Training Log 7/28 – 7/31


7/28  – 7/31

Have been feeling really out of it the past few days. I especially feel bad for not keeping up with my training logs and other of my good habits. I got sick after being in Gainesville and let myself slide a little too far. It sucks, but the last thing I want to do is beat myself up about it.

This week I have been shadowboxing everyday at the gym and working on the heavy bag. I have been really focusing on my movement and footwork, working on improving my jumping rope. It is getting better and I’m happy with the slight progress I’ve made. I also went to BMT class on Wednesday night. We’re moving the gym to a new location and tomorrow is the first day of my birth month, I’m going to rest up this weekend to let a couple injuries heal up and get over this light cold and come back with a passion next week!


“A great man is always willing to be little.”

Training Log 7/24 – 7/27

UFC Chicago Mixed Martial Arts


9am – 10am



7/25, 7/26

Gainesville for the weekend, hope I didn’t pack on too much weight with all the drinking



9am – 10am

BMT with coach Vince, Amy, Brittany, and Joe!

Great class this morning, we warmed up with our hands and footwork drill and then went into some boxing combinations. Me and Joe partnered up and killed it. 2 rounds back to back. Moved into a round of reems and some cross and hook into reems. Finished up the class with some simulated sparring. I find myself thinking way too much during sparring, I have to turn that voice in my head off and just be aware more. Awesome to train with a great partner, Joe.

What I did well: Knees

What needs improvement: Awareness and relaxed focus, keeping my opposite hand up on my hooks


10:30am – 12pm

Show up to GT for some BJJ and find nearly no one there.

Hold pads for Julyan for about 15 minutes, very fun. Get a few rolls with Tom in, really working on my guard and movement from bottom. Hold pads for Keith and then roll with Mike. My top game and tightness and versatility with armbars felt good. Hold pads for Mike and call it a day.

What I did well: Scrambling from bottom, armbar tightness

What needs improvement: Active guard


“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.”

Training Log 7/23


12pm – 12:45pm

Wake up feeling very refreshed, even after some hard training the past couple of days. I guess keeping my stress levels low, healthy eating, and good recovery has been paying off, my body is adapting to higher volumes and intensities of training.

I definitely am trying to cut off some more pounds of fat and just weight in general (I know, even muscle), so I went to Crunch Fitness this morning fasted (minus some BCAA’s) and did low impact aerobic cardio for about 30 minutes and 10 minutes of HICT for my legs on the spin bike. My body loves putting on muscle and holding onto fat, even in a caloric deficit, so I have to be a little more intense with my methods, but it is working slowly and surely.


8pm – 9pm

Private BMT session with coach Vince!

Amazing training for both skills and conditioning. 7 and ½ minute rounds and 2 ½ minute rests for 5 rounds finishing up with an awesome 52 punch combo. I was able to pace myself very well these rounds and ended up, still exhausted, but maintaining decent technique, speed, and power. I am happy with how my conditioning is coming along and am looking forward to next private!

What I did well: Pacing/endurance, movement, focus

What needs improvement: Knees

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Training Log 7/21, 7/22



12:30pm – 2pm

Crunch Fitness for some moderate strength training and explosive repeat training.

2 sets of 175 lbs on the bench press for 6 reps, I was very happy with my form and plan to increase the weight next time and try to keep my form just as strict. 2 sets of deadlifts at 285 lbs for 6 reps, form was decent, but it was pointed out to me by someone that I was looking forward at the mirror instead of keeping my spine neutral – good advice for next workout.  2 sets of squats at 225 lbs, I was only able to hit a hard 5 reps for some reason, but I went very low and kept good form and next time I will get 6.

Onto explosive repeat training. I decided to work on kicking and punching the heavy bag instead of barbell squat jumps and explosive push ups. Much better to keep the intensity high for the long durations with short rest periods. I did 6 sets of 25 seconds work, 20 seconds rest for kicking the bag and then the same for punching the bag. Felt amazing and I can see the difference that this kind of training is having on me.




10pm – 11:30pm

Show up to GT for some bjj after a rough wake up this morning. Start working on ankle locks and heel hooks with Dakota and Sonny.

