replied “Wow, you must really love that guy”.
After a quick stop for breakfast and a cold brew coffee or mimosas, the trips 2nd catch phrase was coined, after the 7am mimosa order, “Well Im not here to fuck spiders mate” the boys were back on the road toward San Diego. After what was a relatively uneventful yet scenic drive the energy in the car picked up as the crew drove into San Diego around 1 that afternoon, they arrived at the accommodation parked and went in to quickly claim their territory in regards to beds and rooms. Not realising that they had parked in another resident’s car park (so much for land of the free) there was knock on the door, when it was answered there was said resident and his pit bull telling us about our mistake. . . He wasn’t all too impressed when his tool of intimidation was greeted with a big pat and a “hello little puppy” as I went out to move into our designated car park. That afternoon we had to swing past San Diego airport to pick up Bob Barker aka Panda aka The Canadian. This was the first time I had met this guy after a few years of talking online. His first greeting was telling us how much it was to see it, to touch it, to watch him touch it or to suck it. I expected nothing less. On the way back from the airport we swung past University of Jiu Jitsu to introduce ourselves to the guys at the academy there was only one person in and that was Gustavo Dias Black Belt and Manager of the Academy. From the moment I introduced myself we were instantly made to feel like part of the family and look forward to getting in nice and early the next morning for the 0700 class, which was run by 3 x World SJJF Black belt champion Victor Barreto.
The class was a small and convenient introduction to what was coming up over the next ten days, minor corrections to the most basic of movements had the guys learning even in the warm ups. Traditional warm ups were completed before every class with all of the movements we had come to expect, along with a few new ones we had never really done previously. The first class was such an eye opener to what was coming when Victor showed a pass from deep half that he used to secure his gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. So much detail was passed on with nothing being spared it was clear that we were going to learn so much from the team at the U. After 45 minutes of drilling the move and its variations or what ifs, we were invited to line up on the warriors wall and called out one by one for a roll with Victor. Welcome to University, thanks for bringing your energy.
Over the next 10 days we were exposed to 3 sessions a day that generally looked the same as in makeup of people in the classes and styles of instruction. Morning sessions were generally smaller in size and consisted of white belts, blue belts and the odd purple, with a couple of out of town visitors popping in from time to time. The morning professors included Victor, Paulo and Gustavo. The sessions were generally technique and drilling finished up with some sparring. The lunchtime sessions were a competition style of class generally frequented by Brown and Black belts preparing for their next battle, needless to say these classes were brutal the warm ups were intense the session was full on and the sparring was like nothing we had experienced previously, the level of grappling was as expected and the control shown by the higher level guys was nothing short of amazing. These session were generally run by none other than Xande, and who better to run these classes then the 7 x World Champ. The evening classes were also a technique class generally run by Xande or James depending on what class was running on the other mats. The highlight of the training however would had to of been BJJ library on our first Wednesday night at the U where, Sensei Xande went over the “Matrix” armlock that he used in his recent ADCC wins. What a class it was. Xandes instruction and attention to the finer details is in my opinion what sets him apart from anyone else I have learnt from. The ease of answering the “what ifs” and whys that were thrown at him shows why he is one of the best in the world. If you ever have the chance to learn from him go for it.
As amazing as the training was, for most of the guys on the trip it was their first time to San Diego, so there was of course the down time in between training where we got to act like tourists. Initially the mornings we trained and then took off on various adventures, including exploring downtown and USS Midway, taking a drive down Imperial Ave and taking in the sites followed by a tour of Petco Park all with the sounds of West Coast hip hop blaring through the sound system provide in the Freedom Van. We went over to Coranado and enjoyed various ales and food at the Coranado brewing company. We tested out every place we could get an Acai bowl until we were recommended a little café run by an absolute legend and his wife. As typical Aussies we nicknamed our new friend Flippa short for Felipe who was an absolute legend, came highly recommended from everyone at the U. Not to mention Flippa and his Acai bowls are hands down the best I have ever had. If you are within 2 hours of Pacific Beach make sure you take the drive to Ocean Café San Diego and grab yourself a bowl, be sure the journey is worth it. After checking out most of the tourist sites in the first week the second was spent training, eating and taking the piss out of each other with a new level of banter that some weren’t quiet used too. We also spent time in a cryo chamber at a little spot ran by Black Belt and all round nice guy Bryan Dyer, who also invited us to train with him and his crew at Victory MMA, home of Dean Lister, Jeff Glover and Jocko. At $15 a session the Cryo helped us recover and spend as much time on the mats as possible, it’s a shame it’s still ridiculously expensive in Australia.
Due to our accents, Jiu Jitsu tattoos and clothing we piqued a lot of interest from people within the community, “You guys did what? Traveled all the way out here to just train? Crazy Aussies” or from those within the Jiu Jitsu community, “That’s fucking Cool as, yall need to come train with us” We made it in to 10th Planet to train with Boogey who was preparing for EBI, we made it out to ATOS for an Open Mat, Thanks to Heather aka @jiujitsugypsy for the invite and the roll it was so much fun and we also got into Victory to train with a bunch of savages under the instruction of Bryan and his counterpart Keeling.
When the weekend came around so did the Opening round of the San Diego Gulls Ice Hockey season which was accompanied with $2 bud lites, and well seeing as though I had no plans of having intercourse with arachnids I decided to attend at the last minute. The following night saw most of the lads attend their first American Football Game where we watch the SDSU Aztecs go down to Boise State Broncos. The loss didn’t deter any of SDSU`s newest fans as the proudly yet drunkly proclaimed Aztecs for life. We boarded a train toward Pacific Beach and spent the night at one of the many bars along the famed strip.
