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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”
Your #1 Canadian eh?
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For Sale!

While doing a few loads of laundry on Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to clean out my closet of BJJ gis that I hadn’t worn for a while.  I have three gently used gis for sale.  All of the gis are washed with dye- and perfume-free detergent, on a cold-water cycle, and hang-dried.  I wash my gis after each training session to stop bacteria from colonizing and creating odours.

We’ll start with the collaboration between Inverted Gear and Tap Cancer Out.  It’s an A2, but their sizes run a tad larger than normal, which is why their half-sizes do so well. The A2 is listed as a 5’8-5’11, 165-195 pounds range, which sounds normal for an A2, but the jacket width at the torso is wider than what I consider “normal”.  If you’re closer to the top end of the weight range, or built in the chest/shoulders, then I’d recommend this gi.  However, the jacket is adorned with a round Genesis patch on the back, and a rectangular Team Genesis patch on the bottom of the top lapel, right under where your belt would sit.  There are embroidered patches on the sleeves of the Inverted Panda on the left sleeve, and the TCO logo on the right sleeve, and a rectangular TCO patch at the bottom back of the jacket.

The gi is of the typical quality you’d expected from Inverted Gear: 550 gsm pearl weave; 12oz ripstop pants with pearl weave crotch elastic rope and 6 loops.  It’s comfy and fairly light, and has been through a Cobrinha seminar.  It normally sells for $120-$150.

Next up is the G1 gi from Very Hard to Submit.  It is an A2 as well, and runs a tad slimmer.  The length of the sleeves and pants is not affected, but the width of the jacket is recommended for someone around 5’9-6’1 in height, and 140-160 pounds in weight.  The gi is 550 gsm pre-shrunk pearl weave with rip-stop pants and pearl weave crotch, and an elastic rope and 6 loops.  The VHTS logos are embroidered on the left and right sleeves.  It is quite light, and would serve well as a competition gi.  The G1 normally sells for $120.

Finally we have the never-used Royalty gi from Reign Unlimited that I won in a draw.  Once more an A2, with a “standard” fit, as in one that is similar to the fit of other A2s I find comfortable.  The gi itself is the softest I have felt outside of a hemp gi, and it’s a 450gsm pearl weave.  The pants are 100% ripstop with a stretch cord drawstring and 6 loops.  The gi is adorned with multiple patches, and comes with a drawstring bag to hold the gi.  It normally sells for $140, and is currently on sale for $99.

If anyone is interested in purchasing, then please e-mail me at, or send me a message through Facebook if you came to this post from there.  It will be first come, first serve, and I can ship the gis for the additional cost of shipping.

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


And now the results

On Saturday July 20th, I competed in the CBJJF’s Okanagan Summer Classic held in Kelowna, B.C.  alongside my cousin Mike’s team: RDC Jiu-Jitsu.  This was my second tournament in the Okanagan – having competed previously in the Okanagan Winter Classic in February – and my first tournament as a blue belt.  I had pre-registered with the CBJJF as a white belt, but my promotion a week before the tournament prompted the registration change.  No sandbagging from me, a blue belt is a blue belt, no matter what.

I picked up my girlfriend after work on the way out, and she made some awesome breakfast-style wraps to eat on the road.  She makes a great co-pilot, as well as a great conversationalist.

The most joyful thing about being a blue belt: getting to be among the first division up to compete in CBJJF tournaments.  I had my division called up around 9:30A.M., quite a treat after typically waiting until 12:30P.M.  I won my only match 4 points to his 2 advantages: 2 for a sweep from half-guard, and 2 from a takedown.  His advantages came from a takedown attempt and a sweep attempt.  We were supposed to have six other people in our division, but they either showed up late or not at all.

CBJJF Okanagan Summer Classic Gold Medal

Ogopogo Gold

I competed in the Absolute Open as well, but lost first round via modified Bow’N’Arrow choke.

I waited around for my cousin Mike to compete, and then was roped into the No-Gi division courtesy of Mike and his coach Sterling Redlack.  When it came to calling the weight classes, they called every class BUT Middleweight.  It would have been faster to call it like that instead of listing off over half a dozen weight classes.

After finally getting called up, I would lose first round via points.  Spending over a year training solely in Gi doesn’t truly prepare you for No-Gi, with the lack of grips and the extra slipperiness from sweat and no Gi to soak it up.  I knew what I was in for however, and agreed to compete.  I definitely learned from that match.  Despite the loss, I tied for third.


