Alex Camacho
Crosby, TX, United States
Born in Houston, Texas and raised all over living the life of an Army Brat. I Went to eight different schools (three elementary, one middle school, four high schools) and have one little brother who’s not so little anymore. I’ve been married for nearly fourteen years now to a woman who rocks my world and I've been blessed with two wonderful children. Our dog, Sally, is a big black lab saved from a local shelter.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

'Itsu Baby!

We tend to be a bit obsessive about our passions. Whether it's a poker obsession or costume fabrication, we dive straight to the deep waters. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wasn't any different. Marcel started, Lana joined and I wasn't too far behind them when I saw how much fun they were having.

After 15 days of being wrapped & splinted from surgery, m... on TwitpicWe're still training and we still have a pretty intense love for the sport. As soon as I felt comfortable with my newly mended finger, I hit the mat. I lost some serious flexibility and strength with that finger. According to my orthopedic, it won't get any better. It aches now and then, especially when it's cold but it hasn't slowed down my love for the sport. Hell, Lana trained all the way up to thirty seven weeks pregnant. I think the only thing that stopped her was a sudden realization that she may break her water on the mat if she didn't stop soon. Did I mention we're expecting a baby boy any day now? I'm sure she'll be back on the mat the first opportunity she gets. Marcel took a small break when a new obsession took over his brain, but he's back on the mat too. When I break out the mats for drilling, it's really hard to do anything with the little girl constantly trying to get your back or get an arm bar. Not too long ago Lana asked her, "Guess what happens when you turn five."
Her response was "I can go to Itsu?!" To say it's become a family love is an understatement. :D

So with all that said, I think I'd like to start posting more often but don't be surprised if more posts are going to be directly related to my passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Call this a re-dedication to posting I guess.

jeffglover28jan2012I recently went to the Solis Martial Arts Academy's New Year's Tournament. To my stunned surprise, I received my blue belt from my instructor, Master Henderson of Henderson's ATA. Just a few weeks ago, Mr. Solis arranged for Jeff Glover to come out for a seminar. I have to say, I had a great time. I've decided to really dedicate my game to honing deep half guard as a viable tool for me. For the next month I really want to commit to getting there. I've decided to focus on one primary thing this month and three things from there.
  • Deep half guard transitions (from guard, side control bottom, bottom mount, etc.)
  • Homer Simpson sweep
  • 101 Shutdown sweep
  • Outside Hook sweep
As far as mental state, what I've honestly been focusing on a lot is really increasing my intensity level when I roll. I'm really trying to make a conscious decision  to be aggressive. Attack, attack attack, and attack some more. It's a lot harder than I thought.

Tonight's Solo Drill
  • Balancing on stability ball
  • Long step with stability ball
  • Spider guard pass on stability ball
  • Guard pass stepping with stability ball
  • Shrimping
  • Crunches
  • Unstoppable drill
  • Dips (Power Tower)
  • Pull ups (Power Tower)
  • Leg ups (Power Tower)
Anyway, that's all I got for now. I'm tired and in need of a shower. Plus I wanna read some more Wizard and Glass. 'Night!