The latest GJJ classes.

Posted on June 13, 2017 by quashnsa

I worked out with Oliver and Wilson today. We started from harness, roll to side, work for double grip on one side, feed gi back behind head, shave head into chokes. We had a short roll with this technique. Sometimes it pays to be "heavy".

Josh, Jason, David. It wash Jason very first class (SF Police). I rolled with Josh (blue belt) during the drills which consisted of raising elbows-up along the head and blocking punches to the head, crashing into the attacker, wrapping up and taking them down to knee-on-belly.

Whew! Long day. I went to 12:00 class, 5:30 class, and did my first marathon roll in the 6:30 class. I only lasted the first 6 minutes in the marathon roll, but it was a really fun experience with Randori-like ground work.


Posted on May 02, 2017 by quashnsa

Today for lunch I worked with the guys at GJJ.

I worked with David (blue), Brandon (white), and Ryan (blue). Today was side control to feeding gi behind the head with cross choke.

The evening class I worked with Gianni, a different Ryan, and David again. This class was all about defense from back or attack standing over someone on their back. Leg passing, shoulder roll overs, working to keep from being controlled.

Jiu Jitsu classes

Posted on April 26, 2017 by quashnsa

Last week on Thursday (4/20)

I worked out in a Core Development class. The trainer was Danny. I worked with a guy that was taller than me and stronger. It was a good test for the training. Training consisted of moving from back mount with harness to side control into Kimura. The last 20 minutes of class was devoted to rolling. The person under control was to try and escape to dominant position, while the dominant person was to maintain control and submit. I was very sore after the extended rolling.

Today (4/26)

Drey walked us (Garen, Freddie, and me) through from guard defense to armbar or choke or sweep to mount. Each one was built to transition into if the opponent was crafty and blocked the moves.

JT was the instructor today. We were working from the standing position with the opponent throwing punches. Block out, trap the arm. Block out, trap the arm, move to front control. Block out, trap the arm, move to front control, shuck into back control, and take down. Knee on belly 360 with attacking 3rd party. I worked out with Wilson (SJPD) and Mike in (Fremont PD).

Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu

Posted on April 05, 2017 by quashnsa

Worked out with Garrett and Drey
Knee on belly with hop over to other side knee on belly.

One-on-one with JT "Grandma's Boy" Donaldson
Stack pass to elbow hooks
elbow hooks to knee on belly
straight jacket and iron maiden

BJJ commands

Posted on March 08, 2017 by quashnsa

BJJ commands:
Combate - "com-BA-tchee" or "com-BA-te"= Fight.
Parou - "pa-row" or "pa-ROW" = Stop.
Lute - "lu-tchee" or "lu-Te" = Stalling.

6 MAR 2017 Monday at 5:30
I went after work and we studied a pull into full guard that looked similar to tomoe nage with out the toss. This led us into Cross Choke from the Guard Position followed by two other chokes from guard. One of the other two chokes starts like cross choke, but instead of finishing with the second hand due to blocking, the opponent's elbow is shoved away to close the choke. The other involved pulling the gi out and passing it behind the opponent, passing to cross choke hand and finishing a cross choke.

8 MAR 2017 Wednesday 6:30
Stack exercises. Passing the stack into side control was practiced.

Training Days

Posted on March 01, 2017 by quashnsa

23 FEB 2017 Lunch
Wilson with Instructor ???
Boxing out from standing position

24 FEB 2017 17:30
Barrett with Instructor ???
Standing strike defense

1 MAR 2017
Garrett and Louis with Instructor Dray (Dre?)
Scissor Sweep to mount
Scissor Sweep to side control
forearm choke using Gi
S Mount to Armbar from mount
Shoulder Lock from Mount

Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu

Posted on February 15, 2017 by quashnsa

Well, it has been a very long time since I have done this type of workout. There are a couple of Judo houses nearby, but I am afraid of being thrown now with my balance problems. Since jiu jitsu is almost all on the ground, vertical balance is not as much of a problem for me.

Today I did my first workout with an instructor and two classmates (Freddie and Stephen).

After a quick warmup of jogging, insides, outsides, cross-overs, and "ups", we were working on ground work and moving from being on the bottom, guard position, to moving over the opponent using Hip Bump from Closed Guard. This included a nice shoulder lock submission, called a Kimura.


Posted on February 10, 2017 by quashnsa

Ever since I found the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) I have been saving my audio files in this format. There are CD albums that are not suited to this type of treatment. One of these albums that should not be separated into tracks is Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. This album should be saved as a single file from start to finish. But, you ask, doesn't that make searching for a single track difficult? Well, yes it does make it like listening to the cassette tape. However, there is a solution that I have only tried recently. Using a CUE sheet (a small text document that defines the tracks and times) will allow the single album file to be treated like individual tracks.

I am using FOOBAR2000 to "play" the CUE files for the album FLAC files.

Here is the command line program in BSD that will rip a single file from a disc and create a CUE sheet.

abcde -1 -o flac -a default,cue

Astra DE Blade

Posted on January 25, 2016 by quashnsa

A week ago I used the last of the Russian DE blades from the package. Like the Ladas, Rubie, Voskhod, and Rapira, this blade was packaged very well. This has given me a very close shave. Very similar to the Merkur blade and the Feather blade. Definitely one of the superior blade from the Best Safety Razor Blade Sampler Pack. The single-pass quick shave was very smooth and close.

I used the blade for a second shave last night. The blade did well (I did not flip the blade as I should have), but not as well as the first shave.

My shaving equipment: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor, Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush, Proraso Shave Soap, and Shaving Brush Stand

2016 Reading Challenge

Posted on January 08, 2016 by quashnsa

2016 Reading Challenge

1. A book published this year:
2. A book that can be finished in a day: The Giving Tree (complete)
3. A book I've been meaning to read: While I Lay Dying
4. A book recommended by local librarian or book seller:
5. A book I should have read in school: Native Son, Wuthering Heights, Cannery Row, others
6. A book chosen for me by my spouse, BFF, partner, sibling, or child: 50 Shades of Grey,
7. A book published before I was born:
8. A book that was banned at some point: Tough choice: so many good books that were banned. Paper Town?
9. A book I've previously abandoned: Sea Lab
10. A book that I own but have never read: Children of Hurin
11. A book that intimidates me: Canterbury Tales
12. A book I've already read at least once: Too many to count, The Jungle Books

Some choices to fill-in the missing challenges
Bless Me, Ultima (banned)