Last weekend I competed in the TSC and the Texas Five Grappling Tournament. Over the last couple of months I have discovered many things in my body; mainly fascial problems that have lead to asymmetries, that lead to overuse, injuries, etc.. This is common in pretty much everyone we see as we always want to push ourselves rather than build ourselves. I am just as guilty of this and sometimes it takes a moment like this to readjust and proceed forward correctly. With that being said, I went into the TSC with a few goals, and met them with flying colors.
I started Saturday morning at the TSC, weighing in at 186 lbs.
Deadlift – Ultimately this was going to be the moment for my 600lb pull, however I had to be smart and stay within my current limits due to my recent physical condition. I pulled 535lbs very easily. Missed 560 on my 3rd attempt due to a few things but who cares? I stayed smart and didn’t fight, just sat it down – veteran move!
Pull Ups – This was much tougher than I had anticipated, based on the nature of the pull up training I was used to (usually KB weighted pull ups/not for max reps). The metabolic effects of a true dead hang max pull up set are tough. Remember this was no kips and crap like that. I pulled out 20 reps hitting my goal.
Snatch – Again, I had to be smart here with my injuries, especially due to the fact that directly after the competition it would be time to grapple. I allowed myself one set down of the bell towards the end and still snatched 109 reps in 5min.
While this wasn’t my original Elite Class – 600lb Pull and TSC World Champ, I was able to accomplish goals while keeping my ego in check!
Next we jumped in the car and drove 30+ minutes to the grappling tournament where I competed in 3 total matches. The first was a GI match where I lost by points: 5-3. I made the first move and then made the first mistake, and he was able to capitalize.
The second match was against some punk in No-Gi who had no business being out there. His hand fighting tactics were punches, literally. The match was stopped as he was warned to STOP HITTING ME. Once we restarted, I face planted him, took his back, gave him some Rader face choke moves and waited for the ref to see the tap :).
My third match was against a Lovato BJJ teammate of mine for 1st in our division. This match was my favorite part of the day because A- he is tough, B- I have a lot of respect for him, C- I was able to win with a kimura.
This physical challenge was a blast and I highly advise others to set an event, challenge, or goal, and make it a priority. I had goals, accomplished many, spent great time with friends, and deff uplifted my spirits during this weekend. Going after something creates character, strength, and brings fulfillment in life.
So now onto my next phase…. I am going to take the next 3 weeks to do only these things….
-Rocking, Crawling, Neck Nods, Soft Rolls, Myofascial Release Techniques
-Yoga 2 X Week (Wed night, and Sunday with Green Strength’s Budokon teacher)
-Viking Warrior Conditioning 2 X Week
-Simple and Sinister 3 X Week (just practice TGU and keep swings moderate in volume)
-Strength Session 3 X Week – only these movements
*Day 1 – 5 total rounds with 4-5 being top end sets
DBL KB Clean x (2, 3, 5)
DBL KB Press x (2, 3, 5)
DBL KB Front Squat x (2, 3, 5)
Weighted Chin Up x (2, 3, 5)
Pistol x (2, 3, 5)
*Day 2 – 5 Rounds with 4-5 being top sets
DBL KB Swing x5
DBL KB Clean x5
DBL KB Reverse Lunge x5/leg
Single Arm Snatch + Negative of Press on way down x5/side
Weighted Tactical Pull Up x5
*Day 3 – 5 Rounds with 4-5 being top sets
DBL KB Snatch + Negative of press on way down x3
Single KB Press x3/side
KB Renegade Row x3/rows arm
Rack Pulls (below knee) x3
Over Under Grip Pull Up x3/each side
Sun – Viking Conditioning, Yoga
Mon – Day 1 Strength
Tues – Simple and Sinister, Rocking, Crawling, Walking (These can be done everyday – however they are done for sure this day)
Wed – Day 2 Strength, Yoga
Thurs – Viking Conditioning, Simple and Sinister
Fri – Day 3 Strength
Sat – Simple and Sinister