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Month: August, 2014

Battlefield 32

Saturday August 23rd was Battlefield Fight League’s 32nd card, and it was a whopper of a fight!  My friend Micah Brakefield was supposed to fight Revolution’s Jared Revel, but had to pull out due to injury.  The final card looked like this:

Jeremy Kennedy (4-0, 1-0 BFL) VS Andre Da Silva (1-0 BFL) Pro Featherweight
Gary Mangat (4-1, 3-1 BFL) VS Blair Oster (2-2) Pro Bantamweight
Josh Morgan (2-0, 1-0 BFL) VS Arjan Bhullar (0-0) Ammy heavyweight
David Perron (6-3, 0-0 BFL) VS Ryan Ballingal (4-7, 0-1 BFL) Pro Middleweight
Craig Maclean (6-2, 2-1 BFL) VS Nick Ghaeni (3-0, 1-0 BFL) Ammy bantamweight title
Bradley Nicholson (2-2, 2-1 BFL) VS Cole Smith (3-0, 2-0 BFL) Ammy bantamweight
Ryan Leask (1-1 BFL) VS Marlan Murillo (0-0) Ammy welterweight
Paul Cowie (1-0 BFL) VS Daivd Cunnigham (2-2) Ammy lightweight
Christian Tremayne (1-4, 0-2 BFL) VS Navid Mirzaei (0-1 BFL) Ammy lightweight
catcheweight 160 pounds
Johnny Gallang (1-1, 0-1 BFL) VS Sohrab Said (0-0 BFL) Ammy catchweight

The weigh-ins went smoothly, though Navid Mirzaie’s camp was under the mistaken pretense that the bout with Christian Tremayne was at 160 pounds, and not the proper lightweight division of 155 pounds, thus their bout is now a catchweight.  Bradley Nicholson’s weight was posted at 139.2 pounds, which puts him a tad over the Bantamweight limit of 135 pounds.  Craig Maclean looks to defend his Amateur Bantamweight title against Nick Ghaeni, and there will be no shortage of contenders as both Tylor and Bradley Nicholson look to state cases of their own to vie for the belt, along with Kirk Tse.

Bout 1: Johnny Gallang vs Sohrab Said: Gallang’s offence stopped the fight rather quickly in a savage TKO.

Bout 2: Christian Tremayne vs. Navid Mirzaei: It was a back-and-forth affair, Mirzaei striking first, but Tremayne ending each clash.  His cardio looked to be a lot better than Mirzaei’s, and in the end Tremayne took the Unanimous Decision for a well deserved Win.

Bout 3: Paul Cowie vs. David Cunningham: The first 30 seconds were spent by each fighter feeling each other out before Paul shot in for a takedown.  There was a distinct lack of action culminating in Paul looking up at the ref in confusion.  David clutched his eye, and in came the doctor.  His eyes were fine, but David had verbally tapped out at 1:16 of round 1, making Paul the winner.

Bout 4: Ryan Leask vs. Marlan Murillo: the first round was extremely exciting with Murillo getting the better of Leask with strikes and a takedown.  As the second frame opened up, Leask caught Murillo with a savage hit to end the bout at 0:13 for a TKO win.

Bout 5: Cole Smith vs. Bradley Nicholson: They opened up with kicks right away, with Nicholson landing a good head kick on Smith.  Smith worked a takedown, but Nicholson got off a good back-hammerfist that seemed to open a cut on Smith’s forehead.  Nicholson looked for armbars and triangles as Smith looked to pass, but the ref called a halt and asked the doctor, who waved the bout due to the cut.  Nicholson wins at 2:02 of round 1 by doctor stoppage, which should give him the next shot for the Amateur Bantamweight belt.

Bout 6: Craig MacLean vs. Nick Ghaeni: The action began immediately, as befitting the champ and the #1 contender, but Ghaeni landed a solid hook on MacLean, sending him crashing to the canvas.  Ghaeni moved in, but MacLean stood up, and Ghaeni got around to pick him up and slam him down.  Ghaeni ended the bout with a flurry of strikes.  Nick Ghaeni is the new Amateur Bantamweight Champion at 0:29 of the first round.

