Team Armada, Martial Arts and Fitness

With both Budo Academy and Kombative Fitness having classes the same nights of the week (Tuesday and Thursday), I was excited to find out that there was often an open mat on Monday nights hosted at different locations, depending on what space was available.

Team Armada!!!

Team Armada!!!

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Budo Academy – Penang, Malaysia

Budo academy (website) is located in the Georgetown “Heritage” area of Penang. In fact, I had booked my hotel (the 1926 Heritage) based on the fact that it was so close to Budo Academy! Budo Academy is , pretty much, the only GI focused BJJ school on the island. Everyone else is strictly no-gi and mma. That said, there are many guys who cross-train among the different schools in Penang  in both gi and no-gi (via open mats, mainly).

Great group of folks at Budo Academy, Penang Malaysia!

Great group of folks at Budo Academy, Penang Malaysia!

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Kombative Fitness – Penang, Malaysia

A few days before travelling over to Penang, Malaysia I sent out a few mails to different gyms to try and secure an invite to come and train. In a matter of a couple hours I had gotten a couple different e-mails from cool people offering to open up their gym to a visitor 🙂

A big group at Kombative Fitness, Penang, Malaysia.

A big group at Kombative Fitness, Penang, Malaysia.

The first on the list was Kombative Fitness / Penang Top  Team, a little south of Georgetown proper. Continue reading

The Late Session at Monarchy MMA!

After the great session I had this morning (afternoon) at Monarchy MMA I thought I would head back in for another class tonight, before I head out on Saturday to Georgetown, Penang – an island (and state) off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

I was fairly tired from training at the 12:00 – 1:00 pm class (especially after getting my ass kicked by Professor Bruninho 🙂 ) but I had such a great time, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to get on the mats. Continue reading

Monarchy MMA – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

With the Chinese New Year putting a damper on training (Everything was closed for about 4 days) I finally got to head over to Monarchy MMA. Monarchy was suggested to me by Professor Olavo Abreu at Phuket Top Team and I was NOT disappointed!

Te line up at Monarchy MMA, KL, Malaysia

Te line up at Monarchy MMA, KL, Malaysia

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Food in Thailand: Where Did I Eat and How Cheap Was It!!!

To sum up food in Thailand I will just say this: WOW!

Not because everything is mind-blowingly good, or because it is all so cheap, or because they are soooo many choices….

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The “Kimura Trap” at Combat 360X, Khao Lak, Thailand

Back from four days on the Andaman Sea, chasing Manta Rays, I was really stoked to get back on the mats at Combat 360X! I e-mailed Mike to make sure we were still a go for 5:30 no-gi and I got a fast response of “All good, look forward to seeing you”.

Eitan gave a great class and "schooled me" on it too! :-)

Eitan gave a great class and “schooled me” on it too! 🙂

I rolled into 360 X in my 200 Baht taxi (about $6 ) and once again saw the short, ferocious Muay Thai instructor. He gave a quick and friendly smile, which I returned, as I washed my feet before bowing and stepping on the mat. Continue reading

Manta Hunting in the Andaman Sea!

I checked my computer. We had been at 30 meters for about twenty minutes and my screen was flashing “High Nitrogen – Go Up”! I checked it again: 1000 psi of air remaining. My breathing was good. Slow, moderate breaths as I hovered about 3 meters off the bottom of the Andaman Sea, about 50 meters off the coast of Koh Tachai – a small island north of the Similan Island chain west of Peninsular Thailand. Continue reading

No-Gi at Combat 360X – Khao Lak, Thailand

So, as I mentioned before, I had initially thought that my short stay in Khao Lak was simply a step-off point for my live-aboard dive trip to the Similan Islands and that I wouldn’t be getting any BJJ for a week or so. As I have also mentioned before…that sucks for me! I miss more than 2 days in a row and I start getting anxious (though I am working on a healthy BJJ / life-balance) 🙂 Continue reading

Elephants and Waterfalls in the jungles of Thailand

As I have said before, the point of travelling is not to find better Jiu-Jitsu out in the world, but instead to discover the world and all it has to offer the human experience. It is just fortunate for us living now that we can do this without giving up our ability to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! Continue reading