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Stef
02-06-2003, 01:41 AM
This is my first post here, so hello all. I've just started BJJ again after 8 months. And, because I'm such a slack bastard, I thought I might start some sort of journal here, in the hope that it'll keep me motivated.
I had my first class back last saturday, and it ****ing destroyed me. I've started of at a new school that's run by a purple belt who seems to be a really good teacher. He spent a lot more time with me then my old instructor (who was a black belt) ever did, which is a good sign. probably should have gone a bit lighter, because my knee and elbow have started playing up again from a few old injuries. Apart from that, I had a good time. There were a few new guys starting so we went through basic escapes from the mount, and a knee over the leg guard pass. It seems like they focus a lot more on basic things like closed guard and escapes at this joint, which is what I need. At my old school I started learning spider guard, butterfly guard, etc straight away. I think that was because there were a lot more advanced students and no separate classes for beginners.

Stef
02-06-2003, 04:17 AM
Just had a 45 min stretch. I focused on my bung knee a lot. It's feeling better so I think I'll go to class tomorrow.

Stain
02-06-2003, 11:21 AM
Welcome to the forums Stef

wondermut
02-06-2003, 12:33 PM
Keep it up bro......where you from?

Kempo Chris
02-06-2003, 02:40 PM
Welcome

seldomTap
02-06-2003, 06:16 PM
Hi Stef and welcome aboard...

Coming back after a break is tough, I know what you are going through believe me! Keep it going though, it will all be good soon when your body remembers how to do things and the pain will almost disappear

LukeDothSucketh
02-06-2003, 06:43 PM
YAY STEF!

Stef
02-06-2003, 07:27 PM
Thanks guys. I should probably give a bit of background info. I'm 21, from Melbourne, Australia. I started training BJJ in Dec 2001 under Peter DeBeen (a Carlos Gracie jr Blackbelt). In Apr 2002 I headed of to Thailand for three months. When I got back I never really got the urge to go back to training. Instead I spent all my time smoking bongs and playing video games. I always said I wanted to start BJJ again, but I never really made an effort.
At the start of December last year, one of my old mates rang me up out of the blue and told me that he was heading up to Byron Bay on a surfing trip, and there was a spare seat if I wanted it.

Stef
02-06-2003, 07:49 PM
So one week later I found myself driving up to the north of Aus with some of my best mates from high school, who I hadn't really had much to do with in the last few years. Well, seeing as it's a 20 hour car ride, we did a lot of talking about what we'd been up to, etc, etc. I ended up spending half of the time talking about this family of Brazilian fighter's called the Gracies, and how I'd been studying their fighting style. It was during this car ride that I realised how much I missed my jiu jitsu classes.
So after a a month or so of Byron's lovely beaches, nightlife and women, I was back in Melbourne. After working my arse of for a few weeks (I had $20 to my name when I got home). I finally had my first class back last Saturday (1st of Feb).
My second class starts in about an hour, so I better start getting ready.

Stef
02-06-2003, 07:53 PM
I should also add that I'm now training in a different school, which is almost half the cost of the last one (yes, I am a tightarse). The guy who runs this new school seems to better at explaining things to beginners then my old teacher, but it's only my second lesson, so we'll see.

Stef
02-07-2003, 01:03 AM
Just got back from my second class, and I feel pretty ****ing tired. We went through single and double leg takedowns, and some armbars and wristlocks from side mount. Had a roll for 45min after that. Things are coming back pretty quick. Had a lot more gas in the tank today, and my knee didn't play up at all, so I'm a happy man.

Stef
02-09-2003, 09:59 PM
****ed my knee up, lifting **** at work yesterday. It's not too bad, but I think I should see someone about it, because it doesn't seem to getting any better. I've been doing some really light stretching on it, hope it fixes up soon.

Stef
02-10-2003, 02:44 AM
went to see a physio. She said I've torn the ligaments in my knee. I have to take it easy on the legs, so I think I'll stop BJJ for a bit. I might do some upper body weights, until I go back.

wondermut
02-10-2003, 04:37 PM
how long?