Bout 7: David Perron vs. Ryan Ballingal: Perron opened up with strikes, and Ballingal answered back, but was taken down.  Ballingal covered up as Perron threw hammerfists relentlessly, and the ref called a stop at Ballingal’s lack of attempts to move.  Perron wins via TKO at 1:39 of round 1.

Bout 8: Arjan Bhullar vs. Josh Morgan: Morgan threw a few punches before Bhullar mashed him against the cage and worked a takedown.  Morgan stayed in bottom half-guard until the end of round 1.  Morgan opened up with more strikes at the beginning of round 2, getting a knock-down, but Bhullar stands up and wrestles Morgan to the ground to sit in top half-guard again.  The third round opens up nearly the same as the first round, with strikes exchanged before Bhullar took Morgan down again.  Bhullar wins 30-27, Unanimous Decision, and is given a Pro bout against Adam Santos for his next fight.

Bout 9: Gurdashan Mangat vs. Blair Oster: the pair open with kicks before Mangat scores the takedown.  Oster works back to his feet, and they exchange a few more strikes before Mangat takes Oster down in the centre of the cage.  Mangat mounts Oster, and drags him over to his corner.  Oster attempts to dismount Mangat, but nearly gives up his back instead.  As Oster stands, Mangat jumps on the opportunity to take Oster’s back and sinks in a deep rear-naked choke as the clock counts down.  Oster gives the ref a thumbs up, and then taps out.  Mangat wins via rear-naked choke at 4:59 of round 1.

Bout 10: Jeremy Kennedy vs. Andre da Silva: The two touch gloves, and then the action begins.  Kennedy and da Silva exchange some blows before Kennedy shoots in and takes da Silva down.  Kennedy sits in top half-guard and drops elbows and punches until the round ends.  The second round opens up much the same, only faster.  Kennedy works a takedown, and passes to full mount and looks to finish with strikes, but da Silva rolls over, and Kennedy capitalizes with a rear-naked choke.  Da Silva taps out at 3:15 of round 2, Jeremy Kennedy wins via rear-naked choke.

Another great night of fights in the books, and it was great to see Mangat, Kennedy, Nicholson, and Tremayne in action again, especially since all of them picked up a Win.  Arjan Bhullar showed his skills quite well in his MMA debut, and is looking forward to his Pro debut, but I personally don’t think he’s ready for someone who can land effective strikes.  Nicholson should be next in line for a crack at the belt, and Ghaeni will look to defend it.  Mangat plans to drop to 125 pounds for his next fight, providing he can find himself an opponent.

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

Review: Triangle Athletic’s Brooklyn Gi

My man Desi of Triangle Athletics contacted me with a pre-sale opportunity to try the new Brooklyn gi.  I took advantage of his offer, nabbing an A2 with built-in rashguard liner.  It’s a 450 gsm pearl weave with ripstop pants, and the jacket has a sublimated rashguard lining on the inside.  The black contrast stitching pops against the white material, and the logo is simple and fully embroidered.  It came in a nice draw-string bag, these are perfect for becoming “dirty bags” to hold any sweaty gear or clothing after training if you still have fresh unused stuff in your gym bag.

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My A2 is 3.8 pounds, ranking it among the lightest gi.  It would probably be a bit lighter if I didn’t choose the lined version.  It fits quite well, both pre- and post-wash, and is comfortable and soft.  The ripstop pants are light and very needed when it’s hot or muggy outside in this area, have a slightly stretchy round rope and six loops to tie your pants, and the crotch is made of pearl weave gi material.  I’m pretty sure this is my gold standard for pants: all other pants must live up to these, and I don’t see how they could be improved.

-Monday: we did 1-minute rounds, trying to pass the guard.  First was spider guard, and then De La Riva guard.  We partnered up, got into a circle, whereupon one partner would engage the guard, and the other would attempt to pass.  We moved counter-clockwise until we returned to our original partners, and then we switched who was engaging the guard and who was moving counter-clockwise.  After completing both circuits of spider guard, we switched to De La Riva and repeated the cycle.  The gi held up to sleeve grips, lapel and collar grips, pants grips at the ankle and hips without fail.  The lining was extremely comfortable, and despite being a bit out of shape, helped keep my temperature regulated which helped my breathing.

