February 2019 Journal

Mountain Bike Rides/Trail Running:  Lumberyard: Green Line, (Also re-started Calisthenics & exercised biked at Crunch Fitness a few times a week due to snowy weather conditions at local mtb spots.  Want to hit-up Gateway Green, Eichler Park, and Lumberyard more to practice jumps and bike skills.

Books finished:  ‘Living with a SEAL’ by Jesse Itzler.

Movies/TV:  ‘Into the Dark: Down,’  ‘Willow,’ ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Castle Rock:  Season 1.’

Podcasts:  ‘My Favorite Murder’ Episodes #16-18, ScoopDuck in HiFi Episodes #18-22.

Jiu-Jitsu:  Turtle top & bottom, Super Chill/Crush-Sides,

Magic:  DOB-Star Sign, Springboard, Once Removed, Psy Card Forces,



January 2019 Journal

Books Read:  Didn’t finish any this month (see podcasts).

Trails Ridden:  Sandy: Communication Breakdown-Quid Pro Flow-Two Turns-Flow Motion- Upper Hide n’ Seek-Little Monkey-Lower Hide n’ Seek, Leif-Saltzman-FL 5, North Shore Trail to Parking Lot, House Mtn. Rd.-Catamount loop.

Movies/TV:  ‘Split,’ ‘Making a Murderer:  Season 1,’ ‘Aquaman,’ ‘M*A*S*H*,’ ‘Friday.’

Jiu-Jitsu Studied:  Closed Guard, Back Escapes.

Podcasts:  ‘My Favorite Murder’ Episodes #1-15, ‘ScoopDuck in Hifi’ Episodes #14-17.



December 2018 Journal

Books read/listened:  ‘Out Of My Mind’ (audible original) by Alan Arkin;  ‘Christmas Eve, 1914 (audible original) by Charles Olivier;  ‘Video Night’ by Adam Cesare.

Mountain Bike rides: McDonald Forest for Sam’s b-day (Endo, Southside, Barrel Roll, etc.), Bobblehead-Bullit-Branubian-Catamount.

Movies/TV:  ‘Overlord,’ ‘Creed II,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance.’

Jiu-Jitsu Seminars/Courses:  Guard Passing, Preventing ‘Side-Control’ from Bottom, Weight Distribution from Cross-Sides top, Submission Defenses and Escapes, Akins Seat-belt (whizzer counter).

Jiu-Jitsu positions drilled/workshopped:  Mount escapes, Side Control Bottom.

Mountain Bike skills:  Bunny Hops, Manuals, Trackstands.


November 2018 Journal

Reading finished:  ’30 Days of Night’ (Audible edition) by Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R.S. Belcher;  ‘Elevation’ & ‘Laurie’ by Stephen King.

Trails ridden: Whoopdee, FP figure 8: Holman, FL 2-Leif-FL 3-Skyline-FL 2-Leif, Magic Carpet shuttles, NUT Swiftwater out & back 8.6 miles, NUT Swiftwater out & back 10.1 miles.


ScoopDuck Podcast Episode #7:  https://scoopduck.com/s/2545/podcast-ep-7-11-6-18

ScoopDuck Podcast Episode #8:  https://scoopduck.com/s/2576/episode-8—111318

ScoopDuck Podcast Episode #9:  https://scoopduck.com/s/2610/scoopduck-podcast-ep-9—112018

ScoopDuck Podcast Episode #10:  https://scoopduck.com/s/2639/podcast-episode-10—112718

Jiu-Jitsu: Back escapes, Cross-side escapes w/ Underhook, Mount escapes, Knee-Ride escapes,

Movies/TV:  ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’ @ Mission Theater, ‘American Made,’ ‘Christmas Vacation’ @ Mission Theater.

MTB Skills:  Manual, Trackstand, Cornering, Bunny Hops.

October 2018 Journal

Books finished:  ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien; ‘Dying To Be Me’ by Anita Moorjani.

Trails Ridden:  Bobblehead-Catamount, Ape Canyon-Plains of Abraham, Leif-Saltzman-FL 5, Browns Camp Loop, Alsea Falls Loop + Gut Robber & Whistlepunk, Goodman Creek Loop, FL 10-Newton-BPA Lollipop, A-T-C-A.

Podcasts listened:

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 1:’  https://scoopduck.com/s/2375/podcast-ep-1

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 2:’  https://scoopduck.com/s/2395/podcast-ep-2/2

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 3:’ https://scoopduck.com/s/2417/podcast-ep-3

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 4:’ https://scoopduck.com/s/2451/podcast-ep-4—101618/2

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 5:’ https://scoopduck.com/s/2480/podcast-episode-5-1023

ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 6:’  https://scoopduck.com/s/2511/podcast-episode-6—1030

‘Just Riding Along’ – “Thirty Minutes or Less” (April 24, 2018 #988)

‘Racer X Podcast:  John Tomac:’ https://racerxonline.com/2016/04/13/racer-x-podcast-john-tomac

‘Finding More Time to Ride Your MountainBike:’  https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-podcast/podcast-finding-more-time-to-ride-your-mountain-bike/

‘Movies/TV watched:  ‘Halloween’ (2018), ‘First Man,’ ‘Suspiria’ (1977).

Jiu-Jitsu:  Akins/Rickson Solo-Drills, Quarter/Turtle bottom.

10/25/18: Daily JJ Epiphany #9: Tale of Two Underhooks

Studying Henry Akins ‘Mind Blown’ online content, realized there were two separate and distinct underhooks being used:

  1. Stretching the arm and pulling the shoulder underneath:  This is used to come out from underneath your opponent and is primarily and escaping mechanic.
  2. The second underhook is where you connect the arm to your opponent and bridge, transferring the power of your bridge into you arm to reverse the top player in one motion.  In this case the arm DOES NOT stretch because we want to stay connected as we bridge.

In summary, evaluate whether we are trying to reverse the opponent or escape (likely coming out the back-door), and use the appropriate underhook mechanic.


10/21/18: Daily JJ Epiphany #7: Trapping the Arm from Cross-Side bottom when between your legs

To counter my underhook from cross-sides bottom, a buddy put his arm between my legs.  To re-counter I made a frame on his jaw to push his head up, which he turned into an underhook of his own! =(

What I needed to do was make sure to trap his arm between my legs with a knee squeeze in order to buy enough time to get the jaw frame in place, and get his head up to capture with far-side leg to go for a Reverse Triangle and/or Guard recovery.



10/16/18: Daily Jiu-Jitsu Epiphany #5: Pull up on the head before using the Car-jack

The car-jack counter, used to expose the throat area when your opponent tucks their chin to defend the cross-collar choke, doesn’t work from mount the training partners’ head is down on the mat…

The car-jack counter works by opening your elbow against the opponents jaw, and repeatedly ratcheting to get under their chin.  Was trying to do this from mount, but it didn’t work because my training partner’s head didn’t have room to move backward.

Need to pull up the bottom player up like Ralek Gracie does here, although not really looking to shake the person like Ralek does.  It’s more of a subtle, digging, foream movement: