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Month: June, 2015


I mentioned in my B.C Provincials recap that Keri and I volunteered at the tournament.  It is a unique experience to be on the other side of the fence, coordinating the athletes to mats, keeping score, or even weighing the competitors in and checking their uniforms for irregularities.  I also assisted in the setup the night before; laying down mats that I would later be competing on.

As it was our first time volunteering, neither of us wanted to take on heavy duties.  We didn’t want to mess up anything for the competitors.  Keri was a ring coordinator and sometimes a scorekeeper; I stuck to scorekeeping duties the entire day, which allowed me to jump in and out when I needed to compete.  I was pretty nervous when the day first started, even though they were Mitey Mites and wouldn’t know if I messed up or now.  Fortunately I had a fantastic referee who made eye contact for awarding points and giving clear signals for everything.  He took the edge off, and the day started very smoothly.  Together with the ring coordinator, we – and everyone else of course – had the teens and women’s divisions going by noon.  Pretty good for a 9AM start time.

The day kept going smoothly, and it wasn’t until I had finished my gi division that mistakes started to creep in.  Fortunately, the mistakes were correctly quickly, in part to the experience of the ref, and in part to the fact that I’ve known the ref for the better part of a decade – he ref’d my first match.  Around 4PM there was a noticeable lull as a few of the Absolute divisions were finishing up; most of those athletes were also in No-Gi.  My No-Gi division was free of Absolute participants, so I ran to collect the division, a referee, and a scorekeeper and got it moving.  I figured it would be easier to get it done now, rather than in the middle of all of the No-Gi divisions.

Around 5:30PM, I realized that I could not brain anymore.  It had been a long day already, plus competing, with barely any breaks.  I packed it in to the main coordinator, and pulled Keri out as well.  I did manage to pass my duties off to longtime friend Matt Kwan who was waiting for his No-Gi division to be called, so at least someone would still have a scorekeeper.  Then it was all of the food to recharge and watching Fabricio Werdum use some Jiu-Jitsu to win the belt.

I am pleased to have volunteered and give something back to the community; I will be volunteering at future events, and if Keri is available, I’m sure she will be as well.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Bugs are assholes

Over the past few years, I have noticed that my reactions to bug bites have grown stronger.  The area around the bite grows splotchy, which tends to hide exactly where I was bitten.  After a week or so, the bite and surrounding area would recede and heal.  I thought it might have been some of my genetics coming to the forefront, my mom generally has the same reaction from bug bites.  But a few of my coworkers mentioned similar growing reactions, leading me to believe it wasn’t just an increase in sensitivity.

And now, over the past couple of weeks, I have sustained multiple bites.  Not only are they itchy and splotchy, but now they’re swelling.  Most recently, a mosquito bit me on my ankle.  Within 24 hours, it looked as though I had rolled my ankle very badly; it swelled a lot, and looked very bruised.  The swelling has gone down a bit, in part thanks to a topical Benadryl treatment, and in part since the excess fluid is moving elsewhere due to gravity.  But it still looks like I snapped a tendon with the size and rich colour of the bruise.

I’ve purchased a bug-repellent in the form of a lotion, allowing me to apply it without losing a lot to the air or inhaling it.  But does anyone get the sense that bugs are becoming bigger assholes?  Maybe it’s the chemicals we’re using to prevent bites from bugs carrying West Nile and other malicious things, or maybe I haven’t put enough points into poison immunity; either way I’m not happy with the reaction my body is having to them.

Anyone have any similar growing concerns?

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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CBJJF B.C. Provincial 2015 BJJ Championships

Saturday June 13th was the 3rd Annual CBJJF B.C. Provincial BJJ Championships, hosted in the Abbostford Centre.

The long-quick of it: I competed in Master’s 1 Middleweight for Gi – Blue Belt – and No-Gi – Intermediate, taking Bronze in Gi and Silver in No-Gi.  I shot three take downs and scored with all three, and finished a submission in a tournament for the first time in a long time: a bow-and-arrow choke.  I was also able to get some coaching in, with mixed success.  Last, but not least, I assisted with setup the night before and volunteered the day of.  More on that in a later post.

Many thanks to my awesome sponsor Triangle Athletics for their continued support, I definitely looked good on the mats with their sweet swag.  Major props to all of my teammates and friends who went out there and competed; some of them took home battle-tested hardware, others stepped onto the competition mats for the very first time.  And major thanks to the CBJJF staff, referees, coordinators, and volunteers for making such a major tournament possible and keeping it running very smoothly.

Having a venue like the Abbotsford Centre is great: plenty of seating for friends, family, and teammates; a zone for coaches; catering for the staff and volunteers; assistance from the Abbotsford Centre staff in setup and tear-down; and plenty of parking.  One of the best moves the CBJJF has done is experiment with the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, and received huge feedback in favour of such venues.  Thus far, the CBJJF has also used the War Memorial Gym at UBC, and the aforementioned SOEC and Abbotsford Centre.

