Archive for January, 2009

Together once again…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2009 by jiujitsulife

Rest In Peace Helio Gracie.  1913-2009.



Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2009 by jiujitsulife

I just wanted to post a small story that I refer to from time to time.  It is a story that has roots in Buddhist traditions, and it has been retold in many different ways.  Some with a lovely young girl and others with a crabby old woman.  I prefer the old woman…

Two monks were once walking along a path.  They came to a muddy intersection where an old women stood gazing at the obstacle she could not cross.  One monk picked her up, waded through the mud, and sat her down gently on the other side.  Without so much as a smile the women went off on her way.

Sometime later, the second monk turned and asked, “How can you stand it? That woman.  She didn’t even offer a thank you for your kind deed!”

The first monk turns to the second and says, “My brother, I set that woman down nearly 4 hours ago…why are you still carrying her?”


No matter what happens, someone cuts me off in traffic, I have a bad day, or am still wallowing over annoyances from my day in my time at home, I think of this story and wonder…why am I still carrying this? And I always feel better.


Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2009 by jiujitsulife

Not much really to report today.   But I  did manage to do sets of pushups situps and burpees and I ate grilled fish today with mixed vegetables, so far so good as long as I can keep from calling Dominos up in the middle of a fierce pepperoni withdraw.

I lated drilled some solo drills, shrimping, bridges, takedowns on invisible guys with poor balance…and I did like my old buddy padlock and choked out a gi wrapped pillow a few times just to feel that squeeze again….

The pillow will do for the next week, as my originally planned partner did not seem interested…


Happy Grappling!



Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2009 by jiujitsulife

So today I started my first steps back into jiu jitsu.  I contacted my instructor and told him that I am ready to come back and train seriously, and that I would also love to do some privates.  We are working out the schedule now.  I’ve also ordered a brand new mouthguard from the guys at gladiator.  They make awesome guards and I am pretty much getting a plain white guard with the Draculino logo you see on the top banner.

Besides contacting Draculino,  I started stretching and doing a small workout today.  Just to get the feel of sweating again….let me tell you…

Damn I’m fat.  After 40 jumping jacks, 50 or so situps, 60 pushups, and some shadow boxing/stretching, I was breathing heavy.  I was like the fat kid that gets winded going down the slide at McDonalds.  Holy hell! I remember when I used to be able to grapple 7 round of 5 minutes and still be ready for more.

This is not going to be easy… Tomorrow I start running and eating right.  Today as a last hoorah I ate a Whataburger patty melt with fries.  But I did drink a water with it…you know…to make it healthy. 🙂

To make matters worse, my flexibility is shot…I can barely touch my toes and my lower back is super tight.

This week I’m going to work my best to get a little cardio work in and flexibility back, but really I’m just going to have to grin and bear it when it comes time to go back to class.  I need to put my ego aside and realize that I’m out of shape and I am going to get tired and the whitebelts are going to dance on my corpse with glee as I huff and puff…

What fun!

I currently weigh 188lbs.

Quick Thought…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2009 by jiujitsulife

Did you ever have that guy at work, you know the one who thinks he is the toughest guy in the world. And he may seem like a nice guy until he finds out that you train or are into martial arts in someway. He usually doesn’t out and out challenge you, although sometimes hinting at it pretty clearly. But he comes by your desk and will slap you on the back harder than usual to say hello, or throw harder than usual punches into your shoulder when walking by playing..or squeezing his handshakes a little harder, all the while testing you….

It’s so funny and yet so annoying. Do they know they are doing it? Do they know how obvious it is that they are trying to make themselves feel tougher by “picking at” a person they see as a threat to their alpha male fantasies?

I mean I get this everyday from a guy at my work and so far I have ignored it well, but he is always hinting at sparring or grappling with me….Sometimes after he walks away I have a quick daydream of him on the floor after a nice RNC was applied…but instantly snap back and go about my day…


Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 by jiujitsulife

Well, this is my first actual post to the blog.  I thought about some witty things to say today…but I forgot them all, so I will just start by saying that I’m lazy.

I’m lazy and I have let my instructor as well as myself down.  I guess I should preface this by saying that my name is Kyle, I am a no-stripe bluebelt under Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes and I have been training formally since March ’07.

I started off as most would, with passion, energy and eagerness to learn.  I would attend class as much as possible..usually four to five times in a week.  I earned my blue belt about 4.5 months after starting classes under Draculino, but in the 7 months since I have not earned a single stripe.  I don’t feel that the stripe is of importance, but only mention it to further illustrate my laziness.

You see, I have not been to class on a steady basis since October.  This being the end of January, I really think it is time to get it together.

So I sit before you, 15lbs heavier and with an injured right knee.  Actually, I have a bag of Birds Eye Sweet Kernal Corn on my knee as I type this and it is is really starting to burn. 🙂 Don’t get too excited but I do have some sweet legs. Look at the degree of pale, that is not easy to achieve my fren.


The reason I am doing this blog is really to motivate myself to fall back in love with one of the only things I do love, other than my dog and my girl, and track my progress and force myself to get to the gym everyday possible to get back in shape and compete in ADCC Texas in July.


So, if there is someone actually reading this.  I appreciate it more than you know, and I hope you will get at least a bit of pleasure out of my oncoming pain and suffering. 🙂

My jiu jitsu gear is almost a stranger to me.  But luckily, I received Draculino’s book in the mail today so that I can refresh my memory as I ice my knee for another week.  A good kickstart I hope. ~Kyle