“Aesopian’s Totally Awesome Journal”

April 3, 2008


Although it hasn’t been updated in a while, I’m a huge fan of Aesopian’s Totally Awesome Journal.  It is a blog that covers brazilian jiu jitsu by providing lessons (through pictures and videos).  Also it has reviews of various seminars that the blogger has attended, books and videos relating to this topic as well as personal events in the bloggers life revoling around jiu jitsu.

My only minor complaint about the site is that a lot of the time it covers techniques that use the gi and I train without one.  However, this is such a slight complaint as many techniques he shows (with the exception of gi related chokes) can be adapted in some ways to no gi rolling. 

Also I really liked this posting in which he linked various positions bjj positions together.  Kind of reminds how Eddie Bravo does this in his books with regards to his techniques.


Kickboxing and Grappling Tournament

March 16, 2008


Yesterday I competed in my first kickboxing and grappling tournament.  Although I got my ass kicked in it, I am still some what happy with my results.  It’s a weird feeling to have someone swinging at you and trying to remain calm and for the most part I did it.  Other than some sore shins from blocking some kicks I was fine.  I got defeated in the first round in the kickboxing division but the guy who beat me went on to win so that was reassuring in a way.  In the grappling division I again was defeated in the first round but it was from a guy who I’ve grappled with before.  We tend to trade submissions meaning that he wins one, I win one, etc… so once again it was kind of nice to know that.

Henderson vs Silva Results and Fight

March 1, 2008

Here’s the play by play according to Sherdog.com.  Again, don’t read if you don’t want to know the results.  The bottom of the post has a link to the fight.  It most likely will be taken down by YouTube though.  Update: Found a new link.

Round 1
Silva shook hands with Henderson during Herb Dean’s instructions but refused to touch gloves once the bell rung. The fighters felt each other out for the first minute, until Dan broke the stalemate with a right hand. Silva answered with a low kick to Henderson’s left leg. Henderson clinched with Henderson and took the top position on the ground in half-guard. The challenger punched the head with his right hand while Silva held him tight. Henderson covered Silva’s mouth and nose with his glove and wound up on a big elbow that grazed. Henderson moved to side-control briefly until Silva got back to full guard.

Josh Gross scored the round 10-9 Henderson
TJ De Santis scored the round 10-9 Henderson
Mike Fridley scored the round 10-9 Henderson

Round 2
Dan used his footwork to stay away from the champion, but Silva landed a kick to the legs and found himself o top after Henderson slipped. Henderson got back to his feet, where he clinched with Silva against the fence. Henderson landed a right hand but was overwhelmed by Anderson’s speed as he was hit with a punch and a knee. Henderson dropped to his knees in search of a takedown, which Silva stuffed and took the top in half-guard. With a minute left in the round, Henderson gave up his back, where Silva punched away with a body-triangle. Silva sunk in a rear-naked choke which forced Henderson to tap. Silva retains the middleweight crown at 4:52 of the second.

Here’s the fight.  It most likely will be taken down by YouTube so enjoy it while you can.

Update: It is back up on a different site.  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4kdug_silva_extreme

Dan Henderson vs Anderson Silva

March 1, 2008


Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva fight tonight at UFC 82.  It’s the main event of the card and the match that I am looking forward to the most.  Henderson is fighting in a different weight division (his last bought against Quinton Jackson was as a light heavyweight) so it should be interesting to see if he has a lot more strength than Silva.

I don’t know what to expect.  They are both relatively the same height (Silva is 1 inch taller than the 6’1″ Henderson).  Silva is known for knocking people out and Henderson has never been knocked out.  Silva is a striker and Henderson doesn’t mind to exchange either.  However on the ground their styles are some what different.  Henderson is more of a ground and pound guy while Silva is a black belt in jiu-jitsu.  It is interesting to point out that Silva received his belt from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira who beat Henderson in a Pride fight by armbar.

I don’t really have a favorite or a person who I prefer to win.  All I know is that I will be surprised if it isn’t a full out war.

Eddie Bravo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

February 28, 2008


The past few weeks I’ve been unable to work out or practice kickboxing and brazilian jiu jitsu (bjj) due to a fun thing I ended up getting.  A few weeks ago I was “rolling” (or sparring bjj) and ended up getting a knee to the face.  A few days later I had a welt under my eye and thought it was a black eye.  No big deal.  A few days later the mark got bigger and closer to my eye and looked different from a black eye so I went to the doctor.  Ends up that I caught a staph infection near my eye.  It surprised me because I’ve heard horror stories about how they are painful but mine wasn’t.  Anyways because of that I stayed away from the gym and working out because I didn’t want to take a chance in being the guy that gives it to everyone else.

So I’ve been on some anti-biotics and the doctor told me to not work out while on them because of the side effects they can cause.  I hate sitting around at home and not being able to workout when I’m frustrated or bored.  So the past few days I’ve decided to watch and read some of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructionals I have.

Eddie Bravo is one of the guys who’s material I’ve recently been watching.  To quote Wikipedia, he is known for ” his win as a brown belt against Royler Gracie by triangle choke in the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling championships the year 2003, and his unique style of no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”.  As well he is the pot head buddy of comedian Joe Rogan.  While I don’t have a problem with his pro-marijuana stance, it sometimes gets annoying when you are reading one of his books or watching one of his instructionals and he spends a decent portion of time talking about it.  It just seems out of place. 

What really impresses me about Eddie Bravo’s bjj style is how fluid he is and his crazy flexibility.  Here’s part of an instructional from a magazine featuring him that demonstrates his ingenuity and flexibility in regards to bjj:

It hurts me just to watch this.  I guess I better start stretching.  I hope he comes out with a stretching instructional.

Kimbo vs Tank Results

February 17, 2008


The Kimbo vs Tank fight happened last night and here are the results.  If you don’t want to know the results, don’t read any further.  Instead, I have a link to the fight at the bottom of this post.  Here’s the play by play according to Sherdog.com

Kevin Ferguson (Pictures) vs. David Abbott
Round 1
Kimbo charged forward with a flurry of punches. A right and left hand hurt Tank as he went for a takedown. With Tank eating shots while on his knees, Kimbo was warned for hitting the back of the head. After a restart, the fight was stopped to clear the ring of an object that was thrown from the stands. Kimbo picked up the crumpled wrapper and threw it back into the crowd. An explosive scene followed, with Kimbo landing two right hands that forced Tank to take a knee. After standing, Kimbo finished Tank with a right hook and a glancing left. Tank fell face-first to the canvas at 43 seconds of the first round.

The fight went how I thought it would.  Tank is getting old and hasn’t been that successful (he has one win in his last nine fights).  The two of them went all out and the ref stopped it at an appropriate time.  I found it interested that Kimbo got a warning (and not a point reduction like Lesnar did) for a few punches to the back of the head.  Maybe a difference between EliteXC and UFC rules?

Here’s a video for the fight.  Once again, I don’t know how long it will be up for.

Kimbo vs Tank Abbot

February 11, 2008


This Saturday (February 16) sees Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott square off in Miamia for EliteXC: Street Certified card.  Tank is well known for his early UFC fights (his first fight was UFC 6) where he would often bum rush his opponent and fight them in a street brawling type of style.  Kimbo is well known for his underground fights which can be found on YouTube.

While some may claim both of these fighters as just brawlers, Abbott does have a wrestling background.  Also Kimbo Slice has been training under Bas Rutten and had an impressive victory at :19 of the first round over Bo Cantrell.  It will be interesting to see who will win.