Category: Jiu

Cursed

Jiu night tonight. You know, I’m starting to think my gym bag is cursed, or something else is. Every time I heal from a minor nagging injury, I seem to get another nagging one. It’s very annoying, and mildly painful. My wrist is mostly healed now, I can do pushups without pain, no worries.  This time around, during warmup, we were doing mock stand-up, trying to hit different parts of the body to make our partner do pushups. With open hands. Trying to hit my partner’s shoulder, he ducked and twisted, and I jammed my thumb straight in his shoulder while fully extended. Thumbs doing this usally pop out, break or do something else that makes it hurt like &%/$T%E!

So now I’m typing with one hand, the other being wrapped in an ice pack. Lousy minor setbacks… at least it didn’t pop out or break.

Nevertheless, it was a good night of techniques. Silver lining to the whole thing, either crossfit or the paleo is doing its magic, but I’m full of energy. I mean doing the pushups were nothing, I could’ve gone for an extra hour of class. I like it. 🙂

Hopefully my thumb will be ok by tomorrow night.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training.

Honour and Hate

It’s been a few days since I wrote, but that doesn’t mean I’ve done nothing. I’ve kept true to the challenge and trained during the weekend with bodeefit. They were demanding WODs that included burpees. I really, really hate burpees, lateral ones included. Because it’s not enough to have regular burpees, someone came up with the idea of doing the burpee, jumping sideways – possibly obviously over an obstacle – and doing another burpee then repeat. In Sunday’s case, it was 5 long jumps and 5 lateral burpees every minute, on the minute, for 15 minutes.

Yesterday was a jiu night; but not a usual one. My sensei’s sensei (his title is Hanshi) came from France and gave a special seminar. From what I gathered, it was aimed at Master Club folks, usually brown/black belts and up. Some schools, like mine, accept purple belts into their ranks, too. So, to be invited to this seminar was quite an honour. Granted, lower belt practitionners were also present from the host dojo. Personally, I don’t mind, as long as they train hard – and they did. It was 2 hours of learning variations of throws and takedowns… and you know it’s a good class when even your teachers are learning, too. I still have burn marks on my neck and shoulders/armpits due to gi friction. It was worth braving the craptacular weather and road condition we had last night.

On to today’s dose of hate. The workout started pretty well with shoulder presses (8-8-8) and push presses (6-6-6). I PR’d on both, at 105lbs and 125lbs respectively. Pretty happy with myself, pushing my limits by more than 10lbs. After some mobility exercises to help with cleans, we moved on to the WOD.

The WOD is pretty simple: 13min AMRAP – 20 lateral burpees and 10 hang power clean 135lbs. Yes, that’s right, the damn lateral burpees again… but with tired shoulders from presses this time. Hurray. It was not fun, but I managed to do 3 rounds and 6 hang power cleans at 95lbs.

One thing I’ve been trying to do for a while is keep my back to the clock. That way, I don’t think about the time that’s left, or for how long I’ve bben in pain… another way of helping to focus on the WOD itself.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 400ml water – after training.

Bunny hop

I was right.. I do hate myself today, or at the very least my quads. But I sucked it up and went to jiu jitsu nonetheless – nothing like martial arts to loosen up muscles. I was a good class overall; a lot of technique and revising/tweaking for my partner, who’ll be testing for his next (purple) belt soonish from what I heard. Good for him, he trains hard and deserves it.

The worst part of tonight was the warmup. Nothing complicated, nothing insane… just suicide runs. A suicide run is when you run to and end of the mat, then back to the starting point, then to the end of the second mat and back, and so on until you reach the far side. Doing it running is fine. Then doing it it monkey style, on all four, is ok. Then, the bunny hop. You’re in a deep squat (hurray for quads and yesterday’s WOD!) and you hop forward, then backwards on the way back. It hurst, a lot. It’s not easy hopping backwards. And it hurst, too.

I’ll live, and most likely go back tomorrow. 🙂

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (28g) Dymatize ISO100 whey powder in 400ml water – after training.

Warmth

I think I’m getting over the sluggishness… I’m (relativeley) full of energy and haven’t felt tired all day. Well, except in the bus on the way home, reading about finances for school… market externalities are simply not that entertaining.

Tonight was jiu night. A good night, we worked on chockes and breakfalls. Very technical, but still physically demanding. You know you’ve had a good night when, after cooling down and changing, you go out in the -20something cold (-4 for the Fahrenheit folks) and you think to yourself “Huh, you know, it’s pretty nice out there after all”.

