Shamrock Mixed Martial Arts

May 31, 2009

I’ve been pretty quiet posting lately, but I thought I’d just spend a post going into a little more detail on the MMA training. As mentioned perivously, I’ve been training MMA at Frank Shamrock’s gym. Early on, I was training mainly at the downtown SJAC location, but my time lately seems to be split between downtown and the school in Blossom Hill.

Tuesdays and Thursdays I’m at the Apex Gym @ SJAC doing my Phase I MMA training with Jesse, our trainer. Mondays and Wednesdays I’m doing conditioning classes and Yoga at Blossom Hill with Lori. Lori is Frank’s conditioning coach as well as being the general manager of both the Blossom Hill school and the South Bay Athletic Club. Lori is one of the more amazing people I’ve trained with. Her knowledge of nutrition, conditioning, yoga, rehabilitation, etc is mind boggling. I’ve dropped several pounds already, as well as having better posture, better diet, and she’s worked wonders on all the little injuries that occur from time to time.

After three and a half months of training, I easily passed my first rank test for my white shirt, thanks to Jesse and my training partner Chuck. The difference between where I’m at now and where I started in January is pretty amazing.  The first night of class, I waited till everyone was gone, then promptly threw up. That happened a few more times that first month as well.  I still get a bit dizzy during the tumbling drills, but everyone assures me that it will go away eventually.

We’re always looking for more members in Phase I, so if you’ve ever wondered about MMA training, swing on by. We’re happy to give anyone a free intro class. If you’re lucky, you might even show up when Frank comes in to guest instruct.

Tuesday Night Phase I

Update: A big thanks to Derek @ Derek Shaw Photo for taking all the pictures of the various MMA events. The full selection can be found here.


The White Shirt

May 9, 2009

For the past few months, I’ve been training at the downtown San Jose  Shamrock MMA school a few times a week. It’s a lot more interesting than training  Muy Thai at Fairtex was. I think it’s mainly due to the complexity of MMA and the way that Fairtex was set up; it just didn’t mesh with my training style. I’ve combined that training with some Yoga classes and some strengthening and conditioning work from Lori at Body Architecture.

Last weekend, I took my first exam for my white shirt. It brought back a lot of memories from middle school karate testing. Now, like then, I passed qutie easily. I give a lot of credit to our instructor Jesse, who prepared us pretty well.

If anyone is interested in doing some training, come on down to the San Jose Athletic Club on Tuesday/Thursday nights, we’re always happy to work out with new people.

A New Beginning

May 9, 2009

My last post on “A Day in the Valley” was over two years ago. Why so long? I fell into the trap of ‘who wants to read what I write?’ Pretty much sums up the business plans of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, insert favorite social media site.

So I decided to start fresh, with no content, and a new site over here on WordPress.