Monthly Archives: April 2011

Caio Terra 111 Half Guard DVD Set


Caio Terra’s first instructional DVD set looks to be a very impressive set for the half guard game. I’m particularly excited since my half guard game is virtually non existent and every chance I have to play with a knee shield guard leads to getting passed 😦

Lucky for me, someone in the gym recently got a copy of it and I was fortunate enough to be able to borrow it from said person. So far popping in DVD 1, I was blown away with just the first section alone “Getting out of bad spots”. Can’t wait to try it out tomorrow during Gi class!

I must admit Caio Terra’s English is surprisingly very fluent. It’s very easy to understand but more importantly though, the guy is an amazing instructor. He breaks the technique and concepts down brick by brick making it very easy to learn. Quite surprising from someone who is so young. Though the one thing that cracks me up is how much he resembles Elijah Wood. I can’t help but think Gandalf is gonna bust in into the room telling him “Son you have to destroy the one ring dawg” lol…..

I honestly haven’t watched everything (it is 3 dvd’s after all and 5 hours of half guard goodness!). But here’s the complete chapter list I got from budovideos. You can purchase the DVD for USD100.00 from Budovideos.

Complete chapter list:

Getting out of bad spots Part 11. Recover full guard
2. Sweep from head control
3. Recovering knee shield from head control
4. Sweep with lapel and pants grip
5. Recovering knee shield from knee slide pass
6. Sweep from knee slide pass
7. Getting underhook from knee slide pass
8. Hip bump sweep
9. Sweep to mount when opponent moves to inverted half guard
10. Taking the back when opponent moves to inverted half guard
11. Roll over sweep when opponent moves to inverted HG

Getting out of bad spots Part 2 – Knee Shield

1. Taking the Back
2. Roll over sweep
3. Taking the back from knee grip
4. Kimura sweep/submission
5. Straight armlock
6. Collar choke
7. Collar choke to sweep to mount
8. Brabo choke
9. Brabo choke variation 2 with sweep
10. Brabo choke variation 3 with sweep
11. Taking the back when opponent pummels
12. Sweep when opponent pummels
13. Sweep 2 when opponent pummels with Kimura
14. Reverse triangle when opponent pummels
15. Sweep to kneebar
16. Roll under armbar 1
17. Roll under armbar 2
18. To the crucifix

Underhooks and hooks

1. Taking the back
2. Roll under sweep
3. Knee drag sweep
4. Knee push sweep
5. Ankle pick sweep
6. Underhook the knee sweep

When opponent attempts to move to inverted half guard
7. Arm trap with collar to ankle pick or Triangle finish
8. Take the back when opponent switches to inverted HG
9. Leg trap sweep when opponent switches to inverted HG.
10. Roll over sweep

Using leg hooks
11. Taking the back
12. Beating the overhook to the back with arm drag
13. Jumping to triangle from the knees
14. Takedown from knees
15. Single leg to back
16. Single leg takedown
17. Single leg takedown variation

Underhook when opponent pushes head
18. Toe grab to deep half guard sweep to knee bar
19. Take the back with lapel grip
20. Roll under sweep with lapel grip

Half Guard Single Leg

1. Takedown
2. kimura style sweep
3. dive under sweep with sleeve grip
4. Collar drag sweep
5. Collar drag variation with triangle
6. Lapel grip with foot on the hip sweep
7. Tomoe Nage to double leg takedown
8. Single leg sitting and standing

Half Guard Scissor

1. Scissor sweep
2. back roll sweep
3. X-gaurd technical lift
4. X-guard Sweep 1
5. X-guard Sweep 2
6. X-guard to the back

Deep Half Guard

1. Pendulum sweep
2. Pendulum to rollover sweep
3. Pendulum to the back/ sweep
4. Pendulum to Omoplata
5. Pendulum to Technical lift
6. Pendulum to Knee ride to back
7. Homer Simpson sweep
8. Homer Simpson to back
9. Homer Simpson to back 2
10. Collar grip hip bump sweep
11. Collar grip sweep
12. Double under sweep
13. Double under sweep 2

Inverted Half

Opponent attempts to go to Inverted Half
1. Take the back
2. Roll over sweep
3. Leg hook sweep

