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Two truths and a lie

I went to a training day where “Two Truths and a Lie” was the ice-breaker.  We were terribly unprepared in the beginning, but by the end people had good lies to mix in and the rest of us had good guesses.  But it got me thinking that perhaps I could make a bunch of random facts and mix in a lie, then my readers could comment with what they think the lie is.  Let’s play!

  • I have had surgery
  • I have flown a plane
  • I have not visited Newfoundland
  • I have not visited New Brunswick
  • I have not visited Nova Scotia
  • I have not visited Prince Edward Island
  • I have watched more of the Rio 2016 Olympics than any other Olympics combined
  • I coach high school students in Freestyle Wrestling
  • I do not have a family doctor
  • According to my future goals, I have a lot of learning ahead of me.  A LOT.
  • I have eaten kangaroo
  • I have visited family in the hospital
  • I have visited the ER for myself

So, you have 12 truths and a single lie.  Which is lie?  Comment with your thoughts!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Updates, but a little late

The winter semester was quite demanding on my time, and I spent most of my down-time being a lazy potato.  Then I had the summer semester — shorter, but no less demanding as it was a completely different subject — and up next is my wedding.  So I haven’t had a lot of time to think about topics to write about; my contributions to my sponsor’s blog have dropped as well.  But let’s look at the goals we set down in January:

  • 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)
  • earn my Sport Science diploma, Kinesiology specialization
  • obtain my PDP from SFU UBC
  • graduate from the BPEC program
  • continue coaching the NWSS Hyacks
  • complete rough draft of paper on BJJ for peer review and editing
  • learn how to properly skip rope for cardio
  • improve skip rope technique and increase intensity

In six months, what have I crossed off?  Well,

Earn my Sport Science diploma, Kinesiology specialization: I didn’t actually receive my diploma because I had heard that getting your diploma required you to reapply to the BPEC program.  Two pieces of paper seems nice, but I’ll still be able to obtain the Kinesiology specialization with the degree.  However, I did complete all the requirements for the diploma, and posted my well-loved “report card” on my Instagram.

Learn how to properly skip rope for cardio: thanks to some friends I’ve been able to not only start skipping, but maintain it in a decent rhythm.  I’ve also added in the cross-over, though it needs a bit of work.  Perhaps once I get a more properly-sized rope, or get more reps in, I’ll be able to hit the next bullet point about improving technique and intensity.

Next we have some modifications:

Obtain my PDP from SFU UBC: I’ve modified this from SFU to UBC.  SFU has their requirements laid out in a fairly neat and tidy package, but they require a declared minor in a Science type (Math, Physics, Chemisty, etc.) or French.  While re-learning French is a great option to take, at this point in my time at college it will mean at least another year; my competency isn’t enough to challenge an exam.  On the flip side of this PDP coin is UBC.  I actually hadn’t done any research for the Professional Development Program because I (incorrectly) assumed SFU was the only school that offered it.  Imagine my surprise when a Google search turns up eight school in B.C. from the Island to the Okanagan.  UBC does not require a declared minor, but their site is a bit more finicky to navigate and find the requirements.  I do have an “inside track” by way of a friend who recently got a job teaching at the same school I started my fieldwork, and so far UBC has been fairly prompt and decently informative with e-mails.  I’ll have to look in to attending an info session as well.

While I continue to complete my classes in my upcoming third year of the program, I take a long look at one of my more serious goals:

Complete rough draft of paper on BJJ for peer review and editing: My initial thought was to write something more sociology-based even though there is a bigger shortage of peer-reviewed articles based on physiology and psychology for the sport.  I got in contact with a fellow Redditor who was running a poll to collect data for non-research ends; the man is looking to do a full proper study starting in the fall, and I have asked to be a part of this process in any fashion.

