Anthony Birchak: Fight Camp Begins
UFC Bantamweight, Anthony Birchak will walk us through his camp as he prepares to fight Dileno Lopes at "UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Alvarez" on July 7, 2016. This weekend he has stopped in Las Vegas, NV to begin his camp at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas. He is joined by his student Ace Martinez who is preparing for an amateur title fight of his own.
Las Vegas, Day One:
I woke up this morning had some breakfast that Casey's wife was kind enough to make us and found out Derek is allergic to eggs...didn't even know that that was a thing. Anyways, pretty awesome morning at open mat. There was about twelve people there. I got some great work in with blackbelt, Andrew Ramm. His topic of the day was posture and position recognition, as well as the importance of base, from and for, every position and style of fighting. For example, when you're boxing, your base is your two feet. When you're grappling, your base is an opposing appendage for counter pressure, such as right hand, left foot, left hand, right foot. He also explained the importance of thinking of these concepts from the perspective of yoga and how you keep balance. When you have to kick, you reach equally, as well as push and pull equally to maintain posture and balance.
I kept getting my mission controlled killed by Casey last night. So today, little Derek and I worked on a cross choke modification that I am really excited about. Derek is a 10th Planet HQ grappler and said he had never seen that variation, and that it was a solid choke. I definitely want to get some videos of it this trip.
All in all, today was great! I got tapped. I tapped peeps. We conceptualized and Ramm worked on some tight muscles I had from some emo shit I've been hanging onto. Now Ace and I are heading to "UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs Garbrandt." Tonight's gonna be a treat for both of us! Check back tomorrow for another daily breakdown!
Las Vegas, Day Two:
So, my assessment of last nights fight was...They were pretty dope! They were a little slow, not so many finishes, but the main event settled that complaint REAL quick! I was really needing Almeida to beat Cody. Simply for the fact that if he did, I wouldn't look so bad. If Thomas would have won, he would've stopped all Bantamweight prospects in their tracks. However, I did say Thomas starts slow and takes hits to get in his groove. Cody did just that, he hit the shit outta him. Almeida wasn't trying to counter very much, but instead parried combos until his demise. Cody threw a one, two and paused. At that moment Thomas brought his hand up to protect. Cody waited as the shield came up. When it came down, WHAM! The second right hand landed and down goes Almeida. The crowd began chanting, "USA, USA, USA!" Which was perfect for Memorial Day weekend!
To bring one of my pupils Ace Martinez to his first live UFC fight -with some killers like Felder, Larkin, Masvidal, Burkman, Barao, Stephens- was really cool. It was great to see him enjoy the card, and his appreciation for everything that was going on around him! Next up is his title fight and I think this was the perfect inspiration. I know it inspired me to rep the red, white and blue against another Brazilian! MGM Grand, July 7th will be the next time I step in the cage. After the energy I got this weekend I know what I've been put here to do!