Inverted Half
4. Back roll sweep
5. Triangle
6. Kimura and Americana roll over sweep
7. Collar choke and sweep
8. Lapel grip sweep to mount
9. Lapel grip to the back

Upside down half

1. Sweep 1
2. Sweep 2
3. Triangle

Terra’s Guard

1. Backdoor escape to back
2. Sweep 1
3. Sweep 2
4. Sweep 3 with armlock
5. Triangle
6. Upside down armbar
7. Sweep to inverted half guard
8. Sweep to knee bar
9. Leg hook sweep

50/50

When opponent prevents back take
1. Kneebar
2. Kneebar to toehold
3. Sweep
4. To the back
5. Straight ankle lock

From cross grip
6. Calf slicer
7. Kneebar
8. To the back
9. Technical lift

Kimura

1. Kimura
2. Hip bump sweep
3. Sweep to armbar
4. To roll under armbar
5. Take the back

Canoodling [food review]

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I admit, I’m a real tomboy at heart. Don’t let the love for pink fool you and don’t let my domestic hobbies trick you either. I’m really a sorry excuse for a female. I spend maybe 10 mins max on my face every morning and I hardly wear make up at all. My weekend clothes consist of a tank top, beach shorts and of course flip flops. Again I’m hardly the exemplary Asian female but I do try every once in a while. Like today, I actually went for a facial and met up with my girlfriend Christy wearing a tank dress, leggings and heels. Goodness me, that doesn’t sound like me at all does it? Anyway we met up for lunch at Canoodling in Bangsar Village 2. The concept of the restaurant being as the name suggest, noodles. 🙂

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20110417-105226.jpg I really admire The Big Group’s sense of branding for each of their restaurants. They’ve always do a great job branding their restaurants from T Forty Two to DISH. The food on the other hand can range from mediocre to excellent, again it depends on the restaurant. But you can always count on these themed restaurants to attract the yuppy crowd (yours truly sadly included 😦 at least I admit it).

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The Yuppies in question lol.

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20110417-105220.jpg There’s a very hipster feel to the restaurant – with it’s bright yellow cutlery to the blackboard walls to the paper ‘table clothes’ where you’re encouraged to doodle. There was even a bean sprout plant to add color to the table. Nice! I really like the attention given to the details. It really does add to create a better ambience.

20110417-105145.jpg Apart from just noodles (soup and dry), the focus is also on healthy salads with dressings inspired from the noodles themselves. There’s also Asian appetizers like pandan fried chicken, salt and pepper squid and thai fish cakes. I was also surprise to find that they had a wide range of Asian desserts like Bubur Cha Cha.

Anyway Christy and I ordered a bunch of stuff to share between the two of us.
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Pad Thai Pasta was quite disappointing. There was hardly any taste of that famous pad thai sauce and the pasta noodles themselves were just a tad bit over al dente. As the picture shows, the pasta does not exhibit the classic pad thai orange sauce that comes from the tamarind paste mixed with fish sauce and palm sugar. In fact the dish itself wasn’t very sweet and was too savoury which in Thai food is a big no no since their obsessed with balancing all the flavours. As long as you don’t expect it to taste like a pad thai, the pasta dish was quite nice to be honest.

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The Pandan Chicken Wings were fried well and were crispy on the outside juicy within. However I really do think they could have flavored it better, it was a bit lacking in the spice department. More cumin, kunyit and salt would have done the trick me thinks. I really appreciate the fact that they gave a separate bowl for the bones. So thoughtful! But the dish itself? Quite 50/50 on it.

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Ahhh this was salt and pepper squids in a flour batter that was cooked Hong Kong style. Again the batter lacked flavor and was a little bit on the chewy soggy side but the sauce that came with it (green chillis in a tangy lime sauce) made up for it. Quite a miss actually.

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This was an interesting dish – Wasabi Sesame Jellyfish salad. I love the taste of wasabi but it was quite lacking in the dish. It tasted more like a creamy sauce with just a little hint of wasabi. The jellyfish itself was under cooked and hard (as you can see in the picture). Edible? Yes. Enjoyable? Kinda. :/

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Overall I think the food at Canoodling is mediocre at best. Not to say that the food is horrible but it just barely passes the average mark. I wouldn’t mind eating here if a bunch of friends wanted to but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here for the food. The service though is pretty good and the manager is very friendly and attentive.

