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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Kayla Harrison...Is The Best The U.S.A. Has To Offer

Kayla Harrison is the first female U.S. Olympic Judoka to bring home the Gold! Congratulations!! Now, can we see a career in MMA?

Monday, April 30, 2012

Life. I got blood clots but I ain't even Jamaican man..

For awhile, I find myself dealing with the age old question "WHY ME?" My health has taken a toll on me this semester leaving me very disappointed because I didn't have a good run academically, now thinking about it yes it was my health that was the cause. As I was admitted in the hospital on last Wednesday, I was in awe because many times I've been to the hospital I have never been a patient.

So the doctor diagnosed me having D.V.T. deep vein thrombosis and P.E. pulmonary embolism. The unnerving thing is I have been walking around this earth with P.E. for about two months now before going to the E.R. for D.V.T. Both conditions are painful and I wish it upon my enemies, first time I ever went to the hospital for some pain. Not a total shocker but I could have died..like twice. I'm young (to young for blood clots) in my thirties and athletic but from my Internet researching D.V.T. and P.E. is a happening thing for athletes who are young and healthy, like I was. Come to find out that more athletes are acceptable to D.V.T. and P.E. than people who are sedentary or more less couch potatoes. Not that this condition discriminates but this can happen to anyone and everyone.

Understanding my condition and preparing for the long treatments and regularly testing of my blood for clots, its going to be a tick for tack journey with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in my life. I will be researching and asking questions trying to make sense of all this. I consider myself.... well, I don't know how to explain it when you could have died twice...its nothing to make light of. I figure everything important to me I'm going to find time for because I'm not going to waste time inviting people to my funeral. I'm not going to make my condition a handicap in my life.I'm determine not to sit or stand still....getting back to the mats is one of the first goals I want to accomplish when I'm discharged from the hospital.

Here is a link for awareness of D.V.T. and P.E. I found very informative and easy to read, I advise all to check it out! http://www.stoptheclot.org/index.htm

Friday, April 6, 2012

Catering to Smokers Isn't Cool Anymore...

So apparently the college I go to is banning smoking all across the board making smoking illegal on campus. I have heard the ridiculous statements from nonsmokers, that is my opinion, I'm not convinced the school should do such a thing. I'm a former smoker, picked up the habit in the military and I do have something to say to these new generation of adults coming into what I call the real world "Quit Being Sissified!"

I do have an argument about where the school currently places their "smoke areas" which are like right smack in the middle of walkways, in between walkways, and in front of gathering areas etcetera, etcetera...So people who are health conscious about breathing in second hand smoke, I wonder how do they make it through parking lots where they can breathe in carbon monoxide from the passing cars. I know for a fact carbon monoxide is far more deadlier than cigarette smoke. In fact, you can't smoke enough cigarettes or breathe in enough second hand smoke to even commit suicide but with carbon monoxide you can, so what is the problem non smokers? I don't even want to assume non smokers attend barbecues or even hold barbecues at their homes.

"I don't want to breathe in smoke" is the most common complaint from the non smokers. People who breathe in smoke because they are trapped in burning buildings die on the spot, people who breath in second hand smoke tell people how much it (second hand smoke) stinks. Yes, second hand smoke is harmful just as much as smoking but over time right? I have seen those quit smoking now and you can revive your health commercials so I assume when a person is away from the second hand smoke in time they can also revive their health.

I don't believe the college should ban smoking on campuses. I think maybe a inconspicuous spot where non smokers should not wander be a perfect spot for "smoking areas" on campuses. I also believe that people should not smoke because its harmful to their health but then people also chew gum that causes cancer in lab rats. So who should I tell to conduct a healthy lifestyle.

