The Boxing Club’s July Fight Night and UFC 162. WTF.

This afternoon, I was able to spend some time with my homies at The Boxing Club during their Fight Night.  I caught some good matches, especially my own Coach, Coach Jessica.  She launched a superman punch during her exhibition match with one of our own muay thai students.  It was awesome.

UFC 162 did not disappoint either.  Cub Swanson did work, Mark Muñoz did work, Tim Kennedy did too…but Chris Weidman…holy fuck.

WHAT THE FUCK ANDERSON.  REALLY. (props to Sherdog for the picture, I'm just hosting my own copy so I don't steal their bandwidth)

WHAT THE FUCK ANDERSON. REALLY.
(props to Sherdog for the picture, I’m just hosting my own copy so I don’t steal their bandwidth)

I expected a KO, but not like this.  Anderson spent the better part of the two rounds taunting Chris Weidman, trying to get a rise out of him.  Weidman did not fall into Anderson’s web, and instead, became the rain that washed the spider out.  The rain being Weidman’s fists.  He punched Silva right in the face, then as Silva hit the mat, Weidman followed up with some strikes to the face, one of which knocked out Silva cold.  I saw it.  COLD.

I was watching the event with my coaches at TBC, and one of ’em had some words for me.

Truth.

Truth.

With that, Chris Weidman is now the UFC Middleweight Champion.  Anderson Silva held that belt for six years, eight months and 22 days.  Can Chris Weidman match that?  I doubt it, but it would be great if he did.  Also…the UFC middleweight division is going to be a lot more hectic now.  So…fight fans, what matches would you like to see?  A rubber match, perhaps?  Silva pretty much said that he’s done fightin’ for the belt so….

Mark Muñoz?

What’s your reason to train, to fight?

John Wayne Parr is one of the greatest farang nak muay in existence, and his words ring true as to why he fights, despite his age (and I think he just won another championship).  I took this anecdote from his facebook page, where he talked about his reasons to fight.

“…..I fight for me, I fight for my family, I fight for my legacy.

But people don’t understand the addiction of the applause, the standing ovation while trading toe to toe, the high fives back to the change room. After winning by knock out your adrenaline is so high your walking on a cloud and you can’t sleep for a week. For that split moment in time your in the magazines, on the tv, people nod at you on the street as a sign of appreciation.

But they also don’t understand the cold shoulder you receive after telling people of a loss, or the “I’m sure you did your best” sympathy comment. You plead your story to friends how it was a close fight, but your friends have already judged you after they hear the word loss. The strange looks you receive in the hospital room waiting to be stitched or X-rayed. With black eyes and a swollen face, people look down at you thinking:

“You are probably not educated enough to hold a real job”.

The highs of the sport are the ultimate rush, yet the lows are painful hospital visits, confidence(spelling?) crushing that you sometimes never recover from. 

I am fight sports, I am more addictive then heroin. Once you try me, you will never forget me. You will always want one more hit for the rest of your life to feel me in your veins.

He could fuck Crocodile Dundee up.  No doubt.

He could fuck Crocodile Dundee up. No doubt.

In the end, people always have their rationale to fight.  It varies from person to person, but in the end, all that matters is that you put your own effort forward and start training.  No excuses.

How to train like an MMA Fighter!

Coach Shannon is serious.

Coach Shannon is serious.

As many of you know, I’m currently training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Coach Shannon Gugerty.  He’s got experience as a UFC fighter underneath his belt, and he’s got a wealth of knowledge.  I mean, he is my coach :P.

I’m still training with Coach Caine for my Muay Thai skillz.  He’s coo.

So after my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu session, I asked him if he could tell me what the average training schedule is like for an MMA fighter, and he agreed.  I learned that it’s involved, and yet, somewhat approachable.

Before we go any further, know that neither Coach Shannon or SSB take any responsibility for any injury or bodily harm you may come across if you try this regimen out.  Consult your doctor before doing any strenuous exercise.

Coach Shannon’s MMA training schedule:

*Note – They are broke up into two sessions, one in the morning, one in the evening, with a 6-8 hour rest in between.  This is critical.

Monday
Morning Session: Jiu-Jitsu Based grappling for MMA.
Evening Session: hour of padwork, Striking Practice, Bagwork.

Tuesday
Morning Session: Wrestling training, hopefully cage-based
Evening Session: Sparring (striking)

Coach Shannon hadoukens us.  Every day.

Coach Shannon Hadoukens us. Every day.

Wednesday
Morning Session: Jiu-Jitsu Based grappling for MMA. (more practical approach, lighter)
Circuit Training: Plyometrics, Kettle Bells, Sprints (No longer than Half and hour, full strength)
Evening Session: hour of padwork, Striking Practice, Bagwork. (Maybe take a period off, depends on how you feel)

Thursday
Morning Session: Wrestling, Cage Wrestling
Evening Session: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (with an emphasis on MMA tactics),

Friday
Morning Session: Hardcore Sparring 1-1.5 hours.
Evening Session: Sprint Workout, Roadwork. 0.5 hours

Saturday
Morning Session: ONLY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING.  Not weights, but plyometrics, kettle bells, ropes. 1-1.5 hours.