As the time in San Diego came to an end we made our way back to LA for one night prior to heading home. On the way up we stopped at Venice beach to check out all the madness that comes along with it. We took a look at some Jacked dudes pumping weights much to the delight of our self-proclaimed “Alpha”. Might I add that this Alpha was also the youngest member on the trip who spent more time on the side of the mats with an “injury” rather than training through it like the real men of the trip, (Glad to hear he is healing up now we are back in Australia). While cruising along Venice taking and literally breathing in the uh “atmosphere” we bumped into none other than Gordon Ryan (Zack was quite surprised at how much bigger Gordon was then himself, he thought they were about the same size) who happened to be in town with his partner for Garry Tonons EBI appearance the next day. Gordon approached us with a little shyness not expected from the King and mentioned he had seen our trip and demanded we got a photo together for his social media. . . We are still waiting for him to post it. After the night in LA we headed back to LAX saddened, knowing that 3 training sessions a day were all but a memory and that we were about to return to the real world, but with so much more knowledge and the added bonus that these trips will happen once a year it would only be another 10 months before the countdown begins again.
If you would like to join us on next year’s San Diego adventure please get in touch with us and put your name on the list. The trip will be limited to 12 people and spots will fill up fast. I look forward to travelling and training with everyone and if this trip is anything to go by you do not want to miss out.
Free Rollers – We are not here to fuck spiders!
UFC 217 was one of those magical cards that only happen every once in awhile when the stars align and the MMA gods grant us a gift. Very rarely does a card that looks as stacked as this one did over delivers and crushes expectations. This card was the equivalent of losing your virginity to a pornstar. With holy shit moment after holy shit moment guaranteed to get you off or at least bring you to the edge.
Setting the tone where the prelims with stand out knockouts by Ricardo Ramos and Ovince Saint Preux who both had knockouts that made you cringe and give a verbal “damn”. James Vick an underdog who I’ve had my eye on for awhile had another stellar performance against Joe Duffy (the guy who choked out Conor Mcgregor ages ago but probably wished he didn’t because you can’t mention him without stating that even though he’s a good fighter in his own right). So we will probably see him against a ranked opponent in his next fight and hopefully on the main card.
This main card delivered in spades and started as good as it finished, unlike my sex life, with most fights ending quickly like my sex life( just jokes ladies I’m a dynamo). Paulo “the Brazilian Batman” Costa pretty much ran through the former champ, Johny Hendricks. Who these days is living up to the big rig title next to such a pretty and bodied up Brazilian. Paulo kept a good pace up until the finish and really makes you wonder what damage he could do to the division. Hendricks on the other hand just doesn’t look the same as he did on his title run. Makes you wonder if it might be time to hang them up and just accept the dad body lifestyle and move on to greener pastures. Wonder Boy vs Masvidal looked like a man trying to beat a snake with a stick. Both gave and took damage but wonderboy out landed Masvidal and landed a knockdown which got him the win. It really felt if Masvidal had an impressive win with this one he would be in line for a title shot. With wonderboy already having to cracks at the title and GSP up at middleweight it makes choosing a worthy contender hard. But who knows maybe Colby Convingtons win over Damien Mia mixed with his cringe-worthy Chael Sonnen impression might give him enough push to get the shot( at least you know you’ll be selling PPV’s in Brazil).
The biggest upset of the night and maybe of all time was the huge underdog Thug Rose absolutely destroying Joana Champion (well former and sorry for no last names, google them to find out why). Finishing her by KO in the first round was a complete shock as she came in as the grappler and looks like she’s was dressing up as either Sinead O’conner or Eleven for Halloween (that’s right a reference for every generation and I love the cut). Especially when she was up against arguably the best striker in the UFC, I guess thugs aren’t scared of the boogie women.
TJ Dillashaw slithered his way back to the bantamweight title with the second round KO of Cody Garbrandt. It looked bad for a moment there between rounds as TJ wobble back to his corner after getting knocked down in the first by Cody. That’s why they tell you to chop the head off a snake because it can always bite you even when you think you’re safe. I feel this won’t be the last time these two face each other due it being a pretty close fight but I doubt it would be anytime soon. Just due to the fact Cody might wont to give it a little while due to the concussion and they’re both going to be daddies soon. Although TJ might make a quick return to the octagon if the GOAT Demetrious Johnson decides to take the TJ fight. But I’d bet that the fights going to be a pain in Dana Whites ass for a little while longer.
The final fight of the night was GSP vs Micheal Bisping for the middleweight strap. Although having a four year lay off GSP came out in looking good, outstriking Bisping in the first. But in the second all those extra deadlift’s and crunches started to catch up with him and visibly started to gas allowing Bisping to start to take over the fight for the second and most of the third. well at least until GSP landed a nice lead hook which knocked Bisping to the ground where he got his back after so heavy ground and pound. He slipped straight under the neck, locked in the rear naked leaving Bisping to watch the elevator doors shut out on the lights above. GSP looks like he’s got a mean squeeze too, I don’t think Bisping could have done anything to stop it because GSP was squeezing like Bisping’s neck like he found one of those aliens that abducted him. Although GSP did have a great performance I don’t know how he stacks up against the rest of the middleweight division. Especially if he’s next test if he chooses to stay at middleweight is the local Robert Whitiker. Peace out players
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