Life, the Martial Challenges, and Everything.

Month: August, 2013


I was gifted some old family photos for Christmas of 2012: my dad and my uncle as wee people, and my paternal grandparents on their wedding day.  Both pictures (in frames) sit proudly on my window sill, facing all who enter my room – admittedly, typically myself and my girlfriend.

But it got me thinking about a side of gifting that is seldom seen anymore: gifts that actually mean something.
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve fallen deep into the “show your love with your money” side of things, because generally I get stuff that people want.  Sometimes I take an educated guess at what they would like, other times I get a list and choose from it.  More often than not, I get a list.
I am horrible at putting a list together, even when my mom asks me for specifics.

For once I have a few ideas, but when I say “few”, I literally mean “three”.  True, this is outstandingly better than years previous, but one of the items is around $220 plus shipping, and I’m not 100% sure it’s actually in production yet.

Back to the picture thing, it inspired me to think that there may actually be people out there who would like and enjoy to have some framed pictures of some of my moments.
To that end, I put together several photos to be printed and bought some frames to mount them in.  I have a picture of me on the medal podium as a fresh blue belt receiving my gold medal, there’s my girlfriend and I together with the sun shining through the trees, and there’s my coach awarding me my blue belt.

I chose those pictures because they’re the biggest moments of this year, and pretty close to all of my life.  So far my parents, my brother and his family, and my paternal grandmother have received them.  They’re just a little taste of what is to come in the near future.

Now I just have to think of ideas for Christmas …

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

Tournament Prep: The Basics

There are a lot of first-time competitors out there, and inevitably they all go through the same mistakes.  I’m here to try and help inform them of what they can do to help prepare.

Tournaments take some getting used to; the mass of people, the jitters, the adrenaline dump … sometimes the only way to prepare for those is competing in more tournaments.  My first few tournaments I was quite nervous, coupled with a bit of weight cutting to make a lighter weight class made me a bit lackluster in my performance.

But there are a lot of small details to look after, details that can become big problems if left unchecked.

We’ll start with the basics: Gi and No-Gi.

Most tournaments won’t let you compete with a dirty Gi, which means you’ll want to have two clean Gis that are tournament legal.  Check with the tournament to ensure what colours they’ll allow.  Typical legal colours at the National level are black, blue, and white.  Pink is seen among the female competitors.

The same rule applies for No-Gi: bring two sets of shorts and rashguards.  Make sure your shorts don’t have front pockets, you’ll fail inspection and be required to change or forfeit.  I personally dislike any outside pockets on my No-Gi shorts.  Competitors can use a t-shirt, but I again personally dislike that: they’re loose and baggy, and fairly unhygenic.  There are fewer rules at the National level for No-Gi, but check the rules anyways just to be safe.

Wear whatever footwear you want to the competition, but take along a pair of sandals to wear after you’ve changed from street clothes.  This will make it easier for quick bathroom breaks in between divisions while still keeping your feet off the bare floor.

Here’s part 1 of your tournament checklist:

-two (2) IBJJF-legal Gis
-two (2) pairs of boardshorts, no pockets
-two (2) rashguards
-one (1) pair of sandals

Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2, coming soon!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?