Stef
02-11-2003, 11:20 PM
a week or two.

Stef
02-11-2003, 11:27 PM
Started doing some weights today.
Chinups- 6, 4
Pullups- 3
DB bench with legs raised- 20kg 3*15
Started doing some shrugs, but the weight on my knee felt a little bad, so I gave it a miss.
I also checked out a Feldenkrais class yesterday, which was pretty weird. It seems to be all about developing body awareness. Pretty interesting, still debating whether I'll go back though.

Stef
02-13-2003, 06:19 AM
Went to see the physio again. Now she thinks I've got a Patella tracking disorder as well as the ligament damage. I don't have enough cash to see her again for a while, so I'm going to talk to a chick at work who's studying physio.

Stef
02-15-2003, 04:38 AM
Chinups- 7, 7
Pullups- 3
DB bench with legs raised- 23kg, 5, 15, 15
been doing static quad exercises, and light stretching for my knee 3 times a day. I think I'm getting a virus or something, got a bit of a stomach ache and I feel really worn out.

Stef
02-16-2003, 07:11 AM
can't...
stop...
eating

Stef
02-16-2003, 07:24 AM
seem to be getting lazier and lazier, the less I do. I know the solution- get of my arse, but It's hard to take that inintial plunge. Esp with a ****ed knee.

Stef
02-18-2003, 07:37 AM
had a 45 min stretch yesterday. Went to another feldenkrais class today, seems to be about learning to move efficiently, as well as increasing body awareness. I've been cycling about half an hour a day and doing exercises for my knee religiously, but not much else. Weighed myself today, I've put on 3 kg, and I don't think any of that's muscle. Not to happy about that.

Stef
02-24-2003, 05:09 AM
Just got back from a few days down the coast. My knees feeling heaps better so I'm gonna start a few more exercises on it. Might give BJJ a miss for a bit longer though. I've drawn up a rough conditioning circuit to get me in shape. I'm gonna split it 3 days a week in the following groups.
1- Quads, Hamstrings, Calves, Ext rotator
2-Deltoids, Biceps, Triceps
3-Lats, Pecs, Trunk, Trapezius
My main goal at the moment is fix my knee, and strengthen my other joints before I start doing any intensive stuff. I don't think I quite realised how out of shape I was, and if I get another injury soon I'll go insane. So I'll start by building up my anaerobic endurance, then head back to BJJ in a few weeks. I might even start off just doing the tech part of the class, maybe have a light roll.

Stef
02-24-2003, 05:23 AM
First day of my new circuit, taking it really easy today. I'm going to go from exercise to exercise, slowly building up the reps each time.
5 min bike
Swiss Ball Squat- 5, 10, 15, 5
Bi-Lateral leg curl on Swiss Ball- 5, 10, 15, 5
Calf raise on step- 5, 10, 15, 5
DB ext rotation-2.5kg 5, 10, 15, 5
Stretched each muscle after fininishing the warm-down set, then did some contract-relax stretches on my hip flexors, which have been really tight lately. Iced knee after, then had a warm shower with the water mainly running onto knee.
Calf raises really easy, swiss squats pretty easy, leg curl's pretty hard (legs getting a bit shaky), db rotations pretty hard suprisingly, might have to use an even lighter weight.
Knee held up well, bit sore after, but no worse then it was.

Stef
02-25-2003, 11:16 PM
working delts, bis and tris today
5 min bike
db seated lateral raise-10kg. 5, 10, 15, 5. pretty hard
db shoulder press- 10kg. 5, 10, 15, 5. Way too easy
alternating DB curls- 10kg. 5, 10, 15, 5. easy
lying db tri ext- 10kg. 5, 10, 15, 5. hard.
stretched each muscle after every exercise.
pnf stretching on hams and hip flexors.

The Jake
02-27-2003, 03:25 AM
Heya Stef,

My old instructor used to train there at Peter De Been's in Melbourne. Who to you roll with regularly down there?

- The Jake

Stef
02-27-2003, 09:52 PM
I don't train there anymore, I've started going to Ground Zero run by Rob Williams. Who was your old instructor?

