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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”
Your #1 Canadian eh?
Respect the Technique, Triangle Army



Saturday March 23rd, friends and allies Jennerosity and Benevolance hosted a themed costume party dubbed “Samurai Night Fever”.  As you might guess, the theme was Japanese.  The bulk of the attendees – hosts included – opted for robes, and made some nice ones on top of that.  However, myself and one other opted for a gi.  I donned a Kamikaze Europe “Fighting Gi” and Ev donned a judo gi and some basic sparring armour from his Taekwondo days.

As we arrived, we drew for a house to gain honour for.  I drew “Tsuru”, with a Crane logo.  Each house had an advantage and disadvantage to it, which could gain additional honour, or gain dishounour.  Over the course of the afternoon and evening there were several competitions to showcase various skills.

The first challenge was the Haiku.  Ev, Jeff and I drew a card each, and whatever word was on each card had to be incorporated into the haiku.  “Axe”, “River” and “Fire” were our chosen words.  After the allotted time was up, we handed them in for Lance to read out loud.  We would vote on which we liked best, but we couldn’t vote for our own.  My haiku was based off personal experience:


Axe kick to my face
A River of blood flows from me
Cauterize with Fire



Next we had the Origami challenge, which I somehow won as well, folding 3 out of the 10 different puzzles.  I managed the butterfly, the 4-pointed star and the boat.  Had I more time I probably could have gone back and completed my first puzzle, though I can’t recall which one I attempted.


Then we had the “Odds and Evens” gambling challenge, where I narrowly squeaked a second-place finish for another honour.  By “narrowly squeaked” I mean I held my last chip to bet until the end, and thus had one more than most of the other gamblers.


Next was Dominion, which was pretty fun, if confusing for one of our participants at first.  Fortunately I was between Gareth and Jeff, the two who have played the game before, so any questions I had were quickly answered.  I lost the challenge, but suffered no dishonour for having fun.


Then came the video games.  We busted out Mario Kart 64 in Battle Mode and Tetris.   I can do the Tetris dance, but I cannot play well enough to compete.  The same goes for Karaoke on Rock Band.  I was randomly assigned a Modest Mouse song, which I then … butchered … horribly.
Unfortunately losing at Karaoke had me suffer dishonour.


That wrapped up the Samurai Night Fever festivities, and my end result was 7 honour and 1 dishonour for House Tsuru.


We tuned into the Hon Basho afterward, to let our teams compete.  Senshu won me $1, and I may change up my team a bit for the next tournament.  Too many injured fighters, and too much singing instead of getting ready for the tournament.


I didn’t consume as much Sake, simply because I had a date planned for Sunday afternoon.  Speaking of which, I need to pick out a couple of “Thank You” cards.


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



Hon Basho

It’s that time of the year!  The Hon Basho kicked off for us North Americans on March 9th, and will wrap up on the 23rd.  You may remember a post back in January about the Hatsu Basho and the fantasy teams we picked.  I ended up winning $4 from it, and now look to increase my winnings this tournament.

To that end, I have re-enlisted the help of most of the same wrestlers.  Unfortunately, Chiyonokuni was promoted into the Makuuchi division.  I say “unfortunately”, but it is a good thing to see one of yours receive his just due.  So I have a new pick stepping in to replace his mawashi.

My Maegashira division remains unchanged:

My Juryo division is 4/5ths unchanged:
The newest addition to Team Senshu, ranked Juryo, out of Shikihide Beya: Sensho. He may be ranked #14, but I believe that Sensho will make himself, his Heya, and the rest of Team Senshu proud with his performances.
There may be sporadic/Sake-laden Twitter updates on the 23rd, with the hashtag “Sumo” or “Senshu” … if I remember.
Your #1 Canadian eh?

A stable of Sumo

For almost a year now I have been watching live streams of Sumo tournaments out of Japan.  These tournaments run 14 days, with each wrestler competing once a day.  Each wrestler is in a ranked division, and the better record you create and amass, the higher you shall be promoted.  Of course, if you consistently lose, you risk the opposite: demotion.

For this Hatsu Basho, our hosts have decided to start a betting pool along the lines of a fantasy team.  I’ll quote directly from the e-mail:

We’re running a betting pool for the Hatsu Basho. Cost of entry is $15. Each entrant selects 10 wrestlers: 5 from the Juryo ranks, 5 from the Maegashira ranks (no yokozuna, ozeki, komusubi or sekiwake allowed selections!). This is your Heya for the tournament.

The selection process is not elimination-style: two people can select the same wrestler for their stable; but a single person cannot select the same wrestler more than once.

Each day, we tabulate the results. Whomever’s Heya has the most wins for a given day (ties are allowed) wins $1.

At the end of the tournament, there will be two prizes awarded:

The Fighting Spirit prize (1/4 of the remaining betting pool) will go to the person whose heya generated the most kachi-koshi (winning records).

The Emperor’s Cup (and all remaining cash monies) will be awarded to the person whose heya generated the most cumulative wins for the tournament.

In the event of a tie for either the Fighting Spirit or the Emperor’s Cup awards, the tie-breaker will be decided in the following order:

1) Winningest rikishi for the tournament.
2) Roll 3d20, add the results. Highest number wins.
3) Swimsuit contest.

Some additional rules:

*It is possible for a person to win both the Emperor’s Cup and the Fighting Spirit prizes.

*In the event one of your wrestlers goes kyujo (withdraws due to injury), you will be short that wrestler for the remainder of the tournament. This is sumo. Suck it up, Huckleberry.

So there we have it.  I’ll post my stable just below the link to Goo-Sumo.

Sumo stable “Senshu”

-Juryo division:

-Maegashira division:

The screening begins tonight at 7PM, which I may or may not be tweeting, depending on how much sake is consumed.  Here’s to Senshu, and those who will follow!

Your #1 Canadian