Sunday off.

Basically, this schedule would run for 6 weeks.  For the last two weeks, you would taper everything off as the fight approaches, and forgo sparring entirely.  He also advised me to eat clean.  Then again, you should be doing that anyway.  Right?  The lack of weights for strength training surprised me.  He’s a big advocate of circuit training for strength, so again, consult with your doctor or trainer.

Yeah, I try to eat food that either flies or swims.” Coach Shannon

So there you have it.  Now…I’m gonna try to give this workout a go!

I’d like to give a shoutout to my homies and the staff at The Boxing Club in La Jolla.  You guys rock.  If you’re interested in joining, give them a look!

The Boxing Club
8650 Genesee Avenue, San Diego 92122
(858) 622-1903

SSB vs. @RondaRousey’s Couch

Ronda Rousey, if you don’t know her already, is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.  Her finishes?  All via armbar.  And they hurt.  But, she’s a human being like you and me, and she buys stuff off Craigslist.

SSB vs. Ronda Rousey's Craigslist Couch

No, she did not buy the couch off Charlie Murphy.

Good luck in all your future fights, Ronda!   We of Strawberry Scented Burnout wish you the best!

SSB vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu #3

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Yep. Completely wiped, sweaty, and confused. Welcome to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I don’t even know where to begin.  Other than the fact that I almost creaked my neck during rolling warm-ups, I think I’m slowly getting the hang of BJJ.  I’m doing a lot of rolling with the other students, and they’ve all got a ton of experience.  It really feels like I’ve gotta catch up to everyone else, but Coach Shannon says that I’ve gotta take it easy, step by step.

Though the last few minutes of class really wore me out.  “Rolling” is what BJJ students call sparring.  I did a bit of that, and I’m proud of my closed guard.  It’s really hard for people to escape out of it, but I’m still learning what to do, so I can’t really do anything else.

We went over their “clinch”, a sweep into a takedown, and then an ankle lock.  Goodness, that hold was scary.  The more I learn about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the more I start to fear it.  I’m beginning to understand just how dangerous the art is, and the magnitude of the damage you can cause using it.

That’s why I’ve gotta be careful and considerate of my training partners.  I know that they’re doing the same for me.

Gi: BadBoy
Rash Guard: Fuji

Is 30 the new 30?

I wonder.  Because I’ve been 30 for about a week now, and it still hasn’t quite set in.  I mean, I’ve still got hair, and people think that i’m 20.  Last week, I was training at my gym, and I was spending some time doing bagwork.  The dude next to me struck up a conversation and naturally, the subject sorta drifted towards our age.

“So, are you a pro fighter?”

“Me? Nah, I just do this for fun.  You?”

“*rubs his midsection*, I’m just trying to lose this belly fat.  I’m 28, so I figure that it’s high time that I do somethin’ for my body, y’know?”

“Um…I’m 30 :P.”

“WHAT. NO WAY.  YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE IN COLLEGE!”

I’d like to think that those years spent doing taekwondo and all those other martial arts played a role in keeping my boyish charms.  Though I still need to burn off this fat, it’s starting to become a hassle carrying it around when I train.

This reminded me of Alissa's panda.

This reminded me of Alissa’s panda.

SSB vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Day 1 – @RenzoGracieBJJ #madrespect

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This is me after my first day of BJJ. FUCK THAT SHIT IS TIRING. I have an even greater respect for BJJ fighters now. That training is no joke. So what did I go over in my first day?

  • The Kimura and the Americana
  • Triangles
  • Stances
  • Transitioning from guard to mount
  • And a whole bunch of other shit.

Coach Shannon is an awesome teacher, taking into consideration the fact that this was my first session of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ever.  He showed me a lot of techniques to use during sparring.  Oh yeah, sparring.  There was a lot of it, and yes, there’s a lot of rolling around with dudes.  No homo.  I was more nervous if anything.

I ain’t gonna lie, I’m even more tired now than was when I wrote the first part of this entry.  I can barely keep my arms up.  My entire upper body is on fire.  I pounded down my protein shake in a few minutes, killed a beef bowl with asparagus and corn, and now I’m writing this.

I think I’m gonna sleep early tonight.  Like really early.

SSB vs. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. @RenzoGracieBJJ, this one’s for you.

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BADBOY BJJ Gi. Oh, it’s on now.

I spoke to Coach Shannon this morning during my workout, and he told me to come to the noon BJJ class this Thursday.  So there you have it.  My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey begins.

I haven’t done any grappling martial arts since my college days in the Southwestern College Judo club.  I’m really excited and a little nervous about learning this art, but hey, I’ve gotta make the most of the opportunities that I have, right?

What’s my motivation for doing all of this?  For me, I simply want to learn as much as I can.  The world of Martial Arts has always fascinated me, even from the days of my youth.  And it’s fun.