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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tue Aug 30th- all level gi - Ben

Greg split up the class into two parts with the noobs, including me, on one side and the more advanced on the other.  My training partner was Drew while we went over side control to mount, kimura, and regaining guard from side control.  We went over this in the last beginner or all level class, but that's what I like about Greg's way to teach.  Practice makes perfect.  After the training drills we did some side control drills for 10 minutes switching partners.  After 20 minutes or so we then played King of the Mat.  I was trying to go slow and let them control the pace but a lot of the time the upper belts will just sit there and make me make mistakes, especially Greg and Henry.  I can feel myself getting more flexible, doing the single lotus stretch before class helps my hip flexors, which helps getting those legs in!  After that Greg finished up class with the normal stretching.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tues, August 30th - No Gi Takedowns - Stephen

It was a nice, small class tonight. We have a new student from New Mexico, and it was a class of just 4. Greg taught us defense for single legs. We started with the head-in single leg, and countered it with an Omoplata. It's a fairly easy technique, and I look forward to really using it in the future. Secondly, we practiced countering a head-out single leg with a crucifix. This technique gave me a bit of trouble. I'm not sure if it was an issue with my lankiness, or something I simply wasn't getting right. After a bit more advice from our sensei, Greg, I was just barely getting the hang of it. Last, we did some take-down sparring. I got my ass kicked quite a bit. Henry and Greg gave me the run around, and I was lucky to even get close to a single leg on Greg.

All in all, it was a good class. Good to see a new face, and great to learn more technique.

Tue Aug. 30th- no gi- Ben

Today's warm ups were a little different..  Greg had us alternate 15 push ups and then 20 triangles.  With about 10-12 people there I was pretty tired by the end of that.  We went over a standing guard break, followed with a pass to side control.  My partner was John, in between drilling he told me about http://www.bjjhq.com/ which sells 1 BJJ item daily.  Right now there is a really cool looking gi, an Estilo whatever that is, looks fancy.  I'll wait for a couple things to buy for a starter ( rash guard, no gi shorts, a gi that fits!).  After the hour long drills, the class shortened to about 6 people due to people's life and what not.  Greg had us play up down and out for about 30 minutes before we ended class.

Monday Aug. 29th gi - Ben

Today Greg decided to start over the beginner curriculum.  I was with max while we learned a simple judo take down, a side control escape and the kimura.   Always nice to go over the basics especially when you forget them.  The side control escape was needed for a while.  At the end we helped Greg wipe down the mats, although only probably slowing him down.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunday Aug. 28th -No gi - Ben

Today Conan decided to teach us some knee on belly.  My training partner was Stephen, after drilling for one hour The Barbarian wanted us to spar switching position every 5 minutes, partners every 10 minutes.  Stephen, Max, Bovra.  After that ended we finished up class.  Stephen and I rolled for about 10 minutes nothing notable happening besides Stephen going to the neck tie, not executing it and me cranking his neck.  All and all a typical day at Smooth Moves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Beginning


Hello, my name is Stephen. I am 21 years of age, and I live in Lincoln, NE. I train for Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, and general fitness. I have the honor of doing it with my two best friends- Max and Ben. You'll be meeting them soon enough on this blog.

We decided to start writing a blog together as bit of a journal/documentary/experiment. On our training blog you can expect to find everything from our observations about training, nutrition, and the world of martial arts, to technique videos, fight breakdowns, and maybe even podcasts. I hope you can find enjoyment in our blog, and maybe even learn something new!

We are currently in the preliminary stages with this blog site, and content may be sparse for a short while. We will soon begin posting daily, or more.

Thank you for coming to our blog, and check back for new stuff soon!

Stephen Volkmer