So overall, yes smoking is bad, smoking is bad for non smokers, and a fair treatment of all who attend the college is in order, in my opinion.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Back to the Mats in About 3 More Weeks


On Saturday I decided to head out for a roll on the mats. Concerning my health issue, yeah I need some more time to recover. I was literally out of breath two minutes into my roll. The fact that my current health condition involves my lungs, breathing was definitely an issue and having a guy put a knee on your chest which immobilized me, which it rarely does but because of my health, that weight itself felt 3x the average pressure I could take. Talk about I was done even before the match was over. I didn't even catch my breath until after I got out of my gi, went shopping at Walmart's and then cooked dinner at home. All I know is I passed out way early for a Saturday, more likely when most people are headed out for the weekend happy hour special.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Post Spring Break

So I felt I like I was hit with a mind eraser going back to classes today.
Where did my spring break go? I wasted it away, adrift in the comfort of my own home resting out an unsure health issue which still needs to be resolved. I wasted my spring break by letting precious Jiu-jitsu mat time pass and by letting waves of opportunity go to waste by not renewing my kook skills on the mushy Florida surf. Well, I will get that back on weekends because its always great weather here in Florida.

Not only did returning back to classes hit me hard, I received my hospital bill in the mail yesterday, didn't look at it until I got to school today. Talk about whammy and a double one at that. So it is hard economic times in this great nation of ours... good thing Pay Pal has a donate button I have ready to embed on my blog and I'm polishing up on the ol' resume hoping to score some type of income in this job strapped ridden land.

Has anyone been on following the Travon Martin incident? Sad that the public will probably see this on 48hrs Mystery but my thoughts are...the police always take someone away to jail during a domestic dispute. Surprised those incidents are not
"Stand Your Ground" literally speaking...

Friday, March 16, 2012

The E.R. doesn't mean you will be seen today...



I went to the E.R. on March 14th around 1:35 p.m. I wasn't seen until 2:20 a.m, March 15th. Of course, I'm going to think whatever that is going on with me is an emergency but I guarantee that someone died yesterday in that E.R.

The diagnosis, bronchitis maybe...but the doc mentioned "blood clots in my lung" be the coupon code to get seen sooner if things don't get better. I think that I always say I never had this much pain in my entire life but I believe that it goes to the next "new" pain that comes from an injury or an illness that I may have at the present time. So I will say now that I have never been in so much pain short of a level before passing out. I keep that under control with over-the-counter pain meds.

So far the day has been a relaxed one I got my prescription meds, I walked off my path of healthy eating with convenient fast foods and I had a total of 3 chocolate frozen shakes within the past 12 hours. I have a feeling that I may not be able to compete in the upcoming tournament due to financing my health care cost. Also, losing the pounds to get into a lower weight class is out of the question right now. I believe I'm soon to put a Paypal donate button so I can finance future tournaments with a limited college budget, definitely could get a job but I want my job to be what I love to do and that is BJJ.

All that being said I don't know if and when I will get to put up my Songstory for my fellow B.A.G. members. I apologize for that due to my unfortunate health circumstances. When things start to get "normal" I will be definitely back to posting regularly.


Monday, March 12, 2012

This Is To My Health...

I was confused if I was coming down with something but its been cleared up I'm not sick in anyway shape or form. Now its spring time my allergries are activated along with the mysterious shortness of breath that makes it difficult for me to breathe. The hospital ruled out any life threating inflictions so they sent me home. I did mention to the Doc about how I train in Jiu-jitsu which it could be a possibility of my condition because of impacting the muscles surrounding the diaphragm. In short, what I'm feeling is that its very hard to breathe because its so painful. The pain is so intense I feel like i'm David Banner turning into the storm. However, the pain creeps up more in the evening time than any other time during the day...for some odd reason. I just finished an episode of some intense contractions of "IT HURTS" but I guess that is what I get for slacking on the pain meds that allow me some breathing room lol...I like that breathing room.... but it still hurts as I type.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Disappointment

Haven't really been feeling my greatest all this week, you know when you have those days or weeks. Nothing to serious until yesterday evening found it hard and painful to breathe with mucus dripping in the back of the throat annoyingly choking me silently. So I'm going to head to the V.A., the doctors, the E.R. some where tomorrow so that I can get checked out. Fourteen days till the tournament and I'm thinking I may have a case of bronchitis. It sucks right now...I feel like I just got kicked in the nuts.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Sizing It Up

This is the second time I'm referring to this photo...