The Jake
03-01-2003, 03:31 AM
Peter Polygenis... (aka. BJJPoly on Sherdog) he was a blue belt there, just one the blue belt open division at the Pan Pacifics this year so I'd hope he's a purple by now.... he's been there like 5-6 years now?

Pete recently moved up to Sydney.

- The Jake

Stef
03-03-2003, 12:42 AM
Yea, I know the guy you're talking about, nice dude. I went to a class in his garage one time and was pretty impressed. I was actually going to start training at his place out at Monash, but I don't drive, so it was a real hassle to get there.
The place I'm at now has a really similar style of teaching, there's a lot of white belts so the coach pays you a lot of attention (from what I've seen, I've only been twice). That was one of the main problems at Pete's (DeBeen not Polywog). He'd ask people at the start of the class what problems they were having, so the blues and purples tended to ask all the questions. 90% of that **** went over my head. Most of the things I learned were from an asian dude called Andrew (I think?). He was an awesome teacher, but I felt bad wasting all his training time. I'm sure Pete DeBeen's an awesome teacher, he just seemed to focus on the higher belts a lot more.

Stef
03-03-2003, 02:10 AM
5 min bike
Chin-ups- 2, 4, 6, 4
db bench, legs raised, 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
seated db Shrug- 10kg: 10 20kg: 5, 15, 15,
Rev trunk twist 5, 10, 12, 5
had trouble concentrating towards the end. On the shrugs my grip strength was a lot more faatigued then my traps were. ****, 5 o clock, goddam.

The Jake
03-04-2003, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by Stef
Yea, I know the guy you're talking about, nice dude. I went to a class in his garage one time and was pretty impressed. I was actually going to start training at his place out at Monash, but I don't drive, so it was a real hassle to get there.
The place I'm at now has a really similar style of teaching, there's a lot of white belts so the coach pays you a lot of attention (from what I've seen, I've only been twice). That was one of the main problems at Pete's (DeBeen not Polywog). He'd ask people at the start of the class what problems they were having, so the blues and purples tended to ask all the questions. 90% of that **** went over my head. Most of the things I learned were from an asian dude called Andrew (I think?). He was an awesome teacher, but I felt bad wasting all his training time. I'm sure Pete DeBeen's an awesome teacher, he just seemed to focus on the higher belts a lot more.

Most ppl that train at Peter DeBeen's had that gripe. Basically it's due to the popularity of the school now. Class sizes are huge and so it's quite hard to focus on the beginners. That's why my mate Pete started up in his garage teaching just a few ppl (that's where it started -- that and Monash).

If I train in Melbourne again, it will probably be at Extreme JJ (now that the EXGF trains at Peter deBeens..... *shudder*).

- The Jake

Stef
03-04-2003, 11:11 PM
who's EXGF? you ever train with Mick? That cunt is a beast if I ever saw one, big ****er, but nice bloke.

Stef
03-05-2003, 01:52 AM
5 min bike
Swiss Ball Squat- 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
Bi-Lateral leg curl on Swiss Ball- 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
Calf raise on step- 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
DB ext rotation-2.5kg 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
5 min bike
stretched muscles between all sets

The Jake
03-05-2003, 05:10 AM
Originally posted by Stef
who's EXGF? you ever train with Mick? That cunt is a beast if I ever saw one, big ****er, but nice bloke.

Yep. Mick is one big bloke. I used to pair up with him whenever I could because he was the only one my size. That said, he'd own me every time :D

My exgf's name is Karen. That's about all I care to say about that. :D

- The Jake

Stef
03-07-2003, 07:43 AM
5 min bike
db seated lateral raise-10kg. 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
db shoulder press- 10kg- 5, 20kg- 10, 15, 10, 5
alternating DB curls- 10kg. 5, 10, 15kg- 14, 10, 10kg- 5
lying db tri ext- 10kg. 5, 10, 15, 10, 5

Stef
03-10-2003, 08:26 PM
stacked my bike yesterday, so I'm going to have to change my conditioning program a fair bit. I got 5 stitches in my head, bit of grazing all over my left side, and some serious bruising on my right face, shoulder, collarbone, and palm. Can't really use my right hand to well, so I think I'll work on my left side a bit, it's always been weaker anyway.
Am I fated to not go back to BJJ or something. My knees almost healed enough to go test it and this happens. Oh, and the forks on my bike are FUBAR. I've got no cash, and I'm going to struggle to work like this. Goddam. I think I might go headbutt the wall right now.

