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February 15, 2008
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This past Thursday we covered a lot of techniques, concepts and after all that we just had 5 min of sparring time. Thursdays don’t have the long sparring sessions that Tuesdays are known for. I’ll get my roll on next week.

We worked on side mount escapes, sweeps, armbars from the top side control, attacks to the arm when opponent defends the armbar, shrimp movement drill and worst-case scenario drill. And because it was valentine’s day, we gave each other chocolates at the end of the session. We really didn’t, but it would have been nice.

Nothing really new to add. So instead I’ll point towards other blogs of interest, particularly combat sports or martial arts.

Obviously, on the right side of this blog are links to various sites. They are the sites I reqularly check and visit, and that’s why they’re there. Go visit. Won’t be disappointed. No, wait. I lied, not all of the sites are blogs. The ones I regularly go to, and are blogs, are: Ross Enamait, Aesopian, Roy Dean and Martial Farts.

Here are some new blogs that I’ve been tuning into recently.

First up is Conceptual BJJ by Adam Adshead. Got there from Matt’s Martial Farts blog. Conceptual BJJ approaches Jiu-jitsu with a very intelligent, critical view and that’s a good thing. Aside from putting the time and effort on the mat, the second most important thing a jiu-jitsu practitioner (or martial artist/combat athlete) can do is invest time in the non-physical aspect of their sport. Game plans, concept trees, “reaction over recalling” and the like. Great stuff. UPDATE: Adam has started a new gym called Factory BJJ. If you’re in the area, go check it out. I would but I’m in Japan.

Up next is Sovann Pen’s blog, appropiately named Sovann’s Blog. Sovann sports a huge number of links to – God knows where – virtually everything and anything MMA or BJJ related. There’s also a lot of details into stand up training specifically feeding, foodwork and what to do when somebody throws a combo at you besides covering up. And speaking of God, the blog is also a Christian/family friendly site. Plus Sovann’s also a marriage counselor, sleep specialist and an MMA coach. Wow. Hats off to you my friend.

Grappling Tips is a incredible blog writen by Stephan Kesting. Tons of useful information and a wide assortment of links and articles, this is one blog not to pass up. Covers everything from the pros and cons of BJJ instructionals (besides going to a class), care for and prevention of injuries, the dangers of overtraining and more. Everything a grappler needs, besides a better takedown, is here.

And finally, there’s Scott Sonnon LIVE! The exclamation point is actually a part of the blog, don’t ask me why. It’s LIVE! Anyway, Scott Sonnon provides very detailed articles on exercises, diving into heavy explanation (which I like), much like Ross Enamait. If you’re looking to add some new exercises to your routine (I like do) then this is the place for it.

Enough staring at the screen, go workout or train.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam Adshead permalink
    February 29, 2008 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the kind words about my blog, I’m glad you’re enjoying it and find it useful.

    Keep up the quality blogging and take it easy.

    Adam Adshead –

  2. patrick permalink
    March 2, 2008 2:15 pm

    You’re welcome, but it should be I staying thanks. Here, I’ll say it. Thank you, Adam, for your blog.

    I’ll do my best to keep blogging. Don’t know if I’m doing quality work but so long as it’s readable I’m doing okay.

    Again, thanks! Take care.

  3. April 17, 2008 6:49 am

    Hi Patrick,

    I’m taking a break from training but still finding time to compile a list of ways to feed focus mitts and thai pads at

    I’m reading through Evander Holyfield’s autobiography and it is really interesting.

    Good training to you.
    God bless,

  4. April 18, 2008 12:49 am

    Hello Sovann!

    I heard (read) that you’re taking a break. I’m surprised that you didn’t take one sooner with all that you’ve been doing. 😉

    Sheesh, I’m busy with my schedule and, unlike you, I don’t even have a family yet! (Working on it though, God willing)

    Give my regards to the family (they sound wonderful)!

  5. April 18, 2008 1:04 am


    Get your training and tourney time in before kids bro
    Trust me 😉

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