10/11/18: Daily JJ Epiphany #2: Limping

‘Limping’ is a technique I’ve termed as such because it’s the opposite of shrimping:  you’re on your side, and going back to flat…

Why the hell would you want to go back flat after getting/being on your side you ask?

Well, it’s used when your opponent has a figure-four grip on your arm, and is setting up an armlock or kimura for north south.  Your ‘limping’ your arm out to break that lock and free your ‘bow.

The technique itself is Henry Akins,’ and not mine to give, but you can find it here, or search:  ‘Henry Akin’s Ultimate Armlocks Escape Course (see Unit #10 & 26):






10/10/18 Daily JJ Epiphany #1

When using underhooks to frame against the body and escape:  You’re primarily using the underhook to shrug your opposite shoulder back and away before getting to your knees.  This shrug creates an angle that makes it difficult if not impossible to flat-back you on a re-counter.

Application: Getting Back to Process & Tactile Mantras

It’s human nature to get sucked out of the present and into our heads.  Thoughts come out of nowhere demanding our attention.  Welcome to humanity. =)

In the context of Jiu-Jitsu, our mantra is tactile.  This could be breathing, focusing the ab-crunch portion of a shrimp, or point of connection to a training partner.  They key is it is specific.

The more our mind is taking us for a ride, the more specific this tactile mantra needs to be, especially during drilling.

Get tactile, do Jiu-Jitsu.


‘Feeling’ the Balance Between Process & Goals

Goals give us process, but focusing too much on end results takes us out of said process.

The thing with process is we never know what it’s going to give us.  You just have to relax and be open to it.

Also, the end result isn’t the goal, because another goal will fill it’s space once achieved.

Lastly, we can tell we are too ‘attached’ to end results based on the amount of tension we feel.  This is normal if we’re trying to get somewhere, but self-sabotaging to the degree we forsake the moment.

Relax, breathe, and try not to use any more tension than you need to achieve a given result.

This is Jiu-Jitsu. =)

September 2018 Journal

Trails ridden:  McKenzie River Trail, Firelane 10-Newton-BPA-Firelane 12-Firelane 15-Skyline lollipop, Brice Creek, Waldo Lake loop, Holman-Firelane 1 Loop, Timberline 2 Town, Fifteen Mile-Cedar Creek loop, FL 10-Newton-BPA-Skyline Lollipop, Patterson Mtn Rd.-Lawler loop, Alsea Falls Super D Loop.

Books finished:  ‘Dead Men Can’t Complain + Other Stories’ by Peter Clines.

Movies/TV:  ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ @ Mission Theater, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ @ Mission Theater.

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‘Gary Fisher on the Past, Present, and Future of Mountain Biking:’  https://player.fm/series/1336034/216109590

‘Mountain Bike Skills for Descending:’  https://player.fm/series/1336034/216955991

‘The #1 Skill Mountain Bikers Need to Work On:’ https://player.fm/series/1336034/205771327

‘Tips for Climbing on a Mountain Bike:’  https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-podcast/listen-tips-for-climbing-on-a-mountain-bike/

Jiu-Jitsu:  Technical stand-up, and coming forward, Rickson/Akins warm-up drills, Turtle bottom (backing out and moving in, short drag, trap and roll, guillotine defenses).

Bike skills:  Manual, Goofy-foot Track-stands, Braking.

Back to BJJ writing: Effortless Discipline

Long layoff on trainin’ writin!!’

Having been doing a ton of mountain biking this summer, something I’ve realized is that the more joyful we are, the less ‘discipline’ it takes to do things we’d otherwise consider ‘tedious.’

If fact, doing such tedious things becomes more of a joy than ‘spoiling’ ourselves with something.

Trust joy, trust lightness of heart.

Guess on the flip-side you never know where these things will take you (gleefully closing in on 50 mountain bike rides this summer, something I’d never dreamed was possible without some degree of grim discipline and focus).


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August 2018 Journal

Trails ridden:  Swiftwater to Tioga Bridge out & back, Tioga Bridge-Mott Trailhead-Hwy 38 loop, Mary’s Peak loop, Eagles Rest-Goodman Creek Loop, Newberry Crater Loop, Peterson Ridge out & back w/Eagle’s Rock section, Tyler’s Traverse Loop, Timberline to Town w/Uncle Ben, Gales Creek-Storey Burn Loop.


Gym:  Random Hill 9-20 levels @ THR, Random Hill 11-20 levels @THR.

Books finished:  ‘Gone South’ by Robert McCammon; ‘Batman’ Novelization by Craig Shaw Gardner, Read by Roddy McDowall.  Novellas:  ‘Tortured Souls:  The Legend of Primordium’ by Clive Barker.

