Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

LA FitExpo

Here are some pictures from the LA FitExpo last weekend. It is always great to get together with a bunch of RKCs and play around with the bells and spread the sickness.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The sets just keep growing

Last nights workout was a 6 set ass kicking, Thanks Sr. Neupert!!! This workout is a good time if you are into that kind of pain. It fast and dirty and that is the way I like it. Yesterday was the start of week three of six and all is going well. Having to test drive new programs is a good time and very easy on the brain. I just grab the bells and go, not thought needed on my part.

Just picked up the tickets for the Meshuggah concert. It's my Christmas present for Bones and Toni. The cool thing about this concert is that they don't play in the states that often so this will be the first time for all of us.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Old school and new school


I was fortunate enough to doing some Uechi-Ryu training with a third dan Blackbelt in Ohio. It was some of the most brutal stuff under the sun. It is all about the iron body. We were hit with sticks and things that were supposedly padded. I have to say the worst was kicking the instructor with my shin to the outside of his thigh. After the first kick in knew I was in for bad times. It was like hitting a tree. It got to the point where I was hoping we were done with those but no lets do more. My shin was black and blue and sore for a week! It was really cool though in a sick way I wanted to do it more. Here is a demo video. These guys have the tension thing down to a science.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Well today was workout 6 of 18 as prescribed by Sr. RKC Geoff Neupert. Fridays were a good day for me until about 2 weeks ago, now they really suck. You see this is the heavy day of the workout cycle. Without giving anything away, Can you say TENSION!!!??? I can and it sucks bad. Each week there is an added set or decreased rest or both. This is not user friendly!

So with my added set I hit the beach to do the deed. Set 3 felt good set 4 sucked and 5 made me pee a little (not really). The best part about 5 is that it was over and so was the workout.

After the first set I had a cramp under my left shoulder blade. This made me think of my RKC. My Senior ( now Master) RKC was the one the only Brett Jones. At the start of the course he told all of us to let him know if we hurt ourselves during the weekend. Well on the last day I got a nasty cramp in my lats doing military presses. So, I told Brett. He looked at me patted me on the shoulder and said "AAAAWWWW" and walked away with a big grin on his face, I can still see it today. It makes me laugh every time, just like it did that day. So when ever little things come up during training like a cramp I think of that moment and smile and continue. Thanks Brett.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Some days

Some days feel like they last forever. Classes, privates and jiu-jitsu time flies by but the in between times are really dragging. That is strange for me, I guess I have a ton of things on my mind today. All of them are good but trying to get everything to come together is tough, lots of opportunities in the very near future. I'm sure tomorrow will be back to normal 1000 miles an hour that is normal. Maybe I should just sit back and enjoy some deep thoughts. If I come across any good ones I will let you know. There is a novel idea slow down some.

Big UFC fight on Saturday night it should be a good time with my new family (they have adopted me, PORRA!) of Brazilians. Always something fun and crazy with them.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Geoff owes me $$$$$$

Geoff didn't tell me this workout was going to cost me so much money. I can't eat enough. Last night I ate a salad, 1.5 pound steak, 6 eggs and 2 cup (before cooking) of oatmeal. By 5pm today I was starving. So tonight I stepped it up, salad, 2.5 pound London Broil, 2 cups of oats and Acai. I hope to good I'm not starving by 4pm tomorrow.

I had to post this!

I have seen the Deftones so many times I have lost count. There was one summer that a bunch of friends saw them 5 times in 2-3 months. The live shows had sooo much energy it was insane. One of the show Chino the lead singer jumped into the pit with us and Bones ended up singing with him it was sweet.

This is one of my brothers all time favorite driving songs. That bad news if you were in the car with him and weren't comfortable with the car sliding sideways around every corner, you were in for a long ride. I remember once the girl he was dating getting out of the car in tears after one such ride. The good news is my brother has several things going for him. 1. He has MAD SKILLS with anything with wheels and a motor. 2. He is fearless. 3. He has somebody looking out for him. He has walked away from things that would have turned normal humans into bowls of jello. Long live the Nepodal men!!!!

The workout!

I have been working Sr. RKC Geoff Neupert's new workout. Today is the 5 workout which is a light day. I really like not having to think about my training just show up and do what you are supposed to. This workout is killer and will fill a void in program design in the kettlebell world.

All is right with the JEEP and the weather has been unreal this whole week. Yesterday was 87 and SUNNY! I can't believe it is January. Yes, I took that picture yesterday!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jan 11th

I was heading to my appointment on Sunday morning when I blew a radiator hose on the Jeep! Called a buddy of mine he came and got me and we picked up parts to fix it. He dropped me off and I went straight to work. As I was standing on the bumper with no shirt on covered in sweat, radiator fluid and blood and I stopped and smiled. There are a couple of reasons for this. 1. thank goodness my Dad made me work on all of our motorcycles since we were little because now I can fix about anything. 2. It was Jan 11th and I was sweating my ass off. If this would have happened in Ohio I would have been frozen to the bone and job would have taken twice as long.

30 minutes later I'm back on the road. Later that day the overheating came back. I found out the next day that my radiator was BAD!! That is what had caused the other problems. $430 dollars later all fixed.


So here is the tough part. While I waited for the jeep to get done I walked the two blocks to the beach and made phone calls while catching some rays. Not a rough way to spend the afternoon.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Thanks Bones

This is a link to the best site ever. Bones sent it to me today and I have to share it with everybody.


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Incubus ROCKS!

I normally listen to really heavy music like Pantera, Lamb of God, and Soulfly. Incubus has to be one of my favorite bands for sure. This is one of the coolest videos I have seen from them.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

1 down 17 to go

Busted out the new workout yesterday. The first of three this week. This is a 6 week cycle so I have 17 more t go. It went pretty smooth the 4th set was harder than the first three, all and all pretty good. Felt the need for fuel after the workout so Muscle milk after the workout then taught my 6pm class. After class bought some groceries headed home and filled up.

Warrior diet meal
2 apples on the drive home from Santa Barbara
16 whole eggs
2 cups of oatmeal
and a good nights sleep.

Geoff reminded me to eat enough, I don't think that is going to be a problem.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Oh the Pain!

Senior RKC Geoff Neupert has been working on a new book and wanted me to test drive the training protocol. So I will be starting today on a 6 week program and I'm really looking forward to the pain. Kind of sick in the head but those of you that know me would say that's about right. I will be reporting my feelings and results from this training, but I won't be giving out the workouts because then you wouldn't buy the book. This year has started like a freight train and it is only picking up speed. Each day things become more clear, I'm heading in the right direction. So jump on or get left behind.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Done Deal

Bones and Toni Are coming out the first week of Feb. We have a ton of things to do and it sould be a good time.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years with Brazilians

I have to say Brazilians love to have a good time. I was invited to Professor Erik's house for New Years Eve for a traditional Brazilian New Year bash. What a great time they have several customs to insure good luck for the following year. One which involves getting in the ocean and jumping over 7 waves. We didn't intend on getting as wet as we did until we all got hit by one huge wave. John and I got the worst of it and ended up being wet for the rest of the night, but it was totally worth it. I do have to say that I'm glad that I don't drink because I got home at 2:30am and had to teach a class at 7am. So on 4 hours of sleep I put the morning crew through the paces and now I'm feeling pretty good. I will crash for an hour or so before I head out for the day.

I would like to thank my new Brazilian family, they have done so much for me in such a short time. I was told last night that I'm a family member which is a pretty cool feeling. What a way to welcome the new year, 2009 is going to be one to remember if I have any say in it!!!