The Jake
03-11-2003, 03:18 PM
Sorry to hear that dude.

Just rest up and you'll be right. Stitches and bruises don't take too long to heal. It could be a lot worse man.

- The Jake

Stef
03-11-2003, 08:35 PM
thanks man. I know it's nothing serious, I'm just having a whinge.

Stef
03-11-2003, 08:41 PM
1 arm db row 7.5 kg- 8, 10kg- 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
1 arm db bench 10kg- 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
1 arm db shrug 10kg- 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
rev trunk twist- 5, 10, 15, 10, 5
stretched for 45 min

Stef
03-13-2003, 01:46 AM
10 min bike
Swiss Ball Squat- 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
Bi-Lateral leg curl on Swiss Ball- 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
Calf raise on step- 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
DB ext rotation-2.5kg 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
stretched muscles between all sets

DOGGx0
03-15-2003, 03:28 AM
you say 10 min on the bike? just curious.... is that a typical cardio workout for you? if so, i would consider pushing yourself a little further unless your stature is normal. as for me, my stomach grows as i eat so more cardio is required.

The Jake
03-15-2003, 09:34 AM
10min is his warmup I'm guessing....

which is pretty standard, really.

- The Jake

Stef
03-16-2003, 02:49 AM
Originally posted by Dogg^x0
you say 10 min on the bike? just curious.... is that a typical cardio workout for you? if so, i would consider pushing yourself a little further unless you stature is normal. as for me, my stomach grows as i eat so more cardio is required.
no dude, it's just a warmup. I never do a formal cardio workout, I normally play a lot of sports casually with my mates (basketball, table tennis, footy, soccer, etc), but my knee's been playing up a bit lately so I'm a bit limited. My work also involves a lot of running around, so I've never really bothered doing any extra cardio. I've put on a little bit of padding in the last month or two, but I'm still pretty skinny, and I know I can get rid of it pretty easy.

Stef
03-16-2003, 02:54 AM
db seated lateral raise-10kg. 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
db shoulder press- 10kg- 10, 20kg- 10, 15, 12, 10kg- 5
alternating DB curls- 10kg. 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
lying db tri ext- 10kg. 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
stretched all muscles between sets

Stef
03-19-2003, 07:45 PM
yesterday
10 min bike
chinups- 2, 4, 6, 6, 2
db bench, legs up- 10 kg 5, 20kg 10, 23kg 15, 15, 10 kg 10
standing db shrug- 10 kg 5, 15 kg 10, 20 kg 15, 15, 10 kg 10
rev trunk twist- 3lr, 6 lr, 10 lr, 10 lr, 3 lr
stretched muscles between sets and after. forearms fatigued before traps on the shrugs (maybe carrying **** at work all day?)

Stef
03-25-2003, 03:04 AM
20/03
5 min bike
Swiss Ball Squat- 5, 15, 15, 15, 5
Bi-Lateral leg curl on Swiss Ball- 5, 10, 15, 15, 5 (hard)
Calf raise on step- 5, 15, 15, 15, 5
DB ext rotation-2.5kg 5, 15, 15, 15, 5
stretched muscles between all sets, and had a nice long stretch at the end.