Research the time and cost for becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (to supplement BA and MA): To be honest, getting my RMT status may be a bit too much.  The best programs are a full-time four-year process, with a cost equal to a Bachelor’s degree.  Being able to supplement my services with massage therapy is a wonderful idea, but I may have to look at alternate massage certifications.  It stays on the list, but will likely be modified before the year’s end.

Finally, I add a special goal to honour a friend of mine who is taking his learning to the next level:

Make it Raf’s Place to Challenge Him! Co-host of the MMA-comedy podcast “Verbal Tap Cast” (find, subscribe, and rate them on iTunes!), Raf Esparza and I have forged a relationship that consists mostly of trash talking each other and a certain Kevin T. Phillips.  I have vowed to meet with Raf on our field of battle: the mats of North Hollywood (or whatever sub-section of the sprawl known as L.A. Raf resides and/or trains in).  Perhaps Kevin Phillips can make it to town, where I can avenge my loss from our time on Over/Under Kevin.

And now, the new list:

  • 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)
  • obtain my PDP from SFU UBC
  • graduate from the BPEC program
  • continue coaching the NWSS Hyacks
  • complete rough draft of paper on BJJ for peer review and editing
  • improve skip rope technique and increase intensity
  • meet with, challenge, and defeat Raf Esparza of Verbal Tap “fame”
    • knee-bar or heel-hook Kevin if he’s in town

How are your goals progressing?  Let’s chat about them!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Summertime School

My summer semester ended on the 23rd of June, leaving me more than two weeks off between semesters.  This is a nice change.  Plus, my final grade was posted yesterday; I managed a B+ in my Introduction to Earth Sciences Geology course.  This fulfills my final lab science requirement for graduation; that part is still a bit of a way off.  I have my fall semester lined up, and it is a bit of a doozy.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Fourth of Ju-Ly!

Happy America Day to my ‘Murican friends!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Victoria Day

Well, this year’s Victoria Day was far less chilly and rainy than I had expected.  I hope you all enjoy your extra (Canadian) day!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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It’s Over

Or is it?  It’s not actually over, but I have a semester break again finally.  This semester was different from the past few; it was stressful but didn’t leave me feeling drained and sick afterwards.  Rather, the bulk of the semester was little things that had to be kept up with each week that contributed to stress.  Fortunately the stress paid off with good marks and a GPA boost, along with a spot on the Sport Science Student Council, and a sponsorship to attend a Physical Health Education (PHE) conference in the fall.  It has been busy, but worth it.

And now to enjoy my free time until May 5th.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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2016 BCWA High School Provincials

February 25th, 26th, and 27th were the B.C. Wrestling Association High School Provincial Championships.  The New Westminster Secondary School Hyacks attended in force, along with their coaching team.  The 25th was weigh-ins, and thankfully everyone made weight.  We followed up with a team dinner that night, having some nice White Spot.  The 26th was Day 1, and everyone wrestled.  About half of the team made it to Day 2, securing themselves a Top 6 spot.  Connor and TJ were in the Finals, which meant that we would be there all day long again.

Day 2 is where grit and determination is truly tested.  Injuries accrued from Day 1 don’t heal, and only get worse as you wrestle more.  You’re mentally tired, physically drained, and you might have to wait until the afternoon for your match.  All of the Hyacks did well, and felt pretty good about their performances, and identified areas they need to work on.  Connor placed 1st, after being down 8-0.  He brought the score to a narrow margin, 8-9, but was still down that one point.  Then he snagged a cradle-pin for a strong finish.  TJ’s match was fast-paced affair, but he got caught up in the scrambling instead of forcing his opponent into a position, he took 2nd.

In an unexpected turn, there were no devastating teams this season.  The Hyacks boy’s team placed 1st, and our Pacific Rim affiliate STM placed first as a girl’s team, and as an aggregate team.  Our little area of New West is a huge concentration of champions.