Pros: Nice Ambience, Good service, Friendly manager and staff

Cons: Mediocre food (lacking in the flavor department)

Cost: RM10 for their noodles, RM8.90-RM9.90 for salads and RM3.90-RM9.90 for the appetizers.

Recommended: Not really :/

The Haute Food Co [food review]

Woke up to the soft patter of rain right outside my bedroom window. What began as a storm an hour ago was slowly dwindling to a gentle placid drizzle, slowly but surely dying down. My toes were cold and stiff as I lay wrapped under the blankets with my whole body aching from a hard no-gi jits and yoga session the night before. Headstand anyone?

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It was a dreary morning in Kuala Lumpur, one that required the use of covered tops. Strange indeed, cause this is the tropics after all. I blame it on 2012 and global warming. Maybe the world is ending after all. Heh.

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Anyway, F and I had arranged to meet for lunch at ‘The Haute Food Co’ in Plaza Damas. It was a new place that neither of us had ever visited but came highly recommended by a trusted foodie friend of ours. She described it as a ‘quaint cafe with good sandwiches and excellent western style coffee’. The coffee we get in Malaysia is very different from the coffee in the US, UK or Australia. Here it is made to taste stronger and for lack of a better word extremely coarse. It isn’t quite like the type of coffee you get in little Italian shops (sadly Starbucks was for a long while the only good overseas style coffee in Malaysia, thank goodness those days are long gone!). It is made to taste as strong and black as it looks and is usually made with condensed milk. While we like that coffee (it is home after all), having spent some significant years abroad – you can’t help but miss certain things. So when you tell yuppies like us ‘western style coffee cafe’ we were sold.

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20110416-092345.jpg Love the quaint charms of the counters and the front door (you can’t see it in the photo but there’s a little wind chime at the door and it twinkles ever so slightly when a customer enters).

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The daily specials written on a blackboard.

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20110416-092415.jpg Each table has a postcard size art piece that introduces up and coming artists based in Kuala Lumpur. This illustration is too cute! And yes my dear cake I won’t let the glass case get in the way of our love! Heh 🙂

F ordered a latte while I got a berry mint lemonade.
20110416-092427.jpg The latte was full-bodied and creamy. F commented that the espresso shot was quite strong (he normally likes to order double shot cause he finds most places that do western style coffee tend to have weak espresso shots). Overall it was a very good latte. I’m not much of a coffee drinker cause I really don’t like the bitter taste of pure coffee but the subtle bitterness yet full flavor of the coffee coupled with the extra creaminess of the milk made this latte thoroughly enjoyable ❤ My berry lemonade was really nice too, very refreshing with the mint just adding a very subtle hint of a kick.

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The menu is so reminiscent of coffee shops in Manly Beach, Sydney Australia which usually means having breakfast on the menu (something which we have to try next time) with sandwiches and salads being the focus for lunch. They also have teatime treats like jam drops, pound cakes, scones and chocolate logs. The specials are mainly pasta and meat entrees like chili con carne. F decided to order the smoke chicken and cheese with sundried tomato paste while I ordered the roasted lamb wrap.

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20110416-092500.jpg Anyway….. The sandwiches were soooooooo tasty! F’s sandwich was borderline heart attack indulgent. The bread was slathered with butter on both sides then toasted to a perfect crunch. While my lamb was roasted tenderly perfect, I think the spiciness of the lamb could have been increased (like definitely a bit more cumin and fenugreek). It came with a mint dip so perhaps that’s why they toned down the spices in the lamb. However the full gamey flavor of lamb came through (which I love!!)If you don’t like a strong gamey taste, I would totally avoid this. The bread wrap was also toasted so that added a nice texture too. My only complaint about the sandwiches was the lack of vegetables inside the sandwich while F complained the portions were a little on the small side. Anyway regarding the veggies, I know that it’s served with salad on the side but you know having some greens would have made the sandwiches have an extra layer of flavor. Maybe it’s cause Malaysians don’t like leafy vegetables in their sandwiches and they wanted to cater to the average Malaysian taste buds? Who knows…

Soon it was time for dessert!
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Having a huge interest in baking, I find that a lot of cakes in cafes rarely impress me. But the cakes here were baked and decorated very well.
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Most of the cakes were actually torted (cut top and bottom to give a flat surface). As strange as it sounds (since torting is cake decorating 101) most Malaysian cafes don’t torte and try to pass of their lopsided uneven cakes as ‘rustic’ or ‘homemade’. I call bullshit on that and say it’s cause of ‘laziness’ or ‘scared of wastage’ lol.