Stef
03-25-2003, 03:22 AM
22/03
started looking at the clock today. 1 1/2 min rest between sets, 2 min rest between exercises.
10 min bike
db seated lateral raise:
8kg- 8
13kg- 15, 15, 12,
8kg-5 (hard)
db shoulder press:
8kg- 8
20kg- 15, 14, 19
10kg- 5 (hard)
alternating DB curls:
10kg-6
13kg- 15, 15, 15
8 kg- 5
lying db tri ext:
8kg- 5
13k- 15, 15, 15
8kg- 5 (hard)
stretched everything nicely afterwards

Stef
03-26-2003, 02:15 AM
mon 24/ 03
5 min bike
CHINUPS
bw- 2, 4, 6, 6, 2
DB BENCH, LEGS RAISED
10kg- 5
20kg- 10
23kg- 15, 15
10kg- 10
STANDING DB SHRUG
10kg- 5
15kg- 10
20kg- 15
25kg- 15
10kg- 5
REVERSE TRUNK TWIST
bw (lr)- 3 (6), 6, 10, 12, 3
long stretch after

DOGGx0
03-26-2003, 02:31 AM
call me stupid, but can u convert kg to lbs for me so i can understand what u are lifting?

Stef
03-26-2003, 03:46 AM
wed 26/03
5 min bike
SWISS BALL SQUAT
bw- 5, 15
20kg- 15, 15
bw- 5 (easy)
SWISS BI-LATERAL CURLS
bw- 5, 10, 15, 15, 5
2 LEG CALF RAISE
bw-5, 15, 15, 15, 5 (easy)
DB EXTERNAL ROTATION
2.5kg- 5, 15, 15, 15, 5 (easy)
5 min bike
light stretch of muscles used

Stef
03-26-2003, 03:50 AM
Originally posted by Dogg^x0
call me stupid, but can u convert kg to lbs for me so i can understand what u are lifting?
1kg = 2.2 lbs (I think)

Stef
03-28-2003, 05:38 PM
fri 28/03
1 1/2 min rest between sets, 2 min rest between exercises.
5 min bike
db seated lateral raise:
8kg- 8
13kg- 15, 12, 9,
8kg-5 (hard)
db shoulder press:
8kg- 8
20kg- 15, 15, 10
10kg- 5 (hard)
alternating DB curls:
10kg-7
13kg- 15, 15, 15
8 kg- 5
lying db tri ext:
8kg- 5
13k- 15, 15, 13
8kg- 5 (hard)
stretched everything nicely afterwards
really struggled today. I was working at a wharehouse lifting crates for 5 hours earlier, so I'm pretty happy with what I did.

Stef
03-31-2003, 06:24 AM
mon 31/ 03
10 min bike
CHINUPS
bw- 2, 4, 6, 7, 2
DB BENCH, LEGS RAISED
10kg- 10
20kg- 5
25kg- 15, 15
10kg- 10
STANDING DB SHRUG
10kg- 10
20kg- 5
25kg- 15, 15
10kg- 10
REVERSE TRUNK TWIST
bw (lr)- 3 (6), 6, 12, 15, 3
stretched between sets, but not afterwards

Stef
04-01-2003, 10:18 PM
01/04/03
going to change my program next week, probably 10- 12 reps instead of 15, so this week I'm going really light.
5 min bike
SWISS BALL SQUAT
bw- 5, 12, 12, 12, 5
SWISS BI-LATERAL CURLS
bw- 5, 10, 12, 12, 5
2 LEG CALF RAISE
bw-5, 12, 12, 12, 5
DB EXTERNAL ROTATION
2.5kg- 5, 12, 12, 12, 5
lightly stretched mucles between sets
going for an ultrasound on my knee in a couple of hours. It's been really good the last week. I'm going back to BJJ the end of this week if all's well.

The Jake
04-02-2003, 05:18 AM
Originally posted by Stef
1kg = 2.2 lbs (I think)

Yep

- The Jake

Stef
04-04-2003, 03:44 AM
edit :fu:

Stef
04-04-2003, 03:45 AM
THU 03/04
1 1/2 min rest between sets, 2 min rest between exercises.
5 min bike
db seated lateral raise:
10kg- 5, 12, 12, 12,5
db shoulder press:
10kg- 5
15kg- 12, 12, 12
10kg- 5
alternating DB curls:
10kg- 5, 12, 12, 5
lying db tri ext:
10kg- 5, 12, 12, 12, 5

bob
04-06-2003, 12:00 PM
whats going on with the bjj, you training?