May 2019 Journal

Mountain Bike Rides:  Stubb Stewart: Main Parking – Greenhorn Full 3x – Beginner DH 4x, Mac Forest featuring Green Dragon, Whoopdee, Leif-Up FL 1-Down FL 2, Stubb Stewart f/ Buxton Enterance, Up FL 1-Down 2-Saltzman-Down 5, M.O.T.R.: Rat Pack-Breakdown-Pay Dirt, Ashland Super D: Off Shoot-Bull Gap-Upper & Lower Lynx-Catwalk-Toothpick-Caterpillar-Lizard-Jabberwoky, Browns Camp Loop.

Movies/TV:  ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ ,’Get Out,’ ‘Game of Thrones season 8: Episodes #4-6.’Image result for get out movie


Books Finished: ‘What the F**k Are the Three Principles?: And 18 Other Questions Answered from So-Called Wisdom’ by Amir Karkouti; ‘The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time’ by Leigh Ann Hirschman and Robert Maurer.

Podcasts:  ‘ScoopDuck in Hifi’ Episodes #31-33.


April 2019 Journal

Mountain Bike Rides:  Leif-FL 5-Saltzman-Hwy 30, Stubb Stewart w/Greenhorn x1.5, Gateway Green, Catamount & Bobblehead, Leif to Saltzman to Lower FL 1, North Shore Trail: 1 hour out and back, Alsea Falls, Stubb Stewart w/Greenhorn x4.5, Firelane 5-Leif lollipop, Various Scappoose upper DH trails.

Books finished:  ‘Sleeping Beauties’ by Stephen King, Owen King.

Podcasts:  ‘ScoopDuck in Hifi’ Episodes #26-30.

Movies/TV: ‘Triple Frontier,’ ‘Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet,’ ‘Pet Sematary (2019),’ ‘Avengers:  Infinity War,’ ‘Pulp Traction,’ ‘The Moment: The Birth of the Sport that Nobody Wanted,’ ‘Klunkerz: A Film about Mountain Bikes,’ ‘Us,’ ‘Shazam!,’ ‘Quincy,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame,’  ‘Game of Thrones Season 8: Episodes #1-3.’

March 2019 Journal

Trails ridden:  McDonald Forest, Eichler Park, North Banks Habitat: Black Tail out and back, Applegate Lake Loop, FP: Holman-FL 1-FL3-FL 2, Saltzman-FL 5 loop x3.

Movies/TV: ‘Game of Thrones: Season #7,’ ‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Luke Cage: Season #1,’ ‘The Informant,’ ‘A Star Is Born.’

Books read:  ‘The Four Agreements:  A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom’ by Don Miguel Ruiz; ‘Lust Killer’ by Ann Rule.

Podcasts:  ‘ScoopDuck in HiFi’ Episodes #23-25, ‘My Favorite Murder Episode’ #19.

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:

ScoopDuck Podcast Episode #8:—111318

ScoopDuck Podcast Episode #9:—112018

ScoopDuck 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:’

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 2:’

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 3:’

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 4:’—101618/2

‘ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 5:’

ScoopDuck Podcast Ep. 6:’—1030

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

‘Racer X Podcast:  John Tomac:’

‘Finding More Time to Ride Your MountainBike:’

‘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.