Anyway since cheesecakes are cakes I can’t quite bake well (can’t really get the texture right) we decided to order a banana honeycomb cheesecake.
20110416-092510.jpg The cheesecake was actually a normal cheesecake with a layer of banana on top of the bottom biscuit layer and honeycomb bits scattered around. I wished the honeycomb bits tasted more like a honeycomb as it was a bit more cookie in texture and I really couldn’t taste the honey. And I didn’t like the idea of the chocolate biscuit base having nuts. Almonds have a really strong taste, one that doesn’t really blend well as compared to something like walnuts. So the almond slivers kept distracting me from the taste of the chocolate base. Such a waste as the chocolate base did taste really bittingly chocolate. But overall it was quite enjoyable. Would I order it again? Probably not… although if someone did order it, I honestly wouldn’t mind a nibble. Heh. 🙂

Some instagram shots before I end the post:
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Pros: Good lattes, properly decorated cakes and desserts, good flavors in the sandwiches. Very nice cafe ambience.
Great Western style cafe!!

Cons: Portions are a little on the small side.

Cost: RM12-18 a sandwich. RM8-RM12 a drink.

Recommended? Hell yeah!

20110416-092254.jpg hehehe and one camwhore pic of yours truly. 🙂

How I started BJJ


F posted this video on my FB wall and it sent shivers down my spine after watching it. It was very well shot, choreographed and produced and well it just reminded me of my first proper introduction to BJJ.

I was first introduced to BJJ when I started dating F. He had been learning BJJ for about a year and a half when we first started going out and he was totally hooked. At that time I had never heard of BJJ and being a huge Japanophile I was intrigued. But well since virtually all aspects of Japan was taken out of BJJ (like seiza, kiyai, bowing, meditating, etc…) I kinda lost interest and just accepted it as sometime F was crazy about. I have to admit, I was pretty patient as a Jits Practioner GF – he would train 3 times a week (cause at that time class was only 3 times a week, he would have trained more if there were more classes :p) and I would keep myself busy with my xbox (which now admittedly is collecting dust :().

Then about 8 months down the line there was a BJJ self defense seminar the gym organized and he urged me to try it out. I wasn’t keen to be honest and was kinda like ‘ok hun I’ll try it out cause u want me to’. Just to clarify he didn’t want me to try it out because it was BJJ, he wanted me to try it out because it was self defense and was worried for my safety. Well I had loads of fun with the techniques at the seminar and was like ‘hey F is BJJ a lot like this?’ and he said ‘well everything we learned today are actual BJJ techniques but applied a little differently’. I showed up for the very next class!

My first class of BJJ was really interesting. Prof Marcos wasn’t around and Quico (F’s old coach who is now staying in Bali) was visiting us so he took over class. Had lots of fun but there was a lot of things I needed to get use to (it being a full contact sport and all). I guess I’m very lucky to have F to guide me during class cause BJJ can be a very intimidating sport due to the high learning curve and the sparring. I’m also thankful to the regular girls who were training at that time. They helped me a lot to integrate well into BJJ.

Odd thing is that there were at least 4 girls who trained regularly when I started. Now they kinda just dropped off and left BJJ (two moved far away, one got pregnant and the other went MIA). Apart from me, there’s only one other girl in the gym (I brought her in actually! She’s an old family friend). Lucky for me she is super super super tough (can I just add another superlative SUPER lol). Her background is that she teaches fitness classes part time (les mills), is a level 2 certified kettlebell instructor and also a certified TRX instructor. She’s sooooooooooo fit and her stamina is crazy; oh and did I mention she has technique lol? She runs 15 km marathons and heads to open mats AND rolls like she does on a normal day and still kicks it hard on the mats. She kicks my ass on a daily basis. If my stamina or conditioning is not up to par that day, I will get submitted! Thank goodness I have her in the gym to train my conditioning (which I think can be a LOT better, need to train harder!).