20150613_162937 image–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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2015.5 Goals Update

Now, the .5 is for “half”, not for the month it is published in, just thought I would clear that up.

Back to the goals!

Still to-do/long-term from 2014:

  • earn my purple belt in BJJ
  • research the time and cost for becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (to supplement BA and MA)
  • re-start my running exercise, re-time my 1-mile, 5k, and 10k times
  • improve upon my 1-mile, 5k, and 10k times

New short- and long-term for 2015 and beyond:

  • earn my diploma in Sport Science
  • enter the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program
  • graduate with my Bachelor’s degree

Because bullet points tend to mess with me in terms of getting the format correct, I will simply make each one a new heading and list the updates below!

1. Earn my diploma in Sport Science: my original plan was to get an interdisciplinary diploma, as the requirements were broad and forgiving.  But given the courses I have taken, I am two courses away from completing the Kinesiology specialization.  Those two remaining courses are required for my BPEC graduation as well, so it is a Win-Win situation.

2. Enter the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program: the BPEC program accepts applications in the beginning of each year for the fall semester.  Deadline application is April 1st, with some applicants being accepted as early as March 1st.  Conditional acceptances are given as well, which is what I received.  The conditions were:

  • Program deposit paid by April 6 2015 (Completed)
  • Background check paid and submitted by April 15 2015 (Completed)
  • BIOL 1109 Human Anatomy & Physiology I completed with a minimum of C-, final grade to be submitted by April 30 2015 (Completed)
  • BIOL 1209 Human Anatomy & Physiology II completed with a minimum of C-, final grade to be submitted by December 19 2015 (Pending)

3. Graduate with my Bachelor’s degree: this goal will be two more years or so, depending on if I can get into certain courses and successfully complete them on the first try.  I don’t anticipate a lot of problems – at least, no problems that can’t be solved with proper studying.

Now let us readjust those goals.

Short- and long-term for 2015 and beyond:

  • earn my purple, brown, and black belts in BJJ
  • research the time and cost for becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (to supplement BA and MA)
  • re-start my running exercise, re-time my 1-mile, 5k, and 10k times
  • improve upon my 1-mile, 5k, and 10k times
  • earn my Sport Science diploma, Kinesiology specialization
  • enter the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program
  • graduate with my Bachelor’s degree

New for 2015 and beyond:

  • research institutes for Master’s degrees in Science of Kinesiology or Sport Psychology
  • continue coaching the NWSS Hyacks
  • complete rough draft of paper on BJJ for peer review and editing

Yes, it seems as though I am merely adding more goals without striking any off, but I am also painting these goals in broad strokes.  I have a running list of courses that I have taken followed by the courses I have yet to take.  It helps me stay organized and provides some direction when it comes time for course registration.  I may upload it as a progress report, currently it is on paper so I can better manage it and myself.

Do you have any updates on your goals?  Any new ones set?  Comment below!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Proving Grounds

I must say that my choice of tournaments thus far in 2015 has been a little more unusual compared to my standard resume.  While I have been to only two this year, they have both been Submission Only tournaments, and one of them a Round Robin format.

A year ago I competed in the Proving Grounds Qualifier II in Bellevue WA, and had a lot of fun.  I was looking forward to making my return to Washington, and to a bigger venue.  The drive down was great, quick border crossing, easy traffic, and no construction to delay things or re-route me.

Unfortunately, my first match started with my opponent trying a flying triangle.  I blocked it enough that his legs couldn’t lock up around me, but he still had a good collar grip.  We went down to the mat, and the referee ruled it as a slam and DQ’d me.  My opponent argued against the call, and managed to give the choice to my remaining four opponents.  Two of them took the easy win points, and two of them opted to let me on the mats with them.

I’m already three matches down at this point, with a score of 0 versus three of my opponents with a score of 3.  It would take everyone else going to a draw and me winning both matches in order to get a podium spot, but I only managed to get one win.  I will say that my back-take is superior to what I saw that day, the Cobrinha lockdown is an amazing tool to get the superior position and then work on the submission.  I pulled off a modified bow-and-arrow – essentially a very lazy lapel choke – that Coach Jordan showed me the night before.  My other match I managed to take the back, but not soon enough and it went to a draw.

Thus I finished with 4 points to my name; a win, a draw, and three losses that shouldn’t have happened.  My late rally wasn’t enough to get me on the podium, leaving me feel disappointed and a touch betrayed.

There is a lot more that I want to work on and become proficient at, but I may be competing in too many tournaments and thus not giving myself the chance to let the new techniques become muscle memory.  The priority now is taking the time to seal up the holes in my game.  I might start a big flow-chart to help keep me organized.  I’ve found that putting things on paper keeps it from getting too overwhelming.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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