I'm only 155-160 lbs guy trying to make weight at 145 for my next contest coming up in about 19 days. Tonight at the gym I was taking on guys 30+ lbs tonight and that can be more than exhausting. Its great training, makes guys in my weight class feel like feathers after awhile but I don't see myself going into an "absolute" match just yet. An "absolute" match in the bjj world are matches that are held pairing opponents within the belt ranks and without any weight class . In "absolute" matches, the larger guys can dominate but its not always the case.

I'm just glad I never had to roll with any person with the likes of the guy in the photo. I can tell you when going against larger opponents controlling your breathing is key it's almost like swimming,in the water, if you panic you will drown. On the mats, you will exhaust your means of any chance of surviving if you panic.







Sunday, March 4, 2012

Grocery Store Blues


I always make a grocery list before I go out and buy my groceries, but the list is useless. My grocery trips are usually a few hours per visit. I can't get the knack of in-and-out of the grocery store when I'm shopping around by myself. I cover the grocery about 4-5 times over before I leave. The biggest dredge is that I have to shop for the month since I receive G.I. benefits (monthly) but I always scoff at how much I spend each month just to feed myself. Which is just about $25 a week give or take. I wish my college money was longer but in my defense I'm smart enough to know Ramen noodles aren't a nutritiously packed meal.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Off Topic

I'm about to watch the Rousey vs. Tate fight.It is theee biggest fight in Women's MMA history since the Cyborg vs. Carano match up. I think this fight is even bigger than that one with all the trash talking and controversy. Can't wait to discuss this one tomorrow...What is my prediction for the fight? I don't have any predictions.Whoever wins it I know it will be a big win for either fighter.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Somedays it takes a roll to figure it out..

http://youtu.be/qZxxoNZJoKU <---this is a link to a video from youtube I wanted to share take some time to check it out...

I was dragging ass today when I went to the gym...my focus was on the upcoming tournament and homework but I'm always thinking about homework. Thinking about what homework I have to work on this weekend really puts a damper on my day but going to Jits is supposed to de-stress me. I guess there comes a time when you have those moments.

Today, higher belts wanted to share some knowledge with me but all I could think of was just trying to work on some strategy for the tourney. I kinda felt like a jerk not wanting to drill a particular move they were working on but I didn't even make that clear to them. My mind was game but not really to train...still on homework but I wanted to get my feet wet and roll. So I rolled and I rolled horrible...I guess working on homework before going to Jits is a way to debug all that data stored in that hard drive of mine and then I may be able to process gym time more clearly.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Post All Nighter

So after the pulling an all nighter yesterday and this morning, my performance in class so far today is not going so well. I hit 2 out of 15 preguntas in clase de Espanol. Project management, I can't wait to look forward to you because in a hour I will feel like I'm an episode of the Apprentice...true story. Then after that class is over, its only a waiting game to feel like I'm insignificantly unworthy to code when I enter my Java development class. I should've watched more episodes of 24 to pick up some cool hacker terminology from Chloe...at a minium I would be able to have a decent converstation with my classmates. Then lets not talk about my HTML5 and CSS3 hardly anything to talk about... 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Java Time!!!

I don't know about a really good book but I will be into some Java DE tonight along with some HTML 5 and CSS3...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Judo No? Yo Sabe but Your Obviously Not Speaking Spanish...


Sitting in Spanish class is always like the show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Everyone stressing which answer could be the right one and why it cannot be the right one....Geesh, pick something already, ya feel me. Also the lifeline is very popular in the class except when its my turn there is no lifeline option for me.  #thanks4leavingmehanging.