McCammon on ‘Gone  South:’  https://www.robertmccammon.com/articles/gone_south_foreword_2008.html

Podcasts:  GrappleTv Podcast featuring Henry Akins w/Felicia Oh & Kenny Jewel – https://www.spreaker.com/user/10152579/episode-32-henry-akins

Movies/TV:  ‘Ram Dass, Going Home,’ ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout,’ ‘Just Before Dawn.’

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Jiu-Jitsu: Passing Leg Weave & Spider Guards, Turtle bottom from Belly Down escape.

New DJ Bike purchase:  Pic forthcoming.

July 2018 Journal

Reading finished:  ‘Victim of Thought’ by Jill Whalen; ‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King; ‘Creepy Presents: Alex Toth’ by Alex Toth;  Short Stories:  ‘Drunken Fireworks’ by Stephen King; ‘The Dreams in the Witch House’ by H.P. Lovecraft.

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Mountain Bike rides: Ashland 5000 (Lower Bull Gap-Upper Lynx-Lower Lynx-Catwalk-Toothpick-Caterpiller-Lizard-Jabberwocky), Funner-Tiddlywinks Loop, Swampy to Phil’s shuttle (Swede Ridge-Sector 16-Upper Whoops-Pine Drops (missed Phil’s trail which was up further past ‘Pine Drops’ & should have done ‘Lower Whoops’ which parallel’s ‘Pine Drops’ based on route)-Phil’s-Cascade Highlands, Shelvin Park Loop Trail-Mzarek 21.4 mile out & back, Cooks Meadow Trail-Surveyors Ridge Super Connector-Knebal Springs-Lookout Mountain-4420-Upper Cooks Meadow (would do this loop again counter-clockwise, or Lookout Mountain as gravel road loop or out & back as Cooks Meadow was overgrown, twisty, and loose for downhilling), Gunsight Ridge-Bennett Pass Rd. Lollipop, Crunch Alpine Pass Levels 13-16 (better endurance, but decrease in strength), 214-Buck Mtn East (West half was closed from fire)-1/3 of Perimeter Trail out & back-Catamount.

Movies/TV:  ‘Derren Brown: Miracle,’ ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ ‘Happy Death Day,’ ‘Tesla: American Experience,’ ‘We Own the Night,’ ‘Masters of Horror:  H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreams in the Witch House,’ ‘Pyscho’ @ Mission Theater.

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Runs: Gold Rey Estates Dam & back 1.5x, Loon Lake Lodge & back.

Jiu-Jitsu:  Passing Knee-Shield & Z-Guard.

June 2018 Journal

Books finished:  ‘Destroyer’ by Victor LaValle, Dietrich Smith;  ‘The Space Within’ by Michael Neill.

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Mountain Bike rides:  Storey Burn-Brown Camp Loop-Gales Creek w/Dials, Leif Erickson out & back + Saltzman-Firelane 5, Surveyor’s Ridge-NF 17 Loop, Bobblehead (cleaned)-Bullet (drops not cleaned)-Catamount, Stubb Stewart (Hare’s Canyon-Unfit Settlement-Shoofly-Lokie’s Lollilop-Crazy Train), Knebal Springs Loop-Eightmile Loop, Upper Taylor Creek/Jedi Trail, Brown Mtn.-High Lakes Loop.

Runs:  Tryon Short Loop for 30 min. @ aerobic HR.

Movies:  ‘Solo,’ ‘Hereditary,’ ‘Always,’ ‘The Big Lebowski’ @ Hollywood Theater, ‘Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ @ Varsity Theater (Ashland).

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May 2018 Journal


Reading Finished:  ‘Silver Screen Fiend’ by Patton Oswalt; ‘Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges’ by Amy Cuddy; ‘Natural Born Heroes’ by Christopher McDougall.

Mountain Bike Rides:  Browns Camp Loop w/ partial Storey Burn climb, Larison Creek Loop, Carpenter Bypass (Alpha from N. end-Bypass Rd. back up to Your Sister-B Line-Skid Mark-Fun Girl-Brad’s Bad Gravity *should have done from Bypass Rd. and looped back to the on Access Rd.*-Back to Bypass Rd.-Boundary??-Northridge-Tree Hugger), Forest Park Wildside Loop (cleaned all sections but end of first section on BPA road, but had to stop 4-5 times!), Silver Creek Falls: Lost Creek Trail-Bullit-Unmarked top half of Bobblehead-Backside of Catamount (out and back)-Catamount, Molalla River Corridor (Loop Rd.-Bottom Fern Creek-Bear Woods-Rim Trail-Bottom Deer Skull), Umqua Tioga Segment 10 mile out and back to top of first climb, Umqua Mott Segment Out and Back.

Runs:  Tryon Creek North Horse Loop w/ North Creek, French Prarie Village Loop X 1.

Jiu-Jitsu:  Avalanche Guard Passing (small focus on Spider and Leg Lasso Guards).

Movies:  ‘The Endless’ at Hollywood Theater, ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Spring,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Deadpool 2,’ ‘John Wick.’