Monday, August 18, 2014

Sun Kil Moon, “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes”, live. Via a hip friend.


Monday, August 11, 2014

I guess this is a music blog now. Am I OK with that?

I have been introduced to Sparklehorse. Thank you.


Yo La Tengo’s “We’re an American Band”. Via Needle Exchange.


Monday, June 30, 2014


Sunday, June 29, 2014

For mobility hour inspiration. The latter half is more interesting.


Saturday, June 28, 2014


Rest in peace, Bobby Womack.

Friday, June 27, 2014

BJJ notes, Friday June 27th, 2014

We review. The more I train jiu-jitsu the more I love reviewing.

We work some triangle options:

  1. They hide their hand at their near-side hip. OK, omoplata.
  2. If they’re stubborn about the omoplata, dig your hand under theirs, meeting your far-side hand over the top, bringing their arm to a straight bar. If they wriggle out, awesome, you’re back to trigonometry lessons that end in unconsciousness.
  3. If they’re a real bitch about letting you get that grip, switch to reverse triangle, use the leg on that side to kick away and to the other side, and take the Kimura that is now exposed.
  4. Or, just S-grip behind your legs and switch to that straight-legged triangle neck squeeze thingy.

We also reviewed some knee shield half guard:

  • If they stand up, bail to the spinning inversion back-take.
  • Or to reverse De La Riva, immediately taking the underhook and moving the non-DLR foot in front of their ankle so that you can push their leg away and take the back.

And some De La Riva against a standing opponent:

  • Non-DLR leg needs to prioritize fighting their far arm. 
  • The movement for the Captain Kirk sweep is the same as Edwin’s explosive backwards roll to standing: explosively extend the legs skyward while also continuing to roll. This occurs after taking their weight completely on top of you, as if they were floating on you.
  • God, DLR sweeps are beautiful.
When I enter the Octagon, I am there to complete my techniques. My opponent doesn’t matter. He only provides the canvas. The Mentor and the Myth: Yoshizo and Lyoto Machida | FIGHTLAND
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lordy lordy lordy any sacrifice version of the baseball bat choke just makes me so happy.

This guy, Magid Hage, used this technique to choke out Zak Maxwell and Clark Gracie in top-level competition. I am listening.


Friday, June 20, 2014

BJJ training notes, Wednesday 18 June 2014

Warning: boring.

Knee-shield half guard:

  • Near foot on their hip, toes out, knee on their shoulder, braced by same side elbow which hand is on their far collar palm down.
  • Far hand on their bicep. Prevent the crossface at all costs.
  • Bottom leg knee off the floor. Brace against their hip a little.

If they weave their near hand inside my knee, grip the sleeve with the same side, clamp it with the knee, strip their grip, switch my grip to the far arm (at tricep if you like) and take their back.

If they don’t keep their near-side elbow clamped to their side, use your leg to open it further, making room for the near-side underhook. Ear to chest. If chance of victory overpowers fear of the crossface, use far side arm to post and take the back directly.

If not, maintain that hand at their bicep and stay under them. Use the near-side (top) leg to hook their trapped leg, then slide your bottom leg out to get on all fours. Now grab their far knee and push into them.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The gym is surely among the most inspiring public gathering places. 

In winter I met a man at the gym who was just starting out. He is about thirty and has clearly never been an athlete. He had the beginning of a belly and no muscle. I suppose he noticed himself transitioning from skinny-fat to fat and decided to do something about it. The trainers gave him a fair program, a circuit of bodyweight and machine exercises, many arranged in supersets like “plank / cable pulls” and “push-ups / box jumps”.

It was that last one that I saw him doing in winter. He set the jumping platform at “2”, about mid-shin. I saw he had plenty of spare height in his jumps and encouraged him to try “3”. He, sweating and gasping, genially begged off. He wanted to take it slow. He was afraid of missing the jump and falling or scraping his shin. Fair enough. Keep working hard, brother. He congratulated me on my “6” (belly button) and “7” (just below sternum) jumps. I saw him a few weeks later hitting “3” fine. He worked the whole spring on his “3” after his 8k treadmill runs.

Today he called me over to see him banging out jumps on the “5” (just above the hip). He proudly showed me the gouge in his shin from his first attempt at the “5” last week.

The gym is surely among the most inspiring places that we go.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Miles Davis: Stockholm 1967


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hair, Three-Five-Zero-Zero:

Ripped open by metal explosion
Caught in barbed wire
Bullet shock
Throbbing meat
Electronic data processing
Black uniforms
Bare feet, carbines
Mail-order rifles
Shoot the muscles
256 Viet Cong captured

Via metafilter comment.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Right Away, Great Captain!- “Oh No, I Tried”


"It doesn’t hurt nearly as much if you half-ass it, because you didn’t put that much into it. But that’s how a coward approaches things."