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Month: December, 2014

All of the Second-hand joys

I realize that most of you are probably sporting a PS4 or Xbox One by now, but as a full-time student, I am forever late to the game. (Hah!)  However, I have finally replaced my Red-Ring-ridden Xbox 360 Elite.  It’s years of faithful service have been missed for a while, and it died right after I bought Gears of War: Judgment, and Borderlands 2: GOTY Edition.  Thanks to the hit-and-miss wonders of Craigslist, I have an Xbox 360 Slim.  I have decided to restart my gamerscore with an updated gamertag, so you can add me: PrototypeMMeh

I’m busy with Borderlands 2, we all know they’re not short games, and then I might make a return to the Mass Effect trilogy.  One day I’ll get an Xbox One and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but that is not THIS day.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Wrapping Up

Well, the presents are unwrapped, the food has been consumed with gusto, and the aftermath cleaned up.  Christmas has come and gone, but thanks to the multitude of get-togethers, the spirit and joy has lasted longer than just one day.  This is my second Christmas where I am with someone, and I have to say that I have been more excited to watch others open their gifts and spend time together than I have been waiting to open mine.

That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy my gifts, Keri got me some wonderful things, including The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment by Chael P. Sonnen.  I devoured that book, it along the same line of “You’re Welcome! With Chael Sonnen” – his podcast on PodcastOne.  Of course, I am biased towards Mr. Sonnen, and one day I will meet him and do some wrestling with him.

My parents went a different route this year, and asked me to use the money for their gifts and donate instead.  They’ve chosen the Delta Community Animal Shelter to receive the donation.  On that note, Daisy – or River as we called her – has been adopted, hopefully to her forever-home.

New Year’s Eve fast approaches, and then things go back to normal: school, BJJ, tournaments, all the usual jazz.  I hope you enjoyed your holidays, and had plenty of merry-making!  I’ll see you in the New Year, alongside the Christmas cards I sent!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Pugilistic Day

I mean Boxing Day!  Whatever your traditions may be for the 26th, enjoy them!  Hopefully it’s a paid day off.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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It’s CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Go and open presents.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Christmas Eve

I completely forgot to write something, and it auto-published a blank entry.  So let’s try that again.  CHRISTMAS EVE!

Today I continue with my 2nd Annual Chili tradition, and I marvel in the fact that my shopping is done and so is the wrapping.  Now it’s onto the final countdown, and I am excited!  Now if I could just kick this cold that came out of nowhere yesterday …

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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The Marks!

Well, the due date for final grades was the 18th.  And true to their word, the rest of my final grades were up Thursday morning.  The handy-dandy – and nearly accurate – GPA calculator spreadsheet had prepared me for the worst-case scenario, and I knew I could pull a 2.9 GPA back up to 3.2 or higher by next fall.  Fortunately, there was some good news in store for me:

  • ENGL 1106: Reading Fiction = B+
  • MATH 1160: Intro to Statistics = P
  • PSYC 1200: Intro to Psychology II = C
  • SPSC 1164: Motor Skill Acquisition = A+

So it’s across the board for my grades, but Fall semesters seem to be where I learn the most in terms of life lessons.  I now know that I can handle four courses, including a lab section for one, and still do well.  Yes, I could have done better in Psychology.  Yes, I would love to blame it on my schedule, but I made that schedule myself.  My winter semester schedule is already better, and I’ll be able to do better in the four courses I’ve chosen.

For now, I’m going to enjoy the Christmas break, play video games, and eat lots of food.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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The Exams!

They are finally over!  All of my four courses had a final exam or project, and fortunately my Psych prof – Dr. Cera – had us write our final exam in class.  At the end, he would quickly mark it, return our summary essay, and give us our final mark.  If you passed, then off you go.  If you didn’t, then he had you stick around.  I passed, so I can only assume as to what the others talked about.  Motor Skill Acquisition had final project for pairs, and while it wasn’t difficult, it was a bit of a slog to get through.  I would have enjoyed being assigned the project in week 10 to give us a little more time, but wishes are not fishes.

My finals were all in the same week, and scheduled to start at 3:30PM, which makes for a long – and somewhat stressful – day.  I prefer to write earlier, 8:30AM if possible.  It goes with that “get it over with” mentality, and it allows me to concentrate on other things after the exam: other exams, or what beer I’m going to buy.  Very critical.  Hopefully my professors are able to read my chicken-scratch hand-writing that has been polished thanks to my southpaw pen-grip.

Some marks have already been released – which means those professors are beasts at getting through marking – and thanks to a handy-dandy GPA calculator I estimate my cumulative GPA will be around 2.90.  I believe that all marks have to be in by December 18th, so it won’t be long until I see how my assumptions go.

In the meantime, anyone want to buy my Stats textbook?

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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CBJJF B.C. Provincial BJJ Championships

Saturday was the B.C. Provincial BJJ Championships II, presented by the CBJJF, hosted at UBC War Memorial Gym.  It was a bit more to travel for a local tournament, but oh well.  I competed in Gi and No-Gi at the Master’s 1 division, Middleweight for Gi, and Lightweight for No-Gi.  The divisions were small yet tough.  Genesis had a large crew competing all across the board, necessitating someone there to coach from 9AM until 5PM.20141206_133348

My Gi division was originally a 4-man bracket, but we added a fifth.  And then along the way we lost a man, and went back down to a 4-man.  I lost both my matches, first one on points to the eventual Gold-medal winner, and the second via triangle choke.  I haven’t reviewed my match videos yet, but I know my big mistake on my second match, and that won’t happen again.  I believe the winner of our bracket also placed on the podium at the recent World Masters.

My No-Gi division was a 3-man bracket, including Matt Gri whom I faced at the Vancouver BJJ Championships in October.  I went first against Chris Nan, and lost on points.  Then I faced Matt and won on points, forcing a re-match with Chris for Gold.  For whatever reason, I screwed up my arm-bar defence by standing and gave up the tap to take silver.20141206_160423Other than my silly mistakes – one of which has been immediately corrected, the other which just needs a tad more reinforcing apparently – I had a good time implementing my revised game plan, and the pressuring game worked well.  Especially in my No-Gi match against Matt, I shortened my scrambles in order to lock down a position from which I could work from.  I even managed a single-leg-to-inside-trip take-down, it just happened outside of our out-of-bounds line.  The only other problem was technology: recording several matches and taking podium pictures nearly killed the batteries on my phone and Keri’s phone.  That means that I wasn’t able to get video of my No-Gi matches unfortunately.

I’m proud to represent my Genesis family and crew at the tournament, and my Triangle Athletics family.  Big thanks to Keri for her continued support, and everyone who came out to support the team on a rainy Saturday.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Whirlwind Weekend

Well, Keri and I had quite the weekend adventures!  It snowed, we got a flat tire, changed to the spare tire, but the spare tire was flat as well.  It’s fortunate that she has her winter tires on another set of rims, so I picked them up and changed the tires.  While I was doing that, Keri was doing some laundry and sewing a patch onto one of my gis for an upcoming tournament.

Sunday we attended a Flavio Almeida seminar hosted by Revolution/Gracie Barra Langley.  Several GB students received promotions, including my friend Christian Tremayne to purple belt, and Jared Revel to black belt!  We learned some basic open-guard sweeps and attacks, all from the same position, so there’s no randomness to what was being taught.  Then we finished up with some positional sparring, separating the weight classes at 170 pounds.10537413_552205461581781_5684581140694656391_o

Now I’m down to the last two days of classes, most of which will be review, but I’m pretty sure Stats will still want to teach something.  *sigh*

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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