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Month: July, 2014

The Story of River

You may have seen a new album posted on my Facebook area.  An album that contains a photo or three of a Shar Pei dog.  Her name is River, though once she was known as Daisy.  River is a foster-to-adopt dog who had a rough go in her last home and became very stressed out by the shelter.  She is quick to recognize us now, even after we dropped her off at the shelter again for an overnight stay before her appointment at the vet’s.  River had successful dental work — resulting in clean teeth and only one tooth pulled due to decay — and entropion surgery.  Her sutures, which look like eyelashes, come out at the end of the month, and until then she must wear her cone.

Keri and I have been fairly proactive in terms of setting up our home for a dog.  Cords have been bundled and tucked away, food and water dishes bought along with a leash and collar.  A kennel carrier for medium-to-large size dogs has been set up in the corner, which also serves as a platform for cat food and water.  Finally, a comfy — if poofy — dog mattress for her bed has been set up.  These changes have also allowed us to clean up a few things that we had been putting off.

River travels well in car, especially with our new dog seatbelt.  It keeps her on the bench seat in my car if I have to brake suddenly, and I’ve shortened it enough to prevent her from whacking herself on doors and windows from a sharp turn.  She’s not a fan of any motorcycle, she growls at them with deep throaty voice.

Our girl already has the nickname of “Sweetie”, as her namesake River Song from Doctor Who is often heard saying.  I usually call Iris “bubi” from Die Hard (“Hans, bubi, I’m your white knight!”), and now sometimes I call her “Sweetie” as well.

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

Cameo Story

Over the past year, Keri and I have been watching many series on Netflix, including Community, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Stargate SG-1, to name a few.  As our repertoire grew, so did our recognition of regulars and extras.  We started trying to piece together coherent back-stories  for all of the extras across the series.  Of course, we had to take a few liberties here and there with the air dates of episodes in the series.  Here are a few examples – and possible spoilers for series and movies both new and old, read at your own risk!

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Double Time!

I had yet another back-to-back set of tournaments:

  • CBJJF’s Western Canadian BJJ Championships in Penticton, BC, June 28th
  • Katana BJJ’s Roots BJJ Challenge in Richmond, BC, July 5th

I competed in Gi Lightweight for both tournaments, and in No-Gi Middleweight for the Western Canadians.

The Western Canadians!
Held at the South Okanagan Events Centre, it was spacious, with plenty of parking.  Inside were multiple change rooms and the new option to weigh in up to three hours before your scheduled division time.  This is a fantastic addition, allowing competitors to eat and hydrate before stepping on the mats.  My Gi Lightweight division was eleven large, myself included.  I unfortunately had to face off against RDC-teammate Cam Deleurme first round, and he got the better of me.  Between his stronger wrestling and my ineffective game plan, Cam maintained superior positions and secured a submission finish.  It was also the first tournament my parents, my aunt and uncle, and my grandmother were able to attend.  Definitely not my best performance.

After waiting the rest of the afternoon for No-Gi, our four-man division was called to the bull-pen and sent to mat 6.  My game plan seemed ineffective at first, I was stuck in bottom half-guard for three minutes or so, with a failed attempt to take the back, defending my opponent’s attempts at Kimura and Americana arm-locks.  Finally he destabilized his own base going for submissions that I was able to sweep him and secure the mount.  Now four points up, I could begin to work from a superior position.  Unfortunately, he managed a sweep in the closing 30 seconds, but in the end I prevailed 6-4.  It was onto the finals against Burnaby BJJ’s Zac who had a more dominant game and secured a rear-naked choke.  In the end I took Silver.

In between my Gi and No-Gi matches, I coached first-time competitor and teammate Eddie.  He was a recent addition to Genesis, and competed in the Master Male White Belt Middleweight division against five others.  He won his first match on points, second match via submission, and the finals via points.  My coaching voice hadn’t been used in a while, and barely made it to Ed’s third round.

Roots BJJ Challenge!
Once more held in the Fridge Gymnasium, it proved to be a busy tournament inside of a venue too small for the crowd.  Once more in the Lightweight Adult male division, I managed to arrive and change moments before they called my division up to the bullpen.  My first match would be against Graeme Martin of Powell River BJJ, the man I had gone against at the Copa Katana III in March.  Knowing this, I remembered his guard and triangles, and to shoot early and shoot fast for a takedown to bypass his guard.  Graeme kept me on my feet long enough to jump guard, and after transitioning from a cross-collar to an omaplata to a triangle, he sealed it in and finished it.  Lesson learned: work on breaking the guard quickly (or the standing break).

Now it’s about three months until the next tournament, which happens to be the day after my 30th birthday.  I’m looking forward to the Masters division, but I know that if there are not enough of us, we get sent to the Adult division.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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She doesn’t look a day over 147!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype” Perkins
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