Adult classes are always fun. It’s like going back to school. You’re paying for it, making time for it in your busy schedule, so you’ll damn make sure you’ll learn something. Everybody pushes hard, helps their partner and drives him. The sensei thinks the same way. All who were present tonight knew enough that he could kick it up a notch. Now THAT is what drives me towards the shodan. Love those nights – just not the bruises that come with them. 😉

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (28g) Dymatize ISO100 whey powder in 400ml water – after training.

Scorecard

Since I have to keep track of my scores throughout the challenge, I might as well share them with you, too. It’s a fairly simple system – 3 column table with date, score and what ever changed the score from the original 15 points, whether upwards or downwards. I plan on being honest and not “forget” penalties. My coworkers know about the diet, and so does the Mrs. They’ll all keep me honest. 🙂

Obviously, this post will be updated/edited daily.

January Score Modifiers       
14  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
15  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
16  18  3l water, 7h sleep
17  18  3l water, 7h sleep
18  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
19  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
20  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
21  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
22  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
23  18  3l water, 7h sleep
24  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
25  20 3l water, 7h sleep, training
26  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
27  20 3l water, 7h sleep, training
28  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
29  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
30  18 3l water, 7h sleep
31  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
February    
1  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
2  20 3l water, 7h sleep, training 
3  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
4 20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
5  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
6  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
7  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
8  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
9  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
10  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
11  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
12  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
13 20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
14  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
15  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
16 18  3l water, 7h sleep,
17  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
18  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
19  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
20  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
21  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
22  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
23  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
24  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
25  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
26  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
27  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
28  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
March    
1  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
2 20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
3  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
4  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
5  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
6  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
7  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
8  19  3l water,  training
9  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training3l water, 7h sleep, training
10  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
11  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
12  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
13  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
14  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
15  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
16  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
17 18  3l water, 7h sleep,
18  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
19  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
20  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
21  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
22  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
23  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
24  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
25  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
26  20  3l water, 7h sleep, training
27  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
28  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
29  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
30  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
31  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
April    
1  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
2  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
3  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
4  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
5  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
6  20    3l water, 7h sleep, training
7  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
8  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
9  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
10  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
11  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
12  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training
13  20   3l water, 7h sleep, training

Combo

I’ve discovered that trying to combine both crossfit and jiu will be a little bit more complicated than I thought. The schedule don’t quite align and what happens in one class can impact the other, like today.

Jiu was first – more yawara, wrist locks and submission work with the stick. My shoulders are still stiff form yesterday, so that doesn’t help. I’ll get looser as time goes by – relearning flexibility the hard way. Fortunately, the skillz class was all about ankle, calf, wrist and lat mobility. So I’m now bruised, sore but loose. I had thouht about doing the class following the skillz but decided against for 2 reasons. First, it’s shoulder intensive and I felt I might get injured doing it (OH walking lunges, burpees and KB swings). Second, I’m still slowly getting in more training and I felt that 3 in one day was pushing it.

Still happy, though. I’ll be singing a different tune tomorrow, probably, but it’s all good.

Ah, little side note: As I usually come soem time before classes start for some extra warmup, I also take the opportunity to improve techniques, test out movements, etc. without the pressure of a WOD/class. I can take my time and try figuring things out. For the next little while, I think I’ll be working on ring muscle-ups (I can hoist myself halfway already), double unders (sigh) and butterfly pullup-ups.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (28g) Dymatize ISO100 whey powder in 350ml milk – after training.

Home

My hands and fingers hurt for having locks applied to them (some with a yawara stick, too), and the throat feels the same after having chokes (both vascular and respiratory) applied . I am happy, I am home.

After long months away from the dojo, I am finally back on the mats now that my schedule permits it. Feels good. Friday night classes are different, too, as a master club class is also offered at the same time as a reular class. Those classes are usually only open to brown and black belts, but every now and then, purple belts like me are allowed to join them. Though I did not join it tonight, our Shihan (and dojo owner) was teaching and doing the warmup.

Shihan’s warmups are very cardio-intensive and tax your endurance. All but the fittest man finish her warmup without panting. I am so glad to be doing crossfit! I’m not saying that I am such a man, mind you. I was panting like the rest of the class by the end, too, but after 30-60 seconds of rest, I was ready for some more. During the warmup, I also felt faster and more explosive than before. The training is paying off – I’ve got to keep at it!

We spent the class doing hand/fingers lock and chokes. It was very much detail-oriented, and both my training partner and I got to see small details that make a world of difference (and cause more pain, too!). My partner, a blue belt, also made a difference. I like training with him; he pushes hard and he’s focused. Those are things that make me want to push myself more, too. He’s also heavier than me, so the technique makes a difference when properly applied. All this bodes well for the future, especially since I aim at having a brown belt around my waist by the end of 2013. 🙂

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (28g) Dymatize ISO100 whey powder in 350ml milk – after training.