Here’s the two of us with Prof when we got promoted to blue. My goodness, it’s been a huge whirlwind of training since the first picture (with the 3 girls) after 3 months of training and the picture above after 1 year and 10 months of training. It’s been a honestly a life changing experience, physically and mentally. Looking forward to continue on my BJJ journey.

“Train more, Train hard, Train always” ~Leo Viera

Adam’s farewell 2011 :(

This weekend went by so fast it was crazy! Combining my love for baking and my Jits family, I really couldn’t ask for anything more. But first the sad things first, this weekend was Adam’s last day before he flies back to Canada 😦

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This here be Adam! Isn’t he the sweetest thing ever? He’s just turned single ladies so hehehehe holler if you want some details, you won’t find a nicer guy ever!

I first met Adam when he came back from Canada for Chinese New Year in 2010 and we just clicked. He was seriously like a long lost brother I never had and he was an amazing training partner for me. We started Jits at around the same time (him at Toronto BJJ and I at Marcos Escobar Malaysia). He was a lot more technical than me but he always gave me loads on chances and never uses full strength when we were training. Plus since he was from a Saulo school, I always asked him clarification on the many Jiu Jitsu University techniques I wanted to incorporate into my game. Other then Jits we both love anime and video games and were huge geeks. Anyway he trained with us for about 2 months before leaving.

This time around, his 2011 trip was so damn short! Just a month! It’s nice to be able to roll after a year and incredible to see how different our games have developed! We’re both guard players (ok technically I’m a top player who has been working on my guard for about 10 months that somehow along the way became a guard player lol). He plays a lot of deep half while I play a lot of open and spider.

Anyway his sister (who is the sweetest thing, bless her heart) called me up randomly to organize a farewell thing for her brother. She wanted to keep it a surprise so I planned it out with Aaron to tell the guys about it. So she booked a table for all of us at Luna Bar on Saturday after open mats. She also wanted a cake but was finding it difficult to get it without Adam getting suspicious so I offered to bake him a cake Saturday morning itself.

The cake was trouble from the very start! I was being ambitious and wanted to bake a lemon cake with lemon curd and lemon white chocolate buttercream (courtesy of Rose from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes) in 4 hours 20110405-102249.jpg

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It started well with the white chocolate base and lemon curd prepared perfectly.

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But goodness me, it was a comedy of errors from the cake onwards. You could say I was being silly, trying to bake a 3″ high cake without expecting problems. First the inside did not bake properly then the buttercream melting cause the cake wasn’t fully cooled… Oh my lord! I was honestly about to call it quits several times but I ploughed through cause Adam is an awesome guy and he deserves this cake! I scraped whatever melting buttercream was left (what a waste as it tasted so nice too :(), put the cake back into the fridge to firm up so I could cover it with fondant later then went to open mats. F was so supportive throughout the whole ordeal, he even got me my favorite drink during open mats.

Needless to say, I was moving at the speed of snail during open mats cause I was so tired. Had a couple of good rolls and of course definitely one last roll with Adam. Our last roll was hilarious cause we were giving video game like commentary during the roll:
SL: Triangle attack! Button mash!!
A: Triangle defense! Stack Stack Stack!
SL: Shrimps away, regains guard level up!
A: Smash pass!!! Button mash!!!
Gosh we’re such gaming retards!


Many of the guys came out for the party and we all had a really nice time at Luna Bar. The place is damn swank as it’s on the rooftop of the Pacific Regency so the view from the bar is stellar.

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20110404-010955.jpgThe drinks there are watered down in terms of alcohol but big on taste which is fine by me cause I hate the taste of alcohol but don’t mind it hidden in a cocktail. Easily one of the best tasting Pina Coladas in town. Yummy. I’m really glad Adam enjoyed himself so much and many thanks to Amanda for co-organizing this for her brother.

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Adam here partying it out in style with a flaming lamborghini.

Finally it was cake time. Despite all the problems, it came together in the end! I learnt so much (like for starters NOT to bake and decorate a difficult cake from scratch in 4 hours) but you know it was all worth it when I saw the smile on Adam’s face 🙂
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F and I are gonna miss you loads Adam but we’ll see you again next year! 🙂