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Month: October, 2014

All Hallows’ Eve

I want to try and write this in a spooky accent, but only Pirate came to mind.

So have a safe, warm, and bountiful Halloween!  And enjoy the imagination of the costumes and the pumpkin carvings!IMAG2400

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?
Triangle Army, Respect the Technique.

Review: Arm Bar Soap

Hygiene should be important for everyone, but it gets special consideration for athletes.  We get dirty, sweaty, and possibly bloody.  And we get the dirt, sweat, and blood of other athletes on us as well.  So we must take extra care before and after sessions to ensure that we are clean and healthy.

A couple of years ago I started my journey looking for a soap to use.  I came across several that piqued my interest, but I wanted to make it as allergen-free as possible.  My first choice never kept anything in stock and sold out of new batches inside of a couple of hours, so instead of continued frustration, I switched to another company.

The Arm Bar Soap Company, run by Chad Hospodar, is into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He got a nasty ringworm infection, and vowed to never let it happen again.  Thus the Hawaiian-based company was born.  I have thus far “sampled” their Cocoa, Hawaiian, and Peppermint bars, and with great delight!  They last about a month in this household, but with two athletes each training 3-5 times per week, soap is bound to go quickly.  Each bar is bound together extremely well, I have dropped more than one more more than once (yes yes, I’ll not enjoy an experience in prison, I know), and the bars have suffered only minor dents.

Being a Canadian has a lot of merits to it – least of all the Maple Syrup – but it has downsides.  Arm Bar Co. ships to their distributors, who then re-sell to consumers.  The Canadian distributor is BJJDepot.ca, a local B.C. company, and I am more than happy to give my business to them and to Chad.  However, this puts me at the mercy of the distributor in terms of the various flavours Chad releases.  Upon placing my last order about five months ago, they stocked only three – the three that I have sampled – even as more flavours were being released.  Currently, they have a fourth: the Milk’n’Honey.  I will be ordering this flavour when I place my next order – though that won’t be for several more months – and hopefully by that time they’ll have the Acai and Shamp-Broo in stock.

So we keep ourselves clean, which helps keep our training partners, friends, and family clean.  All we need now is a cool soap dish.  Any recommendations?

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?
Triangle Army, Respect the Technique

Triangle Athletics Giveaway

Who likes free stuff that is awesome?  I hope you raised your hand, because I’m bringing you news of a giveaway!

My sponsor Triangle Athletics is holding another contest for one of their comfortable and sleek Brooklyn kimonos.

Enter their Facebook giveaway here, just under a week left!  I don’t think there’s an easier contest to enter!  So get on it!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?
Respect the Technique, Triangle Army.

MMA Pubs

I’ve been listening to the Verbal Tap Podcast, where fighting is easier outside of the cage, and at one point the one of the hosts – Kevin, I believe – brought up the idea of making a list of MMA-friendly bars.  Well, here is my minor contribution.

BREWSTERS PUB, Surrey, B.C.

Pros:

  • Great food
  • Decent selection of brews
  • Friendly staff
  • Good layout for viewing
  • Decent parking, will cover parking tickets that result from an evening with them
  • Bartenders who enjoy learning about MMA and keep up to date with topics

Cons:

  • $5 cover charge per person

 

MISSION SPRINGS BREWPUB, Mission, B.C.

Pros:

  • Excellent pizzas and other food
  • In-house craft brews
  • No cover charge
  • Ample parking
  • Free raffle giveaways

Cons:

  • Not the best layout for PPV events
  • Plenty of “UFC Black belts”

 

SAMZ NEIGHBOURHOOD PUB, Pitt Meadows, B.C.

Pros:

  • Excellent seating with multiple screens
  • Decent selection of brews
  • A bartender who understands grappling and striking (and a former training partner)
  • No cover charge
  • Ample parking
  • Great food

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to manoeuvre to the washrooms when it’s busy

Samz is my current pub of choice, mostly due to my friend and former training partner: Mike Hurley.  It’s not too far from my place, and traffic is usually light after each event.  It has an enjoyable atmosphere, and always makes for a relaxing, humorous, and fun-filled evening.

For Sale!

While doing a few loads of laundry on Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to clean out my closet of BJJ gis that I hadn’t worn for a while.  I have three gently used gis for sale.  All of the gis are washed with dye- and perfume-free detergent, on a cold-water cycle, and hang-dried.  I wash my gis after each training session to stop bacteria from colonizing and creating odours.

We’ll start with the collaboration between Inverted Gear and Tap Cancer Out.  It’s an A2, but their sizes run a tad larger than normal, which is why their half-sizes do so well. The A2 is listed as a 5’8-5’11, 165-195 pounds range, which sounds normal for an A2, but the jacket width at the torso is wider than what I consider “normal”.  If you’re closer to the top end of the weight range, or built in the chest/shoulders, then I’d recommend this gi.  However, the jacket is adorned with a round Genesis patch on the back, and a rectangular Team Genesis patch on the bottom of the top lapel, right under where your belt would sit.  There are embroidered patches on the sleeves of the Inverted Panda on the left sleeve, and the TCO logo on the right sleeve, and a rectangular TCO patch at the bottom back of the jacket.

The gi is of the typical quality you’d expected from Inverted Gear: 550 gsm pearl weave; 12oz ripstop pants with pearl weave crotch elastic rope and 6 loops.  It’s comfy and fairly light, and has been through a Cobrinha seminar.  It normally sells for $120-$150.


