Posts Tagged ‘sammy’

Purple Belt !

April 17, 2017

So I have been a purple belt since the end of November. That being said I am 5’10 about 150-55 lbs. Not the biggest guy. Up to this point training jiu jitsu has been one of the roughest things I have done period. Constant beatings I have received are countless. I still have PTSD when coming to train and get on the mat from all those beatings. That is why I find it funny nowadays when people come up to me. Mostly white belts , ask my opinion.  I don’t know, I guess I would never see the day when people would ever look at me as  a tough role.  This is just crazy to me!

Being a higher belt tho, I do relish the opportunity to help my fellow training partners whenever they ask, challenge my self by either handicapping myself or even rolling with certain goal in mind. Teaching this art and bringing the peace of mind jiu jitsu has given me is something I wish to do full time some day. Teaching just like learning jiu jitsu is a skill that has to be learned and sharpened. So I guess for now I just do what I been doing up to this point. Just show up keep training, it has worked for me thus far and kept me from quitting when maybe I should have. Man this art is something!

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Jiu Jitsu Life choose me!

February 20, 2017

I often get asked during open mat if I have been training everyday or how many times a day I train. I often reply without blinking for the most part,” I think every day this week.” Often times I tell people I even did  a couple two a days. But how in the world could this be? I don’t know man I just don’t have a desire to do anything else for the most part. For me the mat is my church, my therapy, my exercise, my chance to learn more about myself as I try my best to understand what it we are doing. Most importantly its fun, I don’t know how many times I have felt wreck emotionally, physically, or mentally and by merely showing up on the mats my spirit seemed somewhat lifted. I believe everybody has their own journey and has a gift  or prism in which the world might somehow make sense to them. To me it has been jiu jitsu of late and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

All of the hooo hummm aside what I have been working on is just simply revisiting the basics. Trying to gain better understanding  of why the simple things work. Trying to also get a better control of my de la riva guard game. Always on improving on my defense. Secretly my goal is to learn how to become untappable and to feel comfortable rolling with anyone. Long ways to go, one hip escape at a time.  Here is a great video on escaping side control with Firas Zahabi and Karel Silver Fox Pravec, a bunch of gold nuggets in here so take your time, watch it and sink it in. Then go back and watch it again and again! Till next time. See you on the mats!

 

My neck my back

February 9, 2017

T minus 5 more month until my baby girl is here, my girl friend and I are expecting happily I might add.  Although it is our first child for the both of us and we are freaked the !@#!@ out at what to expect, how to parent, what kind of world our kid will be raised in etc….One of the first questions that popped into my head which I really haven’t expressed with my girl friend is how and when will I get my training in. So naturally I have been training as much as I can and at times even twice a day (before work and after work).  Mind you I wil be the first to say I do not train that hard and for me its more about frequency. Being more on the lighter side…..although I have put on more weight of late close to 160 now where in the past I have been lower 150 or high 140. Anyways I am getting off track…life is all over the place… I got work responsibilities…looking for extra part time work while looking for a new place to live for my girl friend and I…..and all I can think about while at work is getting to jiu jitsu in the evening so I can just relax and get away for just an hour or two at night…the fact I also found out the sex of my baby girl (omg a girl!!!I am blessed but a girl!!!) makes me want to train even harder and longer just thinking about the future got to keep my game on point and sharp to keep the boys away….but why am I rambling…because I have been stressed and the one thing I have in my life that keeps me in check and balanced jiu jitsu for now is off the books for the next couple day because I tweaked my neck….so now I have nothing but time to think……fml….I know im complaining but I am blessed to have the life I have…..but I like to complain….so here you go internet….

Guard Passing 2

July 15, 2013

Guard Passing 2

Continuing on with my last guard passing post I just want to reiterate again that there are so many different guard passes how does one keep from being overwhelmed? Whenever I personally feel like something is too much for me I like to go back to the age old wise acronym I learned in 8th grade while playing basketball. K.I.S.S. keep it simple stupid! To me there really is no good or bad passes. Every pass can be used at a specific time and place and there is a reason for everything good and bad. For example when I do my toreando pass should I grab at the knees or closer near the ankles. When approaching an open pass should I step inside the middle using an A frame to cut through or begin by
reaching for the pant legs or I can initiate a toreanda? Whether you like pressure or speed, passing on your knees or standing up, you should get familiar with a couple of basic passes, mix them up , and find which ones work for you best. Passes I believe everybody should be familiar and I consider fundamental would be:
torreando, knee slide pass, double under pass. Majority of the other passes will be variations of these three main passes often used and combined together, mixed and
matched with all kinds of grip variotions etc.

For myself I am light and lanky and like to use my personal attributes when passing such as the ability to maintain distance due to my long limbs, and my speed. Therefore I use a lot of toreando passing often moving from one side to the other trying to tire my opponent or keep him flat on his back. I often try to use Leandro Lo’s variation of the pass, I feel it is quick and an aggressive style thigh fits my body type. I am still learning the nuances of the pass and my options; being a white belt I still have a lot to learn and more rolling to do. So enough banter lets see the man himself in action!

 

Guard Passing

July 8, 2013

The curious case of Samson Hayilu! How come my blog is all over the place? How come now I am  writing about so many different martial arts? Ok I admit it I am  a martial arts whore, I love it all from the traditional to the contemporary styles, even MMA. Mostly my evolution as a martial artist has lead me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my new girl friend!  So I am just going to be using this blog to get stuff on my mind, to think, and try to understand whatever it is I am thinking I am studying. Don’t take my writing as dogma; my thoughts, my ideas are always changing from one day to another. In addition I am just a white belt so I just might be flat out just wrong…it happens but yea. So  here we go.

Lately I have been focusing on my guard passing. Watching a lot of people  at my gym, online, on instructional etc I have came to the conclusion that there is just way to many freaking guard passes. Even looking at the basic various guard passes such as toreando or cut through passes it seems that everybody has their own variation on how to do it. What I have been trying to do is understand why they are doing what they are doing. Why person x has one grip and person why has another for the same pass. The underlying principles of what is happening, what I am trying to accomplish and my opponent trying to defend.

One of the conclusions I have came to is trying to chain certain passes together and maintaining the same grip for those chained passes. I feel that in doing this it allows me to stay one step ahead of the guarder, giving me the allusion that I am actually faster than I really am by knowing his possible reactions and already having a game plane based on his reactions. Here are  a couple of videos that show this in action.

http://www.graciemag.com/2013/07/gui-mendes-breaks-down-a-grip-that-makes-a-knee-slice-long-step-leg-drag-possible/