Monday, February 27, 2012

YouTube is a Black Belt in BJJ??? (Updated)

Anyone up for discussion about YouTube tutorials for Jits? I made use of the convenient entity and found sometimes it's quite useful. Is there a line to be drawn over video and in-school training? Can too much instruction be bad for a Jiu-jitsu practioners? How do you know if the information from the tutorial is viable? So many discussions can be drawn from this topic...What are your thoughts?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Share the Wealth...

Does anyone have any study tips that work phenomenally? I definitely need some advice in this area my study skills are hurting at this moment. Please feel free to comment and give away that knowledge....

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's all in the enunciation

someecards.com - Whatchu talkin bout Willis?
In martial arts, learning the lingo is important to your understanding the art. Many associated  terms of a martial art comes from the country of origin i.e. Kung-Fu-China, Sumo - Japan, Tae kwon do - Korea. Understanding the terms is just a simple measure knowledge...it best behooves you if your into a martial art.

 So that being said on my way home from the gym today, I had a conversation with a martial art aficionado claiming Gracie Barra was "the best Jiu-jitsu school in the city" because he trained there. I agree it is a great school but you don't have to lie to kick it with me. His claims of ever training at Gracie Barra were discredited only because the way he said Gracie Barra. Any gringo will say Barra pronouncing the "r's" like "Bar rah" but any BJJ practitioner will tell you "Barra" is pronounced phonetically like "Baja" because its Portuguese. Then he said the correct pronunciation is saying it with the r's. I was like of course it is, only you say it like the way you would say it in Portuguese.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Insomniac for studying....

someecards.com - I was like I'm going to pull an all-nighter to get caught up in all my classes. THEN... I was like zZZzzZzzZz
Sitting in the college library trying to have an awesome study session but it seems like every time I get my nose in a textbook for five minutes I doze off. What is some things that you do to NOT fall asleep while studying?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Decode your life with Lifehacker!!!

The sharing of ideas, that is what the internet is about. One of the many places online I go looking for some ideas is Lifehacker.com. Lifehacker is the source of some pretty cool ideas in which your quality of life will just jump up about twenty-nine percent after observing some of its content. In my own opinion, twenty-nine percent is better than what your working with now. Am I right? Ah shucks, you really don't need to value an opinion of a false percentage.....Just check out this snazzy tip from Lifehacker if your looking for discounted software for your computer needs http://lifehacker.com/5887336/where-can-i-get-discounts-on-expensive-software.

The Old Saying Goes....

Rules are made to be broken but what if you don't know what rules you can break? Your life is probably is just one piece of staleness. For all you Jiu-jitsu practitioners and Jiu-jitsu wannabes check out this link to the International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation 1st edition rule book http://www.ibjjf.org/rules.htm this is very important information for anyone entering a tournament.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Glory to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu...its salvation for everything depressing

A very inspiring video from a combat vet and how Brazilian Jiu-jitsu change his life. Jiu-jitsu has definitely change my outlook on life completely...if it didn't I wouldn't be trying to share it all with you all. I call it spreading the good news.




Monday, February 20, 2012

President's Day Roll

So after a week I finally did get to roll. You can only imagine what I feel like, almost like a person out in the desert stranded with no water, but not stranded too long, then getting that first drink of cold water and just chugging it. Spilling water all over your chest and you really don't drink it you just pour it all over your head like your in a shower and then go get another bottle of delicioso....

Today on the mats I thought I looked good but in reality I was breathing like the guy on the bottom....

Sunday, February 19, 2012

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!! and a laundry tip for your GI

Spent this Sabbath breaking the law... I put in some work in today and did it in between some java homework and some Facebook. So after helping my buddy out with some stuff out at his house then it was on to some laundry. It always seems that I'm always washing my GI.... need another one actually 3 more would be awesome. Which reminds me to give out this important service announcement.

http://jitsmagazine.com/articles/entry/get_all_the_funk_out_of_your_gi