Next up is the G1 gi from Very Hard to Submit.  It is an A2 as well, and runs a tad slimmer.  The length of the sleeves and pants is not affected, but the width of the jacket is recommended for someone around 5’9-6’1 in height, and 140-160 pounds in weight.  The gi is 550 gsm pre-shrunk pearl weave with rip-stop pants and pearl weave crotch, and an elastic rope and 6 loops.  The VHTS logos are embroidered on the left and right sleeves.  It is quite light, and would serve well as a competition gi.  The G1 normally sells for $120.


Finally we have the never-used Royalty gi from Reign Unlimited that I won in a draw.  Once more an A2, with a “standard” fit, as in one that is similar to the fit of other A2s I find comfortable.  The gi itself is the softest I have felt outside of a hemp gi, and it’s a 450gsm pearl weave.  The pants are 100% ripstop with a stretch cord drawstring and 6 loops.  The gi is adorned with multiple patches, and comes with a drawstring bag to hold the gi.  It normally sells for $140, and is currently on sale for $99.


If anyone is interested in purchasing, then please e-mail me at Kiyoshi.Perkins@gmail.com, or send me a message through Facebook if you came to this post from there.  It will be first come, first serve, and I can ship the gis for the additional cost of shipping.

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

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you got a three-day weekend or a four-day weekend, enjoy it, be thankful for whatever you feel!

I’m thankful for friends, family, and learning.

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

Triangle Athletics

Breaking News!

Please give a hand in welcoming the newest team member to Triangle Athletics:

KIYOSHI PERKINS!

My journey with Triangle Athletics – run by Desi Saran – started with an Instagram pic of a snapback, and an e-mail later, it was on its way to me.  I was excited once it arrived, and was pretty much hooked.  Fast-forward to present day, and you’ll see me wearing their apparel on the street and in class, and the Brooklyn gi during training and competition.  The designs are clean, sharp, and have a simple elegance to them that a lot of people appreciate, from hats to shirts to gis.Van_BJJ_Oct_2014_TAB_01

It’s not about getting free stuff, that’s not my main reason to get sponsored.  I look to uphold values and ethics, maintaining high standards of practice and sportsmanlike conduct, as well as represent the company like it was my own, spread the word, and help it grow.  Triangle Athletics is my family now, a brother from another mother, and a great reason to visit the east coast of the US.  Desi has been incredibly supportive from Day 1, and I’ve done my best to reciprocate.  Certainly my gym knows about Triangle Athletics, they see me in something from them every session.Van_BJJ_Oct_2014_TAB_04

I’m incredibly honoured and proud to be a part of the Triangle Army, and to support Desi, and to have his support.  I look forward to the mutual growth, and representing them everywhere I go.Van_BJJ_Oct_2014_TAB_05

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

Vancouver BJJ Championships

Saturday October the 4th was the third annual Vancouver Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, once more at the Fridge Gymnasium in Richmond, BC.  As usual, it was set up and hosted by Katana BJJ, and event photography provided by Alex Law Photography.

Overall turnout was lower than usual, and there are many factors that probably played a part, including the teacher’s strike.  It was a nice change to not have the venue jam-packed, stuffy, and humid, and one could hear all of the announcements for brackets and winners.  There was also a lot of parking since all of the kids were gone by the time we arrived.  They were running about 15 minutes ahead of schedule; this was fortunate as there were several purple-belt matches that went straight to the no-time-limit submission-only final, which pushed things back a tad.  I also missed the brown belt matches.

This was my first foray into the Master’s division (30-39 years old), but I continued with the blue belt lightweight (168lbs), and my 15th overall tournament.  The bracket was originally 5 of us, and then was suddenly 3.  I was up first against Vincent Mabanta of Dynamic/Checkmat, and at one point he had a really strong cross-face to try and break the grip I had on his thigh – my defense against his attempts to pass my guard – but his arm went across my nose and upper lip.  I thought for sure the ref would call a stop as soon as we separated, because I assumed that my nose would be bleeding profusely.  But it was more fine than not, so we continued on.  Vincent earned an advantage and a penalty, which technically put me ahead on the scoreboard, but in the last minute he secured a pass and rear-mount to win 7-1-2 to 0-1-0 (Points-Advantages-Penalties).

Since there were only three of us, the one who got a “by” faced the loser of match 1, which was me.  Matt Gri of Gravity/Caio Terra was quick to jump guard, and then spend quite a lot of time trying – and failing – to work a choke in from guard.  He ended up pulling my gi over my head more than once, which was rather annoying.  He was up in advantage points as I tried to secure rear-mount, but I couldn’t get my second hook in long enough.  Matt faced Vincent in the finals, and Vincent landed a bow-and-arrow choke rather quickly to secure gold.

In the end I took bronze, and came out of it with some good goals in mind, and a few things reinforced.  I countered double-underhooks quite well this time around, and my biggest thing to work on is pressure while transitioning.  Now I need a new medal case, as this is lucky #13!  It wasn’t my best performance, but I’m proud to have represented Triangle Athletics and Genesis Martial Arts on the podium.

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

It happened!

I turn 30 today!  I don’t feel like I’m 30, so that’s awesome.  Tomorrow though, I’m taking advantage of the Master’s division at a BJJ tournament.  Until then, Happy Birthday to me!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 30-year old Canadian eh?