Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 12, 2017 - Injuries and Martial Arts

I haven't posted in awhile. I've been busy with life and had some injuries along the way. I thought of chronicling my experience or what I've gone through with injuries. I'm sure some of us go through some pain and aches. Sometimes accidents happen or injuries occur because of the amounts of reps we do to attain perfection or success.

Lately, I've been working through an injury called lateral epicondylitis, or in laymen terms tennis elbow. I did some research on how to work through it. I had some of my students recommend an equipment to work through my pain. I did wait about four days after my initial pain to start working on my injury. I know I wanted to work on it instead of waiting for the pain to stop. Here's what I've found.

So, I looked up some information on the injury and found some cool articles. One article I found was on a website called, Art of Manliness. This first article called, "Bicep tendonitis - A multi-step approch". I really liked the information that was presented there. I know my tennis elbow was probably a tendon issue and not so much muscle, but I still used the concept in this article to my rehab. I needed more information so I looked up more stuff to see on that website. I found another article with Mark Rippetoe. Actually, it's a video of him explaining what he did when he had "golfers elbow" which effects the bottom of the forearm. It was very similar to the other article above so it seemed like a good idea try it. Here's a small video of him explaining what he did to fix his issue.

One equipment was recommended from one of my students. It's called the Flexbar and you can get it on Amazon. I've been working with it for awhile now and it seems to be helping. I've been doing 3 sets of 10 with this twice a day. It seems to be working and helping me get stronger.

It's been about four weeks now since the initial onset of pain. It looks like it's getting better. Other things that I've done are alternating hot and cold compress, massage, ice after workout, and rest. Before, my first week at rehab I could only lift up a 3 lbs dumbell doing 3 sets of 20. Now, I can lift up to 10 lbs with some pain. Still getting stronger.

These are just my notes and experience on this injury. Please consult your primary doctor for diagnosing and treatment.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Class Notes: March 5, 2017


We warmed up with drilling 3 of 9 tapping and TD1. We went over TD2 so everyone could get on the same page. Later, we reviewed 7 count passing drill. We went through TD1 and 3 of 9 to see where we could pull off one of the techniques from 7 count passing drill. Nice class today.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Class Notes: March 6, 2016

Guro Lem

3 of 9 true left
Transitional Drills 1 - 6

Today we went through 3 of 9 w/tapping and true left. In this true left drill, the (1) Feeder's left hand also has a blade. When clearing (2) Feeder's tapping hand, the (1) Feeder hit's the target with left hand.

Also, we reviewed each transitional drill (1-6) switching sides, Feeder/Receiver, to get reps on both sides. Next time I'll have to go through each target with them to make sure they know what shots they are getting.

Northeastern Training Groups Session: Feb 28, 2016

I had the pleasure of training up at, Tuhon Pat Consing's, Kapitid's Academy in Pleasantville, NY. Good times!

Getting plenty of reps on the training line.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Class Notes: Feb 6, 2016

Guro Lem

Review rh 3 of 9 template
3 of 9 tapping (Receiver)
timers and switches
reflexive, conditioned, and correct responses.
importance of being relaxed while cross-tapping
not anticipating and time traveling to the next move before the attack happens.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Discipline: What is it? What it does to you?

Jocko Willink on JRE.

Also, here's another interview but from one of my coaches in bjj, Ryan Hall, on discipline. Starts talking about it around 3:40 mark: Discipline.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Class Notes: Jan 17, 2016

Guro Lem

Transitional Drills 1 through 6
Discussed about visual sensory... like seeing an attack coming. Can this skill be developed over time? Or is a person born with the skill?

It definitely can be developed over time. With good timing and practice a person can develop that skill-set to see a punch or blade attack or takedown before anything even makes contact. So can we tell when the violence is about to happen? Can we sense when something is about to go down and bloody? Can you visually see the attacker's friends circling/flanking around? Or do we get tunnel vision and just see that one thing that's in front of us. What spiraling signs can you visually sense before the real altercation happens?