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Month: February, 2014

CBJJF presents: Okanagan Winter Classic 2014

February 22nd was my first tournament of 2014; the CBJJF Okanagan Winter Classic.  You may remember that I attended last year’s Winter Classic as a white belt, and earned a Silver in the Middleweight division.  I didn’t even write a full post on it, just attached it at the end of another.

Well, this Winter Classic was a bit different.  It was my first tournament in a long while as a Lightweight, and I had quite a successful and easy weight management program.  I made weight for Gi at 166 pounds, 2 pounds under the 168 pound limit.  I was supposed to be part of a 4-man division, but 2 people didn’t show up.  Ryan Kehoe and I faced off, quite amusingly since he is part of RDC BJJ under Sterling Redlack, while I was borrowing their school name.  We had quite the colourful commentary going on.
I felt great starting and ending the match, but I wasn’t very active.  I lost via advantages, Ryan worked a little more than I.20140222_142507I hadn’t planned on competing in No-Gi when I initially signed up, but upon seeing the draft version of the athlete’s list, I noticed that Jacob Dwyer of RDC was alone in the Middleweight division.  I volunteered myself to the right people, letting them know that I would step up from Lightweight to Middleweight to avoid Jacob having to move to Medium Heavy, and they accepted.  A third person found their way into the division, and thus solidified the division.
Jacob received a by to the gold medal match, I took on Matteo of Pacific Top Team Kelowna.  While I lost via guillotine submission, I was very happy in how I dealt with his arm drag during his attempt to take me down at the start of the match.  I stepped through his arm drag attempt and established a solid seat belt and dragged him down before sliding over into mount.  He near-successfully Lumberjack me, but I managed to roll things around and slide into his guard instead – and thus into his submission.20140222_173813

Overall I’m happy with my conditioning.  The tournament was on-time, despite two ambulance-worthy injuries, and it was good to see my Okanagan friends again.  I have a few things to work on, and a few bad habits to break, and I know I’ll improve upon them.  My weight management skills held up, and will be tested again on March 1st with another tournament.

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

I am “New Age” …

Actually, I’m not.  This has been going on for decades around the world.  I’m just the latest to join.


No, I didn’t just learn how to cook, but I did decide to do 90% of the cooking after my girlfriend and I moved in.  I enjoy cooking, prepping the ingredients, and getting the timing down like a finely tuned flow-roll.  It also gives her a bit of a well-deserved break for her last in-class semester as she studies and writes some papers.  My course load is much lighter, and out of the two of us, I currently retain function in my dominant hand.

As I mentioned before, I’m not the first to be the cook, and it’s certainly not new.
Her father cooks.
My younger friend Stuart cooks.
I believe Benevolance cooks.

I do enjoy the feeling of playing my part in stopping a gender stereotype.  But I also enjoy experimenting for someone, trying random things, spicing things up.  When I cook for myself, the food is primarily edible, with flavour being relegated down to a tertiary thing.  When I cook for her, flavour is right up there with being edible.

It helps that we’re shopping for our veggies at Langley Farmer’s Market (we have a location in Maple Ridge), and their prices are much cheaper compared to Save-On or Safeway.  Our meat we’re getting from Meridian Meat Shops, which is a butcher shop with everything very fresh and organic.  I get as much meat for the same price or less, and it is of higher quality.  The selection is greater as well.

I’m open to recipe suggestions as well, I’ve only used one recipe in my cooking thus far.  We do have several cookbooks, including “The Dolce Diet” by Mike Dolce (no, not the cake Dolce de Leche), and I’m sure we’ll try them out soon.  It also helps now that we don’t have to worry about allergens, though I still keep them in the back of my mind.

For now, back to studying for Wednesday’s midterm …

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

P.S. To further bring notice to hang-drying clothes over a fan, my Gis are dry in a few hours at most, rather than 24-36 hours.  I can wash two or three in the morning, and use them by the early evening.  It’s quite handy.

Moved! (Mostly)

We have recently moved, and while we’re still unpacking/setting up a few things, we have the bulk of our things in and ready for use.  Right now it’s just fine-tuning things, like thinning out all of the cutlery and mugs we now have.  Our appliances are quite new, including a front-loading washer and dryer.  They wash our jiu-jitus gis quite nicely, and we even have a nice little alcove to hang them up to dry.  As a bonus, I have a fan plugged in underneath to dry them even faster.  This will make washing and drying multiple gis very easy and quick.

