Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dec 31

I have a class at noon today then I'm heading to Santa Barbara to workout with some friends on the beach. Yes, Dec 31 and working out on the beach how rough is my life. Tomorrow I'm heading in to the mountains to find my favorite road and sit up top and watch motorcycles and cars tear at the pavement.

The weather is back to normal from the cold 5os to the upper 60s to low 70s. A boy could get spoiled by all this, I guess that is why I moved out here.

This week has been good Senior RKC Geoff Neupert and his wife stopped out and visited on their way down to LA. It is always good to hook up with my brothers from the RKC. We have really become family.

Speaking of family I think my brother is coming out the first week of Feb. to got to a concert and supercross race. That is if he gets off his ass and buys a plane ticket!

2009 promises to be fantastic with so many new possibilities on the horizon. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

This song makes me laugh!

The reason is not the song but the story that I have that goes with it. I was listening to this song to day and it brought me back to a story about my brother in college.

He had fallen asleep on the couch with this cd playing. He woke up and this song was playing in the background and he got all freaked out until he was completely awake and figured out what was going on.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hell Yeah!

JEB is going to let me borrow his bike for a couple of weeks. Here is the KTM Super Duke in action.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Feels like home.

Yesterday was a day I will remember for a long time. I headed south towards Temecula CA to visit the Burleson clan which is now 6 strong!!!! JEB and Heather have been good friends of mine for years and there now four kids have become a great source of unbridled terror ( like kids only can). It is always an adventure with them and what a blast. It reminds me to not take things so seriously and enjoy the day.

So JEB and I set up the HUGE trampoline that Santa brought and didn't realize the size of such a beast. The kids on the other hand were very happy with the whole thing. After that we did one of my favorite things in the world. We loaded up motorcycles and headed out to the local motocross track so the kids could ride. There are four little Burlesons Bird (10), K (7), GG (4) and Kai ( 6 months?). We took the three older ones and yes the four year old rides his own bike.

The track makes me feel at home no matter where I'm at in the world. I was raised going to races of all kinds, cars, bikes , trucks anything with a motor and wheels we were there. No main stream stuff for the Nepodals just dirt and noise. Anyway we hit the track which was muddy and wet!! All three suited up and off they went. GG made it 1/4 of a lap and the mud proved to be to much and flopped off face first into a mud hole. This made him cry, not because he was hurt but he couldn't see a damn thing. His goggles were covered!!! The rest of the day went smooth. Then we loaded up drove home cleaned up and headed out for some Mexican food and called it a day. Thanks to the clan it was fun as always.

Its funny that the track makes me feel at home, but I have spent so much of my life at one it makes sense. Its the smell, the people, the dirt and the noise. To this day my Mom could sleep all day next to a track, just as long a family member or friend isn't racing. I will never lose the desire to ride and get dirty. Thanks to my Mom and Dad for that, that is what being a Nepodal and Burleson is all about!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas DVD from my brother

I have already watched it twice. Thrillbillies Double Wide

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas shopping

I went to the mall today to pick up a few last minute things. I was rocking the kilt and noticed a very interesting thing. Guys won't look you in the eye and girls all make eye contact and smile. I have yet to wear the kilt and not have a woman make a comment about it. If guys only knew they would all be wearing on, but I don't think the have enough guts to wear one. So I will continue to rock the kilt!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all and may next year be the best year ever, I know mine will be.

Monday, December 22, 2008

weather in CA vs OH

Here is a CA weather advisory

Issued by The National Weather Service
Los Angeles, CA
6 am PST, Mon., Dec. 22, 2008



Here is an Ohio Forecast


Lo: 7 °F

Partly cloudy. Flurries this evening. Lows around 4 above. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill more

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Went to the Lamb of God show Friday night. It was supposed to be me, Jen Tim and Laura but ended up with just Laura and I. For those of you that don't know Lamb of God they are know for the Wall of Death. This is a mosh pit activity that is like brave heart battle scenes. This clip explains the whole thing. Yes, I did it Brave heart style kilt and all. What a blast!!! Mosh pits are such a good time and good core training.


Training lately has been all grinds. I tend to gravitate to this style of training when my schedule gets busy. So it has been stuff like get ups, presses, pullups and suit case dead lifts. Suit case deads always make my obliques sore for days.

I have been doing two BJJ classes on both Tuesday and Thursday. I have found that if I tons of ballistic kettlebell drills on Tuesday and Thursday my body can't recover enough which beats me into the ground. The next two weeks will be more laid back with the holidays.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gracie Barra gets more exposure

The MMA news ran a headline story about Professor Erik's Fighting Fitness classes.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The days melt together

I haven't posted in a few days because they are all running together. Classes are picking up and privates picking up as well. On top of that jiu-jitsu classes are going great.

It still doesn't feel like Christmas is around the corner. What kills me out here is watching people in the grocery store with their coats, hats, boots and gloves on. Keep in mind we are talking about temps in the mid 50's!!!!!!!!!!!! You would think the were walking out into 5 inches of snow. I also here get asked about walking around dressed like that. You know my normal gear, flip flops, shorts, t-shirt and hoodie. I hope I will never get to this point, if I do shoot me.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


I got home from a busy morning to find a huge card in my mail box. It was from Venice High School and was signed by all the students. It's nice to know that they took something away from my presentation. Not that I had to prepare anything but they actually listened to what I had to say which is refreshing. I will gladly go back anytime Kirsten wants me to and put a little more hurt on them.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Back to School

Yesterday I spent the day at Venice High School. I was there because fellow RKC and bad ass chick Kirsten Farrell teaches at the school. I told her that if she ever wanted me to come and talk to her kids I would be all over it. So I was there all day and had a great time showing all of her students what kettlebells are all about. All the classes did a great job and seemed to have a good time. Even the girls that didn't really want anything to do with them had a smile on there face by the end of the class.

These kind of days are always a good time. Nothing like being the center of attention for a whole day.

Pictures below

Venice High School

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!!

We both love and miss you. Have a great day,

Doug, Jen, Max, Peanut and Willa

Monday, December 1, 2008


I had a cool day yesterday. I did a private session in Agoura Hills. Their house rocks because it sits on the side of a mountain and overlooks the valley below. Then there is the road that leads up to the driveway. It is unreal and really makes me wish I had my motorcycle. There is a dinner at the bottom that always has hundreds of motorcycles and riders shooting the shit and getting ready to ride up the twisted pavement that leads to the top. When you get to the top there are hundreds more motorcycles on the top shooting the shit and getting ready to ride back down.

Yesterday after my session I drove farther up the road and found a wicked hairpin in the road and parked in the dirt in the middle and sat there for almost two hours. I was lost in the sound and smell of bikes racing up and down the road. This is home to me!! Two wheeled machines at the closest you can get to flying and I really miss having one.