Afterwards, it is open mat and I get a 10 minute roll with Dakota. I felt really good, but he definitely caught me in some good leg locks and my strength over him also played a big part. Next I get a roll with Brian for about 10 minutes, my guard passing feels really strong and my game against him has definitely stepped up now that I’ve realized he is a legitimate threat. Finish up with a very intense 15 minute roll with David. Almost caught him in an armbar, but if there is a plus, I did stop the hitchhiker and the armbar felt much tighter than previously. My hips and guard passing also felt really good and also taking the back when his guard passing was too aggressive.

What I did well: Guard passing and keeping my hips mobile, staying tighter on armbars

What needs improvement: Attacking and defending leg locks, breaking armbar grips while staying tight on the armbars


7pm – 8pm

BMT in the evening with coach Vince, Matt, Jessie, and Brad.

Warm up with our one punch series and hands and footwork drill. Hook shake drill next. Move into some back to back rounds of boxing. Working on my movement between and after combinations. My endurance has gotten a lot better, even when I’m exhausted from other training. Work the dutch drill with Brad, one of my favorite drills. Finish up with some simulated sparring with combinations with Brad. Got my ass kicked pretty badly, but I was trying out some new stuff on defence such as head movement. My offence has no excuses, however.

What I did well: Attempting head movement, movement and footwork, endurance

What needs improvement: Head movement, not over committing on combinations, reacting better on defence and coming back with counters faster.



“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

Training Log 7/18 – 7/20


7/18, 7/19

Gainesville for the weekend, very fun, didn’t destroy my weight loss goals too badly. Fasting on Sunday.



Weight: 166.4

9am – 10am

Great BMT class this morning with Amy, Matt, Romario, Sparkle, and coach Vince!

Warmed up with our one punch series, I was really working on hand speed, placement, and no telegraphing. Felt very good. Hook shake drill next and then 2 rounds of boxing back to back. Me and Amy were killing it. Moved into kickboxing with the catch and correct drill and the dutch drill. I love the dutch drill and haven’t hit it in so long, so it was great to get back to it. One round of rolls with kicking combinations afterwards. Very long combinations, but it was fun to work on something more difficult. Finished up with pyramids and my endurance felt great!

What I did well: Hand placement, no telegraphing

What needs improvement: Breathing on everything, rhythm


10:30am – 11:30am

GT for some BJJ.

Got a great long roll with Rico for about 45 minutes of the time I was there. We started off very flowy, working on some new techniques, checking out new positions. Finished up more intense and I was definitely gassing towards the end, but I didn’t let it stop me from pushing the pace and going for an armbar. I blame my lack of gas on fasting yesterday. I tried out a new attacking position from mount today and really liked it, but I have to work more on it.

What I did well: Attacking from mount, staying tight on armbars, defending triangles

What needs improvement: Breathing on everything, avoiding triangles



““Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

Training Log 7/17


10:30am – 12:30pm

Couldn’t get much sleep last night, ended up falling asleep at 5am. Woke up pretty beat down, but definitely fine enough for some training.

Show up to GT, get a few rolls to warm up with Amy and then work a couple of flow drills that Vince showed us. Very fun, relaxed, but still learning and improving. Afterwards, we do a quick yoga session with Angel, E, and Predator. Good stretching, especially after hitting the weights yesterday.

Had some banana egg pancakes after training and going to work, then some fun time in Gainesville for the weekend!


“I’m too competitive to get that big of a head”

Training Log 7/16

UFC 173: Barao v Dillashaw

12:30pm – 2pm

Moderate volume of weight training and some intense explosive repeat training at Crunch Fitness!

The weights felt good, my form and technique is definitely worse than it used to be, but my strength hasn’t declined too much. Hit 2 sets of 225 for 6 reps on the squat, 2 sets of 275 for 6 reps with the deadlift, 2 sets of 175 for 6 reps on bench, and two sets of towel pull ups.

Now the hard part, 6 reps of explosive repeat with the barbell squat jumps. 20s of work, 25 seconds of rest and 6 reps of the same with push ups. Both of these sets left me completely wiped out. I’ve said it before – this is definitely a weak spot for me and I’m happy to be working on it because I will get some great returns from it.