Our next big step is acquiring bookshelves and then we can hang pictures and the like.

Yes, short update, but an update nonetheless.

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

First World Problems

About a week ago I was travelling from the gym to home, when I ran over a debris field consisting mainly of chunks of wood.  It was spread all over the highway right as you merged from the on-ramp, with no real way to avoid the pile.  After running it over, I waited to see if my vehicle’s handling changed in any way that would indicate a flat tire.  There was nothing, so I assumed one of two scenarios:

  1. I avoided puncturing my tires, and could brush off this entire incident
  2. I avoided an immediate blow-out of my tires, but gained a small puncture resulting in a slow leak that wouldn’t necessarily become apparent until hours after the incident.

Either way, the only thing I could really do was keep calm and carry on (Chive?), and wait until the morning.
Well, the morning arrived, and I popped out to grab some empty boxes meant for packing, and I noticed that I indeed picked up a slow leak on my front driver’s side tire.  I brought the boxes inside, put on a shirt, and went out to change my tire.

This isn’t the first flat tire I’ve had, there have been two incidents in the past, plus one time where I lost two lug-nuts from my front passenger side tire.  I’ve some experience in changing tires, and they never tend to be in the warmest of weather conditions.

Fortunately, I am apparently more prepared than I previously realized for such eventualities:

  • a metal bar that fits over the tiny lug-nut wrench provided with the car.  This helps increase leverage to loosen the lug-nuts when they are tight.  (Actually, I knew about that one, my dad gave it me, probably because he knew what a struggle it is.  An additional 6 inches of leverage makes all of the difference in the world)
  • gloves.  Well, mittens really.  From the 2010 Olympics.  Said weekend was about -2 degrees to +2 degrees, with some wind.  Not the warmest of conditions, even if I do wear shorts all of the time.  A protective layer over your hands keeps them warmer when you’re handling cold metal in not-warm conditions.
  • knee pads.  I had left my paintball knee pads in my car from the last time I went to the field with friends, and now I am thoroughly thankful I was lazy.  Asphalt is very hard on knees; bare or covered in pants.  In particular, mine have a hard plastic shell with a slightly cushioned lining bought from Dave’s Surplus in New West.  Essentially they’re what the Army uses for their soldiers.  It makes the task literally less painful.

I was able to swap the punctured tire with the spare doughnut tire in 10 minutes or less, and take the punctured tire to the very nearby Canadian Tire to have it patched and filled.  After that was done, I swapped the tires again and packed everything away, this time leaving the knee pads with the spare tire and the tools to ensure that I would have them for a later time.

Hopefully it will be at least another two years before I have to think about getting my spare tire out again.

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

Review: Datsusara’s Battlepack Core

It’s slowly dawning on me that I may be a bit harder on my gear bags than the average person.
I’ve torn through three backpacks for work/school, two small duffle bags and one large duffle bag for training/overnight stays, with another small one on its way out.  It never feels as if I’m overly tough on them, but I suppose evidence points contrary.

I replaced my last backpack with Datsusara’s Battlepack Core.

In a nutshell:

  • made of hemp
  • YKK self-healing zippers
  • two side pockets for water bottles
  • two side pockets for iPod-sized devices
  • front pocket for books/tablets/accessories
  • microfibre-lined top pocket for phone
  • backplate compartment
  • “dirty bag” included to keep wet/soiled things separate

I use it for school, packing away my binder, two textbooks, and a small mess of other things.  It holds my wallet, keys, iPod, e-reader, and water bottle without any noticeable bulges, and the straps are stiff and great at bearing the weight.

The dirty bag is handy, as Datsusara designed their gear bags for the MMA practitioner.  Any of your sweat-soaked clothes can be stuffed into the dirty bag to keep everything else clean.  I use mine for my swimming gear after school, it keeps my towel, trunks, goggles, and toiletries without any fuss.  And it’s washable, so no funky smells set it.  The only downside is the printing washed right off on the first wash.  Small price to pay for otherwise excellent quality in every other aspect.

Well, that, and they run out of stock with what seems like regular frequency.  This may not be entirely accurate, as I believe they just redesigned all of their bags late last year.  They may have just ordered a smaller quantity to test the market again, but I know they have a second shipment coming in February or March.  Personally I’d advise the wait, they’re worth it.

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