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Month: August, 2015

Live Free or Random Hard

  • I finished a book that I started shortly after Christmas.  About damn time.
  • I sorted through a lot of my childhood stuff from my first home.  Four big boxes can be donated or saved for grandchildren, three Banker’s boxes were emptied into various recycling.  That should give my parents more space to reorganize.
  • The air-quality here right now is driving my lungs insane.  I am not enjoying breathing right now.  But since I need it to live, I shall continue.
  • While we were vacationing, we missed a crazy windstorm that affected the Lower Mainland and knocked out a lot of power.  I’ve always known Maple Ridge to experience power outages, but our area came on after five hours or so.
  • I rewatched a few Disney movies, and finally watched Brave.  Slowly completing the Disney Viewing list.
  • Once more the title references Die Hard.  Because why not?
  • ADCC 2015 wrapped up, giving us some champions that no one saw coming, and some that everyone saw coming.
  • Finally, this post goes up on a Monday.  It’s been a while.

Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Cat Scratch Fever

Well, no fever at least, but definitely a cat who is scratching.  Poor Helo has been getting some random inflammation around his eyelid.  It comes and goes quickly and without rhyme or reason.  He started to groom it excessively — much like a child would rub their eyes if there was an irritant — and gave himself a bit of a bald spot.  We decided that a vet’s appointment would be best to make sure there wasn’t a bigger issue that we couldn’t see.

He was surprisingly calm on the car ride there and back, which is a nice change from typical cat-in-car behaviour, but he didn’t want to come out of his little carrier when we in the vet’s office.  When we got him out, he stayed curled up in a defensive posture but somewhat calm so long as I kept my hands on him.  His general check-up was good, and a closer examination came up negative for any scratches on his eye.  He was prescribed a cream to help reduce and stave off any inflammation, so hopefully that will keep it away.

In the meantime, silly Helo, Y U SO OBSESSIVE?!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Katana BJJ Roots Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Challenge III

Saturday August 8th was the 3rd Roots BJJ Challenge, hosted by Katana BJJ.  Originally I wasn’t going to compete, deciding that I wanted to work my game a little more between tournaments.  They changed venues, from the Fridge Gymnasium to the Richmond Olympic Oval.  This move immediately solved the parking issues, even if it did mean paying about $1/hour.  The space inside meant they could run four mats instead of their usual three, and they had a good sized bull-pen area and a clear entrance/exit for the paramedic.

I volunteered for most of the day, being the scorekeeper  for Mat 4.  I got to see a few great matches and watch some teammates and friends compete right in front of me, which is always a bonus of being front row.  I also decide to compete, joining my usual Master’s 1 Middleweight division.  I was a comfortable and relaxed 168 pounds with my gi on, and the third man in my three-man bracket.  Yo Sik and Joshua went first, with Joshua falling prey to a triangle/armbar combination.  After they rested, I faced Joshua and won 10-0 after trying and failing to secure two submission attempts on him.  After another rest, I faced Yo Sik in the Gold medal match, and got myself on the scoreboard thanks to a great single-leg that led to a scramble which ended with the 4-point rear-mount secured. Yo Sik managed to slip out before I could go for any submission, and I stopped his great scrambles and kept him off of the scoreboard.

I had fun in both matches, and so did my opponents.  As it turned out, it was Joshua’s first ever competition, and I’m certain that he took the experience well and will be a force to be reckoned with soon enough.

My cousin Courtenay managed to make it out to watch me compete and record my matches, and she had a lot of fun.  I want to sit down with her and provide some commentary on the positions, scoring, and why we do the things we do.

Maybe the key to success for me is zero prep for two weeks, just something to consider.  For now, back to the academy to train!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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The Fruits of Summer

One of the perks of living in B.C. – especially around the Vancouver area – is the seasonal beer.  In Alberta, liquor stores tend to stick with the main labels and only bring in small amounts of other labels.  It is the downside to having stores open until 11PM on weekdays, and until 1AM or 2AM on weekends.

This summer I have been taking advantage of fruity beers.  I have tried eight or nine different beers – some at random, and others on recommendation – and have found varying degrees of success with my picks.

  • Shock Top.  They introduced a variety pack including a Belgian White, Raspberry White, and Lemon Shandy.  All three were great, but when compared to the Raspberry and Shandy, the Belgian was simple a palette cleanser in comparison.  On it’s own, the Belgian would stand up very well.  The Raspberry is great when poured into a mug, it really allows the scent to come out.  The Shandy is an amazingly light beer; in theory meant for hot summer days, but something that I could drink any time of the year.  They offer a 12-pack of the Shandy in cans, very handy.
    Overall Ratings: Delicious!
  • Rickards.  The Radler offers a light-tasting grapefruit beer out of a bottle, great for a quiet night in or on the patio.  This beer is offered in most liquor stores as Rickards is owned by Molson, which makes it easier to get, and so far has only been seen in a bottled 6-pack.
    Overall Rating: Very nice!
  • Parallel 49.  Why it’s named “Tricycle” I don’t know, but it’s damn delicious!  My first encounter with this beer was after a great open mat, and I drank voraciously.  This beer tastes like a grapefruit in liquid form with alcohol mixed in.  I always end up drinking the last half without pause.  It comes in a 6-pack of cans.
    Overall Rating: Damn Delicious!

I’ll certainly be trying other beers before the season is over, and hopefully stocking up on my favourites to keep us through the off-season.

Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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BC Day!

Today is B.C. Day, a Stat holiday.  It has been quite the weekend for me, and now I finish it off with an open mat hosted by On Guard BJJ in Port Coquitlam by my friend and training partner Matt Kwan.  Enjoy your extra day!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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