The National Championships took place April 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th.  I was unable to attend due to my exam schedule, and I hope to not have that problem next season; I should also have my NCCP certified status by then which will allow me to coach at the national level.  Three of the Hyacks placed 1st, a rookie placed 2nd, and the rest placed in the top six.  As a club team, Pacific Rim took 3rd in Men’s Freestyle, and the province of B.C. took 2nd in the country.  Pretty impressive considering how little mat time we had this season.

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–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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CBJJF 2016 B.C. BJJ Provincial Championships

The 2016 B.C. BJJ Provincials went down at BCIT on Saturday February the 6th.  I competed in both Gi and No-Gi divisions, Master’s 1 Middleweight division; the Gi division had seven of us, and the No-Gi had five.

My first Gi match went well, I won on points and advanced to the quarterfinals.  My next match was against my eternal rival Clay.  We battle for the entire six minutes, where he won on points 7-4; his ability to retain me in half-guard was as impressive as it was frustrating.  I battled my final match for third place, and again lost on points; my strength faded against his, and I’m sure he knew it when pressing his advantage.  I am pleased that Clay took first placed, and subbed everyone else but me.  Our battles over the past year have seen some great evolution in both of our games.

Then it was on to No-Gi, where two people had dropped out, leaving us with a three-man division.  I was at the bottom of the bracket, and watched in interest as a North Van guy and a Prime BJJ — now renamed BOA BJJ — guy battled it out.  I faced the North Van guy first, and hit my biggest point spread to win the match 24-0; I had a lot of success with guard passing by utilizing a strong club followed up with a backstep pass.  Then it was onto the Prime guy, who had some good wrestling.  He scored first with a decent double-leg takedown, but then I hit a sweep, pass, and mount to put the score at 9-2.  We battled from there, he was a tenacious fellow for sure, but in the end I secured the victory when the buzzer rang.

My coach and teammate Clint Cooper had a rematch with Alex Zieske of RDC — Clint had unfortunately twisted his knee in their last match at the Vancouver IO in December — and secured a tight knee-bar almost right away.  Clint also coached two of his new adult students in their first tournament matches, and while it didn’t go their way, they had a lot of fun and would do it again.

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–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Easter!

Happy long Easter Weekend!  I’m sure you’ve seen the Shar Pei spam on Facebook that I’ve been tagged in, that’s a dozen shots or so out of probably a few hundred.  Enjoy!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Making good

Very recently I publicly stated that I was going to learn how to skip rope — or jump rope as some call it.  My reasons for wanting to learn involved many constraints including time, space, and weather.  Well, shortly thereafter I got in contact with a classmate who does some personal training out in Surrey.  With his help and skip rope, I had a starting point that wasn’t as terrible as I remembered.

After my first solo 30-minute session, I wondered what made the difference between 2011 and 2016?  You see, little known fact: I used to kickbox before jiu-jitsu, and our warm-up involved three two-minute segments of skip rope.  And I was downright terrible back then, always coming to a sudden and often painful halt less than 15 seconds after starting.  Let’s try to compare then and now:

  • Then: rubber skipping rope, probably 9 feet in length.  Possibly ball bearing setup in handles, handles made of wood
  • Now: rubber skipping rope, probably 9 feet in length.  Ball bearing setup, handles made of plastic, notched for comfortable grips
  • Then: barefoot on 24mm puzzle mats over concrete
  • Now: in running or wrestling shoes, on hardwood dance floor or carpet-over-concrete
  • Then: mirrors in front and behind
  • Now: some mirrors, location dependant

The quality or make of the skip rope may have played a factor, but I believe the biggest factors are footwear and being able to not look in a mirror.  Even if I skip at school, I can actively shut out the mirrors — mirrors that are on adjacent walls to each other rather than opposite.  In this tiny sample size that has far too many unchecked variables, I have done three bursts of 30 seconds without missing a skip.  All three involved alternating single legs and then back to doubles, something I likely would not have been able to do back in 2011.  Whatever the cause of my improvement, I seek to improve upon that.  Fellow blogger Jennerosity commented on my last post with a YouTube channel full of tutorials, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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