-Wednesday: we drilled stripping the feet of spider guard to pass, scissoring between the legs to gain side control, and shooting in for double-underhooks to pass the guard.  Following that were escapes from turtle using the ankle or the thigh and sitting out to take the back or sitting in to take your opponent down into side control.  Apart from the specific spider guard grips, the gi went through a variety of grips and movement and didn’t even blink once.

-Friday: not many showed up, so we set the clock and rolled round after round.  The gi underwent the dynamic sessions without a fuss, and was very comfortable to roll in.

The gi has been washed four times in just over a week: once prior to the first training session, and after each training session.  The rashguard liner doesn’t add a lot of time thanks to the fan we use to help dry things that don’t go in the dryer.  It remains stiff enough to trouble your opponent – at least for the first bit – but soft enough that you look forward to putting it on and keeping it on.

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



A sad tail

No preamble here, it would hurt me too much.  We had to return River to the Delta animal shelter.  She opened up to us a lot, and developed separation anxiety, in part from all of the noise in our area.  There are a lot of dogs out, particularly from 9AM to 7PM, and despite most owners having a fence, they didn’t always close the gate.  River became quite defensive towards all dogs, growling and moaning, and raising her hackles.  We tried to socialize her with other friendly dogs, but even with a pug she was not a happy camper.  We also tried working on her anxiety, but her previous conditioned responses were proving to be extremely difficult to overcome.

River had been in our lives for six weeks, six awesome dog-filled loving weeks.  We quickly established a routine of up at 6AM for early potty break, and again around 8:30 followed by breakfast and any medicine required.  Around noon or 1Pm – dependent on weather and how much water she’s had – would be another break, and a quick one around 4PM.  Evening breaks were at 6:30-7PM with her evening meal, and 9PM, followed by a final one around 10-10:30PM.  Of course, if I was at school, then there would be a minor change in schedule, dependent on which campus I was at.

She travelled very well, settling in for the 12-hour trip to Edmonton, plus return.  A nice doggy seat-belt and some window shades are key to a great journey.  We stopped every two or three hours for a break, including pee, stretching, and gas.  It kept Keri and I refreshed as well, my typical plan when travelling solo is to push four to five hours, stopping only when I need to gas up.

We also discovered that she’s easy to bathe, especially outside without the tub.  She was quite obedient outside, and it’s a lot less to clean up when she shakes herself off.

Keri and I both miss her, but River wasn’t suitable to our lifestyles of work and school.  She would be a fantastic and loyal friend to anyone who worked from home, or was retired, with a fenced backyard to run in, and a quite neighbourhood.

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



I was going to post something from “Life of Brian” until I realized that it might have been from “The Princess Bride”.  Now that my quotes are all mixed up, I’m not entirely sure that it’s an actual quote or not.  Maybe I just pieced it together.  Oh well.

Keri, River, and I packed up at the end of July for a quick trip back to Alberta.  One of my long-time childhood friends was getting married.  Our fathers had been coworkers and friends since before I was born, and we frequented holiday and summer parties, alternating houses.  Their wedding was held at the Sunridge ski chalet in Edmonton, a place I haven’t been to since I was but a wee lad.  It is actually a nice little place to hold a wedding and ceremony, except for the lack of chairs.  We had to move the chairs from the dining area to the ceremony area, and then back again, but it went quickly when we got an official chain-gang going.

My dad was the MC, and he had to make do without a microphone for most of his duties.  The wireless model kept dying on him, and besides, the speakers were at the wrong end of the chalet.  There were tears, as are typical at a wedding, there were laughs, and surprisingly there were very few overly drunk people.  The newlyweds requested that pictures of them be kept off social media and the like, while not a new request to me, I have to wonder if the groom’s unbridled dislike of communism has to do with it.  Probably not.

Sunday was a brunch at their parent’s house, a nice acreage way out in the country, and a nice sunny day.  Of course, the wasps and horse-flies were out in force, but I don’t think anyone was stung or bitten, a nice change.  After a lovely brunch and the gift opening, we headed home, and then Keri and I went into town for a quick bit of shopping and cheap gas.

A short trip, but fun, and worth it.  My brother, his wife, and their son couldn’t make it, which was unfortunate, I would have like to have seen them as well.

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

Happy British Columbia Day!

Yup, the first Monday of August is B.C. Day!

Enjoy our splendour without diminishment!

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