Overall, my best tournament performance, even if I was short on submissions.  I’m happy to say that my medals have earned me points that will go towards being invited to an invite-only tournament at some point.  Hooray!

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

Injuries Ahoy!

We all get injured in life, it’s a simple fact.  Some of us are injured more often than others, and some heal faster.  I’ve been quite fortunate in my time alive to avoid major injuries, but 2012 gave me a run for my money.  Truthfully it started at the end of November 2011.

Let’s begin!

-November 2011: There’s a First time for Everything.
I attended and participated in the West Coast Combat Championships in Richmond, competing the Gi and No-Gi divisions.  Or so I had planned.  Less than two minutes into my second match, I stuffed my opponent’s bump sweep and fractured my finger between the mat and his back.  I would go on to win the match via rear-naked choke, and then off to the hospital.

-May 2012: Cartilage ain’t worth a damn.
Monday nights at the gym are sparring nights.  We strap on our gear and start practicing what we’ve learned.  I sparred a South-paw – Mark de Souza – who came at me with an overhand left while I was trying to feed him uppercuts.  It caught me square on the nose and instantly bled.  On Wednesday I would be rolling No-Gi with Coach Christiaan and he would jokingly punch me lightly in the nose.  I heard the worse crunching sound as I lost most of the connection between bone and cartilage.
After weeks of searching, I would finally find a clinic willing and able to cauterize my nose, but only after being prescribed a cortisone spray (side effects which included causing the nose to bleed … what?!)

-June 2012: My Tough Mudder is tougher and muddier than your Tough Mudder.
If you haven’t heard of Tough Mudder, it’s an international long-distance obstacle course/run that promotes being a team rather than individual accomplishments and time.  We assembled a team from the gym and attended our local event in Whistler.
Our first obstacle – not counting the six-foot wall we scaled where Christiaan took a boot to his mouth – was a plunge into freezing waters with giant ice chunks, and dyed green, pink, purple or yellow. You had to submerge to make it to the other side.  On my way to the surface, I apparently collided with a giant ice cube.  After pulling the rest of the team out of the water, I shook the water out of my short hair and noticed that some red was coming with it.  Our frozen tub was green.

-July 2012: That thingy actually has a name.  Process, Xihpoid Process.
This one mixed things up a bit: I didn’t bleed!  Instead, with a quick 5-minute sparring round against a heavyweight, I took a great shot to my sternum.  It winded me a bit, but given where he hit, I didn’t think anything of it.  Later as I loaded my gear into my car, I realized it still hurt, and was quite tender at that little nub of cartilage that hangs there.  The only way too heal it was to take it easy for a couple of weeks.

-October 2012: Red red … it rhymes with “wine”
During another sparring session, I pushed some physical boundaries, trying to work my aggressiveness and ring control.  At some point I took a roundhouse kick to the left side of my body.  Didn’t think anything of it at the time, I just reacted and fired off a few shots of my own.  When I got home, I went to the bathroom and received quite a shock at the colour.  You ever drain the fluid out of a can of kidney beans?  Well, it was like that but not as thick.
Funny that I should mention kidney beans, it was my kidney that was damaged from the kick.

-November 2012: In retrospect, that’s a bad way to stall.
I participated in CBJJF’s BC Open II, and should have been able to fight my way to at least a Silver, but in the last 90 seconds of my second match, I tried running out the clock by preventing a take-down.  Big mistake against my opponent who had a number of years of wrestling under his belt.  He managed a HUGE take-down and tried his best at crushing my forearm with his shoulder.  Short story even shorter, he managed to put my right arm virtually out of action without breaking anything.  He did feel bad when he saw me in the sling, but I told him it was my fault for trying to keep our match standing to ride it out.

-December 2012: I dislike cauliflower, understand?
I won’t post a picture of what it looked like before it hardened, because it looked pretty bad, even to someone used to seeing it.  I had the unfortunate luck of getting my right ear crushed while trying to escape a submission.  Over the course of three drainings, I had over 9CC’s of fluid removed and spent two weeks with a gauze-stuffed ear and a tensor-bandage wrapped head.  My ear still isn’t so pretty, but it’s not bulging like it’s about to explode and give birth to an alien.

There are my major injuries to date, not including multiple paintball injuries and other minor everyday stuff.  If I included that, we’d be here until the internet shut down.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian