Ramblings about happenings in my life.

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Stuff Every Guy Needs To Have

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Every man should own at least a basic set of tools. I probably take owning tools to the extreme, but I am never more frustrated than when I am trying to work on a project or my car at home and I don’t have access to my tools. I am sure not everyone cares to be so mechanically inclined. But don’t be the annoying guy that has to constantly borrow tools. (that means don’t ask me to borrow mine)

Sears is pretty affordable. But if you have to have the best, buy Snapon.  Thank you Ken Takahashi for fueling my addiction for tools.

Mat time

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Sometimes we take for granted our time on the mat. There are the days where I feel like I should just stay home or stay in the hotel and veg out. But after getting smashed for the hour and half and sitting around with my friends, I realize that why I always drag myself to the academy.  Good vibes, good rolls and even better friends!

Photo by WantVsNeed. Thanks Al!

Pan Ams 2012

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One of the big bonuses of training with Checkmat and living close to the tournament venues. Is we get guests from time to time. It just happened to be that this group of guest were really big guests.  World Champion and founding member of Checkmat, Rodrigo Cavaca, came through with his team for a light roll on the Friday night before they competed. But their light roll is me fending for my life! Awesome training with some really talented and nice guys.

Coming Home

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Its been 3 weeks of being on the road and 2 weeks since I have seen my home mat. It feels really good to be home even if its for just a short period of time. Its great to roll with people I don’t normally train with to gain perspective on what I need to work on. But home is where the heart is. Looking forward to being home for the majority of next month.

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Hanging around Norcal

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For the last 2 weeks I have been up in NorCal for work. Sometimes it sucks to travel and be away from home. But getting the opportunity to see my friends is a definite benefit. I feel bad that I don’t get to see everyone (Sorry Al and Peter). But work can get hectic and leaves me with little time to chill.

I did get to see my buddy and coach Leandro. He has since moved to San Jose to head up the program at AKA. Got some good rolls in this week and even got to have a nice candle lit dinner with him. Hopefully I can make it back up here sooner than later.

Packing

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Getting ready to go on yet another trip. It dawn upon me what happened on my last trip. I’ll never forget to pack my gi, but I will end up forgetting something like underwear. I guess I have my priorities in line.

Sunday Training

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Got some good training in with some old friends. Its been a little challenging finding a place and a time we can all meet up. But with Bao opening up Rounders, we all have a place we can hang out at and get a roll in.

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First Video attempt: Rounders MMA – NABJJF 2012 No Gi

Went to go check out my brother compete the other day. I usually just put up the raw footage of his matches. But this time around I decided to spruce it up a little. This is my first attempted at editing a video. Tried to use the tips Phil used to teach me. Let me know what you think.

Up In The Air

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This is probably the longest I have ever neglected my blog. Ever since I entered the wonderful world of corporate indentured serving, I have found very little insightful things to post on here that might be detrimental to my “career”.  I do find myself frequenting airports all the time again though. The little nuances of flying have started to annoy me again. Laggers, elbow hockey players, kids, people who don’t control their kids, rude stewardesses, …. I can go on and on. I have found new ways of being efficient and ways to entertain myself. One of which is tablets.  Constantly learning new things everyday.

I am going to try to update this thing more with this new app. I know how much you miss my babbles and rants. Until next time space cadets..

New Days

I think this has been one of the longest breaks in posting on my blog in a while.  Since we last left off, I graduated from school, got a job and finally got a blue belt.  All things that were way over due in my life.  Seems like my fun days of racing are behind me and I have finally become a upstanding contributor to society… pssshhhh, hahahaha.  I got to ramp this thing back up though, seeing as my new job got me scheduled to travel a whole lot  in the coming months. Got to play this travel thing smart and get some sight seeing while I am on the road.

Sorry to all 6 of you that used to read this on a regular basis.  I am going to finally put some effort in this thing again. Seeing that I will have free time in my hotel room while I am on the road. This thing will probably be less and less about cars and more about jiu jitsu and the mindless babble that is my life. Until next time… hopefully it will be sooner than later.


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