“All you have to do is believe. Believe you’re the best in the world and you’ll get here”

The Four Obstacles to Following Our Dreams


This is the foreword to Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. This is my favorite fiction book and one of my favorite books of all time. In this foreword, he writes about the four obstacles that stop us from chasing after our destinies, our dreams and that ultimately stop us from achieving the lives we want and happiness. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read and I remember the first time I read it, the feeling it gave me that I was on the right path. I hope you enjoy it and that you find your own meaning in these words.


“All I know is that, like Santiago the shepherd boy, we all need to be aware of our personal calling. What is a personal calling? It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don’t all have the courage to confront our own dream.


There are four obstacles. First: we are told from childhood onwards that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there.

If we have the courage to disinter dream, we are then faced by the second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue their dream. We do not realize that love is just a further impetus, not something that will prevent them going forwards. We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are prepared to accompany us on that journey.

Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus, we come up against the third obstacle: fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. We who fight for our dream, suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse: “Oh, well, I didn’t really want it anyway.” We do want it and know that we have staked everything on it and that the path of the personal calling is no easier than any other path, except that our whole heart is in this journey. Then, we warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.

I ask myself: are defeats necessary?

Well, necessary or not, they happen. When we first begin fighting for our dream, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

So, why is it so important to live our personal calling if we are only going to suffer more than other people?

Because, once we have overcome the defeats – and we always do – we are filled by a greater sense of euphoria and confidence. In the silence of our hearts, we know that we are proving ourselves worthy of the miracle of life. Each day, each hour, is part of the good fight. We start to live with enthusiasm and pleasure. Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our soul, until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.

Having disinterred our dream, having used the power of love to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the very next day. Then comes the fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all our lives.

Oscar Wilde said: ‘each man kills the thing he loves’. And it’s true. The mere possibility of getting what we want fills the soul of the ordinary person with guilt. We look around at all those who have failed to get what they want and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either. We forget about all the obstacles we overcame, all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far. I have known a lot of people who, when their personal calling was within their grasp, went on to commit a series of stupid mistakes and never reached their goal – when it was only a step away.

This is the most dangerous of the obstacles because it has a kind of saintly aura about it: renouncing joy and conquest. But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World and you understand why you are here.”

Training Log 7/15


Weight: 169.6 lbs

10:30am – 11am

Threshold training at Crunch Fitness!

I was supposed to do 4, 7 minute intervals at my anaerobic threshold, but I guess I must be still sick because I struggled way too hard on the first 2 intervals and called it a day. I’m actually glad I was able to swallow my pride and go home because usually I would try to be a tough guy and work my way through, no matter how bad I feel. This just leaves me a wreck later and unable to train properly or injured.

At least I got some conditioning in.

6pm – 7:30pm

BMT class was canceled because the power went out. Screw it, I’ll have my own BMT session. Warm up with some jump rope and shadowboxing for 30 minutes and have Romario come over for some training.
We hit a bunch of combos and I really got to work on a few interesting things. Great to get a 1 on 1 session to work out some stuff, shout out to Romario! Now time to watch some UFC fights for the night.



“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Training Log 7/14


Weight: 172 lbs


10am – 11:15am

Still recovering from my sickness and my knee has been bugging me a lot quite recently so I’m only training once today. Since I did Bang Muay Thai yesterday, I showed up to GT for some BJJ today.

I’ve been extremely passionate about striking recently since I started training at BMT, but I have been suffering from lack of enthusiasm for BJJ and it’s been showing in my lackluster rolling. I used to be just as excited to grapple as I am now to strike. Today I felt a little bit of the old fire returning as I was learning new techniques from Robbie D. in class. Got a bunch of rolls after class and did fine, but the most important thing was that I was happy to be there and hope I can bring that same passion every day. My knee was hurting pretty badly, I may have to get an MRI done, but I’m really hoping it just clears up and I forget it ever happened.

What I did well: Passing guard, recovering guard, flattening out in turtle

What needs improvement: Tighter on armbars, attack in combinations, attacking from side control and mount



“Go as far as you can see and you will see farther”